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About pharmacy


The class of 2017 after their last clinical session at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The Pharmacy Department was established in 2006 and is housed in modern accommodation in the Pharmacy Building. It enjoys close proximity to other sciences departments within the state-of-the-art College of Medicine Mahatma Ghandi Campus.

The Bachelor of Pharmacy course is a four-year university education and is followed by a one-year practical education (internship). Due to the strong demand, the number of  students has increased to 40-60 per year.

Pharmacy is a broad subject area; it includes:

  • Drug discovery from natural sources or from chemical synthesis (pharmacognosy, medicinal chemistry)
  • Study of what the drug does in biological systems (pharmacology, microbiology, toxicology)
  • Conversion of a raw drug to a proper medicine for humans (pharmaceutics)
  • Use of the medicine in patients effectively and safely (clinical pharmacy, pharmacovigilance)
  • Management of medicines supply systems

Research in the Department aims to discover the fundamental mechanisms which underlie important problems in pharmacology, and also addresses research priorities outlined in the Malawi National Health Research Agenda, geared towards obtaining evidence which is needed for policy and decision making in the pharmaceutical sector in Malawi.

The Pharmacy Department has formal collaborations with a number of well-known international universities and research institutions. It is a collaborating member of the FIP-UNESCO UNITWIN Centre of Excellence of Schools of Pharmacy in Africa and is leading on collaborations in Herbal Medicines and Public Health (ACEPHEM), and Pharmacovigilance (safety of medicines).


Apart from the Bachelor of Pharmacy course, the Pharmacy department teaches all pharmacology courses within the College and is developing Masters courses.

Third year students study analytical chemistry at Chancellor College