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Study Pharmacy Course in Malaysia

Pharmacy is known to be a popular course in Malaysia. This makes many wonders what is so amazing about having a career to allot medicine? 

The approach about the course in Pharmacy is that a pharmacist has the same status as a doctor or a lawyer , who people are fond of and respect.  Moreover, It is said that a Pharmacist does not have to study as hard as a Doctor or a lawyer. 

This read should make you understand the depth of Pharmacy study in Malaysia.

What is Pharmacy all about?

The human body and its reaction to different kinds of drugs are what a Pharmacy Degree will cover topics related to it while you study in Malaysia. One should expect to deal with a lot of subjects which are related to Chemistry. The main study of Pharmacy in Malaysia will teach you the type of dosage of medicines to cure diseases, Pharmacy often aggregates the consultation of a doctor. 

The fields of studies in Pharmacy in Malaysia are as follows: 

  1. Academic Pharmacy:

A Ph.D. degree is required to work in Universities or educational institutions to teach researching, evaluating the discoveries of clinical studies. This will give you the opportunity to teach and support a new generation of pharmacists.

  1. Community Pharmacy:

Distributing medication to customers is the service of a Community Pharmacist in any retail store. You are also supposed to assess the dosage of prescriptions to the customers. 

  1. Hospital Pharmacy: 

Hospital Pharmacists also prepare hypodermic medications, they also play a part in participating in ward rounds and purchasing and testing the quality of the medications used in the hospital in addition to dispensing medications in the hospital. 

Pharmacists are also expected to decide what medication is best for each patient and find out if there are any errors done by the doctors whilst prescribing medication to patients.

To ensure there are no possible harmful drug interactions between medications the pharmacists review other medications which are being taken by the patients prior to their current treatments. 

  1. Industrial Pharmacy:

The work of industrial pharmacists are involved in the production of drugs for pharmaceutical companies and ensuring that the drug is produced of high quality and is safe for every being.

Entry Requirement to study pharmacy course in Malaysia

1. Foundation

SPM / O-Level (or equivalent)

5Bs including Mathematics/Additional Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Biology with

2. Diploma

SPM / O-Level (or equivalent)

5 credits including Bahasa Melayu, Mathematics and a Science subject with a pass in English

3. Bachelor’s degree

STPM / A-Level

BBB, ABC or AAC in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics


B4 in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Advanced Mathematics

Australian Matriculation

ATAR 80.0, including Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics

Foundation in Science

CGPA 3.0 in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics


CGPA 3.0 in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics

In addition, a minimum of 5Bs including Mathematics/Additional Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, and Biology in SPM / O-Level (or equivalent) is typically required.

4. Master's degree

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in relevant field

CGPA 3.0

A certain amount of working experience may be required.

5. Doctorate

Master’s degree or equivalent in relevant field

CGPA 3.0

Bachelor’s degree (for direct Bachelor to PhD students)

CGPA 3.70

Duration of Pharmacy Degree Course in Malaysia

Foundation- 1 to 2 Years

Degree - 4 Years 

Pharmacist training -  1 Year (Which is mandatory after completing the Bachelor’s  Degree course)

Study Pharmacy in Malaysia Fee Structure


Estimated Fees per year

Bachelor's Degree

RM150,000 - RM250,000

Master's Degree

RM120,000 - RM140,000


RM100,000 - RM120,000

Career Opportunities Pharmacy in Malaysia

  • Academic Pharmacist
  • Community Pharmacist
  • Hospital Pharmacist
  • Industrial Pharmacist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Research Pharmacist
  • Toxicologist
  • Veterinary Pharmacist
  • Pharmaceutical Consultant


What subjects are needed to study for a Pharmacy course in Malaysia?


A-Level students have to study chemistry and usually one other science subject like biology, maths or physics. 


BTEC students usually study applied science or have this subject accompanied by one or two science-based A-Levels.


Students will need at least 5 GCSEs, with a grade C/4 or above, Which includes English, maths and mostly a science-based subject. The point to keep in mind is that some courses will require your GCSEs to be at a grade B/6 or above.

International Baccalaureate

A high level in Chemistry with a grade of 6 is required for most pharmacy courses. Some study will require you to have another subject at a higher level too. A well-known university will require you to have a 6,6,5 at a higher level. 

In addition to the grades you acquire, your university will look at how well you can demonstrate the understanding of the subject and the inclination to work as a pharmacist.

What are the sample subjects to study Pharmacy in Malaysia?

  • Pharmaceutical Analysis
  • Dosage Form Design
  • Cardiovascular System, Blood & Pharmacotherapy
  • Gastrointestinal System & Pharmacotherapy
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Basic Pharmacokinetics
  • Pharmacognosy
  • Clinical Pharmacokinetics
  • Biotechnology & Pharmacogenomics
  • Drug of Abuse & Society
  • Hospital Pharmacy Practice
  • Pharmacy Management
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Pharmacy Clerkship
  • Research Project
  • Geriatric Pharmacy
  • Cancer Chemotherapy
  • Pharmacy Law & Ethics
  • Pharmacoeconomics
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Communication in Healthcare
  • Pharmaceutical Microbiology
  • Basic Chemical Properties of Drugs & Action
  • Basic & Peripheral Nervous System Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Compounding & Dispensing
  • Antimicrobials, Anti-Neoplastic Agents & Immunomodulators
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis
  • Central Nervous System Pharmacotherapeutics
  • Biochemistry
  • Physical Pharmaceutics
  • Pharmacy Legislation
  • Pharmacognosy & Phytochemistry
  • Renal & Gastrointestinal System Pharmacotherapeutics
  • Clinical Pharmacokinetics
  • Pharmaceutical Processing
  • Pharmaceutical Biotechnology & Immunology

What is the examination format to study Pharmacy in Malaysian University?

  1. 100 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) in open book format.
  2. All questions shall be answered within 3 hours and 30 minutes.
  3. Each question has four (4) options with a single correct response only.
  4. The Eligibility mark is 50%.
  5. This exam contains negative marking. Right answer carries one mark and 0.25 negative mark for each wrong answer will be deducted. No marks will be deducted for questions not attempted.
  6. Students are allowed to refer to the relevant acts/regulations, Code of Conduct for Pharmacista and Bodies Corporate, references regarding Malaysian National Medicines Policy and Good Governance for Medicine.

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