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Study Guide: Pharmacy in Malaysia

Do you want to learn more about how drugs affect the body? Do you want to know how drugs are developed to treat diseases? Perhaps understanding the connection between chemistry and biology is just something you are naturally good at. If so, studying pharmacy may be the ideal choice for you!



Pharmacy is basically a health profession that deals with bridging health and chemical science, to ensure the safe use of medications. Perhaps you have previously visited your neighbourhood pharmacy to buy medications for your headache, fever, or cough. However, a pharmacist's duties go beyond simply weighing your pills and giving them to you. Each medication is the result of extensive and complex study, and it is the responsibility of a pharmacist to be aware of this. It is safe to say that pharmacists are there to make sure that the medications we take are both safe and effective.

The field of pharmacy is vast and interdisciplinary as a whole. Many individuals are unaware that the function of a pharmacist is divided into a few various fields in the world of pharmacy. The pharmacist you encounter at Watson and Guardian and other such drugstores is not the same as the one you see at a hospital. Pharmacy practise fields have a lot of departments. Do not worry; Edu Experts has outlined a few of the key areas of a pharmacy degree below.

  • Academic Pharmacy: In academic pharmacy, a PhD is a minimum requirement for employment in research, teaching, or evaluating clinical study results in educational institutions. The good news is, you will have the chance to mentor and teach the next group of pharmacists.

  • Community Pharmacy: Medication dispensing to customers in retail establishments like Watsons and Guardian pharmacies is the responsibility of community pharmacists. You will assess the recommended dosage for the general public.

  • Hospital Pharmacy: Hospital pharmacists not only dispense medication but also prepare intravenous drugs, take part in ward visits, and buy and quality-test drugs used in hospitals. Additionally, pharmacists must be able to determine which medications are right for each patient and spot any errors made by doctors when prescribing medications to patients. Prior to writing new prescriptions, they must check the patients' current medication regimen to make sure there are no potentially hazardous drug interactions.

  • Industrial Pharmacy: Industrial pharmacists collaborate with pharmaceutical companies to develop treatments, guaranteeing that the medicine is of the highest quality and safe.

Entry Requirements to Study Pharmacy


These are the general entry requirements to pursue a degree in pharmacy.  Entry requirements for some universities may be higher, so do make sure you check the details carefully.​​


  • A pass with 5Bs including Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics or Additional Mathematics (applicable to Government Matriculation, Pre-U in Health/Pure/Applied Sciences and Foundation in Science)

  • A pass with 3 credits including English, Mathematics/Additional Mathematics (applicable to diploma qualification)

Pathway to Study Pharmacy

This is the general pathway to study pharmacy after completing your SPM or IGCSE.


Step 1: Complete STPM/UEC/Pre-university programme for 1-2 years. You can also opt to be enrolled in Diploma in Pharmacy for 3 years.

Step 2: Once you graduate with a diploma, you can choose to go straight to the workforce.

Step 3: If you want to pursue a pharmacy degree to be a registered pharmacist, enrol in a 4-year degree programme and ungergo one year of training followed by one year of compulsory service at a training premise that is recognised by the Pharmacy Board Malaysia. There are both government and private premises that are recognised. You will also need to sit and pass an examination (Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination) within the training period.

Step 4: Once you've completed your degree, you can choose to go straight to the workforce.

Subjects in Pharmacy Degree

A Pharmacy degree will cover topics related to the human body and its reaction to various drugs. Some of the subjects that you may learn include:

  • Physical Chemistry

  • Organic Chemistry

  • Medicinal Chemistry

  • Biochemistry

  • Immunology

  • Microbiology

  • Pharmacology

  • Mechanism of Drug Actions

  • Human Anatomy & Nervous System

  • Pharmacy Practice

Job Prospects with A Pharmacy Degree


Contrary to popular opinion, pharmacists do not exclusively work in the local pharmacy where you buy your medication. There are numerous job prospects available to pharmacy degree holders! A brief list of pharmacy undergraduate job options follows:

  • Academic pharmacist

  • Hospital pharmacist

  • Industrial pharmacist

  • Research scientist (medical)

  • Clinical research associate

  • Toxicologist

  • Medical sales representative

  • Pharmacologist

Universities to Study Pharmacy


Taylor's University Lakeside Campus

Bachelor in Pharmacy (Hons)

Intakes: October
Total Fees: RM181,602
Duration: 4 years


Monash University Malaysia

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons)

Intake: February
Annual Fees: RM55,500
Duration: 4 years


University of Nottingham Malaysia

Pharmacy BPharm (Hons)

Intake: September
Annual Fees: RM53,000
Duration: 4 years


MAHSA University

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons)

Intake: October
Total Fees: RM198,620
Duration: 4 years

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