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Programme Aims and Features
The Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) programme aims to produce competent graduates with solid knowledge of pharmacy as well as abilities to apply the core knowledge and skills for effective, humane and ethical delivery of pharmaceutical care. They will contribute both to the profession of pharmacy and to the overall health of the patient body by adopting the highest standard of professional practice.
- Clinical Pharmacy：With the support of Queen Mary Hospital, students studying at HKU enjoy early clinical exposure and also benefit from the inter-professional collaboration of pharmacists and clinicians through teaching in wards and outpatient clinics.
- Community-based Training：Students are adequately prepared to provide expert service at the community level. The biggest community pharmacy chain stores in Hong Kong are committed to train more quality pharmacists for the community and they provide placement openings for students of the programme.
- Exposure to Chinese Medicine as well as Complementary and Alternative Medicine： The programme equips future pharmacists who practice in Hong Kong with the knowledge of Chinese Medicine as well as Complementary and Alternative Medicines [CAM]. These include herbal medicines, nutraceuticals, health care products, cosmetics, etc, which are commonly used by many patients in conjunction with Western medicines.
- Patient Counseling and Communication Skills： A key characteristic of the programme is to enhance students’ proficiency in providing primary health care services, including patient education. Students have various opportunities to acquire patient counseling and communication skills step-by-step with a gradual increase in the degree of mastery and in the complexity of the situations encountered.
- Training in Industrial Pharmacy： Students of the programme have the opportunity to experience this subspecialty to realize the increasing demand of the local industry for professional pharmacy service. A wide spectrum of topics on the practical aspects related to industrial pharmacy is taught by experts with extensive work experience in the industry.
The programme has been granted accreditation by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board of Hong Kong. Students who have completed a full-time pharmacy degree and one additional year of internship are qualified as registered pharmacists in Hong Kong.
After having obtained the BPharm degree, graduates are required to undergo one year of internship before they can practise as registered pharmacists in hospitals and community services, as well as the pharmaceutical industry. Graduates will also be well-prepared for continuous postgraduate training through a taught Master of Clinical Pharmacy programme, or to pursue academic pharmacy by research postgraduate studies.