Go on an exclusive one-year internship with National University Hospital's Pharmacy Department
Train under practising pharmacists and doctors
Broad-based training in pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical sciences will open doors to more career options
Choice of three final-year electives: Nutrition & Dietetic Science, Cosmetic and Perfumery Science and Complementary Medicine & Traditional Chinese Medicine
What the course is about
Find out what it is like to work at the forefront of drug therapy and get hands-on experience in managing pharmacies through the Diploma in Pharmacy Science (PHARM). This course will equip you with a foundation in biological, chemical and pharmaceutical sciences, and cover topics such as clinical trials and research, pharmaceutical operations, drug manufacturing as well as pathology and pharmacology.
In your final year, you will be attached to the Pharmacy Department of National University Hospital (NUH) for a one-year training stint. This extensive internship will feature attachments with pharmacies in NUH’s Cancer Centre and Satellite Wards, as well as the hospital's Clinical Trials Unit and Aseptic Dispensing and Compounding Laboratory — all designed to allow you to engage and learn directly from practising doctors and pharmacists.
In addition, you will get to take up a research project at NUH related to topics covered in the course and choose one of three electives in your final year. The elective in Nutrition & Dietetic Science will provide you with a basic understanding of nutritional and dietetic concepts while the Cosmetic & Perfumery Science elective introduces students to the science behind the development of cosmetic products and fragrances. You will also learn to evaluate the evidence behind alternative therapies and traditional Chinese medicines in the Complementary Medicine & Traditional Chinese Medicine elective.
Due to the shortage of qualified pharmacy technicians, you will be in high demand upon graduation. Your hands-on training with NUH will ensure that you are ready for careers in clinical research and healthcare services. What's more, you can become a regulatory executive or even an entrepreneur of healthcare products and services. You can also work with clinical research organisations and pharmaceutical companies such as Eli Lily and GlaxoSmithKline.
You will be able to pursue degrees in pharmacy, pharmaceutical science, chemistry, life science, biological science, biomedical science, medicine and dentistry as well as other healthcare-related courses at universities both locally and abroad.
PHARM graduates are also eligible to pursue a wide range of other degrees offered by the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Management University and Singapore University of Technology and Design. They include education, arts, architecture, business, psychology and social science.
You may be granted up to two years of exemptions when applying for related degree programmes at the following universities:
• Monash University (Australia)
• RMIT University (Australia)
• University of Queensland (Australia)
• University of Melbourne (Australia)
• Massey University (New Zealand)
• University of London (UK)
• University of Dundee (UK)