Bachelor of Pharmacy

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. It was reaccredited in 2018. The launch of the programme was a response to the growing demand for pharmaceutical care in the community. The programme was designed 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.


Curriculum Aims and Features

The Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) programme is a full-time credit-based programme with a normative period of study of four years. We adopt integrative approach and problem-based learning to develop students’ academic potentials and their capability to apply knowledge in healthcare professions. The distinctive elements of the programme include the following:

Integrated Curriculum
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HKU pharmacy programme was revamped in 2019 to adopt an integrated pharmacy curricula model to meet international standards and better accommodate societal medical needs.

Interprofessional Learning
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Pharmacy students are provided the opportunities to work with other healthcare professionals as a team to develop an interdisciplinary approach to patient care.

Problem-Based Learning
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Problem-based learning is adopted in some of the BPharm courses to encourage student’s critical thinking and application of knowledge to practice.

Articulation to MBBS
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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.

Experiential Learning
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HKU BPharm curriculum encourages students to learn through experiential learning. This allows students to equip skills and knowledge when building hands-on experience and reflection. Pharmacy students can also work in the teaching pharmacies the department set up in collaboration with NGOs and hospitals in Hong Kong to gain real-life experience of pharmacy practice.

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Student will be provided with front line experience of different professional sectors including the hospital pharmacy, community pharmacy and pharmaceutical industry. The different sectors will provide the students the opportunity to engage with stakeholders of the profession, and to gain a better understanding of the role of pharmacists in each sector. The exposure include the observation of clinical judgement, collaboration with other healthcare professionals, primary care services at community sites, formulation and marketing of drugs in the industrial sector.

Research Opportunities
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All our pharmacy students will be provided with the opportunity to undertake a research project in their final year of study. The Final Year Project enables our students to develop scientific and data analysis skills, creativity and critical thinking. Students will also learn about the value of research ethics.

Complementary Medicines
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Students will be equipped with knowledge about Chinese medicine, herbal medicine, functional foods, health care products, aromatics and homeopathic preparations.

Structure of the Programme

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Themes Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
General and Medical Sciences
  • General Chemistry
  • Epidemiology &
  • Basic Sciences in Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry
  • Physiology & Pathophysiology
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Microbiology & Immunology
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Research Methodology and Research Project
  • Big Data Analysis*
  • Pharmacodynamics & Pharmacokinetics
  • Toxicology
  • Gastrointestinal, Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Nephrology & Hepatic Pharmacology
  • Endocrinology, Neurology & Psychiatric Pharmacology
  • Anticancer Drugs
  • Pharmacology of Antimicrobial Agents
  • Molecular Pharmacology*
Clinical Pharmacy
  • Drug Information
  • Management of Gastrointestinal, Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Renal & Hepatic Diseases
  • Ward Visits
  • Management of Endocrine, Neurological & Psychiatric Diseases
  • Cancer Management
  • Palliative Care
  • Pain Management
  • Use of Antibiotics
  • Management of Infectious Diseases
  • Ward Visits
  • Pediatric Pharmacy
  • ICU and Emergency Pharmacy
  • Clinical Trials
  • Hospital Clerkship
Pharmacy Practice
  • Social Pharmacy
  • Dispensing and Compounding Skills
  • Pharmaceutical Calculation
  • Responding to Symptoms
  • Health Promotion
  • Medication Safety
  • Responding to Symptoms
  • Aseptic Techniques
  • Vaccination Training
  • Basic Life Support
  • Communication Skills
  • Pharmacy Law
  • Community Pharmacy Clerkship
Industrial Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science
  • Pharmaceutical Formulation
  • Dosage Form Design
  • Manufacture of Pharmaceutical Products
  • Drug Delivery
  • Drug Stability
  • Industrial Site Visit
  • Industrial Drug Development
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Industrial Clerkship
  • Biopharmaceutical Technology and Future Medicines
Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • Supplements and Nutrition
  • Chinese Medicine*
Interprofessional Learning
  • Health Research Project
  • Inter-Professional Team Based Learning
  • Patient Care Project
  • Inter-Professional Team Based Learning
  • Inter-Professional Team Based Learning
Pharmacy Professional Development
  • Role of Pharmacists
  • Personal Development
  • Pharmacy Experiential Education Programme
  • Pharmacy Experiential Education Programme
  • Ethics in Pharmacy
  • Enrichment Module
  1. * Year 4 Electives