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University of Nottingham Malaysia

Course overview

The BPharm (Hons) is a 4-year degree programme at our Malaysia campus, composed of modules contributing to a specific number of credits. The BPharm (Hons) programme takes integration across therapeutic themes or disease states via a series of “Drug, Medicine and Patient” (DMP) modules. For each topic, you will look at it from the angle of the drug, the medicine and the patient. This will be the emphasis in Year 1 to Year 3 together with a semester-long research project module to develop your research and data analysis skills. In Year 4, you will have extended placements in industrial and community pharmacy.


Much of the teaching is case-based, providing real-life examples, bringing together the fundamental science and clinical use of medicines. You will gain patient interaction experience through placements in community and hospital pharmacies. You'll also take part in patient workshops.

Why choose this course?

Our School of Pharmacy is ranked in the top 8 in the world for pharmacy and pharmacology (QS World University Rankings 2023). Through the course, our students become experts in drugs and medicines. This knowledge, tied with the development of effective communication skills to cultivate open relationships with patients, allows for a significant role in improving patient outcomes. Overall, Pharmacy is one of the most promising professions for the future.

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Examples of DMP (Drug, Medicine, Patient) modules include

  • Bacterial and Fungal Infections
  • Cardiovascular
  • Dyspepsia
  • Gastrointestinal and Liver Disorders

Typical core modules

  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Research Project

Typical core modules

  • Integrated Pharmaceutical and Patient Care
  • Community Pharmacy Placement
  • Industrial Pharmacy Placement

Optional modules are health sciences related and support the pharmacist’s competencies development

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2023 entry.

A Level

BBB in biology, chemistry and physics/mathematics. 

IB Diploma

30 points with 5, 5, 5 at Higher Level including biology and chemistry, and 4 points in 1 other science subject at Standard Level. The Standard Level requirement can be waived if applicants have studied mathematics at Higher Level.


BBB in biology, chemistry and physics/mathematics, excluding Pengajian Am.


2As, including biology and chemistry, plus grade B3 in mathematics, physics and 1 other academic subject, excluding Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese language.

SAM or other Australian matriculations

ATAR 86, including biology, chemistry and physics/mathematics. Applicants must have at least grade B in Chemistry. 

Canadian Ontario Grade 12 Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

80% average based on 6 subjects with biology, chemistry and physics/mathematics above 80%.

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

Advance Placement (AP)

Not applicable.

Diploma - Other Institutions

Overall minimum GPA of 3.75 out of 4.0 and above in Diploma in Science (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) or overall minimum GPA of 3.5 out of 4.0 in Diploma in Pharmacy from an accredited institution. Applicants must have at least grade B in Chemistry.

Foundation - Other Institutions

Overall GPA of 3.30 out of 4.0 and above in Matriculation in Science, Medical/Pharmacy Pre-University or Foundation in Science, including at least grade B in Chemistry. The duration of this programme must be a minimum of 1 year from an accredited institution.

University of Nottingham Malaysia Foundation

Successful completion of the Foundation in Science programme with an average mark of 65%, and a minimum of 60% in all chemistry modules. 

In addition to the entry requirements listed above:

  • Malaysian applicants with Diploma/Matriculation/Medical or Pharmacy Pre-University/Foundation must have 5 Bs (including biology, chemistry, physics and either mathematics or additional mathematics) in SPM or equivalent.
  • Malaysian applicants intending to complete their provisional training (PRP) at government-linked hospitals or healthcare facilities must pass SPM and have at least grade C in Malay Language (Bahasa Melayu) in SPM.

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.

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


IELTS (Academic)

6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each element)


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

PTE (Academic)

71 (with no less than 65 in each element)


grade A-

GCSE O-Level

grade C / 4

IGCSE (first language)

grade C / 4

IGCSE (second language)

grade B / 6


Band 4.5

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.

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
  • Essay
  • Poster presentation
  • Practical write-ups


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

How to apply


Malaysian studentsRM53,000 per year
International studentsRM60,000 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.


Once the programme is fully accredited, students who have successfully completed their BPharm programme and their Provisionally Registered Pharmacist (PRP) training, can practice as pharmacists anywhere in Malaysia.

Post registration, you could work as a pharmacist in the community (retail) or in a hospital. Several students also have the option of working in the pharmaceutical industry, for the research and development of new drugs and medicines.

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 provides guidance and maintains good connections with both our alumni and prospective employers to facilitate experiential learning and explore career and training opportunities.

Upon graduation, you will need to undergo a minimum one-year pre-registration training called provisionally registered pharmacist (PRP). The contract PRP with the government is placed at a pay grade of UF41. The minimum base salary for UF41 is RM2740 per month.

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This content was last updated on 11 July 2023. 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.