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Applied Science Discipline

Higher Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science

Programme code AS114202

The following section presents the programme information offered in September 2018. Information of programmes to be offered in academic year 2019/20 will be announced in late November 2018.
Duration of Study
2 Years
Mode of Study
Offering Campus(es) / Venue(s)
IVE (Chai Wan)
Entrance Requirements
Five HKDSE subjects at Level 2 or above, including English Language and Chinese Language; OR VTC Foundation Diploma (Level 3) / Diploma of Foundation Studies; OR VTC Diploma in Vocational Education / Diploma of Vocational Education; OR Yi Jin Diploma / Diploma Yi Jin; OR Equivalent.
Remarks :
  1. An "Attained", "Attained with Distinction (I)" and "Attained with Distinction (II)" in an HKDSE Applied Learning (ApL) subject (Category B subjects) are regarded as equivalent to an HKDSE subject at "Level 2", "Level 3" and "Level 4" respectively, and a maximum of two ApL subjects (excluding ApL(C)) can be counted for admission purpose.
  2. A "Grade D or E" and a "Grade C or above" in an HKDSE Other Language subject (Category C subjects) are regarded as equivalent to an HKDSE subject at "Level 2" and "Level 3" respectively, and one Other Language subject can be counted for admission purpose.
  3. Holders of Diploma in Vocational Education / Diploma of Vocational Education (DVE) award upon successful completion of prescribed modules are eligible to apply for Higher Diploma Programmes.
  4. This programme is only applicable to applicants with HKDSE Chinese Language qualifications.
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
This programme aims to equip students with wide range of knowledge, skills and techniques in pharmaceutical science including pharmaceutical manufacturing, quality control and operation management.
This 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.
Career Prospects
Graduates of the Technology and Management Stream can be employed as technical / supervisory staff of pharmaceutical manufacturers, or as medical representatives / product registration executives of pharmaceutical traders.
Graduates of the Chinese Medicines Stream can be employed as dispensers in Chinese medicine dispensaries, or as technical / supervisory staff in testing laboratories or as research assistants in research institutes for Chinese medicine industries.
Graduates can apply for admission to the following programmes :
  1. Bachelor of Science in Chinese Medicinal Pharmaceutics# offered by China Pharmaceutical University (in association with SHAPE) (2 years part-time);
  2. Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences offered by University of South Australia;
  3. Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science offered by University of Wolverhampton, UK; and
  4. Bachelor of Science (Hons) Public Health Studies# offered by Coventry University, UK.

# It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead. Please refer to the corresponding programme page in the website of SHAPE for the registered course no.
Professional Recognition
Graduates from Chinese Medicines Stream possess at least 1 year of relevant working experience in manufacturing of proprietary Chinese medicines or dispensing of Chinese herbal medicines are recognized by Chinese Medicine Council of Hong Kong as qualified to be nominated to be the person in charge of the supervision of Manufacturer in proprietary Chinese medicines or Retailer in Chinese herbal medicines.

Technology and Management Stream is recognized by Pharmacy and Poisons Board, Hong Kong as a recognized qualification for the heads of production or quality control in GMP pharmaceutical manufacturers.
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.