Studying Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in Malaysia

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You may occasionally see athletes or celebrities with purple circles on their skin as a result of cupping. Perhaps you have a friend who swears by acupuncture for back pain or herbal teas for colds. People are increasingly turning to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practices like these to not only treat but also prevent disease.

Chinese medicine has been practiced for thousands of years. Enrolling in Chinese Medicine, on the other hand, is about gaining an understanding of Chinese philosophy and how it has been adapted into the healing arts in ways that are still relevant today.

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an ancient health and wellness system that has been practiced in China for thousands of years. Western medicine is primarily concerned with disease treatment. On the other hand, TCM considers your overall health.

Its basic premise is that a vital life force known as Qi flows through the body. Any Qi imbalance can lead to disease and illness. This imbalance is thought to be caused by a shift in the opposing and complementary forces that comprise the Qi. These are known as yin and yang. The ancient Chinese believed that humans are microcosms of the larger surrounding universe, interconnected with nature and subject to its forces. A key concept is the balance between health and disease. TCM treatment aims to restore this balance through treatment tailored to the individual.

The Subjects You May Learn in Traditional Chinese Medicine Course

During your course in Traditional Chinese Medicine, here are some of the subjects that you will be studying:

  • History of Chinese Medicine
  • Cell Biology & Biochemistry
  • Theories of Chinese Medicine
  • Chinese Medicine Paediatrics
  • Chinese Medicine Gynaecology
  • Chinese Internal Medicine

For more information on the subjects you will study, contact us today!

Career Options for Traditional Chinese Medicine Graduates

The following is a list of potential career paths for you to consider:

  • Physician Health Consultancy
  • The Ministry of Health
  • TCM clinics
  • Academic Research in TCM
  • Chinese Pharmaceuticals

For more information on the career options, contact us today!

General Pathway to Study Traditional Chinese Medicine in Malaysia

Step 1

After SPM/O-Levels, you are required to complete Foundation in Science or equivalent, Diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine, or other Pre-University course such as STPM or A-Level.

Step 2

Continuing to study for a Degree in Chinese medicine, the final year requires an internship in a practice clinic, and some universities will provide you with the opportunity to do an internship in China.

Step 3

After completing your degree, you have the option to continue with a Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine or choose employment after graduation.

Contact us today to find out more about your pathway to study Traditional Chinese Medicine!

General Requirements to Study Traditional Chinese Medicine in Malaysia

Below are the minimum requirements you would need to fulfill in order to be eligible to enter this programme in university:

Academic Requirement

Diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine (2 – 3 years) / Foundation in Science (1 year)

  • SPM/O-Level: Minimum 3 Credits, and Mathematics and one Science subject is compulsory to pass

Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine (4 – 5 years)

  • STPM (Science stream): Minimum CGPA of 2.50; or 
  • A-Level: Minimum 2C (including one Science subject); or
  • UEC: Minimum 5Bs (including one Science subject); or
  • Australian Matriculation: 65% aggregate or TER / UAI / ENTER / ATAR 75 (including 2 Science subjects); or
  • Foundation in Science or equivalent: Minimum CGPA of 2.50; or 
  • Diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine & Diploma in Traditional and Complementary Medicine: Minimum CGPA of 2.50; or 
  • Diploma in Traditional and Complementary Medicine: Minimum CGPA of 2.00 with at least 2 years working experience in the related field

Language Requirement


Band score of 3 (For Malaysian students)


Overall band score of 5.5


Overall score of 46


Student with a pass in Chinese Language are exempted from HSK

Note: Universities may have different requirements. To learn more, get in touch with us!

Recommended Universities to Study in Malaysia

When it comes to selecting the best university to pursue your dream, it can be a difficult decision. Below are some suggestion we prepared for you where you can pursue a Traditional Chinese Medicine program in Malaysia:

#1 INTI International University

Programmed Offered         

Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Hons)

Total Duration

5 years

General Intake

January & July

Indicative Fees (2022)

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Key Highlights

  • Provides students with a strong foundation in TCM clinical practices & treatments
  • Equips students with more than 2,200 hours of practical training
  • The profession will be regulated by the Ministry of Health
  • One of the most diverse articulation pathways possible for those seeking a career in TCM



For more information regarding the fees, program structure and entry requirements, contact us now for free consultation!

#2 International Medical University Malaysia (IMU)

Programmed Offered

Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Chinese Medicine

Chinese Medicine Degree from Partner Universities

Total Duration

4.5 years (Degree from IMU)

5 years (Degree from Partner Universities)

General Intake


Indicative Fees (2022)

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Key Highlights

  • An established private healthcare university
  • Strong western science and medicine component
  • Internationally benchmarked english curriculum
  • Student-centred and lifelong learning emphasis
  • Personalized attention from lecturers


Kuala Lumpur

For more information regarding the fees, program structure and entry requirements, contact us now for free consultation!

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