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Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons)

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Exam BodyInternal Degree, Malaysia
Course Duration4 Yrs
Part Time/Full TimeFull Time
Fees (International Student)160348/Course
CampusUCSI University, Kuala Lumpur Campus
FacultyFaculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Conducted entirely in MalaysiaYes
Awarding CountryMalaysia
Level of StudyBachelor's Degree Level
Field of StudyMedicine & Healthcare
Course Description

Malaysia is rapidly advancing in various areas of pharmacy, including pharmaceutical biology, pharmaceutical technology, pharmaceutical chemistry and clinical pharmacy to name a few. The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences conduct excellent curriculum to meet the rapidly changing demand of the country and the world. The early part of the B.Pham (Hons) curriculum focuses students on the fundamental knowledge in pharmacy as the foundation for later years. The curriculum is unique in that it starts o? with integrated courses where four main disciplines in pharmacy are being taught for each body system studied. Students appreciate this mode of learning as it enhances their understanding. This will serve as a strong foundation later as they practice as pharmacists. Students in the programme experience various attachments to enhance their knowledge and skills in pharmacy. The UCSI pharmacy programme trains students with creative and critical thinking, in addition to the research skills needed for their career advancement.

The courses in the programme are arranged into four main disciplines within the Faculty as listed.

  • Physiology & Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutics & Pharmaceutical Technology
  • Clinical Pharmacy & Pharmacy Practice

UCSI University’s Pharmacy curriculum emphasises training of professional, competent and competitive pharmacy graduates by focusing on academic ability, research skills and soft skills, while also highlighting communication, team work, critical thinking, innovative thinking, entrepreneurship and leadership.

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 February and August.

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.


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.


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.

Year 1
July - November
  • General Chemistry for Pharmacy
  • Introductory Physiology
  • Microbiology for Pharmacy
  • Professional Skills 1 (MPU - U2)
  • Extra-curricular Learning Experience 1 (MPU - U4)
January - May
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Basic Pharmacology & Immunopharmacology
  • Basic Medicinal Chemistry
  • Professional Skills 2 (MPU - U2)
  • Biostatistics for Pharmacy
  • Introductory Clinical Pharmacy
Year 2
July - November
  • Biochemistry for Pharmacy
  • Physical Pharmacy
  • Dispensing & Compounding
  • Antimicrobial Therapy I
  • Nervous System & Pharmacotherapy I
  • Extra-curricular Learning Experience 2 (MPU - U4)
January - May
  • Antimicrobial Therapy 2
  • Aseptic Dispensing
  • Pulmonary, Renal & Pharmacotherapy
  • Endocrine System & Pharmacotherapy
  • Nonprescription Drugs
  • Marketing for Pharmacy
Year 3
July - November
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis I
  • Dosage Form Design 1
  • Cardiovascular System, Blood & Pharmacotherapy
  • Gastrointestinal System & Pharmacotherapy
  • Evidence Based Medicine
  • Basic Pharmacokinetics
  • Extra-curricular Learning Experience 3 (MPU - U4)
January - May
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis II
  • Pharmacognosy
  • Clinical Pharmacokinetics
  • Dosage Form Design 2
  • Biotechnology & Pharmacogenomics
  • Nervous System & Pharmacotherapy II
  • Drug of Abuse & Society
Year 4
July - November
  • Hospital Pharmacy Practice
  • Pharmacy Management
  • Pharmacotherapy 1
  • Pharmacy Clerkship
  • Research Project OR
  • Geriatric Pharmacy
  • Religions in Malaysia (MPU - U3)
January - May
  • Cancer Chemotherapy
  • Pharmacotherapy 2
  • Clinical Clerkship
  • Pharmacy Law & Ethics
  • Pharmacoeconomics
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Industrial Management
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 Skills 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.


Entry Requirements

Qualification Academic Requirements A- Levels 3B or 2A1C or 1A1B1C in Biology and Chemistry and Physics or Maths with "B" in Chemistry. STPM CGPA 3 and above with 'B' in Chemistry. Matriculation or Pre-University Study in Medicine and Pharmacy CGPA 3.0 and above with minimum "B" in Chemistry. OR CGPA 3.5 and above with minimum B in Chemistry AND Minimum 1 year of study Pass in SPM with minimum 5B in Biology and Chemistry and Physics and Maths (or Additional Maths) and other one course at School Certificate level or equivalent Foundation in Sciences First Degree in Science CGPA 2.75 and above (CGPA 2.75 = Grade C+) Other Academic qualification Case-by-case basis (at the sole discretion of the faculty) * Compulsory courses: Chemistry, Maths and Biology /Physics Note: - Malaysian students must pass Bahasa Melayu and English with minimum Grade C in SPM/equivalent. - All candidates directed into Year 1 will have to undergo an interview and a Chemistry quiz before being accepted into the programme. - English Requirements: MUET – Band 4; or TOEFL 570 (overall & in each section) must be obtained before admission.

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Career Prospects

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.

All fees are in RM (Ringgit Malaysia) currency unless stated otherwise.

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