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Applied Science Discipline

Higher Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science

Programme code AS114202

Duration of Study
2 Years
Mode of Study
Offering Campus(es) / Venue(s)
(Planned Places)
IVE (Chai Wan) - 45
Admission Score (For reference)  (Note 1)
Average Result : 14
Score Range : 11 - 18
Programme Stream
Students may choose one of the following streams so as to enhance professional knowledge and skills in specific areas :
  • Higher Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science (Technology and Management)
  • Higher Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science (Chinese Medicines)
The 1st semester is a common semester. Students will progress to the stream in the 2nd semester. Students will be required to attend a test in Semester 1 to determine the studied stream, subject to their choice, test performance and availability of places in specific streams.
Programme Aims
Click here to view the programme highlights video (narration in Cantonese)

The programme aims to equip students with wide range of knowledge, skills and techniques in pharmaceutical science (both western and Chinese medicines) including pharmaceutical manufacturing, quality control and operation management.
The programme is designed with an emphasis on generic and language training, whole-person development and workplace experience to better prepare students for further studies and employment after graduation.
Professional Recognition
Graduates from Chinese Medicines Stream possess at least 1 year of practical experience in manufacturing of proprietary Chinese medicines or dispensing of Chinese herbal medicines are recognised by Chinese Medicine Council of Hong Kong as qualified to be nominated to be the responsible person of the supervision of Manufacturer in proprietary Chinese medicines or Retailer in Chinese herbal medicines.

Graduates from Technology and Management Stream possess at least 3 years of relevant working experience in GMP pharmaceutical manufacturing or quality control is recognised by Pharmacy and Poisons Board, Hong Kong as a recognised qualification for the heads of production or quality control in GMP pharmaceutical manufacturers.
  1. Admission score in 2023 refers to score of the best 5 HKDSE subjects, including Chinese Language and English Language of admitted students in 2023. For reference only.
    (Scoring scale: 5**=7 points; 5*=6 points; 5=5 points; 4=4 points; 3=3 points; 2=2 points; 1=1 point)
  2. Students may be required to attend classes on other VTC campuses. VTC reserves the right to cancel any programme, revise programme title, content or change the offering institute(s) / campus(es) / class venue(s) if circumstances so warrant.