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Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Chair's message

Dr. Hasan Mahmud Reza
Professor  & Chair
Ph.D., Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan

I believe, “Education must relate with real life experiences”

Welcome to the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, NSU. Pharmacy profession is an integral part of our health care system. Only Pharmacists can contribute to the optimization of the best drug therapy with patient compliances while serving in hospitals and drugstores. In addition, pharmacists are engaged in drug manufacturing and marketing as well as in academia, research and government agencies. We have considered these factors in preparing the curricula that furthermore harmonizes with the guidelines of the American accreditation agencies. We are firmly committed to provide the best education to our students, thus making them fully competent, skilled, committed and caring pharmacists and pharmacy graduates who will be able to identify the upcoming challenges and accommodate them well in their profession.

We have state-of-the art facilities including high-tech laboratory equipment, animal house, biomedical research lab, digital library etc. We have the highest number of PhD faculty members with strong academic and research background from reputed universities in home and abroad. Our qualified, experienced and enthusiastic team of faculty members is always dedicated not only to provide better education but also to teach etiquette and discipline essential to be good citizens. I am happy to share that today our graduates have already proved their excellence in profession and bring glory for this Department. It has been possible within 8 years of inception due to our unswerving commitment to the highest quality education.  I thank the respected guardians for entrusting us with the care and education of their children.

Mission & Vision

The vision of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at NSU is to improve quality of life with better health remedies through the hands of our graduates who will lead the field of pharmacy. The department will be widely recognized for its contribution to the society through preparing future pharmacists and pharmacy graduates capable of serving professionally, socially and ethically at home and abroad.

The mission of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at NSU is to provide the students with knowledge, experience and skills which they will utilize professionally and ethically to benefit individuals and the society. The department will provide sustainable quality education to the students so that they can develop competency, analytical ability, morality and responsibility to maintain a high degree of adaptability and continuous development when they are rendering the best possible service.

Academic Programs

Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm):

The Bachelor of Pharmacy is 4-year degree program. Total number of credits is 159. The curriculum includes sound knowledge in organic and inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, medical chemistry, physiology and anatomy, pharmacology, hospital and clinical pharmacology, community pharmacy, toxicology, pharmacognosy, biopharmaceutics, pharmaceutical engineering, pharmaceutical marketing, pharmacy law, etc.

Industrial Training: Students are required to complete at least 4 weeks of in-plant training in reputed pharmaceutical industries in the last semester.

Semester system: Bi-semester (six months/semester).

Degree Requirement: Completion of all required courses with a minimum CGPA 2.5.

Bachelor of Pharmacy Professional (BPharm Professional):

The Bachelor of Pharmacy is 5-year professional program. Total number of credits is 199. The curriculum includes sound knowledge basic chemistry, hospital and clinical pharmacology, community pharmacy, toxicology, pharmacy law, drug use management, pharmacotherapy, patient assessment & counseling, pharmaceutical dispensing etc.

Hospital Training: Students are required to complete at least 3 months training in reputed hospitals, community pharmacies or clinics in the last semester.

Semester system: Bi-semester (six months/semester).

Degree Requirement: Completion of all required courses with a minimum CGPA 2.5.

MPharm in Pharmacology & Clinical Pharmacy (MPharm in PCP):

MPharm in PCP is a graduate program which aims to provide pharmacy education of excellent quality and focuses on producing future graduates who will have their career in pharmaceutical marketing, R&D, research, and hospitals. Minimum program duration is one year and the total number of credits is 36.

Semester system: Tri-semester (four months/semester).

MPharm in Pharmaceutical Technology & Biopharmaceutics (MPharm in PTB):

MPharm in PCP is a graduate program which aims to provide pharmacy education of excellent quality and focuses on producing future graduates who will have their career in pharmaceutical industries, R&D, and research. Minimum program duration is one year and the total number of credits is 36.

Semester system: Tri-semester (four months/semester).

Degree Requirement: Completion of all required courses with a minimum CGPA 3.

MPharm in Dual Major:
Students will have the option  to get MPharm degree with majors in both Pharmacology & Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Technology & Biopharmaceutics. They need to complete additional 12 credits (total 48 credits).

Degree Requirement: Completion of all required courses with a minimum CGPA 3.


Accredited by the Pharmacy Council of Bangladesh (PCB)

Virtual Class & Lab Tour


Sharmin Alam Shilu

Department Secretary

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

North South University,
Bashundhara, Dhaka 1229,

Phone: +880-2-55668200, Ext: 1967



Major & Minor

Students intake

Admission tests are held thrice a year for Spring, Summer and Fall semesters.

