The MPhil 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

  • 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.

TypeWeekly Lecture HoursCredits
Introduction to Research in Chinese Medicinal ScienceCompulsory33
Quality Control of Chinese MedicineCompulsory33
Pharmacology and Safety EvaluationCompulsory33
Development of Drugs and Health ProductsCompulsory33
Choose four from the following courses:
Pharmaceutical ScienceRequired Elective33
Targets and Models for Drug ScreenRequired Elective33
Systems BiologyRequired Elective33
Biomedical InformaticsRequired Elective33
Medical Technology ManagementRequired Elective33
Emerging Materials in Clinical MedicineRequired Elective33
Advanced Natural Products ChemistryRequired Elective33
Progress in Contemporary Study of Chinese MedicineRequired Elective33
Application of Pharmacokinetics and Metabonomics in Drug DevelopmentRequired Elective33
Computational PharmacyRequired Elective33
Across the Gap between Science and IndustryRequired Elective33
Grand Total36

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.

  • Scientific and Technological R&D Award for Postgraduates from Science and Technology Development Fund (FDCT)
  • Chinese National Challenge Cup Competition
  • China’s Internet+ Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Bank of China Million Dollar Entrepreneurship Competition (Macau)

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.

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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  1. Apply cutting-edge biomedical knowledge and technology to the research of Chinese medicine.
  2. Have the ability for professional reading and academic communication in both Chinese and English.
  3. Engage in the manufacturing, inspection, research and development, education and other aspects of Chinese medicine.

(Remarks: The Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs) to be launched in AY2024/25 and programme registration is still in progress.)