University of Sydney Handbooks - 2012 Archive

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Dean of Pharmacy, Iqbal Ramzan

Welcome to the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney. Our Faculty has long been recognised as one of the leading centres for pharmacy education in Australia and enjoys an outstanding national and international reputation for research and innovation.

Approximately 20-25 percent of the estimated 1500 pharmacy students who graduate in Australia each year do so at the Faculty of Pharmacy. Students and staff at the faculty continually strive for excellence in their learning, teaching and research and the faculty actively promotes opportunities to allow its students to add new skills and experiences to their personal achievements.

Our commitment is to provide our students with a well rounded and professionally relevant pharmacy degree, placing them in high demand with employers and preparing them for a lifetime of learning. We achieve this through an up-to-date teaching curriculum structured around themes and learning outcomes that describe the knowledge, skills and attitudinal milestones to be achieved by students each year. I would encourage all new students to engage fully in university and faculty life from the beginning of semester.

Student life in the Faculty of Pharmacy

You will be taught by, and interact with, world-renowned academics. As well as being known as leaders in their field, they are highly regarded for their friendly approachable style. Outside of the classroom you will have access to a wealth of social, sporting and cultural activities provided by student organisations.

Sydney University Pharmacy Association

The Sydney University Pharmacy Association (SUPA) also provides a range of academic, professional and social activities. SUPA representatives, elected by students, liaise with faculty staff to provide feedback on the student experience and input into the quality assurance process of the faculty.

What can you achieve with a pharmacy degree?

If you enjoy science, health or medicine and want to make a long-lasting difference in people’s lives then pharmacy is the career for you. 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. Whether you decide to register as a pharmacist and work in community or hospital pharmacy, enter the pharmaceutical industry, work for government agencies or contribute to research and academia you will have the ability and expertise to help improve the wellbeing of the nation.

Our innovative teaching style, clinical and experiential placements and voluntary business skills programs will provide you with a well-rounded professionally relevant pharmacy degree that puts you in high demand with employers.

Becoming a pharmacist

To become a registered pharmacist, graduates of either the Bachelor of Pharmacy or Master of Pharmacy must complete 1824 hours (one year) of supervised practical training, followed by a registration examination. This is a requirement of the Pharmacy Board of Australia . During the supervised training year, graduates will also need to complete an approved Intern Training Program (ITP). The University of Sydney offers an approved ITP that can lead to a postgraduate qualification, the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice.

Research opportunities

Research at the faculty covers pharmaceutical and clinical sciences ranging from the design, synthesis, testing and mechanism of action of drugs, studies on advanced drug delivery and the fate of drugs in humans, to clinical and sociological aspects of pharmacy and health services research.

The Faculty offers aDoctor of Philosophy in the area of Pharmacy for students who wish to focus on a research career or gain the ultimate academic qualification. A Master of Philosophy in Pharmacy is also available.

On behalf of the faculty, I would like to wish all our students – new and continuing – every success in their chosen degrees and future careers. Enjoy your time here and above all use it well to make the most of the wonderful opportunities that studying at the Faculty of Pharmacy provides.

Professor Iqbal Ramzan
Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy