School of Chinese Medicine

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) in Chinese Medicine

Programme Code


Year of Entry


Mode of Study

Full Time

Duration of Study

4 Years

Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction for classroom teaching (in all forms) at HKBU is English, except for those courses that are granted exemption.

Fund Type

Government Funded

First Year Intake Number


Class Start Date

September 2024

Annual Tuition Fees

HK$42,100 (local); HK$160,000 (non-local) i

Credits Required for Graduation


Programme Requirements

HKDSE Core Subject(s) Minimum Level
Elective Subject(s) Minimum Level
Two of the following elective subjects:  

Note 1: No alternative Chinese language qualifications will be accepted in lieu of HKDSE Chinese language. 

Note 2: One elective must be Chemistry. 
[Combined Science (Chemistry, Biology) and Combined Science (Physics, Chemistry) will not be recognised as Chemistry.] 

Note 3: The other elective must be any Category A subjects or Extended Part of Mathematics (Module 1 or Module 2).

Remarks on other requirements: 
Shortlisted applicants may be invited to attend interview.


Programme Description

The programme encompasses pharmaceutical science of Chinese Materia Medica (CMM), basic theories of Chinese medicine, basic science, western pharmacy and practicum training. During the four-year study, students are required to complete a 15-week practicum and an Honours Project. Throughout the programme, research concepts and tools are introduced, and the concept of “Whole Person Education” is also emphasised in the student-oriented General Education programme.


Student Learning Experiences 

Starting from year one of the study, students will attend the practicum sessions in which they have plenty opportunities to broaden their knowledge. In the second year, students are required to attend a 2-week practicum in the Medicinal Botany. During the summer breaks after the third and fourth years of study, they will attend the practicum in either a pharmaceutical plant or an herbarium in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Shaoguan or Guangzhou.


Career Opportunities

Career opportunities of the BPharm graduates include CMM quality control in the government sectors and business management in the commercial sector of Chinese medicines. Graduates can also pursue research postgraduate study in either local or overseas institutions for the development of new drugs.



i. Subject to University annual review.

Extended Part of Mathematics (Module 1 or Module 2) can be recognised for fulfilment of the second elective requirement.

The Programme will NOT consider Category B subjects (Applied Learning) for fulfilment of the elective requirement.

The Programme will NOT consider Category C subjects (Other Language) at Grade C or above for fulfilment of the elective requirement.

  1. Upon score calculation and compilation of interview results (if any), eligible applicants will be given a rank in the Merit Order List to the JUPAS Office. The Merit Order List will be generated according to the priority given to the list of Tie-breakers. During the admissions process, the following are the most commonly used tie-breakers by the programmes offered by the University.
    The most commonly used tie-breakers by the programmes offered by the University
    Tie-breakers Remarks
    HKDSE Academic Score (plus interview score, if any) Derived from the score formula of individual programme
    (This programme will consider the best 5 HKDSE subjects in Academic Score calculation.)
    Interview Performance Applicable to School Principal's nominees / applicants with a disability / OEA applicants / regular applicants with interview
    Band Band A applicants will be ranked first then Band B, and so on.
    A (Prog. Choice 1 - 3) >
    B (Prog. Choice 4 - 6) >
    C (Prog. Choice 7 - 10) >
    D (Prog. Choice 11 - 15) >
    E (Prog. Choice 16 - 20)
    HKDSE English Score Take the best score of HKDSE English Language Result
  2. If a programme ranks the tie-breakers as: '1' to 'HKDSE Academic Score', '2' to 'Band', '3' to 'HKDSE Standard + 1 best X Subject Score', applicants with highest HKDSE Academic Score will be ranked first. If there are two applicants having the same HKDSE Academic Score, the one who places the programme in a higher band choice will be ranked higher. If the two applicants are the same on the first 2 tie-breakers, their HKDSE Standard + 1 best X Subject Score will be compared, the one with higher HKDSE Standard + 1 best X Subject Score will be given a higher rank, and so on.




As programmes select students not only on the basis of the HKDSE results, the actual results of the students admitted to each programme may vary from year to year (depending on the overall results achieved by applicants in a particular year, the number of applicants applying to the programme, changes in selection criteria, etc.). Please be reminded that information listed above is for reference ONLY and is subject to change, and should NOT be used to predict the chance of admission to any programme.