Increasing access to safe and cost effective medicine is the overarching goal of the teaching, research, and entrepreneurial activities of the School of Pharmacy. Launched in 1992, the CUHK Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) Programme was the first UGC funded pharmacy programme in Hong Kong. It is a 4-year full-time programme that prepares graduates for a 1-year internship before licensure. For more than two decades, the academic staff has lived up to the tradition of bringing out the best in each student with a high quality, rigorous and dynamic curriculum.
We have created a nurturing environment that cherishes teamwork, leadership, and commitment to civic responsibility. The School also takes pride in being able to raise the awareness of the public in the value of those services only the pharmacists are qualified to provide. Over 800 pharmacists in Hong Kong are CUHK graduates, accounting for about 27% of the pharmacist work force. Beginning with the 2016-17 academic year, our School has doubled its enrolment to a class of 61.
Two Decades of Innovation
- Pioneered an outcome-based Bachelor of Pharmacy curriculum that has been regarded as one of the best at CUHK.
- Pioneered the first Master of Clinical Pharmacy and the first Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacy in Hong Kong.
- Pioneered the first university-led community outreach program that also serves as an active learning platform for our students.
- In partnership with the private sector, successfully translated technological innovations created in the School’s research laboratories into a recognized health supplement in Hong Kong.
Programme of Choice for Talented Students
- Prepares graduates for a successful career in any healthcare setting by emphasizing problem solving, decision making, critical and creative thinking built upon a strong foundation of basic knowledge and skills.
- Exposes students to an array of innovative learning environments, including oversea exchange and outreach into the community.
- A dynamic training program known for its excellence in balancing knowledge- and practice-based teaching, integrating western and traditional Chinese Medicine, and emphasizing the importance of behavioral and social sciences that is the foundation of modern patient care.
- Has forged a strong teaching partnership with the Hospital Authority, Department of Health, community pharmacy, private hospitals, multinational pharmaceutical companies, and local pharmaceutical manufacturers.
- Has the strong support of alumni and leaders in the pharmacy profession.
- Driven by a rich tradition of excellence in discovery, learning, and entrepreneurship under the aegis of a world class academic staff.
BPharm Programme Leaflet
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Our programme is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and attitude to be lifelong learners and innovators who accept the responsibility of meeting the public’s needs for safe, efficacious, and cost-effective medicine.
|First Year of Attendance|
|MEDF1011**||Faculty Package: Foundation Course for Health Sciences I||2|
|MEDF1012**||Faculty Package: Foundation Course for Health Sciences II||3|
|MEDF1021||Faculty Package: Public Health & Healthcare Ethics||3|
|MEDF1031||Faculty Package: Communication Skills||2|
|PHAR1000||Introduction to Pharmacy||2|
|PHAR1110**||Fundamentals of Pharmaceutical Chemistry||2|
|PHAR1440||Clinical Microbiology & Infection Control||1|
|Second Year of Attendance|
|PHAR1423||Biochemistry and Molecular Biology||2|
|PHAR1433**,1434||Anatomy and Physiology I, II||2 each|
|PHAR2211**,2212**||Dosage Form Science I, II||2 each|
|PHAR2313||Principles of Pharmaceutical Dispensing||3|
|PHAR2410**||Pharmacology and Therapeutics I||3|
|PHAR2520**||Fundamentals of Herbal Medicines||2|
|Third Year of Attendance|
|PHAR2110||Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Design||3|
