Minor in Pharmaceutical Science

The pharmaceutical industry in Singapore is undergoing a phase of expansion, as more pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies set up new manufacturing and research facilities here. Along with this expansion plans, manpower with relevant knowledge and skills will be sought after by the industry. In addition to the requisite domain knowledge which may be science, engineering, law or business; the employers are also seeking to hire graduates with supplementary knowledge relevant to the pharmaceutical industry. The relevant adjunct knowledge is based on foundation in pharmaceutical sciences. Having an understanding of pharmaceutical sciences will enable these graduates to quickly immerse in the environment of the industry and may ease the initial learning phase.


With this Minor in Pharmaceutical Science, graduates may also choose to pursue further studies either in the coursework MSc (Pharmaceutical Science and Technology) or pursue other PhD or MSc research programmes in their own majors at NUS or elsewhere. Together with a science or engineering based major, graduates will have a broader spectrum of technical knowledge and skills which will become useful in the research activities undertaken during their graduate study.

  1. To build a fundamental technical language, knowledge and skill set relevant to the pharmaceutical industry.
  2. To help raise the awareness among undergraduates from different majors the potential applications of their domain knowledge in the pharmaceutical industry.

There are many career opportunities in the pharmaceutical and allied industries for graduates who have a background in pharmaceutical sciences. Graduates, who major in biology, chemistry, mathematics, statistics, food science, material science, computing and engineering, are needed to fill positions in research laboratories, manufacturing plants, quality assurance laboratory of a pharmaceutical company. In addition, those with degrees in law, economics, marketing or business may also develop rewarding careers as finance, human resource, intellectual property and legal, as well as business and market development professionals in the industry. It definitely takes multi-disciplinary teams with a variety of skills to develop and produce effective and safe health products.

Prospective undergraduates are preferred to have the following qualifications and subject pre-requisites (in brackets).

      • Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘A’ Level (H2 Biology or H2 Chemistry) or
      • Diploma from local polytechnics (Biology-related or Chemistry-related modules) or
      • NUS High School Diploma (Biology or Chemistry) or
      • IB Diploma (Biology or Chemistry) or
      • A bridging module in either Biology or Chemistry taken at the NUS.


Curriculum Structure and Requirements

Candidates accepted into the minor programme are required to pass four (4) essential modules and two (2) elective modules as shown below. Some modules have practical component that will allow students to acquire basic and relevant laboratory skills.

Essential modules:

  • PR1110  Foundations for Medicinal Chemistry
  • PR2114  Formulation and Technology I
  • PR2115  Medicinal Chemistry for Drug Design
  • PR3301  Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms

Choose TWO from the following elective modules:

  • PR1301     Complementary Medicine and Health
  • PR2143     Pharmaceutical Analysis for Quality Assurance
  • PR3204     Medicinal Natural Products
  • PR4205     Bioorganic Principles of Medicinal Chemistry
  • PR4206     Industrial Pharmacy
  • CN4241R  Engineering Principles for Drug Delivery


The target applicants for this minor programme are students who are pursuing science or engineering-based majors. In addition, students who major in law, economics, computing, marketing or business may also apply, provided the pre-requisites are met.

Candidates reading the major in Pharmacy are precluded from taking the Minor in Pharmaceutical Science.

Students would need to take 4 to 5 semesters to complete the minor programme.

Application Form

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