The Bachelor of Pharmacy is a full-time, four-year course with progression towards the degree by the accumulation of credit points. The degree may be awarded at the Pass or Honours level.
The course will cover major topics studied including chemical, physical, pharmaceutical and pharmacological properties of medicines and the application of these in the practice of pharmacy.
The first year is a foundation year in which you study biology and chemistry, and are introduced to pharmacy through foundation and social pharmacy studies.
The remaining three years are devoted to higher levels of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences together with specialised clinical pharmacy studies. Practical experience in a variety of clinical settings including hospital and community pharmacy is emphasised, particularly in the third and fourth years.
Optional majors are also available: industrial or international (rural not currently offered).
It should be noted that most of the first-year units of study will be taught on the assumption that students have reached the standard of assumed knowledge specified in the units of study table.
To be eligible to enrol in second-year, third-year and fourth-year units of study, students must have completed the prerequisite unit(s) of study. Any corequisite unit(s) of study not previously completed must be taken concurrently (see units of study table).
Bachelor of Pharmacy
The attendance pattern for this course is full time only.
Admission to undergraduate courses at the University of Sydney is either 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) or equivalent (and subject to special admissions provisions as set out in the Coursework Rule) or on the basis of Flexible Entry Admission as set out in Admissions section of the Coursework Rule.
The units of study that may be taken for the course are set out in the Units of Study table for the Bachelor of Pharmacy.
To qualify for the award of the pass degree, a candidate must successfully complete 192 credit points, including:
144 core credit points in the first three years; and
an additional 48 credit points consisting of:
(i) 48 credit points of core units of study; or
(ii) 24 credit points of core units of study plus 24 credit points of major units of study.
Information about the procedures for gaining clearance for clinical placements will be provided after enrolment.
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.
All students should complete a prohibited employment declaration as required by the NSW Commission for Children and Young People.
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 NSW Health guidelines.
Candidates may not take a second year unit of study until they have:
gained credit for at least 24 credit points in first year units of study; and
successfully completed the first year units of study, prescribed by the Faculty as qualifying or prerequisite units of study for the second year, as set out in the Units of Study table.
Candidates who fail only one first year unit of study and have no previous record of failure in the degree, who have an annual average mark (AAM) of >60 for first year, may apply to the Dean for a prerequisite waiver which would allow enrolment in the full complement of second year units of study, together with the failed unit of study.
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, as set out in the Units of Study table.
Candidates may not take a fourth year unit of study until they have successfully completed all the third year units of study, as set out in the Units of Study table except as permitted by 6(5).
Candidates who fail only one third year unit of study, who have an annual average mark (AAM) of >60 for third year, and who have no previous record of failure in the degree, may apply to the Dean for a prerequisite waiver which would allow enrolment in the full complement of subsequent year units of study, together with the failed unit of study. This condition applies only to a fail in a single unit of study, not to the OSCE (Objective Structures Clinical Examination), which is a barrier examination and a component of all units of study (except Pharmaceutical Skills and Dispensing A and B). Candidates who fail the OSCE will not be entitled to apply for a prerequisite waiver and will be required to satisfactorily repeat ALL third year units of study (with the exception of Pharmaceutical Skills and Dispensing A and B if these Units of Study have already been passed.)
Completion of a major is not a requirement of the course. Candidates have the option of completing one major. A major requires the completion of 24 credit points chosen from units of study listed in the table for that major. The majors that may be available are:
The Dean may admit a student to the integrated Honours program if:
a student is of no more than three years standing, and has no fail or absent fail results; and
has a WAM of at least 65 in second and third year units of study; and
an academic staff member has agreed to supervise the student's Honours research project.
Honours students can progress to second semester Honours only if they obtain a credit average in their first semester marks. Students who fail this requirement will go back to the Pass stream, fourth year second semester.
The Bachelor of Pharmacy is awarded in the grades of either Pass or Honours. The honours degree is awarded in classes according to the conditions specified in the Resolutions for the Faculty of Pharmacy.
Candidates for the award of the Honours degree who do not meet the requirements, but who have otherwise satisfied the course requirements, will be awarded the Pass degree.
These resolutions apply to all students enrolled in all years of the Bachelor of Pharmacy from 1 January 2017.