3.3.4    Bachelor of Science (Pharmacy)/Bachelor of Science (Pharmacy) (Hons.) [B.Sc. (Pharm.)/B.Sc. (Pharm.) (Hons.)]

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A pharmacist is a healthcare professional who is an expert in drugs and is involved in dispensing, counselling and managing the safe and effective use of drugs. Therefore, the pharmacist is specially trained to be knowledgeable in every aspect of drugs. The vast knowledge that is necessary to perform these functions is multidisciplinary. It ranges from the properties and actions of drugs to the technology and science behind the production of a medicinal product, and finally to the rational use of a drug for optimal therapeutic outcome in patients.

Pharmacy as a profession is evolving continuously and new practices are introduced to provide better healthcare for people. If helping the sick recover from the appropriate use of medicines and promoting of wellness and healthy lifestyle gives you a sense of purpose, then pharmacy will be a good choice of study. In addition, pharmacy education provides one with the grounding in physicochemical, biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences. This can also open career opportunities into the exciting arena of pharmaceutical industry where you can be involved in the research and development of drugs, clinical trials, pharmaceutical marketing and pharmaceutical sales.

Programme Structure and Curriculum Rationale

The primary aim of the pharmacy course is to provide the relevant knowledge and skills that are required for entry into the profession. The course focuses on laying a strong foundation in topics related to pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy practice so that graduates can readily apply these fundamental principles to their future employment, be it in the community practice, hospital service, healthcare business, pharmaceutical industry or research. In addition, interprofessional education is integrated into the curriculum as an essential component to prepare graduates for interprofessional collaborative patient-centred practice as healthcare professionals. The curriculum is enriched with experiential learning in the form of laboratory training, interactive flipped classroom learning models and one-on-one coaching on professional skills (such as patient counselling), and finally culminating in a capstone year (i.e. Year 4) by completing a final year research project and internships.

Pharmacy is a four-year programme. The degree in BSc (Pharmacy) with Honours will be awarded to candidates who have performed well throughout the course of study, as determined by their cumulative average points. Those who do not qualify for Honours degrees will be awarded a BSc (Pharmacy) degree.

Career Prospects

Upon completion of the Pharmacy degree course and registration with the Singapore Pharmacy Council (after a 12-month pre-registration training programme of which a 6-month equivalent is completed as part of in-course requirement), a wide variety of career options is open to the registered pharmacists. Pharmacists may seek to build a career and specialise in patient care practice either in the hospital or community pharmacy. Intensive care, oncology, infectious diseases, nutritional support, geriatric care and drug information are some areas of specialisation that pharmacists may choose to pursue. Besides patient care, pharmacists may prefer to enter the pharmaceutical industry where they seek jobs related to clinical trial management, product registration, pharmaceutical manufacturing, sales and marketing of pharmaceuticals, healthcare products and medical devices. In addition, pharmacists may be involved in regulatory affairs of prescription drugs, health supplements, cosmetics and traditional Chinese medicines. Therefore a degree in Pharmacy certainly offers diversity and flexibility in career development.

Graduation Requirements

To be awarded a BSc (Pharmacy) or BSc (Pharmacy) (Hons), candidates must satisfy the following:

Module Level Major Requirements Cumulative

Major MCs

Faculty Requirement
(16 MCs)

AY1130       Human Physiology & Anatomy I

PA1113       Basic Pharmacology

PY1131       Human Physiology & Anatomy II

PX2108       Basic Human Pathology

(16 MCs)

PR1110       Foundations for Medicinal Chemistry

PR1111       Pharm Biochemistry

PR1120       Microbiology for Pharmacy

PR1140       Pharmacy Professional Skills Development I

(32 MCs)

PR2114       Formulation & Technology I

PR2115       Medicinal Chemistry for Drug Design

PR2122       Biotechnology for Pharmacy

PR2131       Pharmacy Professional Skills Development II

PR2133       Pharmacotherapeutics I

PR2134       Self Care

PR2135       Pharmacotherapeutics II

PR2143       Pharmaceutical Analysis for Quality Assurance

(32 MCs)

PR3116       Concepts in Pharmacokinetics and Biopharmaceutics

PR3124       Pharmacotherapeutics III

PR3117       Formulation & Technology II

PR3136       Pharmacotherapeutics IV

PR3137       Pharmacy Professional Skills Development III

PR3144       Principles of Research Methods

PR3145       Compliance & Good Practices in Pharmacy

PR3146       Pharmacy Law in Singapore

(28 MCs)

PR4138       Pharmacy Professional Skills Development IV

PR4197A       Pharmacy Internship I

PR4198A       Pharmacy Internship II

Final Year Project

(i) PR4196       Pharmacy Research Project and Scientific Communication


(ii) PR4195    Scientific Evaluation, Analysis and Communication (12 MCs) and any one of the following modules:

PR3202       Community Health & Preventive Care

PR4201       Pharmaceutical Marketing

PR4205       Bioorganic Principles of Medicinal Chemistry

PR4207       Applied Pharmacokinetics & Toxicokinetics



Summary of Requirement BSc (Pharmacy)/BSc (Pharmacy) (Hons)
University Requirement 20 MCs
Faculty Requirements 16 MCs
Major Requirement 108 MCs
Unrestricted Elective Modules 16 MCs
Total 160 MCs

Curricular content and graduation requirements may be subject to change.

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