The Zambia National Drug Policy of 1998 stated that ‘as a matter of urgency the government shall actively support the development of a Pharmacy Programme at University level in order to increase the output of suitably trained pharmacists’. In response to this mandate, the Bachelor of Pharmacy degree programme was established at the University of Zambia, School of Medicine in 2001. The Programme has been designed to run on a 5 year training pathway starting from the School of Natural Sciences at UNZA main campus. The programme has also been recruiting students with diploma in Pharmacy from Evelyn Hone College into the 3rd year of the programme after the applicants have satisfied the required entry requirements of the University of Zambia. Since its inception, the programme has produced more than four hundred graduates and continues to address the pharmaceutical manpower situation in Zambia. The number of locally trained pharmacy graduates has impacted positively on the delivery of quality pharmaceutical care. Nevertheless, the need for more pharmacists continues to increase thus creating the need for an effective, optimally resourced; well-functioning pharmacy programme increasingly pertinent.


Career Opportunities for Pharmacy Graduates

The profession of pharmacy encompasses a wide range of opportunities. The designs of the training curricular for University of Zambia are based on those opportunities within the profession. There is a wide variety of subjects taught that offer graduating students a wide range of career options to choose from, such as hospital pharmacy, community pharmacy, industrial pharmacy, pharmacy management and administration, pharmacy business, forensic pharmacy, pharmaceutical regulation and many more. 

  • School leavers:
    • Applicants with at least four (4) “A” levels passes (minimum of Grade D in each subject) including pure or Combined Sciences and mathematics; 5 “O” level good passes or any relevant primary undergraduate qualifications.
    • After one year of study in the School of Natural Sciences with at least a minimum of 10 points.
  • Non School Leavers:
    • Diploma holders in Pharmacy Technology shall be eligible after meeting the selection criteria as determined by the University of Zambia.
    • Attend Oral interviews organised by the Department of Pharmacy. 

Tuition Fees

Year of Study         Amount           Period
2nd Year    K28,980.00                               Per Year
3rd Year    K26,345.00           Per Year
4th Year    K23,950.00           Per Year
5th Year    K21,774.00           Per Year
6th Year    K19,795.00           Per Year
7th Year    K17,995.00           Per Year

Foreign Students

Year of Study          Amount                   Period           
All Years    K70,858.00     Per Year

Non Tuition Fees*

Type of Fees Amount Period
Registration K40.00         Per Year
Examination K50.00         Per Course
Recreation K150.00         Per Year
Medical K200.00         Per Year
Caution Fee K182.50         Paid by 1st Years only once at entry (non-refundable)
Internet Connectivity K194.00         Per Year
Graduation Fee K100.00         Per Year
Record Card Fee K50.00         Paid by 1st Years only once at entry
Maintenance and Rehabilitation K165.00         Per Year
Student Union Fee K45.00         Per Year
Academic Fee K10.00         Per Year
Library K100.00         Per Year

*All Students (Except Distance Education Students)

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