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Guide to Pharmacy courses in Malaysia

Guide to Pharmacy courses in Malaysia

Introduction

A lot of times it happens that we walk into a pharmacy and pick up medicines over the counter for common ailments like cough and cold, fever and aches and pains. We often confide on these pharmacists a lot to know that they will hand over the right medication to us. Pharmacists are able to advise on the right medication only because they have the right degree in Pharmacy.

So, if you want to know all about medicines and how each medicine reacts with our bodies and want to pursue a career in healthcare, a degree in Pharmacy is what you need.

 

What is Pharmacy

The science which deals with the technique of preparing and dispensing medication is Pharmacy. People who specialise in the study of Pharmacy usually go on to become pharmacists or researchers in pharmacy companies.

The study of Pharmacy combines biology and chemistry which tells us if the medication and drugs we consume are  effective and safe for us.

Although it might not seem so, but whenever you pop a pill, always remember that its drug composition and manufacturing was carefully monitored by a qualified pharmacist.

 

Different fields in Pharmacy

Academic Pharmacy: Academic pharmacists teach, conduct research, and also evaluate findings of clinical studies and trials.

Community Pharmacy: Community pharmacists dispense medication to customers in retail pharmacy stores.

Industrial Pharmacy: Industrial pharmacists are appointed by pharmaceutical companies, and are involved in drug production. They ensure the composition, quality and safety of drug production.

Hospital Pharmacy: Hospital pharmacists dispense medication to patients, and also prepare intravenous medications, are involved in the test medication used in the hospital and also sometimes participate in ward rounds along with doctors.

 

Subjects covered in a Pharmacy Degree

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Immunology
  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Human Anatomy & Nervous System
  • Pharmacy Practice
  • Physics
  • Maths
  • Mechanism of Drug Addictions

 

Who should study Pharmacy?

Pharmacy can be a very rewarding career choice if you want to move to the healthcare space. You should go for a degree in Pharmacy if you:

  • Have a keen interest in Chemistry (because there is a lot of it in the course)
  • Want to know how medication interacts with our bodies
  • Want to participate in drug innovation
  • Want to help people get well

 

Essential skills needed to study Pharmacy

  • Given below are some key qualities you will need to do well in pharmacy:
  • A strong foundation in science subjects
  • Capability to learn and retain large volumes of information.
  • Attention to fine details
  • Strong communication and people skills

 

Colleges and Universities offering Pharmacy courses in Malaysia

Given below are the list of colleges offering courses in Pharmacy in Malaysia:

University

Courses

Duration

Eligibility & Intake

Tuition Fee (RM)

USCI

Bachelor of Pharmacy

4 years

STPM:

- 3B or 2A1C or 1A1B1C in Biology and Chemistry and Physics or Maths with minimum "B" in Chemistry.

- Overall CGPA minimum 3

MATRICULATION:

- cGPA 3.0 and above with minimum "B" in Chemistry

- Minimum 1 year of study

- Pass SPM with minimum 5B in Biology and Chemistry and Physic and Math (or Additional Math) and other one subject at School Certificate level or equivalent.

ENGLISH:

- IELTS minimum Band 6 (overall & minimum 5.5 in every section) OR

 

- TOEFL score of 550

 

INTAKE: August

RM 15,9298

Master of Clinical Pharmacy Practice

FT: Min 1 Yr ; PT: Max 6 Yrs

BSc in Pharmacy or BPharm (Hons) degree with a minimum CGPA of 2.50 or equivalent

* If not meeting CGPA of 2.50, can be accepted with minimum 5 years working experience in relevant field.

ENGLISH:

Minimum IELTS of 6.0 or TOEFL 550/230/80 to be obtained before admission.

 

RM 30,000

PhD in (Pharmaceuticals Sciences)

FT: 3-5 Yrs; PT: up to 7 Yrs

A Master’s degree or equivalent professional qualification in a relevant field, as recognized by the Senate.

ENGLISH: Minimum IELTS of 6.0 (overall & every section) or TOEFL 570/230/105. To be obtained before admission.

 

INTAKE: May and September

Year 1: RM 12,000 per semester Year 2 onwards: RM 8,000 per semester 2 semesters per academic year

Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Chemistry

1 - 3 Yrs (Fulltime/Part-time)

Equivalent undergraduate degree in related field may be accepted with a minimum CGPA of 2.75

ENGLISH: Minimum IELTS of 6.0 or TOEFL 550/230/80 or achieved English Enhancement Programme (EEP), Level 10 with 70% or above, to be obtained before admission.

 

INTAKE: January and December

RM 35,000

Masters in Pharmaceutical Technology

1 - 3 Yrs – Fulltime/Part-time

Equivalent undergraduate degree in related field may be accepted with a minimum CGPA of 2.75

ENGLISH: Minimum IELTS of 6.0 or TOEFL 550/230/80 or achieved English Enhancement Programme (EEP), Level 10 with 70% or above, to be obtained before admission.

RM 35,000

IMU

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) (IMU)

4 years

The IMU Pharmacy programme offers the option to complete the entire 4-year programme locally at IMU or credit transfer to the University of Otago, New Zealand or University of Tasmania, Australia.

ELIGIBILITY: CGPA 3.00 with BBB or ABC in Biology and Chemistry and Physics or Mathematics (minimum B in Chemistry)

ENGLISH:MUET Band score of 3.

IELTS:Overall band score of 6.0 (Not less than 5.5 for individual bands)

RM 204,800

 

Career options with a degree in Pharmacy:

Given below are some career options for qualified and registered pharmacists in Malaysia:

  • Community Pharmacist
  • Academic Pharmacist
  • Industrial Pharmacist   
  • Hospital Pharmacist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Toxicologist
  • Research Pharmacist

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