Admission requirements

For BPharm (4-year) and BPharm Professional (5-year) programs:

For MPharm programs:

  • A 4-year Bachelor Degree in Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences.
  • A minimum CGPA of 2.5 on a 4-point scale.

Tuition and other fees

Visit the following webpage for details.

Financial Assistance for Students

Financial Aid is monetary assistance from institutional, governmental, or private source that is available to assist students in affording educational costs. This financial aid could be in the form of academic scholarships, tuition waiver, study loans, and student employment.

[Click here for details].


Current Students

  1. Undergraduate Programs
    I.   BPharm (4-year)
    II.  BPharm Professional (5-year)
  2. Graduate Programs:
    I.   Masters in Pharmaceutical Technology (PTB)
    II.  Masters in Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacy (PCP)
      III. MPharm in Dual Major

Brochures and Materials:

Grading policy


Letter grades indicating the quality of course work completed is interpreted as follows

Numerical Scores

Letter Grade

Grade Points Per Credit

93 and above

A Excellent


90 - 92



87 - 89



83 - 86

B Good


80 - 82



77 - 79



73 - 76

C Average


70 - 72



67 - 69



60 - 66

D Poor


Below 60

F* Failure



I** Incomplete



W** Withdrawal



R** Retaken


*   Credits for courses with this grade do not apply towards graduation.
** Credits for courses with this grade do not apply towards graduation and they are not accepted in the calculation of the grade point average.

The exact cut off points for assigning letter grades is at the, discretion of individual instructor. The same applies to the assignment of + or - after a letter grade. It is meant to give more flexibility so that shades of performance can be distinguished and rewarded. The + and - has a value of 0.3 grade point. 

Academic Probation

Undergraduate Programs:
Students with a GPA of less than 2.00 are placed on probation. Students on probation are allowed a maximum of three semesters to raise their GPA to 2.00. Students who fail to achieve a GPA of 2.00 within three semesters are dismissed from the University.

Graduate Programs:

Students' grade-point averages are numerical values obtained by dividing the total grade points earned by the credits attempted. Only courses' graded A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, and F are used to determine credits attempted.
Only the grades earned in the courses that are required for a degree are included in the GPA calculation. Grades earned in other courses are reported on the transcript but are not counted in calculating the GPA.

GPA - Class Equivalence

NSU students are graded on GP A. Comparison of the GPA earned by NSU students to the Classes earned by students in other universities in the country is as follows:
GPA 3.00 and above = First Class
GPA 2.50 to 2.99 = Second Class
GP A 2.00 to 2.49 = Third Class

Grade Change

Grade change is strongly discouraged. Letter grades may be changed only for posting errors or errors in calculation. If a grade change is inevitable, it must be completed within one semester following the submission of the grade. The program directors and department chairs will ask for necessary papers and records to substantiate the grade change.

Incomplete (I)

The grade of Incomplete (I) may be used in special circumstances. The Incomplete may be given only at the end of a semester to a student whose work is progressing, "but who has left unfinished a small amount of work for completion without further class attendance. The instructor must file with the Registrar an Incomplete Grade form describing the work to be completed, indicating a tentative final grade to be assigned if the work is not completed and the time period in which the work must be completed (no longer than the following semester).
The student has the responsibility to take the initiative in completing the work and is expected to make up the incomplete as specified by the instructor. If action is not taken the "I" grade will revert to the tentative final grade. The final grade becomes an "F" if no tentative grade is assigned. In the event the instructor from whom a student received an incomplete is not available, the disposition of a case involving an incomplete grade resides with the Head of the Department. The grade 'I' must be replaced within one semester after the grade is assigned.

Withdrawal (W)

The grade Withdrawal (W) is assigned when a student officially drops a course during the period between the ends of the third and sixth week. Prior to that time if a student drops a course no entry is made on the academic record. A "W" does not affect the student's GP A.
Retaking Courses
Students may elect to repeat a course. When a student retakes a course, the actual grade will be recorded instead of "R". All passing grades will be used to calculate the CGPA even if a course is retaken. When a student retakes a course in which student received "F" grade(s) earlier, s/he must apply not to include the "F" grade(s) in his/her CGPA calculation. An "F" grade earned in any credit course will be used to calculate CGPA until the course is retaken and an application is submitted. The retake policy in case of courses with "F" grades will apply immediately to all students at NSU irrespective of their date of enrollment. There will be no limit on the number of times a course can be retaken. This retake policy is effective from Spring 2003 semester.
Students who wish to retake a course must register for the course again and will be assessed tuition and applicable fees.

