Bachelor of Pharmacy

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

As a student in the Bachelor of Pharmacy you will develop insights into how drugs are developed and how medications affect the human body. You will qualify with the ability to gain entry to a profession that focuses on improving the quality of people's lives.

The Bachelor of Pharmacy requires four years of full-time study with one intake each year, allowing you to commence your studies in March. The course will cover major topics including chemical, physical, pharmaceutical and pharmacological properties of medicines and the application of these in the practice of pharmacy. Practical experience in a variety of clinical settings including hospital and community pharmacy is emphasised in the Bachelor of Pharmacy, particularly in the third and fourth years.

The Bachelor of Pharmacy is accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council (APC) and allows graduates to progress towards registration as a pharmacist in Australia.

Course outline


Bachelor of Pharmacy units of study



Study plan





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 (rural or industry pharmacy) or to complete fourth year advanced study and undertake an individual research project as an honours candidate.


Majors

What is a major?

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.

Further course information

Progression rules

(1) Candidates may not take a second year unit of study until they have:
(a) gained credit for at least 24 credit points in first year units of study; and
(b) successfully completed the first year units of study, prescribed by the Faculty as qualifying or prerequisite units of study for the second year.
(2) Candidates may not take a third year unit of study until they have successfully completed all the first year units of study, and all the second year units of study prescribed as qualifying or prerequisite units of study for the third year.
(3) Candidates may not take a fourth year unit of study until they have:
(a) gained credit for at least 18 credit points derived from third year units of study; and
(b) successfully completed all the third year units of study prescribed by the Faculty as qualifying or prerequisite units of study for the fourth year.

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS
Students are advised that it is a requirement of the Bachelor of Pharmacy 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.

Course opportunities

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

Course outcomes and further study

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 retail 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.

Course 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.

Further study

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

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). For applicants seeking admission to this course under Rural Entry Scheme, please see information about special entry schemes http://www.usyd.edu.au/future_students/domestic_undergraduate/admissions/special_entry_schemes/index.shtml

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: http://sydney.edu.au/future_students/domestic_undergraduate/admissions/entry_requirements/tertiary_records.shtml

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 Future Students website: http://sydney.edu.au/future-students/international/undergraduate/entry-requirements/credit-previous-studies.shtml

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications for the University's undergraduate courses are made though the Universities Admission Centre (UAC). On-time applications for the March semester close on the last working day of September.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics and Chemistry. Biology or Physics are recommended.

International students

How to apply

International applicants may apply
(i) directly to the University's International Office using the online application form,
(ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent), or
(iii) through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC), for students applying on the basis of a current Australian Year 12 secondary school examination, or a New Zealand Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3.

Further admission requirements

(a) The New South Wales Department of Health requires that all students obtain clearance in order to undertake clinical placements. This involves a criminal record check according to NSW health policy http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/jobs/student_clearance/index.asp
(b) All students should complete a prohibited employment declaration as required by the NSW Commission for Children and Young People.
(c) All students must have evidence of vaccinations and immunisation against certain infectious diseases prior to undertaking clinical placements. The requirements are consistent with Australian public health policy and NHMRC guidelines http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/Handbook-home

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2014 your student contribution may differ.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

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

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

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 for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

International students

Indicative international tuition fees for undergraduate students

This international tuition fee is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact tuition fees that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

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

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

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.

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 for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.