School of Chinese Medicine

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) in Chinese Medicine

Programme Code


Year of Entry

Year 1

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

Class Start Date

September 2023

Annual Tuition Fees

HK$42,100 (local); HK$145,000 (non-local)

Credits Required for Graduation


Programme Description

The programme encompasses pharmaceutical science, identification, analysis and quality control of Chinese Materia Medica, basic theories of Chinese Medicine, basic biomedical sciences, western pharmacy and practicum training. During the four-year of studies, students are required to complete a 15-week practicum, and in the final year, students are required to carry out an Honours Project before graduation. Throughout the programme, research concepts and tools are emphasised, and the concept of "Whole Person Education" is also stressed by providing a student-oriented, adaptive and holistic education in the General Education Programme.


Student Learning Experiences

Students will have opportunities to broaden their knowledge by attending practicum sessions as early as in the Year One of studies.  After completion of the first year of study, students are required to attend a 2-week practicum in the area of Medicinal Botany. During the summer break after the third year and in the fourth year of studies, practicum will take place in either a pharmaceutical plant or a herbarium in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Shaoguan and Guangzhou.


Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for the graduates include quality control of herbal medicines, Chinese medicine pharmacy in healthcare industry, new drug discovery in healthcare market, and Chinese medicine related business management. Graduates may also apply for postgraduate research studies on drug discovery.


Programme Entrance Requirements

Applicants applying to the programme are expected to have taken Chemistry and possess a Chinese language qualification as deemed acceptable by the University.

For applicants holding international qualifications, they may fulfill the Chinese Language requirement with the following Chinese qualifications:

Proficiency Tests Minimum Requirements
GCE A/ AS Level Chinese Grade E
GCSE/ IGCSE/ GCE O-Level Chinese/ Chinese Language Grade C/ Grade 4
HKDSE Applied Learning Chinese Attained
Others Other Chinese language qualifications deemed acceptable by the University