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Diploma In Pharmacy

Intakes
January and September.
Course Duration
2.5 years
Course Location
Kuala Lumpur
Course Mode
Full Time
Approval Code
N/0916/4/0002; 08/2027
Accreditation Code
MQA/PA15685


Overview

The Diploma in Pharmacy programme provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to contribute effectively to the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries as pharmacy assistants and technicians. The programme aims to strengthen the nation’s need for competent and qualified pharmacy support staff in the healthcare sector by educating students on various aspects of pharmaceutics, pharmacy practices, communication skills, healthcare management and entrepreneurship and includes attachments in hospital, community, and industrial settings.

Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements

​SPM/O level

Possess Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) with three (3) credits in Mathematics, one science subject (biology/chemistry/physics/general science) and one any other subject, or its equivalent.

STPM

Pass Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) with a minimum of Grade C (GP2.00) in any subject, or its equivalent; and possess SPM with three (3) credits in Mathematics, one science subject (biology/chemistry/ physics/general science) and one any other subject, or its equivalent.

​STAM

Pass Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia
(STAM) with a minimum grade of Maqbul, or its equivalent; and possess SPM with three (3) credits in Mathematics, one science subject (biology/chemistry/physics/general science) and one any other subject, or its equivalent.

SKM

A pass in Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM)
(Level 3, MQF) in a related field (health science related) and possess SPM with one (1) credit.

​Certificate

A Certificate (Level 3, MQF) in a related field with a minimum CGPA of 2.00, or its equivalent.

​Note : Admission to the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) programme requires SPM (science stream) with chemistry, biology and physics.
The credit requirement at SPM level can be waived should the grades obtained at the STPM/STAM/Matriculation level are equivalent/higher
​UEC

Minimum grades of B in 3 subjects, inclusive of Mathematics and 1 science subject

​Polytechnic/Certificate Equivalents

Minimum CGPA 2.0

​Equivalent Courses

Case-by-case basis.

​Matriculation

CGPA of 2.0 and above with minimum Grade E in Mathematics, one science subject (biology/chemistry/physics/general science) and one other subject.

​Other qualifications deemed equivalent to SPM/O-Level by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency

Aggregate 50% inclusive of Mathematics, one science subject and one other subject.

Note / Legend:

Discretion is given to the Head of School to deal with applicants who have results borderline to the Academic Requirements.

SPM Credit – 'A+' to 'C'
O-Level – 'A' to 'C'
UEC Credit – 'A1' to 'B6'
STPM principal – 'A' to 'C'
A-Level principal – 'A' to 'E'

English Language Requirements

For Local Students
MUET
Band 2
CEFR
B1 (with at least 2 skills at B1)
SPM English Language
Grade B+
1119/O-Level/IGCSE
Grade C
UEC English Language
Grade A2
TOEFL IBT
30-31
IELTS
4.0
1Cambridge English Qualification Test/Linguaskill
140
Pearson Test
36

For International Students
MUET
Band 3
CEFR
B1 (High B1)
SPM English Language
Grade B+
1119/O-Level/IGCSE
Grade C
UEC English Language
Grade A2
TOEFL IBT
42
IELTS
5.0
Cambridge English Qualification Test/Linguaskill
154
Pearson Test
36

  • Other equivalent qualification can be exempted on case-by-case basis.
  • Candidates who scored lower than B+ in SPM English Language or than the above requirement will have to take the SE004 Basic English subject before taking the SE005 English Foundation subject in the foundation year.

Courses Offered

Year 1
  • Extracurricular Learning Experience 1 (MPU–U4)
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • General Chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Introduction to Pharmaceutics
  • Professional Skills & Development
  • Organic and Inorganic Chemistry
  • Liquid Dosage Forms
  • Dispensing Techniques & Communication
  • Medical Devices & Equipment/Compounding Pharmacy/ Geriatric Care
  • Community Attachment
Year 2
  • Solid Dosage Forms
  • Semisolid Dosage Forms
  • Introduction to Pharmacy Management
  • Pharmacology & Pharmacotherapy of Main Body Systems
  • Clinical Pharmacy & Pharmacy Practice
  • Extra-Curricular Learning Experience 2 (MPU–U4)
  • Sterile & Non-Sterile Compounding
  • Quality Control of Pharmaceutical Products
  • Antimicrobial Therapy
  • Pharmacology & Pharmacotherapy of Special Body Systems Vitamins, Herbal Supplements & Nutrition/ Management in Pharmacy Services/ Pharmacy Law (Regulations & Standards)
  • Principles of Entrepreneurship (MPU–U2)
  • Industrial Attachment

6 Months of attachment after year 2

  • Hospital Pharmacy
General Courses (MPU) are compulsory for all students.
U1
For Malaysian students:
  1. Appreciation of Ethics and Civilisations
    (Penghayatan Etika and Peradaban)
For foreign students:
  1. Communication in Bahasa Melayu 2
    (Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 2)

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

Career Opportunities

Graduates with a diploma in pharmacy can expect wide career opportunities in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry

  • Pharmacy Assistant (government/private hospitals; community pharmacies)
  • Medical/Healthcare Sales Representative
  • Quality Control Assistant
  • Sales and Marketing Executive
  • Health Service Managers
  • Pharmacy Lab Assistant
  • Storekeeper

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

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