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The School of Medical Sciences offers a four-year program of integration and continuity leading to the MB, ChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree. The first two years consist mainly of applied basic medical science, with emphasis on small group tutorials. The remaining two years consist of clinical rotations in their affiliated teaching hospitals where more than 80% of medical care is provided for free by the government for all Ghanaians

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University Overview

Founded in 1951, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology is a non-profit public higher-education institution located in the urban setting of the metropolis of Kumasi (population range of 1,000,000-5,000,000 inhabitants), Ashanti. This institution also has branch campuses in the following locations: Sunyani, Accra. Officially recognized by the National Accreditation Board, Ghana (National Accreditation Board of Ghana), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 25,000-29,999 students) coeducational Ghanaian higher education institution. Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 69 years old Ghanaian higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students’ past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 30-40% making this Ghanaian higher education organization a very selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment. KNUST also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sports facilities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.

University Identity

NameKwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
AcronymKNUST
Founded1951
MottoNyansap? w?sane no badwenma
A wise knot is untied by a wise child
ColoursRed, yellow, green, black and white
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University Location

AddressPrivate Mail Bag University Post Office
Kumasi
Ashanti
Ghana
Tel+233 (3220) 60021
Fax+233 (51) 60137
Other locationsSunyani, Accra

What is Doctor of Pharmacy

Doctor of Pharmacy is a professional undergraduate degree that is required by several countries including Ghana, Nigeria and the USA as a basic requirement for registration as a pharmacist.

This pharmacy degree is offered as a six-year duration programme in most countries but some countries offer it as a two year top up programme to people who already have a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy.

Click here for a list of all the pharmacy related courses and their respective duration

In Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) was the premiere university to institute this 6 years Doctor of Pharmacy degree programme. 

All the other institutions offering Pharmacy in Ghana have now successfully transitioned to the Doctor of Pharmacy programme too.

This means that any one who wants to become a pharmacist by studying in Ghana will have to apply to study the Doctor of Pharmacy in any of the institutions offering the programme.

Admission requirements for KNUST Doctor of Pharmacy

KNUST accepts three different categories of people into their Doctor of Pharmacy programme. These three categories are:

  • Applicants with WASSCE/SSSCE qualification
  • Applicants with A’ Level qualification
  • Applicants who are considered Mature applicants

Applicants with WASSCE/SSSCE qualification

You need to have a minimum of three passes in the elective subjects (Chemistry, Biology, and Physics or Mathematics). This means that individuals who get anything beyond a C6 in more than one of these elective subjects are not eligible or do not qualify for this course.

Applicants with A’ Level qualification

If you have an A’ Level qualification, you need a minimum of five (5) credits which should include English Language and Mathematics, together with three (3) passes in any of the electives (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics).

You should also have a pass in General Paper. 

Mature Applicants

To qualify as a mature applicant, you must be at least 25 years at the time of submitting your application forms.

Mature applicants can be applicants with either WASSCE/SSSCE or O’ level qualification.

For O’ Level, a minimum of five (5) credits including English Language and Mathematics.

For WASSCE/SSSCE, a minimum of credit passes in three (3) of your electives (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics or Mathematics)

Duration of the KNUST Doctor of Pharmacy Course

The doctor of pharmacy programme is a six-year programme leading to the award of a professional undergraduate doctorate degree in pharmacy.

The first five (5) years of the course is spent on campus with the fifth year comprising outside campus work. During the fifth year, students choose an elective for which they will be attached to a particular company or institution to train under depending on the elective of choice.

The following electives are available to every fifth year student:

  • Research and Academia
  • Community Pharmacy
  • Hospital Pharmacy
  • Industrial Pharmacy
  • Regulatory
  • Pharma marketing

These electives represent the various facets of pharmacy that students can look into venturing as future job prospects. As such, this training is to expose students to all potential jobs that they may encounter in the near future.

Students get to choose at least two of these, one for each semester in their fifth year. You are therefore advised to choose those that you have higher interest in or the ones that you want to explore.

The final year is spent fully in an accredited hospital for practical application of all the knowledge the students have acquired over the previous five years.

Course outline (Programme Curriculum)

First year course outline

The following are the various courses with the respective credit hours that first year pharmacy students in KNUST will study;

First semester

Course CodeCourse NameCredits
PHARM 181HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY4
PHARM 161ORIENTATION TO PHARMACY AND DISPENSING4
ENGL 157COMMUNICATION SKILLS I2
PHARM 155INORGANIC AND PHYSICAL PHARMACEUTICAL CHEMISTRY4
PHARM 191INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FOR PHARMACISTS3
MATH 151POST SHS MATHS2

First semester course outline

Second semester

Course CodeCourse NameCredits
ENGL 158COMMUNICATION SKILLS II2
PHARM 162DISPENSING4
PHARM 182HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II4
PHARM 172INTRODUCTORY PHARMACOGNOSY4
MATH 152CALCULUS2
PHARM 152ORGANIC PHARMACEUTICAL CHEMISTRY I4

