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 for a class of 30 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 700 pharmacists in Hong Kong are CUHK graduates, accounting for about 25% of the pharmacist work force. Beginning with the 2012-13 academic year, our School has doubled its enrolment to a class of 55.
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.
- Pioneered the use of social media and state-of-the-art telecommunication technology, as exemplified by AMPOULE (http://www.ampoule.org.hk) and PHARM to assure the proper use of medicine.
- 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.
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|
|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
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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) 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|
- Full academic transcripts are required.
- Non-JUPAS Application Schedule: Please refer to the website of the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
|Undergraduate Students||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 and 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 an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or equivalent of 90. In 2018, the only student admitted had an ATAR of 90. New Zealand students should have obtained Scholarship in at least two subjects. Students should also provide their Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT) results, or International Students Admissions Test (ISAT) for some international students.|
|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 2019. The exact criteria for admission in 2019 cannot be finalized until all applicants have submitted their academic grades and the interview have been completed.
Last Update: October, 2018
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
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