Curriculum and Course characteristics

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.

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 all BPharm students. This prepares students for the globalized workplace and internationalism mindset. Students can also learn at first-hand about healthcare systems in different countries.

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. It also helps to broaden the students' understanding of pharmaceutical needs and social needs of patients.

Queen Mary Hospital

Queen Mary Hospital


 Pharmacy student provides patient  education and counseling

Pharmacy student provides patient education and counseling


LKS Faculty of Medicine, HKU

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:

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


New Learning Approach:  Problem-based learning will be adopted in some courses to encourage application of knowledge to practice. Some classes will be taken with other healthcare professionals to develop an interdisciplinary approach to patient care

New Learning Approach: Problem-based learning will be adopted in some courses to encourage application of knowledge to practice. Some classes will be taken with other healthcare professionals to develop an interdisciplinary approach to patient care


Structure of the Programme

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Themes Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4#
General and Medical Sciences
  • General Chemistry
  • Epidemiology &
    Biostatistics
  • Basic Sciences in Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry
  • Physiology & Pathophysiology
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Microbiology & Immunology
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Epidemiology & Precision Medicine *
Pharmacology
  • Pharmacodynamics & Pharmacokinetics
  • Gastrointestinal, Cardiovascular & Respiratory Pharmacology
  • Endocrinology, Nephrology, Neurology & Psychiatric Pharmacology
  • Anticancer Drugs
  • Pharmacology of Antimicrobial Agents
  • Toxicology & Drug Abuse
  • Molecular Pharmacology*
  • Molecular Medicine*
Clinical Pharmacy
  • Management of Gastrointestinal , Cardiovascular & Respiratory Diseases
  • Drug Information
  • Ward Visits
  • Management of Endocrine, Renal, Neurological & Psychiatric Diseases
  • Use of Antibiotics
  • Pain Management
  • Ward Visits
  • Cancer Management
  • Palliative Care
  • Pediatric Pharmacy
  • ICU and Emergency Pharmacy
  • Clinical Trials
  • Hospital Placement
Community-based Pharmacy
  • Social Pharmacy
  • Dispensing and Compounding Skills
  • Pharmaceutical Calculation
  • Responding to Symptoms
  • Health Promotion
  • Medication Safety
  • Pharmacy Law
  • Nutrition
  • Communication Skills
  • Outreach Elderly Care Project
  • Community Pharmacy Placement
Industrial Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science
  • Pharmaceutical Formulation
  • Dosage Form Design
  • Drug Stability
  • Drug Delivery
  • Manufacture of Pharmaceutical Products
  • Industrial Site Visit
  • Industrial Drug Development
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Industrial Placement
  • Cosmetic Science*
Complimentary and Alternative Medicine
  • Herbal Medicines and Natural Products
  • Chinese Medicine*
Interprofessional Learning
  • Health Research Project
  • Patient Care Project
  • Inter-Professional Team Based Learning
  1. # All year 4 students have to do a research project.
  2. * Year 4 Electives