|PHAR2213**||Pharmaceutical Product Development and Manufacturing||3|
|PHAR2220||Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics||2|
|PHAR2330||Contemporary Pharmacy Practice||2|
|PHAR3413**,3414**||Pharmacology and Therapeutics II, III||3 each|
|PHAR3812**||Clinical Assessment and Monitoring||2|
|Any One 2-unit course from the following:|
|PHAR2710^||Pharmaceutical Research Methods||2|
|PHAR2711^**||Healthcare Management and Pharmaceutical Marketing||2|
|Free Elective Courses (to be offered in Summer Term)|
|PHAR2018||Inter-professional Learning for Medication Safety||1|
|PHAR3603||International Pharmacy Practice
|PHAR3604||Community Pharmacy Summer Clerkship||1|
|PHAR3605||Hospital Pharmacy Summer Clerkship||1|
|Fourth Year of Attendance|
|PHAR1004||Personal Development in Pharmacy||1|
|PHAR3330**||Community Pharmacy Practice||3|
|PHAR3415**||Pharmacology and Therapeutics IV||3|
|PHAR3420||Pharmacogenomics and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology||2|
|PHAR3510**||Complementary and Alternative Medicine||3|
|Area of Concentration: Research|
|PHAR4911**,4912||Research Project I, II||0, 6|
|Area of Concentration: Pharmacy Clerkship|
|PHAR4201®||Community Pharmacy Clerkship||2|
|PHAR4301®||Hospital Pharmacy Clerkship||2|
|And choice of one clerkship in:|
|PHAR4204^||Pharmacy Clerkship: Community-based Practice
|PHAR4205^||Pharmacy Management and Administration Clerkship||2|
|PHAR4302^||Clinical Pharmacy Clerkship : Cardiology||2|
|PHAR4303^||Clinical Pharmacy Clerkship : Infectious Diseases||2|
|PHAR4304^||Clinical Pharmacy Clerkship : Psychiatry||2|
|PHAR4305^||Clinical Pharmacy Clerkship: Oncology||2|
|PHAR4306^||Hospital Pharmacy Experience in Mainland China||2|
|PHAR4307^||Clinical Pharmacy Clerkship: Paediatrics||2|
|PHAR4308^||Clinical Pharmacy Clerkship: Emergency Medicine/Critical Care||2|
|PHAR4401^||Industrial Pharmacy Clerkship : Multi-national Company||2|
|PHAR4402^||Industrial Pharmacy Clerkship : Local Manufacturer||2|
|PHAR4403^||Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine Clerkship||2|
|PHAR4601^||Drug Information Clerkship||2|
** MEDF1011 & 1012 are prerequisites for PHAR1433 & 1434; MEDF1012 is prerequisite for PHAR1423; PHAR1110 is prerequisite for PHAR2110; PHAR1433 is prerequisite for PHAR2410; PHAR2211 & 2212 are prerequisites for PHAR2213; PHAR2213 is prerequisite for PHAR4402; PHAR2410 is prerequisite for PHAR3413, 3414 & 3415; PHAR2520 and PHAR3510 are prerequisites for PHAR4501; PHAR2711 is prerequisite for PHAR4401; PHAR3330 is prerequisite for PHAR4201; PHAR3413, 3414, 3415 & PHAR3812 are prerequisites for PHAR4301; PHAR4911 is prerequisite for PHAR4912.
^ Major Elective
® Required Course for Area of Concentration: Pharmacy Clerkship
CUHK Undergraduate Student Handbook
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Admission Requirements Intake
Applicants who are inquisitive, creative, and collaborative and who welcome the challenge of applying science to bring innovative, cost-effective medicine to patients are encouraged to apply. Pharmacists must also be able to communicate effectively with patients and other healthcare team members caring for the patient. Accuracy, attention to details, and a strong sense of ethics are integral to pharmacy practice. The minimum admission requirements are stated as below:
Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE) Minimum Requirements
- JUPAS Application Schedule: Please refer to the website of the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
|No. of Subjects||Subject||Level|
|4 Core Subjects||Chinese Language||3|
|2 Elective Subjects||Any two elective subjects||3|
Tentative Interview Dates:
- Mid-Late June 2021: Selected JUPAS candidates
- Mid June 2021: JUPAS Sub-schemes (e.g. the School Principals’ Nomination Scheme and Sports Scholarship Scheme)
- Late July 2021: Selected JUPAS candidates
- Full academic transcripts are required.
- Non-JUPAS Application Schedule and admission requirements: Please refer to the website of the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
Students are normally expected to have a GPA of at least 3.0 or a B equivalent from a highly ranked University. Academic results from high school may also be taken into consideration.
|High School Students||International Baccalaureate||
The current requirement for interview is an expected mark of 36/45 in the six subjects. An offer of admission may be made before the IB exam results are released, but this would be conditional to obtaining the required mark.
|GCE A-L / International A-L Examinations||
As these results are not released until August, selection for interview is based on the GCSE, GCE AS level, and / or the predicted AL results. Applications will not be processed if the raw marks are not provided for the A level subjects. An offer of admission may be made before the GCE-A Level exam results are released, but this would be conditional to obtaining the required mark.
|Australia and New Zealand||
Australian students should have Senior Secondary Certificate of Education and an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or equivalent of 90. New Zealand students should fulfill CUHK admission requirement.
|Canadian and US based Schools||
Canadian curriculum students should have scored over 90% in their final examinations in at least 6 subjects. US curriculum students should have taken SAT subject test scores of over 700. Students are also expected to provide us with SAT composite score, or American College Testing (ACT) score of 30 or higher.
These notes are meant to serve as references for the applicants who wish to study in the BPharm programme. The expected academic requirements for interview / admission are based on the results of the admission process in the previous years, and only provide a guide to the expected results in 2021. The exact criteria for admission in 2021 cannot be finalized until all applicants have submitted their academic grades and the interview have been completed.
Last Update: Nov, 2020
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Will the degree lead to a professional qualification or license? What is the career path of this degree?
The programme has been granted accreditation by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board of Hong Kong. CUHK B.Pharm. students who have completed a full-time pharmacy degree and one additional year of internship are qualified as registered pharmacists in Hong Kong.
To date, CUHK School of Pharmacy have graduated over 900 pharmacists. Our graduates work in various sectors in the pharmacy field including hospital and community pharmacies, pharmaceutical industry, non-governmental organization and private clinics, HKSAR government, academia, and more.
2. I am a JUPAS applicant. Will the interviewer know the actual priority of the programmes that I have put in my JUPAS application?
We only know that you have put our programme in your Band A list, but NOT the actual ranking.
3. How will I get invited to the admission interview?
The interviews will be done either in-person or via tele-conferencing.
JUPAS: Students who have put CUHK Pharmacy (JS 4525) in Band A (top 3 choices out of 20) will be invited to join the interview in June-July the following year.
Non-JUPAS: The interview of Advanced Offer Round will be in December of each year. We shall also arrange interview for Main Round between February and July in the following year. Students who have indicated Pharmacy as their first programme choice in CUHK non-JUPAS application are selected to join the above interview.
4. Will taking additional electives increase my chance of admission?
In addition to subjects considered in the selection principles of our programme (4C+2X), applicant’s performance in extra elective subjects will be considered, and bonus points will be awarded to up to the 7th subject.
5. Will your programme accept applicants from Internal Transfer / Degree Holder?
We accept the best candidates from Internal Transfer / Degree Holder.
6. What are the different experiential training “tracks” during the final year of the B.Pharm. Programme?
Our curriculum allows students to explore their areas of interest during the experiential training in the final year of our Programme. Research Track prepares students who are interested in laboratory or clinical research by providing them the opportunity to carry out independent research projects under the supervision of a faculty member. Practice Track, on the other hand, provides exposure to various pharmacy practice fields/specialties. Students learn alongside a preceptor through numerous individual and group learning activities.
Please refer to our website for experiential learning.
7. Will there any exchange opportunities?
Yes, numerous summer internship opportunities are available every summer. The School also takes an active role in connecting students with various volunteering/internship/part-time job opportunities in the pharmacy field.
Currently, the School has academic exchange agreements with 12 oversea pharmacy programmes. We have exchange sites in Australia, Canada, China, Japan, UK, and the US. Some of the exchange experience are also credit-bearing.
