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Overview

Transform and enrich lives. The Bachelor of Pharmacy develops a comprehensive understanding of how drugs are developed and medications affect the human body. Combining hands-on learning with clinical experience, this program is your first step to becoming a registered pharmacist and playing a vital and rewarding role in healthcare provision.

As a pharmacy student, you will learn from internationally-renowned academics about the chemical, physical, pharmaceutical and pharmacological properties of medicines, and the application of these in the practice of pharmacy. You will have access to the latest technology, facilities and teaching laboratories as well as gain extensive clinical experience.

In your first year of this four year degree, you will study biology and chemistry and be introduced to pharmacy through foundation and social pharmacy studies. The remaining three years of the course are devoted to studying higher levels of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences together with specialised clinical pharmacy studies. In senior years, considerable time is spent in clinical placements in community and hospital pharmacies, where you will gain invaluable practical experience. You will also have the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge in your fourth year through an optional pharmacy major or, for meritorious students, choose to undertake an Honours research project.

As an integral member of the healthcare system, you will be able to pursue an exciting and diverse range of career options spanning retail pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, research positions within universities and research institutes, and positions in the pharmaceutical industry in drug production and development.

Majors

Completion of a major is not a requirement of the Bachelor of Pharmacy. Candidates have the option of completing one major. A major requires the completion of 24 credit points chosen from units of study listed during the fourth year of study.

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What you'll study

In the Bachelor of Pharmacy first year you will study biology and chemistry and be introduced to pharmacy through foundation and social pharmacy studies. The remaining three years of the course are devoted to higher levels of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences together with specialised clinical pharmacy studies. In senior years, considerable time is spent in clinical placements in community and hospital pharmacies, where valuable practical experience is gained. You will have the opportunity to undertake study in a pharmacy major in your fourth year of study (industrial pharmacy or international) or to complete fourth year advanced study and undertake an individual research project as an honours candidate.

Units of Study

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics and Chemistry. Biology or Physics are recommended.

From 2019, this course will require a course prerequisite of Mathematics (Band 4 or higher).

Applying for honours

Honours is by invitation only and is available in the fourth year of the program for high achieving students. Graduates of the Bachelor of Pharmacy seeking further academic studies in pharmacy are recommended to consider our postgraduate research courses, including Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy.

About Honours

The award of honours in the Bachelor of Pharmacy recognises superior performance throughout the course.

Honours provides an important basis if you wish to branch into a specialised area and will be particularly useful if you're seeking employment in industry, government, hospital laboratories, research institutions, or considering continuation to postgraduate studies.

The Bachelor of Pharmacy is a four year award course. On the basis of your previous results, you may choose to undertake an independent honours project in PHAR4830 Honours (24 credit points) during your final year, working under the supervision of an academic staff member.

Admission requirements

HSC Students and Recent School Leavers

Admission to undergraduate courses at the University of Sydney is on the basis of completion of secondary study via the NSW Higher School Certificate, leading to the award of an Australian Tertiary Admission Ranking (ATAR).

ATAR

There is a guaranteed offer for applicants with an ATAR of 90 and above. As places are limited, entry into the degree is guaranteed only if you accept your offer and enrol before the course quota is reached.

Assumed Knowledge and Prerequisites

Mathematics and Chemistry. Biology or Physics are recommended. From 2019, this course will require a course prerequisite of Mathematics (Band 4 or higher).

Special Entry Schemes

For applicants seeking alternate admission pathways to this course, please see information about special entry schemes.

Tertiary Record Holders

Very good tertiary record in at least one year of full-time study at Bachelor's degree level (or part-time equivalent). See details regarding previous tertiary study .

Credit for Previous Study

If you have previously completed relevant other studies at tertiary level you may be eligible for credit for previous studies - also called 'credit transfer' or 'advanced standing' - for the Bachelor of Pharmacy. If you are applying through UAC you may apply for credit once you have enrolled in the course. If you are applying as a direct international applicant, you have the option of applying for credit as part of the course application process. You can also apply after enrolment. If you have studied a relevant course at a Singapore Polytechnic Institution, special information on credit transfer is available on the Credit for previous study page..

The University of Sydney welcomes and encourages applications from students with disabilities, and from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. Where there are physical, intellectual, cultural, religious or other factors that impact on a student’s ability to meet the Inherent Requirements, the University will make reasonable adjustments to assist the student to meet the requirements. Please read the Inherent Requirements carefully as you consider your course choices.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

Course opportunities

The clinical experience program in the Bachelor of Pharmacy reflects the contemporary health care environment. Students undertake a two week block placement during their third year. Students also have a further 2 x two week block placements in their fourth year. By the end of their fourth year, all students have had at least three, two week block placements in clinical experience. The block placements are carried out at hospital and community pharmacies, and include opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry, professional organisations and in rural health settings.

Progression rules

Progression Rules are detailed in the Pharmacy Handbook Course Resolutions.

Essential Requirements
Students are advised that it is a requirement of the Bachelor of Pharmacy and Management that they participate appropriately, in all classroom and examination tasks, including role plays and group work involving all genders. The Faculty is unable to exempt students from these tasks for legal reasons.

To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the Inherent Requirements for coursework award courses in pharmacy.

Professional accreditation

To become a registered pharmacist, graduates of this course must complete 1,824 hours (one year) of supervised practical training and the Intern Training Program in order to register with the Pharmacy Board of Australia. International students will need to demonstrate an IELTS score of 7.5 or equivalent.

 

Graduate opportunities

Pharmacists are an integral part of the healthcare system and have the capacity to directly affect the lives and lifestyles of the people with whom they interact. There are a wide variety of career choices open to registered pharmacists. Examples include community pharmacy (community practice), hospital pharmacy, research positions within universities or research institutes, or positions in the pharmaceutical industry in drug production, marketing of drug development.

Future study options

On completion of this course, students may enrol in the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice to complete the Intern Training Program.

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students


The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount. For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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