Degree in Pharmacy
The Bachelor of Pharmacy is a 4-year programme that prepares students to become qualified, competent and knowledgeable pharmacists in all aspects related to drug therapy, medicine and pharmaceutical care.
The programme aims to prepare students for different pharmaceutical fields such as hospital, community, industry, regulatory, academics and research. Students will also be placed under a few community pharmacies and industrial pharmacies throughout their course of study.
Career options may include pharmacists, research officers and academicians.
STPM or A-Level
- SPM or O-Level – Minimum of 5Bs in: Biology + Chemistry + Physics + Mathematics or Additional Mathematics + one other subject
- A-Level – Minimum of BBB / ABC / AAC in: Biology + Chemistry (minimum B) + Physics or Mathematics
- STPM – Minimum of BBB / ABC / AAC in: Biology + Chemistry (minimum B) + Physics or Mathematics. Overall CGPA must be at least 3.0 (out of 4.0)
- Matriculation or Foundation in Science – (1) CGPA 3.0 (out of 4.0) in: Biology + Chemistry (minimum B) + Physics or Mathematics, AND (2) Minimum of 5Bs at SPM or O-Level in: Biology + Chemistry + Physics + Mathematics or Additional Mathematics + one other subject
Diploma in Pharmacy
The Diploma in Pharmacy aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge required to play the role of a Pharmacy Assistant in a healthcare establishment or in a community pharmacy environment. This course also equips students with the specialized knowledge and skills required to enhance their career through further study in the related field.
Upon successful completion of the programme, graduates will be prepared to serve as Pharmacy Assistants at hospitals, community pharmacies or contribute their knowledge and expertise in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry.
Career options may include; Pharmacy Assistant in retails pharmacies and hospitals.
- • SPM (or equivalent): Minimum 3Cs including one Science or Mathematics subject and passed Bahasa Melayu and English.
Why should we study Pharmacy?
Improving patient outcomes
Medication adherence and compliance is one of the many patient outcomes that pharmacists have an immense impact on. Half of all patients with chronic diseases do not take their medications as prescribed. Pharmacists play an important role in achieving positive health outcomes, such as fewer hospitalizations, less disease progression and fewer co-morbidities, by being accessible and building relationships with patients.
Diversity of career options
The variety of career opportunities within the field of pharmacy is very diverse. While the majority of pharmacists (45 percent) work in an independent or retail chain community pharmacy, many others have explored or created new opportunities for themselves. Various healthcare environments for pharmacists include but are not limited to managed care organizations, hospitals, nursing homes, the pharmaceutical industry, colleges and the federal government.
Many exciting developments are taking place in the pharmacy profession, including specialty pharmacy, discipline of pharmacogenomics and digital advancements like artificial intelligence. Specialty medications, like biosimilars, are becoming a big part of the pharmaceutical industry and specialty pharmacies are flourishing as demand increases. Same goes for increase in personalized healthcare expansion using genetic testing for genome sequencing and selecting medications based on the patient’s DNA.
The field of Pharmacy
The field of pharmacy includes:
- Academic Pharmacy
- Community Pharmacy
- Hospital Pharmacy
- Industrial Pharmacy