Bachelor Of Pharmacy (Hons)

Intakes
July
Course Duration
4 years
Course Location
Kuala Lumpur
Course Mode
Full-time
Approval Code
R2/727/6/0064; 10/2027
Accreditation Code
MQA/FA7765


Overview

Fully accredited by the Pharmacy Board Malaysia, UCSI University’s Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) is well-known among industry practitioners and employers. Hands-on approach and student-centred, the programme is designed to encourage students to become independent learners who are capable of undertaking... and understanding challenges in the use of medicine and in healthcare. The programme is geared towards the patient as the major focus for the application of knowledge of pharmaceutical sciences. There are four main areas within the programme: Physiology and Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology, and Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice. This programme will equip you with the scientific, clinical and professional knowledge as well as strong communication skills to positively impact the healthcare system.

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* This programme received a 100% graduate employability score in the Ministry of Higher Education’s Graduate Employability 2020. (Source: ge.mohe.gov.my/)

About the Programme

Professional Recognition

The Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) programme is recognised by Malaysian Pharmacy Board (MPB).

Programme Details

The duration of the programme is 4 years.

In each year there are two long-semesters consisting of 14 weeks of instruction with 2 weeks of examinations. The long-semesters start in January and July.

In addition, students also undertake a research and development project in their final year.

The number of contact hours per course per week depends on the credit and teaching methodology of each course. Each credit is approximately equivalent to 1 hour of class, or 2 hours of labs per week.

Interviews

Academically qualified candidates would be required to attend an interview for admission. The outcome of the interview will determine a candidate's successful admission into the programme.

Assessments

UCSI University School of Pharmacy assesses its students based on the main objective of training competent pharmacists. The ethics, communication, knowledge, analytical and critical thinking skills are incorporated into its assessments. The assessment methods include various assignments, practical & visitation reports, oral presentations, research project viva, patient counseling, tutorials, problem based sessions and finally the examinations.

Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements

​A- Level

3B or 2A1C or 1A1B1C in Biology and Chemistry and Physics or Mathematics with minimum "B" in Chemistry

With reference to the Score system of the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) carried out at United Kingdom for A-level result with score of A+ = 140, A=120, B=100 and C=80

3B proposed by LFM is equal to the total score of 300 with B for Chemistry course

STPM

3B or 2A1C or 1A1B1C in Biology and Chemistry and Physics or Mathematics with minimum "B" in Chemistry
Overall CGPA minimum 3

​Matriculation or Pre-Study in Medicine and Pharmacy

CGPA 3.0 and above with minimum "B" in Chemistry

Minimum 1 year of study

Pass SPM with minimum 5B in Biology and Chemistry and Physics and Mathematics (or Additional Mathematics) and other one subject at School Certificate level or equivalent

​Foundation in Sciences

CGPA 3.0 and above with minimum B in Chemistry

Minimum 1 year of study

Pass SPM with minimum 5B in Biology and Chemistry and Physics and Mathematics (or Additional Mathematics) and other one subject at School Certificate level or equivalent

​Diploma

Diploma in Science (Chemistry or Biology or Physics) CGPA 3.75 and above including B in Chemistry subject

OR

Diploma in Pharmacy CGPA 3.5 and above

Minimum 1 year of study

Pass SPM with minimum 5B in Biology and Chemistry and Physics and Mathematics (or Additional Mathematics) and other one subject at School Certificate level or equivalent

​First Degree in Science

First Degree in Science CGPA 2.75 and above (CGPA 2.75 = Gred C+)

UEC

Pass UEC with minimum Grade B4 in 5 subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Additional Mathematics or one other subject.

Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT) /Tertiary Entrance Education (TEE) /South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) /New South Wales Higher Education Certificate (HSC) (Year 12) /Northern Territory Certificate of Education (NTCE) (Year 12) /Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) (Year 12) /Monash University Foundation Year (MUFY)

Aggregate 80% include Chemistry, Biology and Physics or Mathematics in which minimum “B” in Chemistry or equivalent

OR

TER/ UAI/ ENTER/ ATAR 80 include Chemistry, Biology and Physics or Mathematics in which minimum “B” in Chemistry or equivalent

South Australian Matriculation (SAM)/ Western Australian Curriculum Council/ University of New South Wales Foundation/ Trinity College Foundation/ Higher School Certificate-Sydney Australia

Aggregate 80% include Chemistry, Biology and Physics or Mathematics in which minimum “B” in Chemistry or equivalent

OR

TER/ UAI/ ENTER/ ATAR 80 include Chemistry, Biology and Physics or Mathematics in which minimum “B” in Chemistry or equivalent

Canadian Pre-U (CPU)/ Canadian International Matriculation Program (CIMP)

Aggregate 80% include Chemistry, Biology and Physics or Mathematics with minimum “B” in Chemistry or equivalent

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Pass IB with minimum 30 points (exclusive of bonus points) for two Science or Mathematics subjects at Higher Level (HL) and another one Science subject at Standard Level (SL) with minimum 4 points for Chemistry, Biology and Physics or Mathematics

Indian Pre-university

Aggregate 70% for three subjects (Chemistry, Biology and Physics or Mathematics) with minimum “B” in Chemistry or equivalent

Other International Qualifications Deemed Equivalent to STPM/A-Level by Malaysian Qualifications Agency

Aggregate 80% for three subjects (Chemistry, Biology and Physics or Mathematics) with minimum “B” in Chemistry or equivalent

Note / Legend:
  • UCSI University Senate, on 22 Mac 2017, has approved that the pre-admission interview and chemistry quiz for BPharm (Hons) to be abolished. Eligible candidate shall be admitted into the programme after approval by the Faculty.
  • International students are required to attend a pre-admission interview.

