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University of Nottingham Malaysia

Course overview

BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical and Health Sciences is a 3 year degree programme, conducted at a top 5 University in the world for Pharmacy and Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings 2021). Students will study core modules delivered by the School of Pharmacy, the Division of Biomedical Sciences and the School of Biosciences along with undertaking optional modules from both inside and outside of the Faculty of Science. In the final year, students can take advanced modules in areas such as advanced drug delivery, drug design and molecular pharmacology, as well as optional modules in areas of business, entrepreneurship and marketing.

Why choose this course?

The course is aimed at students who have an interest in drug discovery, the design of new drug delivery systems and who are looking to develop a career in either pharmaceuticals, the biotech industry or research. The school has a strong track record with alumni graduating since 2011 many of whom now work in leading pharmaceutical and chemistry-related sectors in Malaysia.


Typical core modules

  • Biochemistry: The Building Blocks of Life
  • Core Skills in Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Genes and Cells
  • Human Physiology
  • Pharmaceutical and Biological Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutics 1: Physiochemical Science and Medicines Design

Typical core modules

  • Biopharmaceutics
  • Concepts in Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis and Spectroscopy
  • Pharmaceutical Microbiology
  • Pharmaceutics 2: Pharmaceutical Technology
  • Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics
  • Structure, Function and Analysis of Proteins

Typical core modules

  • Advanced Drug Delivery
  • Commercialisation in Biotechnology
  • Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Design
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Project

Typical optional modules

  • Molecular Pharming and Biotechnology
  • Therapeutic Immunology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Personality and Individual Differences
  • Social Psychology
  • Marketing Management

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

A Level

BBB, including Chemistry and 2 other academic subjects (such as Biology, Physics or Mathematics).

IB Diploma

30 points with 5, 5, 5 at Higher Level including Chemistry and 2 other academic subjects (such as Biology, Physics or Mathematics) and 5 points in Mathematics at Standard Level.


BBB, including chemistry and 2 other academic subjects (such as biology, physics or mathematics).


2 As (including Chemistry) and grade B3 in 3 further academic subjects (including Biology, Mathematics or Physics), excluding Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese language.

SAM or other Australian matriculations

ATAR 86 including Chemistry and 2 other academic subjects (such as Biology, Physics or Mathematics).

Canadian Ontario Grade 12 Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

79% average based on 6 subjects with at least 70% in Chemistry and must include other academic subjects (such as Biology, Physics or Mathematics).

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

Advance Placement (AP)

4,4,4, including AP chemistry and 2 other academic subjects (such as AP Biology, AP Physics or AP Calculus). 

Diploma - Other Institutions

Acceptance to the second year is on a case-by-case basis (and at the discretion of the School) but normally would require an overall GPA of 3.30 out of 4.0 and above, including good grades in relevant subjects. 

Foundation - Other Institutions

Acceptance is at the discretion of the School but normally would require an overall GPA of 3.30 out of 4.0 and above, including good grades in relevant subjects. 

University of Nottingham Malaysia Foundation

Successful completion of the Foundation in Science programme.

We strongly encourage all interested students to apply. Our students come to us with a diverse range of qualifications and we are also reviewing and accepting grades based on the minimum acceptable (and those who are holding grades with near misses). The only way for us to fully determine eligibility is through the submission of a completed application.

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

IELTS (Academic):

IELTS: 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in each element)


80 (minimum 17 in Writing and Listening, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking)

PTE (Academic):

65 (with no less than 59 in each element)

GCE A Level English Language & Literature:

grade C

GCE AS Level English Language & Literature:

grade C


CEFR level B2

GCSE O-Level:

grade C / 4

IGCSE (first language):

grade C / 4

IGCSE (second language):

grade B / 6


Band 4


grade B3

IB English A1 or A2 (SL or HL):

4 points

IB English B HL:

4 points

IB English B SL:

5 points

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.

Foundation progression options

The Foundation in Science is a 1+3 year programme that results in 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.

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Practical classes
  • Field trips
  • Supervision
  • Lab sessions
  • Computer labs

How you will be assessed

  • Coursework
  • Group coursework
  • Examinations
  • Presentation
  • Research project
  • Poster presentation
  • Practical write-ups
  • Essay


Our step-by-step guide contains everything you need to know about applying for undergraduate courses.

How to apply


Malaysian studentsRM47,000 per year
International studentsRM55,500 per year

Where you will learn

Malaysia Campus

Semenyih Campus is 48km from Kuala Lumpur International Airport and just 45 minutes’ drive from the famous city centre with its iconic Petronas Twin Towers. On arrival, you are immersed in the green jungle backdrop that Malaysia provides with wildlife, sunshine and campus lake.

The campus is home to our business, education, science and engineering schools, which sit alongside a sports centre, library and student accommodation. The University has everything a modern day student could wish for with the added bonus of being located in central Asia allowing you to travel further afield in your free time.

Public transport is plentiful with free shuttle services operating on some routes. Taxi/Grab services in Malaysia are very reasonable and used widely by the student community.


Job prospects are varied for a Pharmacy graduate both locally and worldwide. Graduates from Nottingham University go on to work in pharmaceutical companies, health and clinical industries, Clinical-trials, Formulation science, Drug discovery and development, Pharmacovigilance, Medical science liaisons, Marketing, Product registration, Quality assurance and regulatory medicines, Academia, Medical journalism and Scientific writing among many other industries and fields.

The University has an established Careers Advisory Service (CAS) that provides students with essential resources and guidance for career choices offering many opportunities to develop the skills needed to plan and manage your future. Our Careers Advisory Service will work with you to improve and maximise your employability skills as well as providing essential resources and guidance that will assist you with job/course applications. They will facilitate searches for appropriate work experience placements and connect you to a wide range of prospective employers or training opportunities. In addition the school of Pharmacy provide guidance and maintain good connections with both Nottingham alumni and prospective healthcare and pharmaceutical industries to facilitate experiential learning and explore career and training opportunities for PHS students.

Many Pharmacy graduates work in community or hospital pharmacies, academia, the pharmaceutical industry or with regulatory bodies. Job titles can include Community or Hospital Pharmacist, Research scientist, Clinical research associate, Medical Sales Representative, Pharmacologist, Regulatory Affairs Officer, Science writer or Toxicologist to name just a few.

Frequently asked questions

This programme typically takes 3 years to complete for full-time students at UNM.

To enrol in this course at UNM, students must have a minimum of BBB including chemistry in their A Level or STPM, or an equivalent qualification. For students who have just completed their high school or secondary school education, UNM’s Foundation in Science is a great entry pathway for this course.

The language of instruction is English, and all lectures, assignments and assessments are conducted in English. As such, students must meet the English language requirements (IELTS: 6.0, TOEFL: 79) in order to enrol in this course.

Besides the Pharmaceutical and Health Sciences BSc (Hons) programme, UNM also offers Pharmacy BPharm (Hons) and Pharmacy MPharm (Hons).

Graduates of this degree may find employment in numerous settings such as the pharmaceutical industry, hospital and community pharmacy, government agencies, research and development, academic institutions and regulatory bodies. Some possible job titles include those in the area of biological sciences, such as clinical pharmacist, drug safety specialist, pharmacologist, regulatory affairs associate, pharmaceutical sales representative, and  research scientist.

Yes, students will gain practical experience during classes, field trips, lab sessions and supervised training.

Yes, UNM offers scholarships and financial aid for both Malaysian and international students. In addition to monetary help, UNM also offers counselling services, mental health advisory service, and learning support.

This content was last updated on 10 July 2024. Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is accurate, but changes are likely to occur between the date of publishing and course start date. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply.