MSc Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Approval Code R/421/7/0001; 11/2020
Accreditation Code MQA/FA0014
Classification MSc
Subject Area Pharmacy (Chemistry)
Course Mode Full-time
Course Duration Minimum 1 year – Maximum 3 years (Duration of study is subjected to progress of research work)
Course Location Kuala Lumpur
Intakes January and July

Under UCSI University’s Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the MQA-approved Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Chemistry aims to produce professional and ethical graduates who are capable of contributing to the local and global science & technology industry for the advancement of quality pharmaceutical products, research and development. The programme seeks to instill learners with life-long learning to develop creative, critical problem-solving skills with good communication, management and leadership skills.

Using a mixed-mode structure, this structural combination of coursework and dissertation offers advanced knowledge in pharmaceutical analytical techniques, as well as ‘elective’ management courses under the Faculty of Business & Information Science. To facilitate teaching and learning, UCSI University provides computer labs, teaching / research laboratories, a library equipped with online database search services, modern postgraduate teaching and research instruments, as well as highly dedicated experienced academics and active researchers. The programme also stipulates the completion of individual research projects over several months.

This programme is suitable for working professionals


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BSc in Pharmacy OR a B. Pharm (Hons) degree or equivalent undergraduate degree in related field.

Academic Requirements

Minimum CGPA of 2.75.

Five (5) years relevant working experience is required for applicants who do not meet the minimum CGPA.

Admission Level

Faculty to assess before admission.

English Language Requirements

Minimum IELTS of 6.0 or TOEFL 550 (PBT) / 230 (CBT) / 80 (IBT) or achieved above 70% for English Enrichment Programme (EEP) level 10 of UCSI University. To be obtained before admission.

International Students

To sit for English Placement Test (EPT) and enroll into CETE programme until fulfil the above English requirement within 12 months upon arrival.

English Language Course Exemption:

Applicants who obtained Bachelor’s degrees in other universities that use English as the medium of instruction may be exempted from taking English classes at UCSI University if the alma mater’s Registrar issues an official letter indicating so to the University. Applicants may be required to attend an interview, conducted by UCSI’s faculty experts, or sit for a written test before they are accepted for admission.

Graduates may work in manufacturing, quality control, research and development, or in marketing or management; in the government services at drug regulatory agencies, hospitals or clinical chemistry laboratories; or as pharmaceutical education lecturers or researchers. The Master of Science Pharmaceutical Chemistry graduates can also advance further into various academic opportunities worldwide in research and academics.

Semester 1 (August – December)
  • Research Methodology
  • Biostatistics and Experimental Design
  • Chemistry of Drug Design and Discovery
  • Advanced Separation Sciences
  • Research I*
Semester 2 (February – June)
  • Advances in Spectroscopy
  • Research II*

*The duration of candidature is dependent on the completion of taught courses and progress of research project.

**Duration of Research II is subjected to progress and completion of research project.

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