Holistic Pharmaceutical Care in Hong Kong

Ref: 10002770


Second, third and fourth year Pharmacy students enrolled on the Professional and Scientific Skills modules PHAR2601, PHAR3601 and PHAR4601 are eligible to participate in this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 45 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 20. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


The trip will include several activities and will provide students with an insight into healthcare, pharmacy, and medicines (both Western and Traditional Chinese medicine) in Hong Kong. Planned activities include:

An opportunity to visit Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences. This museum is recognised as one of Hong Kong’s top attractions. The museum has several exhibitions that will be of interest to students including: The Herbalist Shop, SARS Exhibition, “Human Body”, Transitions in Midwifery – The Hong Kong Story, Production of vaccine against smallpox. There is also a guided tour “Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine Introduction and Comparison”.

The group will also go on a 2.5 hour staff-led walking tour – The Taipingshan Medical Heritage Trail- and explore Sheung Wan’s Market and also Ko Shing Street (Medicine Street) and surrounding areas, which will provide students with an insight into a key area of Hong Kong and the heart of the wholesale herbal medicine trade in Hong Kong.

There will also be a visit to The Hong Kong School of Pharmacy, where students will be paired with buddies from host organization which will allow students to learn more about pharmacy in Hong Kong and visit a local pharmacy. Students will also go to Hong Kong University School of Chinese Medicine, where the teaching of the School is primarily featured by a strong emphasis on clinical Practicum in Chinese Medicine with the incorporation of the latest biomedical science training. The school aims to nurture Chinese Medicine professionals by equipping them with theoretical knowledge in Chinese Medicine, Biomedical Sciences and required practical skills. Acupuncture will be demonstrated to the students and they will have access to a training suite used to teach students about traditional Chinese medicines.

Cultural activities

While in Hong Kong, students will have time to absorb the region’s culture and engage in a variety of cultural experiences. Students are encouraged to take a boat tour to explore Hong Kong’s world-famous harbour and to get the best views of the city take the Peak Tram to Victoria Peak.

Also, when the sun goes down, you will have the chance to visit the Temple Street Night Market, a popular street bazaar, named after a Tin Hau temple located in the centre of its main drag, and a place so steeped in local atmosphere that it has served as the backdrop to many a memorable movie.

Travel and accommodation

The faculty will book travel and accommodation for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip you are responsible for ensuring that you meet Hong Kong immigration requirements. It’s likely that all students will require some kind of visa to travel to Hong Kong.

Please note that you are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Please be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

The #DMUglobal team can provide visa support letters as required, and proof of enrolment can be obtained from the Student Gateway. You must ensure that you apply for your Schengen visa as soon as you have been formally accepted to this opportunity by #DMUglobal. You are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Sunday 24 February 2019
  • Return date: Monday 4 March 2019
  • Overall estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £1050
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, food & drink, cultural activities (£10), Octopus Card (£30) and visa (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £400
  • Deadline for application: Monday 29 October 2018 9am