Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons)
Approval Code R/727/6/0064; 10/2020
Accreditation Code MQA/FA7765
Classification BPharm (Hons)
Subject Area Pharmacy
Course Mode Full-time
Course Duration 4 years (Lectures and coursework are completed in 14 weeks, with 2 weeks study break before the final examinations).
Course Location Kuala Lumpur
Intakes August


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 off 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.


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.

Qualification
Academic Requirements
 
A-levels
3B or 2A1C or 1A1B1C in Biology and Chemistry and Physics or Maths 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 Maths 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 Physic and Math (or Additional Math) and other one subject at School Certificate level or equivalent

 
Foundation in Sciences

CGPA 3.0 and above with minimum B in Chemistry

AND

Minimum 1 year of study

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

 
Diploma

Diploma in Science (Chemistry or Biology or Physic) 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 Physic and Math (or Additional Math) and other one subject at School Certificate level or equivalent

 
First Degree in Science
CGPA 2.75 and above (CGPA 2.75 = Grade 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)
Or
Tertiary Entrance Education (TEE)
Or
South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)
Or
New South Wales Higher Education Certificate (HSC) (Year 12)
Or
Northern Territory Certificate of Education (NTCE) (Year 12)
Or
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) (Year 12)

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
Aggregate 80% include Chemistry, Biology and Physics or Mathematics in which minimum “B” in Chemistry or equivalent
 
Other Academic qualification
Case-by-case basis

 

Note / Legend:

Admission Level

  • Direct into Year 1
  • Malaysian student must pass Bahasa Melayu and English with minimum Grade C in SPM or equivalent level
  • MUET Minimum Band 3 OR
  • IELTS minimum Band 6 (overall & minimum 5.5 in every section)
  • TOEFL score of 550 (PBT)

*Bahasa Melayu Language Requirement is applicable only for those who wish to apply to Public Service Department, which are according to the Ministry of Higher Education guideline; for civil servant positions as referred to Public Service Department guidelines.

 

Note:

  • 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 for pre-admission interview.
  • Students who sit for January exam to apply with actual results in March.
 

Checklist for Admission

Candidates are advised to bring along original and two (2) copies of certified photocopies of following documents (1 for Registrar's Office, 1 for Faculty):

  1. Academic documents (Completion letter or Certificate and official full transcripts for Foundation in Sciences, STPM, Alevels, SAM, CPU, SPM, UEC, O-levels etc.)
  2. English Proficiency Test Results (MUET, IELTS or TOEFL)
  3. School Leaving Certificate (“Sijil Berhenti Sekolah”)
  4. Testimonial Certificates (“Surat Akuan”)
  5. MyKad (Malaysians only) or Passport (Non-Malaysians only)

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.

YEAR 1
Semester I
  • 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 II
  • 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 I
  • 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 II
  • 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 I
  • 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 II
  • Clinical Pharmacokinetics
  • Non-prescription Drugs
  • Dosage Form Design II
  • Biotechnology & Pharmacogenomics
  • Pharmacy Law and Ethics
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis II
YEAR 4
Semester I
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Pharmacotherapy I
  • Undergraduate Research Project
  • Cancer Chemotherapy
  • Hospital Pharmacy Practice
  • Geriatric Pharmacy
  • Advanced Drug Delivery
  • Religions in Malaysia (MPU – U3)
 
Semester II
  • 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 Skills I & II
U3
– Religions in Malaysia
U4
– Extra-curricular Learning Experience 1 to 3

 


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