3.3.4    Bachelor of Pharmacy/Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) [BPharm/BPharm (Hons)]

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Healthcare needs to respond to new challenges not least of which is “How can Singapore afford to keep a growing elderly population healthy in their community and out of hospital?” The best use of medicines is key to addressing this challenge and so pharmacists, as the health professionals with the most expertise in medicines, play a critical role. Pharmacists are registered healthcare professionals (registered with the Singapore Pharmacy Council) who are committed to ensuring the best outcomes from medication therapy through patient-centred care. Pharmacists do this by:

  • Educating and advising patients, caregivers, and health professionals on the responsible use of medicines and medicine-related devices,
  • Informing patients, caregivers, and health on both the benefits and risks associated with the use of any medicine,
  • Helping patients adhere to their medication regimens,
  • Support adverse-event and medication-error reporting programs in the interest of promoting the safer use of medicines,
  • Expand public awareness that more positive health outcomes and important cost savings result when patients, physicians and pharmacists collaborate in selecting, monitoring, and adjusting medication therapy,
  • Lead on the use of informatics within our healthcare system.

Programme Structure and Curriculum Rationale

For AY2020/2021, NUS is commencing Year 1 of a new undergraduate professional programme, namely, the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) programme. The first cohort of students will graduate from this programme in AY2023/2024. This programme replaces the BSc (Pharm) (Hons) programme.

The curriculum of this BPharm (Hons) programme is integrated across the basis, clinical and systems sciences. We chose to structure our curriculum in this way because such integration explicitly makes the connections for you on why you are learning what you are learning and by doing so it will not only make your learning journey more enjoyable but also prepare you to be a great pharmacist. Some features of our integrated curriculum are:

  • All modules are integrated around specific themes rather than specific disciplines. This means that there is no module, for instance, on pharmaceutical chemistry but rather pharmaceutical chemistry is integrated into modules in the programme so that its relevance to your future practice as a pharmacist is always clear to you,
  • Modules of the programme are integrated around themes. The themes of Year 1 are professionalism, pharmacy practice skills, foundational concepts and finally how to optimally manage medicines that are used for simple conditions of the skin, nails and eyes. In Years 2 and 3 the themes of professionalism and skills are further developed while at the same time you learn about how medicines maintain health, prevent, treat and cure illnesses in all the other major physiological systems of the body (from the head to your toes). In your final year (Year 4) we bring all this learning together so that you can rise to the challenge of managing the medicines of the complex patients. At the same time in Year 4 we empower you to Create the Future of Pharmacy by developing your leadership skills and equipping you with a toolkit to go about health care reform on graduation. In the fourth and final year, we build on your Year 3 computational thinking competencies in a module integrated around the theme of healthcare informatics so that rather than being afraid of the impending fourth industrial revolution you can embrace it and bring value not only to the practice of pharmacy but to our wider healthcare system,
  • In every year of the programme we integrate work-based learning (otherwise referred to as experiential learning) with your on-campus studies. This purposeful integration means your academic studies are always contextualized to real world practices which not only gives your learning greater meaning but also prepares you from Day 1 in NUS for Day 1 as an independent practitioner. Your experiential learning journey begins in Year 1 when as part of a team of medical, nursing and social worker students you will visit the home of an elderly Singaporean citizen. This supervised visit, debriefing and structured reflections will give you invaluable insights into what it means to be a patient; the reality of living with illness; and the immeasurable privilege of being the healthcare professional in whom such assumed trust is placed,
  • In Years 3 and 4 of the programme you get the opportunity to generate new knowledge through the Discovery Project. This Discovery Project is integrated into the world of the practice of pharmacy as the research questions you will be answering will be a real-world problem set by a clinical colleague who is affiliated with our Department. You will as part of a team have the opportunity to apply your research skills in developing solutions to the problem and then presenting and defending that solutions back to the clinical colleague, Students who are keen to explore research questions in pharmaceutical, clinical or systems sciences, may carry out the Discovery Project under the supervision of scientists, clinicians, regulators or policy developers.
  • During the four-year integrated programme, students may expand their horizons by participating in other academic programmes offered by the University or Faculty e.g. University Scholar Programme, University Town College Programme, NUS Overseas College Programme, Summer Student Exchange Programme, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Programme in Science (UROPS).

The degree in BPharm (Hons) 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 BPharm degree.

Career Prospects

Career prospects for pharmacists are abundant and diversified and are both in clinical and non-clinical settings:

  • Pharmacists are employed across every aspect of our healthcare system including our hospitals (acute and community), intermediate and long-term care facilities, polyclinics, and retail pharmacies. Pharmacists are also increasingly working outside healthcare institutions and delivering services directly in the community (e.g. visiting Singaporeans in their homes to review if they are using their medicine optimally),
  • Pharmacists are also experts in the development and distribution of medicines and therefore discharge important leadership roles across pharmaceutical industry (manufacturing and commercial) and government agencies whose remit includes access to medicines and the quality of medicines (e.g. ALPS, IHiS, HSA).

Graduation Requirements

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

Module Level Major Requirements Cumulative

Major MCs

Level-1000 (20 MCs) Pass

  • PR1150 Professional Identity Development I
  • PR1151 Applied Patient Care Skills I
  • PR1152 Pharmacy Foundations: Science & Therapeutics I
  • PR1153 Pharmacy Foundations: Science & Therapeutics II
Level-2000 (48 MCs) Pass

  • PR2150 Professional Identity Development II
  • PR2151 Applied Patient Care Skills II
  • PR2152 Gastrointestinal System: Science & Therapeutics
  • PR2153 Cardiovascular System: Science & Therapeutics
  • PR2154 Respiratory System: Science & Therapeutics
  • PR2155 Hepatic & Renal Systems: Science & Therapeutics
  • PR2156 Integumentary & Ocular Systems: Science & Therapeutics
  • SC2122 Medical Sociology
  • COS2101 Computational Thinking for Pharmacy
  • COS2102 Health and Pharmacy Informatics
Level-3000 (28 MCs) Pass

  • PR3150 Professional Identity & Skills Development
  • PR3151 Infection: Optimising Prevention & Treatment
  • PR3152 Immune & Endocrine
  • PR3153 Central Nervous System: Science & Therapeutics
  • PR3154 Musculoskeletal Health: Science & Therapeutics
Level-4000 (32 MCs) Pass

  • PR4150 Management of Complex Patient Populations
  • PR4151 Creating the Future of Pharmacy
  • PR4191 Discovery Project
  • PR4192A Internship & Pharmacy Management
  • PR4193A Internship & Regulatory Affairs


Summary of Requirement BPharm/BPharm (Hons)
University Requirement 20 MCs
Faculty Requirements Subsumed into Major Requirements
Major Requirement 128 MCs
Unrestricted Elective Modules 12 MCs
Total 160 MCs

Curricular content and graduation requirements may be subject to changes.

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