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University of Nottingham Malaysia

Course overview

The Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) is a 4 year degree programme, with students studying the first two years at our Malaysia campus, before transferring to the UK campus for years three and four. Our School of Pharmacy is ranked in the top 8 in the world for pharmacy and pharmacology (QS World University Rankings 2023). Much of the teaching is case-based, providing real life examples bringing together the fundamental science and clinical use of medicines. We provide integrated teaching across therapeutic themes or disease states. For each topic, you will look at it from the angle of the drug, the medicine and the patient. You'll gain patient interaction experience through placements in community and hospital pharmacies. You'll also take part in patient workshops.

You can practise patient consulting and dispensing in our simulated pharmacies. The final year has a module called Pharmacy Leadership and Management. You'll work in teams to run your own simulated pharmacy. The module looks at the commercial, clinical and ethical issues that being a pharmacist involves.

Why choose this course?

The course is aimed at students who have a commitment to becoming a registered healthcare professional, with a strong background in both Chemistry and Biology. The school is top 4 in the UK and top 8 in the world for pharmacy and pharmacology (QS World University Rankings 2023).


Typical core modules

  • Digestive system
  • Fundamentals of Pharmacy
  • Human Life Cycle

Typical core modules

  • Autoimmune and allergy
  • Cardiovascular
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrine
  • Infections 1 and 2
  • Renal
  • Respiratory

Typical core modules

  • Cancers Pain
  • Central Nervous System
  • Prescribing Competencies and Practice
  • Research Project

Throughout the course, you will be completing professional competency and medicine pathway activities.

Typical core modules

  • Advancing therapies, practice and care 1 and 2

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

ABB in biology, chemistry and physics/mathematics. 

IB Diploma

32 points with 6, 5, 5 at Higher Level including biology and chemistry, and at least 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.


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


3As, including biology and chemistry, plus grade B3 in mathematics and physics, excluding Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese language.

SAM or other Australian matriculations

ATAR 89, including biology, chemistry and physics/mathematics. Applicants must have at least grade B in Chemistry. 

Canadian Ontario Grade 12 Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

81% 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)

5,4,4, including AP Biology, AP Chemistry and AP Calculus/AP Physics.

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, Malaysian applicants with Matriculation/Foundation/Diploma must have 5 Bs (including biology, chemistry, physics and either mathematics or additional mathematics) for SPM/ GCSE/ IGCSE/ High School Diploma or equivalent.

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.


IELTS (Academic)

7.0 (with no less than 6.0 in each element) 


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

GCSE O-Level

grade B / 6

IGCSE (first language)

grade B / 6

IGCSE (second language)

grade A / 7


Band 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.

Foundation progression options

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 fulfil 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 fulfil the English language requirement for the MPharm course.

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 studentsRM55,000 per year, Fees in GBP27,200/year for years 3 and 4
International studentsRM61,000 per year, Fees in GBP27,200/year for years 3 and 4

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.


Foundation training in employment (previously Pre-registration)

To complete your training and qualify as a registered, practising pharmacist you will need to complete the new GPhC Foundation training programme. This replaces the pre-registration placement year and has been designed as a universal programme to evidence skills across five key areas of professional practice, communication and collaborative working, leadership and management, education and research.

It brings pharmacists more in line with other healthcare professionals like medics and dentists. At the end of the year, you'll sit the General Pharmaceutical Council’s exam to become a qualified pharmacist. For the first time this also includes registration to become a Prescribing Pharmacist.

Our progressive and responsive course and teaching will help prepare you for the next stages in your training and career. Targeted support is given by a highly experienced specialised team of academic and professional staff, many of whom who are involved in shaping and advising the pharmacy profession at a national level. We also have the MPharm Pharmacy (with Integrated Pre registration Scheme) course. This is the same as the MPharm course but includes equivalent training to the Foundation year as part of the course, and hence directly supported by and managed by the University.

Being a professional pharmacist

You could work as a pharmacist in the community, at a GP surgery or in a hospital. On the course, you'll experience the different types of pharmacy work so you can see what you enjoy the most.

Industrial pharmacy

If you are interested in the research and development of new drugs, you may consider industrial pharmacy. Industrial pharmacists work with scientists in other areas to discover safe and effective drugs.

Other roles

Your skills can be used in roles such as:

  • pharmacy research
  • veterinary pharmacy
  • regulatory pharmacy
  • drug discovery
  • medicines manufacture

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 order to register as a pharmacist, you must first undertake a pre-registration year, at the School of Pharmacy we have a pre-registration fair every year which is attended by potential employers from all sectors. Support is provided by both the school and the Careers and Employability Service to help you secure a pre-registration place.

In addition, the school of Pharmacy provides guidance and maintain good connections with both our alumni and prospective employers to facilitate experiential learning and explore career and training opportunities.

98.8% of undergraduates from the School of Pharmacy secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary for these graduates was £31,702.*

* HESA Graduate Outcomes 2020. The Graduate Outcomes % is derived using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.

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This content was last updated on 16 August 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.