Programmes

Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)




What is Pharmacy?

Pharmacy is the health profession charged with ensuring the safe and effective use of medications. Modern pharmacy emphasises on the provision of optimal pharmaceutical care to patients. Pharmacists are responsible for delivering effective therapeutics to improve patients’ quality of life.

Programme Aims and Objectives

The Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) programme aims to nurture competent graduates with solid knowledge of pharmacy as well as abilities to apply the core knowledge and problem-solving skills for effective, humane and ethical delivery of pharmaceutical care.

Programme Structure

The whole programme comprises 252 credit-units of courses over a period of 4 years which shall include the following:

  • Pharmacy core courses 186 credits
  • Pharmacy electives 12 credits
  • Common core courses 36 credits
  • Language courses 18 credits

Clinical Pharmacy

With the support of Queen Mary Hospital, students studying at HKU enjoy early clinical exposure and benefit from the inter-professional collaboration of pharmacists and clinicians through bedside teaching and outpatient clinics.

New Learning Approaches

As an area of strength of the Medical Faculty, the problem-based learning (“PBL”) approach is adopted to encourage interdisciplinary inquiry and foster life-long learning skills. Besides, students have various opportunities to acquire patient counselling and communication skills step-by-step with a gradual increase in the degree of mastery and in the complexity of the situations encountered.

Local and Overseas Exposure

The new enrichment module will enable students to be involved in a local community service project of their own choices. The module provides them with the chance to engage in activities which benefit different social groups in need as future healthcare professionals.

In addition to local experiences, all our pharmacy students will have the opportunity to participate in an international exchange programme. A strong link has been established with the pharmacy department of different universities and hospitals around the world, including University College London (UK), King’s College London (UK), University of Rouen (France), University of Sydney (Australia), Sojo University (Japan), University of Illinois at Chicago (USA) and many others.

Placement, Clerkship and Research Project

As part of the curriculum, each pharmacy student will have the chance to gain working experience in different pharmacy settings during term time. Students will rotate between hospital pharmacy, community pharmacy and pharmaceutical industry for at least one week in each setting during the final year of study. In addition, students will have the opportunity to carry out a research project in a specialised area of their choices, under the supervision of our academic staff.

Opportunities for Interprofessional Learning

The programme offers students with invaluable opportunities of interprofessional learning throughout the 4-year curriculum, including health research project, patient care project and interprofessional team-based learning with students from Medicine, Nursing and Chinese Medicine programmes. These interprofessional learning activities will utilise the expertise of students from different backgrounds and foster cooperation between different healthcare professionals in the future.

The programme also equips future pharmacists with the knowledge of Chinese Medicine as well as Complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAM), which are commonly used by many patients in conjunction with Western medicines.

New arrangement - Articulation to HKU MBBS and completion of two professional degrees in eight years

This year (2019/2020), HKU BPharm Programme starts to offer an articulation arrangement with HKU MBBS Programme. Students with outstanding performance by Semester 1 of Year 3 can choose to attach to the MBBS curriculum for one semester. Upon completion of the BPharm Programme and having satisfied the admission criteria of MBBS curriculum, students can then be admitted directly to Year 2 and exempted from the Year 3 enrichment year requirement. Students can, as a result, obtain dual professional degrees in BPharm and MBBS from HKU in eight years. For details, please refer to https://www.pharma.hku.hk/en/Department/Others2

BPharm Curriculum Structure

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

  • General Chemistry
  • Basic Sciences in Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry
  • Epidemiology & Research Methods
  • Drug Discovery
  • Drug Information
  • Critical Appraisal
  • Dispensing and Compounding Skills
  • Pharmaceutical Calculation
  • Core University English
  • Common Core Courses
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Dosage Form Design
  • Pharmacodynamic & Pharmacokinetics
  • Pharmacy in Body System Series:
    • Cardiovascular & Renal
    • Gastrointestinal
    • Respiratory
  • Pharmacy Practice: Responding to Symptoms
  • English for Clinical Pharmacy
  • Practical Chinese for Pharmacy Students
  • Common Core Courses
  • Advanced Drug Delivery
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis
  • Pharmacy in Body System Series:
    • Endocrinology
    • Neurology & Psychiatric
    • Musculoskeletal and Connective Tissue
    • Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
    • Oncology and Special Populations
  • Pharmacy Practice: Responding to Symptoms

 

  • Research Methodology and Research Project #
  • Pharmacy Law and Ethics
  • Industrial Drug Development
  • Biopharmaceutical Technology and Future Medicines
  • Electives
    • Epidemiology & Precision Medicine*
    • Molecular Medicine*
    • Molecular Pharmacology*
    • Chinese Medicine*
  • Outreach Elderly Care Project
  • Professional Placement
  • Enrichment Module

 

# All year 4 students have to complete a research project
* Electives

Admission Requirements

In addition to satisfying the University entrance requirements, candidates for admission shall satisfy all of the following requirements in HKDSE:

a) achieve the level of performance in the four core subjects as below:

Subject

Level of Performance

English

4

Chinese

3

Mathematics

2

Liberal Studies

2

b) attain at least Level 3 in two electives, one of which must be:

  1. Chemistry OR
  2. Combined Science with Chemistry as one of the components

The best 6 subjects of HKDSE will be taken into consideration for admission.

Professional Recognition

The programme has been granted accreditation by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board of Hong Kong. Students who have completed a full-time pharmacy degree and one additional year of internship are qualified as registered pharmacists in Hong Kong.

Future Studies

Graduates will be well prepared for continuous postgraduate training through a taught Master of Clinical Pharmacy programme or to pursue academic pharmacy by research postgraduate study.

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Enquiries

Email: bpharm@hku.hk
Website: https://www.pharma.hku.hk/
Phone: +852 3917 9460 / +852 3917 9463