Please check out from our website for student exchange.
8. Will there be scholarships designated for the overseas exchange programmes?
Yes, we have scholarships each year that specifically support students who have been accepted to an exchange site.
Please check out from our website for scholarships & prizes.
BIG Journey in the Pharmaceutical Universe of CUHK Pharmacy
Students Today, Stars Tomorrow
We Help Realize Your Dreams
Dr. Sophia Fong (2009 Graduate) & Dr. Eric Wong (2007 Graduate)
Mr. Twinny Chow (2016 Graduate)
Ms. Karen Cheung (2004 Graduate)
Mr. Michael Yim (2000 Graduate)
Mr. Philip Chiu (1999 Graduate)
Ms. Connie Kong (1998 Graduate)
Prof. Kenneth To (1997 Graduate)
Mr. Freddie Poon (1995 Graduate)
25th Anniversary Gala Dinner cum White Coat Ceremony
A key component of the BPharm curriculum is experiential learning. This type of learning allows students to apply the knowledge learned in the classroom to real-world pharmacy practice. Experiential learning encourages a deeper understanding of pharmacy and contributes to the student’s own personal and professional development. At CUHK, these learning opportunities are offered throughout the student’s education.
Student Placement Opportunities
CUHK School of Pharmacy has built a network of over 50 partnering sites across the 18 districts of Hong Kong. Our sites include a wide range of pharmaceutical industries from manufacturing to distribution to direct patient care settings. This ensures students explore as many options as possible. Placement opportunities are available early in the students’ BPharm journey. Options include full-time during the summer months or part-time during the academic term. Our network of alumni and professional partners mentor our students to become successful future pharmacists.
Student Training Opportunities are available in the following areas:
- Hospital Pharmacy
- Community Pharmacy
- Health Clinics
- Multinational Pharmaceutical Companies
- Local Manufacturers
- Outreach Program
- Pharmaceutical Wholesaler
- Non-Government Organizations
In the final year of their studies, students may choose to participate in our signature Pharmacy Clerkship program which highlights the CUHK Pharmacy curriculum and transforms our students into competitive graduates.
Areas of Concentration:
- Community Pharmacy Clerkship
- Hospital Pharmacy Clerkship
- Pharmacy Clerkship: Community-based Practice
- Pharmacy Management and Administration Clerkship
- Clinical Pharmacy Clerkship : Cardiology
- Clinical Pharmacy Clerkship : Infectious Diseases
- Clinical Pharmacy Clerkship : Psychiatry
- Clinical Pharmacy Clerkship: Oncology
- Hospital Pharmacy Experience in Mainland China
- Clinical Pharmacy Clerkship: Paediatrics
- Clinical Pharmacy Clerkship: Emergency Medicine/Critical Care
- Industrial Pharmacy Clerkship : Multi-national Company
- Industrial Pharmacy Clerkship : Local Manufacturer
- Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine Clerkship
- Traditional Chinese Medicine Clerkship
- Drug Information Clerkship
International Student Exchange
The CU Pharmacy International Exchange program offers an intensive and immersive learning experience of international pharmacy practice. The program provides attachments in various specialty areas such as Community Practice Management, Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Organ Transplant etc. Students are engaged in active learning alongside their international preceptors to expand their knowledge and deepen their understanding of pharmacy practice.
