Bachelor of Pharmacy - Course characteristics and curriculum

Background

The full-time Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) Programme was launched in 2009 and the programme obtained full accreditation from The Pharmacy and Poisons Board of Hong Kong in 2012. The launch of the programme was a response to the growing demand for pharmaceutical care in the community. The programme was developed with reference to well-established pharmacy curricula offered by other renowned universities around the world, international trends in pharmacist training, and the specific demands of Hong Kong.

Course Characteristics

Queen Mary Hospital

With many overseas connections established by the Department and the Faculty, summer exchange programmes and placements in different parts of the world are available to BPharm students. This prepares students for the globalized workplace. Students can also learn at first-hand about healthcare systems in different countries. Given rapid globalisation and access to the internet, medicine is now clearly without borders.

Another important feature of the BPharm is the emphasis on clinical pharmacy. This has been made possible by the support of Queen Mary Hospital, which has the largest team of clinical pharmacists locally and is the Faculty's major teaching hospital. BPharm students thus enjoy early clinical exposure and also benefit from the collaboration of pharmacists and clinicians through teaching in wards and outpatient clinics. knowledge. It also helps to broaden the students' understanding of pharmaceutical and social conditions in different countries.

Course Characteristics

Pharmacy student provides patient
education and counseling

Course Characteristics

LKS Faculty of Medicine, HKU

Curriculum Aims and Features

The Bachelor of Pharmacy is a full-time credit-based programme with the normative period of study of four years. The programme is designed on the basis of an outcome-based approach to student learning which aims to produce graduates with solid knowledge of pharmacy as well as abilities to apply the core knowledge and skills for effective, humane and ethical delivery of pharmaceutical care. The distinctive elements of the programme include the following:

Queen Mary Hospital

Clinical Pharmacy: Students will enjoy early clinical exposure and benefit from the inter-professional interaction of pharmacists and clinicians through teaching in the wards

Pharmacy store

Community-based Training: Placement training in community pharmacy will be arranged

School of Chinese Medicine, HKU

Exposure to Chinese, Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Students will be equipped with knowledge about Chinese medicine, herbal medicine, functional foods, health care products, aromatics and homeopathic preparations

Mannings

Patient Counseling and Communication Skills: Students will be trained to enhance their proficiency in providing primary health care services including patient education




School of Chinese Medicine, HKU

Training in Industrial Pharmacy: To prepare students in the formulation, production, control and analysis of pharmaceutical products, as well as the registration, marketing and pharmacovigilance of medicine

Mannings

New Learning Approach: Problem-based learning will be adopted in some courses to encourage interdisciplinary inquiry and foster life-long learning skills

 

Structure of the Programme

Year I
     
Code Course Credit
BPHM1111 Integrated Course in Basic Sciences: Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry 12
BPHM1113 Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology I 6
BPHM1121 Evidence-Based Practice 6
BPHM1122 Pharmacy Practice I 6
CAES1000 Core University English 1 6
CHEM1042 General Chemistry 6
  Common Core Courses 2 24
1 Candidates who have achieved Level 5** in English Language in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination, or equivalent, may at the discretion of the Faculty be exempted from this requirement and should take an elective course in lieu.

2 Candidates are required to successfully complete six Common Core Courses, selecting not more than one course from the same Area of Inquiry within one academic year and at least one and not more than two courses from each Area of Inquiry, before the end of the second year of study.
Year II
     
Code Course Credit
BPHM2114 Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology II 6
BPHM2115 Microbiology and Immunology 6
BPHM2123 Pharmacy Practice II 6
BPHM2131 Physicochemical Principles of Pharmacy 6
BPHM2136 Physical Chemistry: Principles and Applications in Pharmaceutical Sciences 6
BPHM2141 Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacy I 6
BPHM2142 Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacy II 6
CAES9720 English for Clinical Pharmacy 6
CHEM2443 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry for Pharmacy Students 6
  Common Core Courses * 12
* Candidates are required to successfully complete six Common Core Courses, selecting not more than one course from the same Area of Inquiry within one academic year and at least one and not more than two courses from each Area of Inquiry, before the end of the second year of study.
Year III
     
Code Course Credit
BPHM3132 Dosage Form Design 6
BPHM3133 Medicinal Chemistry for Pharmacy Students 6
BPHM3134 Advanced Pharmaceutics 6
BPHM3143 Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacy III 6
BPHM3144 Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacy IV 6
BPHM3145 Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacy V 6
BPHM3146 Pharmacology and Therapeutics 6
BPHM3151 Principles of Pharmacognosy, Herbal Medicines and Nutraceuticals 6
CEMD9005 Practical Chinese for Pharmacy Students 6
CHEM3244 Analytical Techniques for Pharmacy Students 6
Year IV
     
Code Course Credit
BPHM4124 Pharmacy Practice III 6
BPHM4125 Pharmacy Practice IV 6
BPHM4135 Industrial Drug Development 6
BPHM4147 Toxicology and Drug Abuse 6
BPHM4148 Clinical Pharmacy 6
BPHM4149 Clinical Pharmacology and Advanced Clinical Pharmacy 6
BPHM4161 Research Methodology and Research Project 12
  Elective I 6
  Elective II 6
Complete any 2 courses from the following:
Electives
     
Code Course Credit
BPHM4141 Molecular Medicine 6
BPHM4142 Molecular Pharmacology 6
BPHM4151 Cosmetic Science 6
BPHM4152 Chinese Medicine for Pharmacy Students 6

Updated: Nov 2015