Pharmaceutical Sciences


Humankind continuously seeks better health. For the past 30 years, the global pharmaceutical industry has experienced annual sales growth of 25-30%. China’s increase in public health awareness and demand and increased attention from all levels of government have led to substantial growth in the gross output of the country’s healthcare industry; medicinal drug production and research and development (R&D) have made rapid progress. As a result, more talents are needed for medicinal drug R&D, production, administrationand management. Areas requiring more trained professionals include applied pharmaceuticals, new drug R&D, drug formulation, pharmaceutical analysis, pharmaceutical care and licensed pharmacy. The BSc Pharmaceutical Sciences programme is tailor-made for the pharmaceutical industry, connecting health sciences, chemistry, life sciences and statistics and ensuring the safety and effective use of medicinal drugs. As part of an international first-class research university, the BSc Pharmaceutical Sciences aims to nurture advanced technical and management talents with solid theoretical knowledge, excellent specialised competencies and continuous self-development skills, as well as an international outlook and global competitiveness. All the Academy’s programmes aim to improve the overall well-being of humanity through a combination of international resources, promotion of high-profile international collaboration, attraction of talents, the fostering of increased research outcomes and the growth of industrial partnerships.

Programme advantages

The BSc Pharmaceutical Sciences programme focuses on the development of comprehensive knowledge and skills in the discipline. Students study fundamental and specialised modules while learning about the breadth of the pharmaceutical industry. The programme closely follows developments in the international and Chinese markets in order to nurture well-rounded talents who have a global outlook and the practical skills the industry requires.

  • Rigorous education and unique international perspective
    The Academy develops talents by providing a solid theoretical knowledge base, excellent professional competencies, continuous self-development skills, a global vision, international competitiveness, and technical and management skills in order to provide scientific, technological and management services for the pharmaceutical industry in China and beyond.
  • Curriculum that connects with industry
    The Pharmaceutical Sciences programme syntegrates government support, enterprise participation, and classroom learning and teaching to actively nurture skilled international talents who can meet industry demands. The programme fosters the cooperation of education, industry and government to continuously improve the curriculum and adjust the direction and content of scientific research. Meanwhile, by taking the advantage of XJTLU’s global platform, the programme promotes the internationalisation of learning and teaching, scientific research and industry production.
  • Sophisticated quality control system, strong foundations
    XJTLU combines the British higher education system’s quality assurance standards with the Chinese system’s strong focus on foundational knowledge. This is the cornerstone of XJTLU’s success, which guarantees the success of the Pharmaceutical Sciences programme.
  • Broad employment prospects
    Our curriculum design and training provide graduates with a solid theoretical knowledge base, excellent professional competencies, continuous self-development skills and a wide choice of career paths. Graduates may continue their studies in China or internationally or work in pharmaceutical production, drug synthesis, pharmaceutical preparations, drug analysis, drug research and development, quality control and more.

Knowledge and skills

After four years of study, graduates of this programme will be able to demonstrate:

  • Solid knowledge of chemistry, medical sciences, biology and applied statistics related to pharmaceutical sciences;
  • Mastery of pharmaceutical sciences fundamentals, including basic theories and lab skills;
  • Solid understanding of the application of pharmaceutical sciences in drug research and development (R&D), production, testing, drug administration and certain clinical aspects;
  • Capability of working and conducting research in the pharmaceutical industry, including drug R&D, drug production, quality control, and aspects of management, including drug design and preparation, drug formulation, drug quality inspection and standard formulation, drug development management, and clinical use;
  • Transferable skills including ability to work independently and as part of a team; time-management skills; and logical, critical, creative and reflective thinking skills.

A warm welcome to ambitious, responsible and caring students who are passionate about pharmacy and healthcare. Let us work together to cultivate virtue, benefit the people and society, and write a glorious chapter of serving the world with our expertise!

Dr Yixue Qiao

Programme Director


In addition to pursuing further education, pharmaceutical sciences graduates typically work in medicinal drug research and development, production management, marketing, drug synthesis, drug formulation, drug analysis, and drug quality control. The demand for pharmaceutical science talents from industry, medical institutions, scientific research institutes and government agencies has been expanding, inevitably broadening the career paths of some graduates. Potential career paths for graduates of pharmaceutical sciences include:

  • postgraduate study in related programmes at XJTLU or other domestic/international first-tier universities;
  • work at pharmaceutical companies in medicinal drug design, R&D, production, management, marketing, synthesis, preparation, analysis, inspection, quality control and more;
  • work in medicinal drug analysis, inspection, quality management and supervision at certain public institutions (including those dealing with food and drug supervision and administration, disease control centres, community health institutions, public health departments, drug inspection, industrial and commercial administration and taxation);
  • employment at universities or research institutes engaging in medicinal drug design, R&D analysis, and other scientific research; and work in hospitals, pharmacies, pharmaceutical factories and other institutions, including quality control testing of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) preparations, clinical medicine, pharmaceutical sciences, and more.

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