Youth Programme: Pharmaceutical Science in the Digital Age



This programme provides students with a foundation of key concepts in pharmacokinetics and biopharmaceutics, which are important in drug formulation development. Specifically, students will learn a body of knowledge encompassing the principles of formulation and manufacturing technology focusing on oral solid formulations, as well as concepts of drug bioavailability and bioequivalence of pharmaceutical products. Students who aspire to join the pharmaceutical industry will benefit from this programme, especially for drug design and development in pharmaceutical R&D.

Upon completion of this programme, students will be able to:

  • Describe the basic concepts and kinetic processes of drug absorption, distribution and elimination (i.e. metabolism and excretion).
  • Apply the pharmacokinetic concepts to solve problems in relation to drug and formulation development processes.
  • Explain the impact of formulation design on the performance and bioavailability of oral solid formulations.
  • Apply the formulation concepts and principles to design innovative pharmaceutical products.


Youth Programme Welcome by Dean Highlight 2 for the programme
Welcome message from Dean of NUS SCALE Tutorials conducted over Zoom


Undergraduates with good command of English.


Undergraduate students majoring in Pharmacy / Pharmaceutical Science with foundational knowledge of chemistry and human body systems. 


18 hours of synchronous lessons, tutorials and a final project presentation.


  • Continuous Assessment: online quizzes and in-class assignments/activities
  • Final Assessment: Final Project Oral Presentation

Associate Professor Gigi CHIU
Deputy Head (Education)
Department of Pharmacy, NUS

Dr Gigi Chiu obtained her B.Sc.(Pharm) and her Ph.D. from the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia, Canada. She completed a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Experimental Therapeutics at the British Columbia Cancer Research Center, before she joined NUS Department of Pharmacy. Her research is focused on the rational design and development of various nanoscaled drug delivery platforms to improve the activity of therapeutic agents. Dr Chiu was the recipient of the NUS Faculty of Science Young Scientist Award, and her research has attracted funding from multiple national agencies, including National Medical Research Council, Economic Develop- ment Board, and Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). As the Deputy Head of Education, Dr Chiu oversees the educational programs offered by NUS Department of Pharmacy. Her teaching is mainly focused on pharmaceutical formulations, physical pharmacy concepts as well as advanced drug delivery systems for the development of nanomedicine.

 Chen-Wenqian Assistant Professor Wenqian CHEN

Program Director, Master in Pharm Science & Technology (MPST) program
Department of Pharmacy, NUS

Dr Wenqian Chen graduated from Imperial College London with First Class Honours in Chemical Engineering, followed by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD Fellowship by the European Union Commission to pursuit his PhD study with Professor Andrew Livingston (Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering, UK) at Imperial College London and the Swiss pharmaceutical company, Lonza. He subsequently worked under Professor Jerry Heng as a research associate at Imperial College London before he joined NUS Department of Pharmacy in 2021.

Dr Chen has extensive research experience in the purification and formulation of proteins and peptides that has high industrial relevance (pharmaceutical collaborators include GSK, Pfizer and FujiFilm Diosynth Biotechnologies etc). In 2017, Dr Chen was awarded the chartership status by the Institute of Chemical Engineers (UK) for his works in this direction.


Dr Jiangnan DUN
Department of Pharmacy, NUS

Dr. Jiangnan Dun obtained the B.S. in Pharmacy from Peking University, China and M.S. in Chemistry from New York University, U.S.A. He subsequently obtained a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics under the guidance of Prof. Changquan Calvin Sun from University of Minnesota, U.S.A. After that, he worked at F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG in Basel, Switzerland, advancing solid oral dosage form design by developing an in silico tool which integrates the pharmaceutical material sciences/engineering and data sciences, and allows more complex data visualizations. At NUS, his teaching responsibilities are mainly on the industrial and physical pharmacy related topics such as preformulation development, formulation development, tableting, etc.

Dr. Dun’s expertise lies in the manufacturing sciences of solid oral dosage forms with specific emphasis on 1) Design of robust formulations based on physicochemical, mechanical and flow properties of drug, excipients, and their interactions in a powder mixture. 2) Computer-aided next generation material properties visualizations.



Successful participants who complete all requirements of the programme including passing the assessment will receive a certificate of completion issued by NUS SCALE.
A sample of the certificate of completion can be found here: 

Participants from the project team with the highest score for the group project will also receive a commendation letter. A sample is shown below:
Sample Online Commendation Letter


Group Sign-up:
14 January to 12 February 2023
in collaboration with Looker Education Group

For programme enquiries, please fill the form here.

29 September 2022