English Language Requirements

For Local Students
MUET
Band 3
SPM English Language
Grade B+
UEC English Language
Grade C
IELTS
Band 5.0
TOEFL IBT
42
SPM/O-Level/IGCSE/UEC
Grade C

  • Malaysian students without a credit in SPM Bahasa Melayu are required to pass Bahasa Kebangsaan A before graduation. For civil-servant positions, refer to the Public Services Department guidelines.
For International Students
IELTS
Band 5.0
Cambridge English Qualifications and Tests
154
TOEFL IBT
42
Pearson Test of English
47
MUET
Band 3

  • International applicants who do not meet the respective academic programme’s English Language Requirement will need to improve their proficiency by enrolling into the English for Tertiary Education programme (R/KJP/00920-00929) which helps them prepare for attaining a required band score. Placement into the various levels of the English for Tertiary Education programme depends on the English Language qualification students have at the point of admission and/or the outcome of the English Placement Test.
  • The applicants who have met the respective academic programme’s English Language Requirement may be advised by Faculty to improve their proficiency by undertaking the additional English proficiency courses.

Courses Offered

Year 1
Semester 1
  • General Chemistry for Pharmacy
  • Introductory Physiology
  • Microbiology for Pharmacy
  • Basic Pharmacology and Immunopharmacology
  • Professional Skills I (MPU - U2)
  • Extra-curricular Learning Experience 1 (MPU - U4)
Semester 2
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Basic Medicinal Chemistry
  • Biostatistics and Research Methods
  • Professional Skills II
  • Nervous System & Pharmacotherapy I
  • Malaysian Studies (for international students only) (MPU – UI)
  • Hubungan Etnik (for Malaysian students only) (MPU—U1 subjects)
Year 2
Semester 1
  • Cardiovascular System, Blood & Pharmacotherapy
  • Physicochemical Properties of Drugs and Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients
  • Biochemistry for Pharmacy
  • Antimicrobial Therapy I
  • Pulmonary, Renal & Pharmacotherapy
  • Extracurricular Learning Experience
Semester 2
  • Antimicrobial Therapy II
  • Endocrine System & Pharmacotherapy
  • Extemporaneous Preparation in Pharmacy
  • Gastrointestinal System & Pharmacotherapy
  • Pharmacognosy
  • Marketing for Pharmacy
  • TITAS (for Malaysian students only) (MPU – UI)
  • Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 3 (for international students only) (MPU – UI)
Year 3
Semester 1
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis I
  • Dosage Form Design I
  • Basic Pharmacokinetics
  • Evidence Based Medicine
  • Nervous System & Pharmacotherapy II
  • Introductory Clinical Pharmacy
  • Extracurricular Learning Experience (MPU – UI)
Semester 2
  • Clinical Pharmacokinetics
  • Non-prescription Drugs
  • Dosage Form Design II
  • Biotechnology & Pharmacogenomics
  • Pharmacy Law and Ethics
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis II
Year 4
Semester 1
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Pharmacotherapy I
  • Undergraduate Research Project
  • Cancer Chemotherapy
  • Hospital Pharmacy Practice
  • Geriatric Pharmacy
  • Advanced Drug Delivery
  • Religions in Malaysia (MPU – U3)
Semester 2
  • Pharmacotherapy II
  • Clinical Clerkship
  • Industrial Clerkship
  • Pharmacoeconomics
  • Pharmacy Management
  • Industrial Management
  • Drugs of Abuse and Society
General Courses (MPU) are compulsory for all students.
U1
For Malaysian students:
  1. Ethnic Relations
  2. Islamic Civilisation and Asian Civilisation
For foreign students:
  1. Malaysian Studies
  2. Communication in Bahasa Melayu 3
U2
Professional Skill I & II
U3
Religions in Malaysia
U4
Extra-curricular Learning Experience 1 to 3

All information is correct at the time of upload and UCSI University reserves the right to make amendments without prior notice.

Career Opportunities

Malaysia has a vision to increase the number of pharmacists for the country in recent years. In achieving this, it will enable the country to advance into its ability for dispensing separation. Dispensing separation is the provision where pharmacists are allowed the sole responsibilities in dispensing medicines with prescriptions from doctors. This system would benefit the public greatly with pharmacists screening and identifying drug-related problems in addition to provide important information on their drug therapy. It is believed that dispensing separation would expand the roles of pharmacists in the country.

With the increased awareness of the public in pharmacy, it is well acknowledged that there are three main career options of community pharmacy, industrial pharmacy and hospital & clinical pharmacy.

With the new developments in recent year all over the world, the public has been actively seeking the consultation of pharmacists in herbal medicines, traditional medicines and the other alternative medicine. Pharmacists in the ever changing world of drug therapy and advanced therapeutics would need to keep up to date with these developments. This is the reason for the emphasis of the UCSI University Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons.) curriculum on the importance of life long learning for the profession.

Tuition Fees

Local Students

Approximate Total Fees:

RM 151,240

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International Students

Approximate Total Fees:

RM 204,298

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International Degree Pathway (IDP)
IDP ProgrammePathwayUniversityCountryFee
Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons)1 + 3University of QueenslandAustraliaAUD 45,792

For enquiry, please contact us at [email protected] or call us at +603 9101 8880 ext 2066.
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