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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.


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.



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SPM/O-Level: 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-Level: Minimum BBB/ABC/AAC in Biology, Chemistry (minimum B), Physics, or Mathematics

  • Australian Matriculation SAM/SACE International: Minimum ATAR 80 in Biology, Chemistry (minimum B), Physics, or Mathematics or Aggregate/Average of 75% or the equivalent of B in Biology, Chemistry and Physics/Mathematics

  • Canadian Pre-University programmes: Minimum 70% in each subject including min. 75% in Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics / Physics

  • Foundation in Science or Matriculation programme: Pass with minimum CGPA of 3.00 in Biology, Chemistry (minimum B), Physics, or Mathematics

  • International Baccalaureate (IB): Minimum 30 points including 2 science subjects/Mathematics at Higher Level (HL) and 1 science subject at Standard Level (SL) with a minimum score of 4 each in Biology, Chemistry and Physics/Mathematics

  • UEC: Pass with minimum B4 in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Advanced Mathematics

  • STPM: Minimum BBB/ABC/AAC in Biology, Chemistry (minimum B), Physics, or Mathematics, and overall CGPA must be at least 3.0

  • Diploma in Pharmacy: Minimum CGPA 3.50​​​​


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