MSc in Chinese Medicinal Science (CMS)

MSc in Chinese Medicinal Science (CMS)  中藥學碩士課程

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The MSc in Chinese Medicinal Science (CMS) is offered by our professional team of faculty members at the Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences (ICMS) which was established as the first research-oriented institute in Macau in 2002. Over the past 16 years, ICMS has prided itself on hosting the State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicine – the first ever State Key Laboratory in the broad fields of Chinese medicine, and has gained rapid growth and increasing impact, both nationally and globally.

This programme has been designed in response to an ever-increasing interest in the research and development of Chinese Materia Medica. It aims to nurture high-level researchers to be well versed in both theory and practice in the interdisciplinary fields of CMS. Knowledge, skills and developmental activities necessary for success as a researcher have been included in the core curriculum, supplemented by a wide range of electives courses.

This programme features:

  • An integration of traditional Chinese Medicine with frontier biomedical sciences;
  • A combination of theoretical knowledge and experimental research;
  • An English teaching and learning environment with domestic and international experts;
  • An academic exchange with Chinese medical talents in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area



  • Applications for entry in September 2019 will open on 15 October 2018
  • Admission is open to applicants who have completed at least a 4-year Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in related fields from an accredited institution.
  • Please visit our Graduate School website to find out more about admission and application procedure:



Applicants who received their Bachelor’s degree from a university where the medium of instruction was not English are required to provide any of the following as proof of English proficiency:

  • A TOEFL score* of 550 (paper-based examination) / 80 (internet-based examination) or above or,
  • An IELTS overall score* of 6.0 with no sub-score lower than 5.5 or,
  • A CET-6 score of 430 or above or,
  • Pass the TEM-4 or TEM-8 examination

*Note: TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date.


Applicants who received their Bachelor’s degree from a university where the medium of instruction was English are required to provide a proof of English as the medium of instruction, if deemed necessary, issued by the applicants’ university where their Bachelor’s degree was obtained.


In the 1st Academic Year, students are required to complete 4 Compulsory Courses and any 4 Elective Courses (chosen from a list of Elective Courses). In the 2nd Academic Year, students are required to complete an Academic Thesis before graduation.


Type Weekly Lecture Hours Credits
Introduction to Research in Chinese Medicinal Science Compulsory 3 3
Quality Control of Chinese Medicine Compulsory 3 3
Pharmacology and Safety Evaluation Compulsory 3 3
Development of Drugs and Health Products Compulsory 3 3
Choose four from the following courses:
Pharmaceutical Science Required Elective 3 3
Targets and Models for Drug Screen Required Elective 3 3
Systems Biology Required Elective 3 3
Biomedical Informatics Required Elective 3 3
Medical Technology Management Required Elective 3 3
Emerging Materials in Clinical Medicine Required Elective 3 3
Advanced Natural Products Chemistry Required Elective 3 3
Progress in Contemporary Study of Chinese Medicine Required Elective 3 3
Application of Pharmacokinetics and Metabonomics in Drug Development Required Elective 3 3
Computational Pharmacy Required Elective 3 3
Across the Gap between Science and Industry Required Elective 3 3
Total 24
Academic Thesis Compulsory 6
Total 6
Grand Total 30



Besides the courses and research projects, ICMS provides our students a resourceful communication platform and an enjoyable extracurricular life. They will have the opportunities to attend conferences and undergo academic exchanges all over the world. The institute also schedules regular visits to our partners in the pharmaceutical industry for our students. Starting from a warm welcome to the freshmen, the ICMS Postgraduate Association organises various activities throughout the year, e.g. Mid-Autumn Festival celebration, photographic competition, academic forum and so on.



Many graduates from our programme have been admitted into top schools worldwide to achieve higher academic goals, while others have pursued their careers in government departments, medical industries, research institutions, hospitals, and consulting corporations.



Tuition Fees:



Postgraduate House (PGH) consists of 4 buildings (S1, S2, S3 and S4), offering more than 2,600 bed spaces mainly to UM non-local students. All the rooms in the PGH are fully furnished, internet-connected, air-conditioned and with bathrooms, excluding personal necessities and beddings. Please visit the following links for more information:

Postgraduate House:

Fees and Charges:


For more details, please visit our Registry and Graduate School websites:
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