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Faculty of Science and Technology
Self-financed Programmes

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Chinese Medicinal Pharmacy

Programme code ST125204

The following section presents the programme information offered in September 2019. Information of programmes to be offered in academic year 2020/21 will be announced in late November 2019.
Duration of Study
Entry to Year 1: 4 Years
Entry to Year 3: 2 Years
Mode of Study
Offering Campus(es) / Venue(s)

(Core modules would be conducted at THEi (Tsing Yi) and some General Education (GE) modules at other campuses.)

Entrance Requirements
Entrance Requirements for Year 1:
Level 3 or above in the HKDSE English Language and Chinese Language; AND Level 2 or above in the HKDSE Mathematics, Liberal Studies and one Elective Subject; OR Equivalent.
Remarks :
  1. 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.
  2. 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. Only the results of relevant ApL subjects will be considered in the application for Degree programmes. Relevant ApL subjects include: Foundation in Chinese Medicine.
  3. Applicants may be required to attend an interview.

Entrance Requirements for Year 3:
Higher Diploma OR equivalent qualifications in a relevant area of study.
  1. Additional core modules may be required (with fee charged) for sub-degree graduates according to the educational background of individuals.
  2. All applicants are screened and selected by an Admission and Interview Panel. All interviews are conducted in English.
  3. For enquiry please contact Faculty of Science and Technology (Telephone No: 2176 1505).
Programme Aims
The Programme aims to provide students with a degree qualification in Chinese Medicinal Pharmacy so as to support manpower training of the industry.  Its key mission is to provide an integrated Chinese Medicinal Pharmacy programme to students so that they can cope with the complex and modernization requirements in the industry.  The Programme will equip students with a solid understanding of both traditional and scientific knowledge, practical skills and techniques to undertake professional Chinese Medicinal Pharmacy practice.  It will also cultivate students’ critical thinking skills to enable them to function effectively as supervisors and managers as they progress in their careers.  The Programme also aims to facilitate students to acquire the values, knowledge and skills for lifelong learning with the goal of contributing to the industry’s human capital needs.
Career Prospects
Graduates will be capable of different technical and management post in Chinese Medicinal Pharmacy industry, such as Chinese Medicinal pharmacists in clinics, professional quality assurance or quality control of pharmaceutical manufactures, technician of testing or authentication, and proprietary Chinese medicine (pCm) registration officer.  When the graduates accumulate sufficient experience, conduct further study or obtain professional qualifications, they can be promoted to management positions, such as senior Chinese Medicinal pharmacists, pharmaceutical production or quality control department manager, testing or authentication officer, technical adviser or technical manager, scientific officer (Chinese medicine).  
With the continuing trend of demanding of Chinese medicine in Hong Kong, the HKSARGovernment has promoted the development of Chinese Medicine, including the establishment of Chinese Medicine hospitals and testing center, promoting GMP for manufacture of pCm and standardization of Chinese Materia Medica.  The demand of Chinese Medicinal Pharmacy professionals is very strong.  Therefore, the industries not only provide graduates with lots of placements and job opportunities to this programme, but also establish various professional natures so as to benefit to graduates’ career path and provides the opportunities of upward mobility in their career.
The programme provides a solid foundation in academic competence and research capability for students aspiring for further studies.  Graduates are eligible to enroll in a taught Master level or to register for research post-graduate degree programmes, such as Master of Science in Chinese Medicines at HKU, Master of Science in Chinese Medicines and Herbal Drugs at CUHK, Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Chinese Medicine at HKBU.  Many Chinese Medicine institutions in Mainland China also offer Chinese Medicine post-graduate programmes. 
Students may be required to attend classes on other VTC campuses. VTC reserves the right to cancel any programme, revise programme content or change the offering institute(s) / campus(es) / class venue(s) if circumstances so warrant.