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 EDUCATION

UniKL RCMP to produce industrial pharmaceutical technologists

25th August, 2017

Universiti Kuala Lumpur Royal College of Medicine (UniKL RCMP) continues to forge ahead with the introduction of the Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Technology programme for the coming September intake.

This programme which takes three and a half years to complete is open to candidates with the Higher School or Matriculation certificate as well as graduates from the Diploma in Pharmacy or Diploma in Science programmes who fulfil the entry requirements.

Prof. Dr. Ahmad Fuad Shamsuddin, Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, UniKL RCMP, stressed that unlike the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) programme which produces pharmacists, this new programme has no clinical component but rather emphasises on pharmaceutical and technical aspects of the pharmaceutical industry.

“Malaysia has around 100 companies registered with the Malaysian Organisation of Pharmaceutical Industries (MOPI) and the Pharmaceutical Association of Malaysia (PhAMA). This does not include small and medium enterprises (SMEs) which produce and manufacture numerous cosmetics and health products.

“With the introduction of this programme, we hope to produce technologists who will contribute towards the development of the local pharmaceutical industry and this is in line with the country’s aspiration to achieve a developed nation status,” he pointed out to Utusan Malaysia, recently.

The BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Technology programme which has been approved by the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) this year will, among others, equip students with basic knowledge in the science discipline which are pertinent for the pharmaceutical industry.

Successful completion of this programme will open up career opportunities for graduates in the various fields related to the pharmaceutical industry such as drug discovery and development, standards evaluation, drug production and manufacturing as well as marketing of pharmaceutical products (including herbal products), cosmetics and health foods.

Graduates can also pursue careers in areas such as quality control of products, pre-clinical investigations, marketing and sales services as well as research and development.

Ahmad Fuad also said that the unique UniKL delivery methods in teaching that include the utilisation of teaching factories will enable students to be exposed to real industrial settings beginning from the first year of the programme.

He reiterated that UniKL RCMP is equipped with pharmaceutical technology labs which will provide students the necessary exposure to latest instruments and machinery that are used in the manufacturing of pharmaceutical formulations such as tablets, creams and other more complex drug dosage forms.

The programme module has been developed by UniKL RCMP faculty members comprising local and foreign (contract) academicians and professionals who have vast experience in the pharmaceutical industry.

“The introduction of the new programme will add another health-related programmes to the ones being offered by UniKL RCMP which include the MBBS and BPharm (Hons) degree programmes as well as diploma programmes in Pharmacy, Nursing, Medical Imaging (Radiography) and Physiotherapy.

“Students will need to complete industrial attachment with various pharmaceutical and related companies in semester seven (the final year) of studies in addition to being exposed to entrepreneurial skills development,” he added.

Among the specialty subjects which students need to enrol include pharmaceutical engineering, pharmaceutical technology, pharmacology and toxicology, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutical analysis, novel drug delivery systems (e.g. nanotechnology), biopharmaceutical and pharmacokinetics.

Besides studying management in production and verification of pharmaceutical products, the students are required to complete a research project as well as registering for two elective subjects.

The elective subjects offered are pharmaceutical marketing, computer-aided drug design, herbal drug development technology, pharmaceutical packaging and Islamic manufacturing practice.

Diploma in pharmacy and science graduates from respective universities and university colleges will have the chance for credit transfers and course exemptions of one semester (minimum) if they fulfil the requirements stipulated by UniKL RCMP.

For more information call 05-243 2635 or email to norshuhila@unikl.edu.my

   
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