University of Nottingham Malaysia

Pharmacy MPharm (Hons)


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Qualification: MPharm (Hons)
Fees: Malaysian – RM50,200/year, Non-Malaysian – RM58,900/year Malaysian and Non-Malaysian - Fees in GBP25,000/year for years 3 and 4.
Mode: Full-time, 4 years (2 years in Malaysia + 2 years in the UK)
Intake: September
Campus: Malaysia

Course overview

The Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) is a four-year programme that provides you with a unique opportunity to study in Malaysia and the UK. After finishing your degree, you must spend a salaried year in pharmacy practice and this could potentially take place in the UK, Malaysia or other countries. You will then be required to pass the relevant accrediting body’s registration exam before registering as a pharmacist.

The first two years of the modular pharmacy course will be taught at the Malaysia Campus and will involve the development of core pharmacy skills and knowledge. You will then transfer to the UK for the final two years of study and learn more about the clinical and legal aspects of the pharmacy profession. In your third year, you will have the opportunity to be involved in pharmaceutical research by working under the supervision of a member of academic staff.

Entry requirements

Our Foundation course route

Our Foundation courses give you another way to study for an undergraduate degree. 

Entry requirements

A Level

ABB in biology, chemistry and physics/mathematics

IB Diploma

32 points with 6, 5, 5 at Higher Level including biology and chemistry, plus 3 other subjects at Standard Level (mathematics with further mathematics counts as 1 Higher Level and 1 Standard Level)


AB+B+ in biology and chemistry, excluding Pengajian Am.


3 As, including biology and chemistry and grade B3 in two other academic subjects, excluding Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese language

SAM or other Australian matriculations

ATAR 89, including biology and chemistry

Canadian Ontario Grade 12 Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)


81% average based on 6 subjects with biology and chemistry above 80% (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects)

Canadian Secondary School Diplomas from other provinces are acceptable and to be assessed based on the University's requirements

Advance Placement (AP)

5,4,4 including AP Biology and AP Chemistry. Applicants taking non-preferred subjects be made an offer across more than three subjects at Advanced Placement level.

Diploma - Other Institutions 

Acceptance is at the discretion of the School and previous studies must meet the prerequisite requirements to the programme

Foundation - Other Institutions 

Acceptance is at the discretion of the School and previous studies must meet the prerequisite requirements to the programme

University of Nottingham Malaysia Foundation

Average mark of 65% in the Foundation in Science programme with no failed modules, and a minimum of 60% in all chemistry modules. All progressing Foundation candidates into MPharm are expected to fulfill English language requirement as stipulated by the School of Pharmacy at the Malaysia Campus

In addition to the  entry requirements listed above, those who have taken SPM/ GCSE/ IGCSE/ High School Diploma or equivalent must have 5 Bs in academic subjects including biology, chemistry, physics and either mathematics or additional mathematics.

We strongly encourage all interested students to apply. Our students come to us with a diverse range of qualifications and we also consider applicants' personal statement, references and interview performance (if you have one) when making a decision. The only way for us to fully determine eligibility is through the submission of a completed application.

Interview required. 

Entry requirements in the prospectus and website may not always apply and individual offers may vary.

English language requirements

SPM English 1119 (GCE O)

grade A

GSCE O-Level

grade B

IGCSE (first language)

grade B

IGCSE (second language)

grade A

IELTS (Academic)

7.0 (no less than 6.0 in each element)


100 (minimum 20 in Speaking and 19 in all other elements)


Band 5

In addition to the entry requirements listed above, candidates with Matriculation/Diploma/Foundation must have 5 Bs (including biology, chemistry, physics and either mathematics or additional mathematics) for SPM/ GCSE/ IGCSE/ High School Diploma or equivalent.

IELTS, TOEFL and PTE (Academic) test results must be less than two years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test. MUET results are valid for five years from the date of the release of results.


The Foundation in Science enables direct progression to the undergraduate degrees offered within the Faculty of Science. This rigorous programme provides students with a strong academic background that will result in enhanced language, mathematics, critical thinking and study skills. 

Students on this programme also chose from a range of elective modules that provide the opportunity to sample topics related to their chosen undergraduate pathway such as chemistry, ecology, computer programming or psychology.

For entry into the MPharm course, Foundation in Science 

students must fulfill the progression rules. Students should have an average pass mark of 65% in the Foundation in Science programme, with a minimum of 60% in all chemistry module. Students must also fulfill the English language requirement for the MPharm course.


Year one

Typical core modules

  • Bacterial and Fungal Infections
  • Being a Pharmacist
  • Dyspepsia
  • Essential Skills for Pharmacists
  • Professional Competencies 1

Year two

Typical core modules

  • Asthma, Allergies and Immune Diseases
  • Cardiovascular
  • Gastrointestinal and Liver Disorders
  • Pain
  • Professional Competencies 2
  • Renal and Endocrine Diseases
  • Sexual Health and Pregnancy

Year three

Typical core modules

  • Cancers
  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Professional Competencies 3
  • Research Project – 40 or 60 credit options
  • Viral and Parasitic Infections

If you take the 40-credit research project, you may also take optional modules from within and outside of the School of Pharmacy.

Year four

Typical core modules

  • Advance Drug Discovery
  • Future Medicines
  • Intergrated Pharmaceutical and Patient Care 1 and 2
  • Managing the Pharmacy
  • Professional Competencies 4


Our MPharm programme is your passport to a pharmacy career in many countries around the world. Graduates of the 2+2 MPharm can be found working as community and hospital pharmacists in the UK and Malaysia. The industrial sector allows pharmacists to work in clinical trials, drug discovery and development, marketing, product registration and quality assurance. Numerous pharmacists are employed in the regulation of medicines. MPharm graduates may also pursue careers in academia or as medical journalists or scientific writers.


School of Pharmacy
University of Nottingham Malaysia
Jalan Broga,
43500 Semenyih,
Selangor Darul Ehsan,
t:   +6 (03) 8924 8000  
f:   +6 (03) 8924 8005 
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Jalan Broga, 43500 Semenyih
Selangor Darul Ehsan

telephone: +6 03 8924 8000
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