Second semester course outline

Second year course outline

First semester

Course CodeCourse NameCredits
PHARM 261PHYSICAL PHARMACY4
PHARM 271PHYTOCHEMISTRY3
PHARM 263PHARMACEUTICAL MICROBIOLOGY I3
MATH 153STATISTICAL METHODS I2
PHARM 281BIOCHEMISTRY I4
PHARM 251PHYSICAL PHARMACEUTICAL CHEMISTRY4

Second semester

Course CodeCourse NameCredits
PHARM 294PHARMACY COMMUNICATION AND PATIENT COUNSELING3
PHARM 262PHARMACEUTICAL MICROBIOLOGY II4
PHARM 252ORGANIC PHARMACEUTICAL CHEMISTRY II4
PHARM 282BIOCHEMISTRY II4

Third year course outline

First semester

Course CodeCourse NameCredits
PHARM 363PHARMACEUTICAL BIOTECHNOLOGY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY4
PHARM 381INTRODUCTORY PHARMACOLOGY4
FC 181FRENCH FOR COMMUNICATION PURPOSES2
PHARM 351MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY I4
PHARM 361PHARMACEUTICAL TECHNOLOGY I4

Second semester

Course CodeCourse NameCredits
PHARM 362PHARMACEUTICAL TECHNOLOGY II3
FC 182FRENCH FOR COMMUNICATION PURPOSES II2
PHARM 382SYSTEMS PHARMACOLOGY I4
PHARM 352PHARMACEUTICAL ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY3
PHARM 372NATURAL DRUG PRODUCTION AND EVALUATION3
PHARM 366IMMUNOLOGY2
PHARM 392PATHOPHYSIOLOGY AND THERAPEUTICS I4

Fourth year course outline

First semester

Course CodeCourse NameCredits
PHARM 493BIOSTATISTICS AND RESEARCH METHODS2
PHARM 481SYSTEMS PHARMACOLOGY II4
PHARM 491PATHOPHYSIOLOGY AND THERAPEUTICS II4
PHARM 485CHEMICAL PATHOLOGY I2
FREX 1FRENCH FOR PHARMACISTS1
PHARM 461BIOPHARMACEUTICS3
PHARM 451MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY II3
PHARM 471PHYTOPHARMACEUTICALS AND VETERINARY PHARMACY2

Second semester

Course CodeCourse NameCredits
PHARM 450PHARMACEUTICAL CHEMISTRY PROJECT4
PHARM 482CHEMICAL PATHOLOGY II2
PHARM 484CHEMOTHERAPY3
PHARM 492PATHOPHYSIOLOGY AND THERAPEUTICS III4
PHARM 494PHARMACOECONOMICS2
PHARM 496SOCIOLOGY FOR PHARMACISTS2
PHARM 498PHARMACY JURISPRUDENCE2

Fifth year course outline

First semester

Course CodeCourse NameCredits
MGT 471PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT2
PHARD 559ELECTIVE (ACADEMIC RESEARCH, COMMUNITY PHARMACY, HOSPITAL PHARMACY PRACTICE, REGULATORY, MARKETING)2
PHARD 573COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE2
PHARD 591PUBLIC HEALTH I2
PHARD 593PHARMACY PRACTICE I5
PHARD 595PHARMACOEPIDEMIOLOGY2
PHARD 597CLINICAL PHARMACOKINETICS AND THERAPEUTIC DRUG MONITORING2
PHARD 599SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT2

Second semester

Course CodeCourse NameCredits
MGT 472ENTREPRENEURSHIP3
PHARD 556ELECTIVE (ACADEMIC RESEARCH, COMMUNITY PHARMACY, HOSPITAL PHARMACY PRACTICE, REGULATORY, MARKETING)2
PHARD 582CLINICAL TOXICOLOGY3
PHARD 594PHARMACY PRACTICE II5
PHARD 596SEMINARS2
PHARD 592PUBLIC HEALTH II2

Sixth year

The whole of the sixth year is spent in a chosen hospital on rotational basics. You will be rotating every 6 weeks. There will be a final examination after the end of all six (6) rotations.

Course CodeCourse NameCredits
PHARM 691EXPERIENTIAL PRACTICE: INTERNAL MEDICINE5
PHARM 692EXPERIENTIAL PRACTICE: MATERNAL HEALTH5
PHARM 693EXPERIENTIAL PRACTICE: EMERGENCY MEDICINE5
PHARM 694EXPERIENTIAL PRACTICE: CHILD HEALTH5
PHARM 695EXPERIENTIAL PRACTICE: SURGERY5
PHARM 696EXPERIENTIAL PRACTICE: ELECTIVE (HIV/TB, ENT, MENTAL HEALTH, ONCOLOGY)5