Partner institutions include:
- Kyoto University, Japan
- United Family Healthcare, Beijing, China
- University of Arizona, USA
- University of California San Diego, USA
- University of Colorado, USA
- University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
- University of Manchester, UK
- University of Southern California, USA
- University of Sydney, Australia
- University of Toronto, Canada
- University of Wisconsin, USA
Scholarships / Prize
Scholarships and Prize
|Jacobson Admission Scholarship||5 Awards|
|PuraPharm Corporation Limited Admission Scholarship||2 Awards|
|Viatris School of Pharmacy Scholarship||10 Awards|
|Monica Y M Leung Academic Exchange Scholarship||2 Awards|
|Pfizer Corporation Hong Kong Limited Academic Exchange Scholarship||10 Awards|
|PuraPharm Corporation Limited Academic Exchange Scholarship||2 Awards|
|Bright Future Leading Scientist Scholarship||2 Awards|
|Bright Future Research Excellence Scholarship||4 Awards|
|Fortune Pharmacal Lai Yung Kwoon Foundation Scholarships||2 Awards|
|HKPMA Best Improvement Award||2 Awards|
|Hong Kong Association of the Pharmaceutical Industry Scholarship||2 Awards|
|Jacobson Academic Excellence Scholarship||3 Awards|
|Jacobson Pharmacy Outstanding Subject Prize||3 Awards|
|Jacobson Undergraduate Fellowship||2 Awards|
|Janssen Scholarships||3 Awards|
|Mannings Future Pharmacist Scholarship||1 Award|
|Mannings Pharmacy Practice Subject Prize||3 Awards|
|Pfizer Scholarships||2 Awards|
|PuraPharm Corporation Limited Scholarship of Excellence||3 Awards|
|Sally Ng Ho Scholarship||1 Award|
|SHPHK Outstanding Performance Award||4 Awards|
|The Pharmaceutical Society of Hong Kong Scholarship||1 Award|
List of Scholarship and Prize Awardees
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CUHK Undergraduate Student Handbook
Please refer to The Chinese University of Hong Kong Undergraduate Student Handbook for the terms of regulations. The University / Faculty / School of Pharmacy has the right at any time and from time to time to make such changes. You are advised to visit the CUSIS or the following homepage for the updated information.
Roadmap to a Registered Pharmacist
Students must complete four years of full-time study for graduation and one additional year of internship to be qualified as registered pharmacists. In their final year of study, students will have training in Research or Pharmacy Clerkship.
Pharmacy Degree (4 years) ⇒ Internship (1 year) ⇒ Registration of Pharmacists*
*Subject to the provisions of the Pharmacy and Poisons Ordinance (Cap.138, Laws of Hong Kong), any person who intends to practise as a pharmacist in Hong Kong should first be registered with the Pharmacy and Poisons Board. Applicants who hold a pharmacy degree awarded by the Chinese University of Hong Kong after the completion of a full time course of study at the university are required to undergo the Pharmacy and Poisons Board approved training in Hong Kong for an appropriate period determined by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board, which normally is one year. Although the internship program is separate from the school, the CUHK School of Pharmacy has been active in expanding the network of internship sites.
The goal of the Bachelor of Pharmacy program at CUHK is to provide our graduates with the core knowledge, skills, and attitude to flourish in any career setting. In general, our graduates are attractive to the employers in all sectors of pharmacy practice.
- Hospital Pharmacist
- Pharmacist in Teaching & Research
- Non-government Organization Pharmacist
- Public/Private Clinic Pharmacist
- Pharmaceutical Industrial Pharmacist
- Government Pharmacist
- Retail Community Pharmacist
Well Established Internship Training Programme
Job opportunities have been offered to our graduates by different healthcare related companies for their internship training.
- Hospital Authority*
- Hong Kong Adventist Hospital
- Tsuen Wan Adventist Hospital
- Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital
- St. Paul’s Hospital
- St. Teresa’s Hospital
- Union Hospital
Multinational Pharmaceutical Company
- Fortune Pharmacal Co. Ltd.
- GlaxoSmithKline Hong Kong Limited
- Merck Sharp & Dohme (Asia) Limited*
- Novartis Pharmaceuticals (HK) Limited
- Pfizer Corporation Hong Kong Limited*
- Roche Hong Kong Limited
- Watson’s the Chemist*
Local Manufacturer Company
- Bright Future Pharmaceutical Laboratories Limited*
- DCH Auriga
- Europharm Laboratoires Co. Limited