Abandoning Course

Grades F will be recorded for students who have not fulfilled academic obligations and have not obtained a grade, and for students who abandon their courses without officially withdrawing from a course. 


Message to Parents

Part-time Faculty

Prof. A. B. M. Faroque, Professor, Dhaka University

Dr. Saiful Islam, Professor, Dhaka University

Dr. SK Nazrul Islam, Professor, Dhaka University

Prof. Abdullah Faruque, Professor, Jahangirnagar University

Dr. Sitesh C. Bachar, Professor, Dhaka University

Dr. Sohel Rana, Professor, Jahangirnagar University

Dr. Syed Shabbir Haider, Professor, Dhaka University

Dr. Abul Hasnat, Professor, Dhaka University

Dr. ATM Zafrul Azam, Professor, Dhaka University

Dr. Md. Aslam Hossain, Professor, Dhaka University

Dr. Sakina Sultana, Professor, Jahangirnagar University

Prof. Reza-Ul Jalil, Professor, Dhaka University

Prof. Dr. Biplab Kumar Das, Professor, Dhaka University

Prof. Dr. Selim Reza, Professor, Dhaka University

Dr. M. A. Mazid, Professor, Dhaka University

Prof. M. Kabir, Professor, Dhaka University

Masum Shahriar, Associate Professor, Jahangirnagar University

Dr. Omar Faroque, Assistant Professor, BIRDEM

Dr. Mohammad Rashedul Haque, Associate Professor, Dhaka University

Mr. Ahmed Kamrul Alam, Lecturer, Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Mr. Tushar Kanti Pal, Lecturer, Aristopharma

Md. Ali Hossain, Lecturer, JMI Group

Md. Rezaur Rahman, Lecturer, Dhaka University

Md. Selim Azad Chowdhury, Assistant Professor

Visiting Faculty


Office Staff


Ms. Sharmin Alam Shilu

Designation: Department Secretary


Ms. Sharmin Sultana, Seminar Library Officer (Guest Worker)
Taslima Khatun, Office Supporting Staff (Guest Worker)
Md. Moniruzzaman, Office Supporting Staff

Laboratory Staff

Ms. Junaida Khaleque, Lab officer

Ms. Samina Ferdos, Lab officer

Md. Mahidur Rahman, Lab officer

Tamanna Jahan, Lab officer

Sharmin Sultana, Lab officer

Kaniz Fatema, Lab officer

Umma Salma Tania, Lab officer

Research Arena

Research Arena:

  • Cardiovascular and Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Hospital & clinical Pharmacy
  • Inflammation
  • Microbiology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical technology
  • Phytochemistry
  • Pharmacy ethics
  • Stem cell

Ongoing Research:

  1. Effect of antidiabetic agents on insulin secretion in perfused rat pancreas, isolated islets and BRIN-BD 11 cell line (collaboration with University of Ulster, UK).
  2. Effect of antidiabetic plant materials on carbohydrate digestion and absorption in the GI tract of rats.
  3. Antiinflammatory, analgesic and antiplatelet activity of plant materials
  4. Antimicrobial and anticancer activities of tropical plants
  5. Pharmacological evaluation of medicinally important synthetic compounds
  6. Stem cell engineering
  7. Biotechnology: Recombinant DNA


  • Research and Development laboratory
  • Phytochemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Cell Biology
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Animal House


Autoclave Machine

Colony Counter  
                                                             Digital Water Shaker                                                                                      
                                             FT Infrared IR                                                                         
Heating Mental
                                     Laminar  Air Flow                                                                        
                                     Deionised Water                                                                       
                                     Chromatograph Spectrometry                                                                       
Uv Spectrum              
                                              80 Freezer                                                      
                                                Air Flow
               CO2 Incubator                                                                                      
               Florosense Microscope                                                                                             
                                                                      MILI Q                      


Seminar Library

Seminar Library:

Besides modern and standard labs, Department of Pharmacy has its own Seminar Library with a substantial collection of books for Pharmacy students.

a) Number of books: 330

b)  Online journals facilities: HINARI online database that offers 2,412 full text biomedical journals.



Bachelor Projects students are asked to submit their choice to the program office as soon as possible


Pharamcy Students

North South Pharmacy Students Club (NSU-PSC) is one of the 19 Clubs of North South University run by the undergraduate students of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

NSU-PSC organizes social, cultural and sports events in a regular basis.

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