Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) in Chinese Medicine

Programme Director: Prof CHEN, Hubiao

The aim of this programme is to equip students with the knowledge in (1) authentication, identification, quality analysis, quality control and patenting of Chinese medicines (CMs); (2) the new dosage-form design of modern Chinese medicinal products; (3) fundamental skills in research and development of Chinese medicinal products; and (4) the regulation and management of the pharmaceutical industry in Hong Kong.

The programme encompasses basic sciences, theories of Chinese medicine and Western pharmacy, pharmaceutical science of Chinese Materia Medica and practicum training. During the four-year of studies, students are required to complete a 15-week practicum, and carry out an Honours Project before graduation.

Career opportunities of our graduates include quality control and manufacturing, business management, new product development and trading of Chinese medicines. Graduates may also take on further studies by applying for research in Chinese medicines at postgraduate level.

The structure of the curriculum is as follows:

I) Major Courses 99 units
II) Honours Project 6 units
III) University Core Courses 13 units
IV) General Education Courses 18 units
V) Free Electives 4 units
    140 units


I. Major Courses 99 units
  Major Required Courses (90 units)  
  BMSC1008 Biomedical Sciences Laboratory I 1 unit
  BMSC1009 Biomedical Sciences Laboratory II 1 unit
  BMSC1015 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 3 units
  BMSC1025 Anatomy and Physiology 3 units
  BMSC2025 Microbiology and Immunology 3 units
  CHEM1006 Chemistry for Life Sciences 3 units
  CHEM1007 Chemistry for Life Sciences Lab 1 unit
  CHEM3025 Chemical Analysis 3 units
  CHEM3026 Chemical Analysis Laboratory 1 unit
  CMED1027 Ancient Chinese Medical Prose—Classical Chinese 3 units
  PCMD1016 Medicinal Botany Laboratory 1 unit
  PCMD1025 Supervised Practicum I 1 unit
  PCMD1026 Medicinal Botany I 2 units
  PCMD1027 Medicinal Botany II 2 units
  PCMD1035 Pharmaceutical Latin 2 units
  PCMD1036 Chemistry for Pharmaceutical Sciences 4 units
  PCMD1037 Chemistry for Pharmaceutical Sciences Laboratory 1 unit
  PCMD1045 Fundamental Chinese Medicine 4 units
  PCMD2005 Chinese Medicinal Formulae 3 units
  PCMD2006 Phytochemistry 4 units
  PCMD2007 Phytochemistry Laboratory 1 unit
  PCMD2015 Chinese Materia Medica 4 units
  PCMD3005 Introduction to Chinese Medicine Practice 3 units
  PCMD3006 Pharmacology and Toxicology 4 units
  PCMD3007 Pharmaceutics in Chinese Materia Medica 5 units
  PCMD3015 Pharmaceutics in Chinese Materia Medica Laboratory 1 unit
  PCMD3016 Authentication of Chinese Materia Medica 4 units
  PCMD3017 Authentication of Chinese Materia Medica Laboratory 1 unit
  PCMD3025 Biopharmaceutics 3 units
  PCMD3026 Herbal Pharmacology 3 units
  PCMD3027 Herbal Pharmacology Laboratory 1 unit
  PCMD4005 Supervised Practicum II 3.5 units
  PCMD4006 Chinese Medicine Preparation Analysis 3 units
  PCMD4007 Chinese Medicine Preparation Analysis Laboratory 1 unit
  PCMD4015 Management of Pharmaceutical Affairs 3 units
  PCMD4017 Unique Processing Methods of Chinese Medicines 3 units
  PCMD4025 Supervised Practicum III 0.5 unit
  Major Elective Courses (9 units)  
  Students are required to take any one of the Major Elective Courses from the following list of courses:
  PCMD2036 Marketing of Chinese Medicines and Legal Aspects of International Business 3 units
  PCMD3036 Health Care in Chinese Medicine 3 units
  PCMD4035 Chinese Medicines Merchandise Science 3 units
  PCMD4036 Licensing Training for Pharmacist in Chinese Medicines 3 units
  And any two of the Major Elective Courses from the following list of courses: 
  BUSI2035 Entrepreneurship and Innovative Thinking 3 units
  ECON2017 Economics of Health and Medical Care 3 units
  PCMD2037 Resources of Chinese Medicinal Plants 3 units
II. Honours Project 6 units
  PCMD4898 Honours Project I 3 units
  PCMD4899 Honours Project II 3 units
III. University Core Courses 13 units
IV. General Education Courses* 18 units
V. Free Electives 4 units
    140 units

* GE Programme comprises of 9 units of Core Requirements, 6 units of GE Interdisciplinary Thematic Courses and 3 units of GE Capstone.

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