Preparing you for the healthcare challenges facing our society

The University of Reading Malaysia (UoRM) is a centre of excellence in pharmacy education and research. Our innovative, exciting and fully integrated programme prepares first-class pharmacy graduates ready for the healthcare challenges facing society.

Pharmacy is a diverse profession whose members help others in a variety of ways. Staff in the Reading School of Pharmacy Malaysia have a friendly and enthusiastic style, and will teach you the knowledge and communication skills that are essential to succeed as a pharmacist. Our four-year degree programme incorporates clinical training and scientific understanding, enabling you to develop an in-depth knowledge of key therapeutic areas.

Choose to study for 2+2 MPharm (Hons) degree at UoRM and you will have a unique opportunity to study for two years at our Malaysia campus and two years at our campus in Reading in the UK.  You will also have the opportunity to seek a pre-registration training post in the UK (subject to visa approval) before you sit your Pre-Registration Assessment and can register with the General Pharmaceutical Council.

During your first year, you will study scientific theory as well as taking part in pharmacy training programs in hospital and community settings where you can put your knowledge into real-life situations.

As you progress, you will learn more about the understanding and management of human diseases and undertake longer placements. This will be followed by a dissertation and your extended fourth-year research project which allows you to cover your chosen subject of interest in depth, under the supervision of highly qualified researchers working at the University of Reading Malaysia School of Pharmacy.

    Core subject areas include:
  • Human physiology
  • Cell physiology
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Pharmaceutics
  • Medical microbiology
  • Statistics and epidemiology
  • Pharmacology and toxicology
  • Pharmacy practice
  • Management and business

Please note that all undergraduate degrees from the University of Reading in the UK and in Malaysia are Honours Degrees.

In-depth training
Our programmes produce graduates trained to the high level of professionalism needed for a career in pharmacy. In addition, our students develop essential graduate attributes, such as team-working and problem solving, which are highly valued by today’s employers.

We teach pharmacy in environments that mimic real-life, dispensing real medicines and using dispensing simulation software for labelling and record keeping. We introduce and develop practical and clinical pharmacy skills from the first year through to graduation, with a particular focus on effective consultations and optimising the use of medicines. We ensure our students are equipped with the skills to be useful members of the team on their work-based placements, enabling them to gain more from these invaluable experiences.

Throughout our programme, students gain in-depth understanding of issues at the forefront of pharmacy development, culminating in a wide range of innovative final-year research projects supervised by our leading academics.

Preparing you for the workplace
Our pharmacy programme provides the perfect preparation for a career in this vital specialism.

In the first year, you will be introduced to pharmacy and clinical environments through supervised structured visits to community and hospital pharmacies. In the second year, you will undertake further supervised structured hospital visits alongside a supervised day placement in community pharmacy. In the third year, the structured hospital visits take place and develop further. You will complete a one-week placement in the pharmacy sector of your choice. You will learn alongside healthcare professionals so you are prepared for the multidisciplinary environment of the healthcare sector guided by the experience of our practising pharmacists and other healthcare experts. Our annual careers fair and recruitment website provides access to a wide variety of pharmacy employers, helping you to obtain summer and post-graduation training placements.

Innovative and expert teaching
Our programme is taught by committed and enthusiastic staff, including active healthcare professionals and internationally recognised researchers in a broad range of fields.

We use a wide variety of teaching methods, including lectures, practicals, problem-based and inter-professional learning, and individual and team research projects, to ensure you receive a complete education in pharmaceutical discovery, development and practice.

Our teaching is informed by the fundamental and applied research undertaken by our academic staff in thematic areas including:
1. new targets in neurodegenerative disorders
2. molecules to treat brain diseases and cancer
3. regenerative medicine, anti-epileptics and diagnostics
4. cutting-edge materials for therapeutic applications, and
5. safer medicines, better practitioners.

In addition, our new innovative Professional and Academic Development Portfolio on clinical and transferrable skills develops our students’ independent study skills – essential for success in a career where lifelong learning is vital.

State-of-the-art facilities
Our teaching facilities are second to none, providing you with all you need to excel in your studies and chosen profession. They include laboratories equipped with plasma screens to facilitate demonstrations, a well-equipped tableting suite, and a fully equipped Clinical Skills Unit, which has individual computers, label printing and video facilities. Our students are also supported by our online learning environment that provides access to videos, digital lecture notes with audio podcasts, and pencasts.

There is an opportunity for all students studying undergraduate pharmacy programmes to spend up to two years on either the Malaysia or UK campuses.

Our Pharmacy programmes provide students with integrated learning ensuring that fundamental science is linked to clinical practice. Our modules expertly interweave learning in medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics, pharmacology and pharmacy practice, giving you a highly valued interconnected understanding of these disciplines.

By graduation you will have received a broad education in pharmaceutical discovery, development and application, putting you at a significant advantage as your career progresses.


BPharm (Hons) / MPharm (Hons) Pharmacy Testimony by Ashik Karania

Ashik Karania|MPharm 2013

The opportunity to study abroad is so exciting. Both Malaysia and the UK have so much to offer. Having the opportunity to explore whilst studying is a great incentive. As the saying goes, ‘the world is your oyster’.”


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Entry requirements
A Level: BBB including minimum Grade B in Chemistry and one other science subject (Biology, Maths, Physics or Psychology).

STPM: BBB including minimum Grade B in Chemistry and one other science subject (Biology, Maths or Physics).

UEC: minimum 5A2s including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, English and one other subject; excluding Chinese Language.

International Baccalaureate: 32-34 points overall including 6 in Chemistry and 5 in one other science subject, both at higher level.

Other entry qualifications at equivalent levels will be accepted for entry onto this programme.

Pre-requisites (for Malaysian only):
SPM / IGCSE: SPM / IGCSE: minimum 5Bs, to be composed of: Biology, Chemistry and Physics, plus: Maths and Additional Maths; or Maths or Additional Maths, plus one other subject. Also: English 1119 minimum 4Bs and SPM Bahasa Melayu minimum B

All eligible candidates will be invited for an interview on campus or via skype/telephone

IELTS: (to be achieved before graduation) 6.5 overall, with no element below 6.0

All eligible candidates will be invited for an interview on campus or via Skype/telephone.

4 years full-time: 2 years in Malaysia, 2 years in the UK

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Malaysians – RM pa
2017/18: 46,250

International Fees – RM pa
2017/18: 52,500

MPharm students will pay UK international fees for their 2 years in the UK. For more information on tuition fees in the UK, please visit www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/fees-and-funding.

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