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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 2023. Application information for AY 2024/25 will be announced in early November 2023.
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. The results of relevant ApL subjects will be considered in the application for Degree programmes. Relevant ApL subjects include: Foundation in Chinese Medicine, Fundamental Health Care, Health Care Practice, Medical Laboratory Science.

*Upon completion of the Diploma of Vocational Baccalaureate (DVB) Programmes, students can progress to degree programmes in VTC, subject to their BTEC and IGCSE results.

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
This Programme aims to provide students with a degree qualification in Chinese Medicinal Pharmacy (CM Pharm) so as to support manpower training of the CM industry.  The key mission is to provide an integrated CM Pharm programme to students so they can cope with complex and modernisation requirements in CM Pharm industry.  This Programme will equip students with solid understanding of both traditional and scientific knowledge, practical skills and techniques to undertake professional CM Pharm practice.  Students’ critical thinking skills will be developed to assist them as supervisors or managers in their careers.  This 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 CM pharm industry, such as CM pharmacists in clinics, professional QA or QC in pharmaceutical manufactures, officers of testing or authentication, proprietary Chinese medicine (pCm) registration officers, etc.  When the graduates accumulate sufficient experience and professional qualifications, they can be promoted to management positions, such as senior CM pharmacists, pharmaceutical production or quality control department managers, testing or authentication officers, technical advisers or technical managers, scientific officers (Chinese medicine), etc.
With the continuing trend of demanding of Chinese medicine in Hong Kong, the HKSAR Government has promoted the development of CM Pharm, including the establishment of CM hospitals and Government Chinese Medicines Testing Institute, promoting GMP for manufacture of pCm and standardisation of Chinese Materia Medica.  The demand of CM Pharm professionals is very strong.  Therefore, the CM 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.
Professional Recognition
  1. Graduates of the Programme may be nominated as responsible persons or deputies for the supervision of the manufacturing process of proprietary Chinese medicines (section 132(1)(b) of Cap. 549) or as responsible persons or deputies for the supervision of the dispensing of Chinese herbal medicines (section 114(2)(b) of Cap. 549) after accumulating six months of relevant practical experience.
  2. Graduates of the Programme are eligible to apply for membership of the Hong Kong Chinese Medicine Pharmacists Association.
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.