Success for Pharmacy Honours students

9 January 2012

The Bachelor of Pharmacy Honours graduates from 2011 have more to celebrate than just being on holidays. The final year cohort has attained outstanding results across the board, with a record number achieving first class Honours and medals.

The award of Honours recognises superior performance in all units of study throughout the degree- including Honours units of study in the final year - as well as completion of a research project.

Associate Professor Parisa Aslani, Honours Coordinator said: "I congratulate all our graduating students and wish them success in undertaking their registration or further study. The high number of students achieving first class Honours is reflective of the quality of students graduating from the Bachelor of Pharmacy program."

The Bachelor of Pharmacy degree is designed to comprehensively prepare students for a career in pharmacy by providing them with an integrated framework of pharmacy modules that reflects contemporary pharmacy practice and industry relevance.

The first of the research based industrial placements and international exchange programs also took place within the Honours program in 2011. One student, Sarita Lo (pictured) travelled to the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom for three months to complete her Honours project in pharmacy practice. She reviewed pharmacy education in sub-Saharan Africa, where over 50% of the world's developing countries are located.

Two other students travelled to the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow Scotland to complete their research projects while five students undertook industrial research based projects at GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis and NPS.

Professor Iqbal Ramzan, Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy said: "Studying overseas and completing an industrial pharmaceutical placement puts our graduates ahead of the rest. It allows them to gain valuable experience in research that might not be available elsewhere in their degree. By gaining an insight into the research process, students have the opportunity to see if they are interested in pursuing further studies or a career in a research environment."

Pharmacy graduates from the University of Sydney have a wide variety of career choices open to them. Examples include retail pharmacy (community practice), hospital pharmacy, research positions within universities or research institutes, or positions in the pharmaceutical industry in drug discovery, drug development and marketing.

For more information on courses available at the Faculty of Pharmacy visit our website

Bachelor of Pharmacy first class Honours Graduates (L-R): Sarita Lo, Yien Yien Soo, Holly Wang, Gritta Kamarudin
Bachelor of Pharmacy first class Honours Graduates (L-R): Sarita Lo, Yien Yien Soo, Holly Wang, Gritta Kamarudin

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