The Sydney Advantage

The University of Sydney Faculty of Pharmacy is consistently ranked amongst the world’s best educators in pharmacy. Here’s why…

A class above

The Faculty of Pharmacy has more than 100 years of experience in delivering world-class professional pharmacy education.

To gain the competitive edge as a future pharmacist, it’s crucial that you learn from the best and most experienced in the industry. At the University of Sydney, you will learn from and engage directly with the faculty’s team of internationally-renowned academics. The wealth of expertise and experience at the faculty is unrivalled. You will be taught by leading experts, several of whom are still active professionals in community pharmacies, hospitals, the pharmaceutical industry and government bodies.

The faculty prides itself on the quality of its graduates. You will benefit from innovative and effective teaching programs, exposure to modern clinical settings and in-depth interaction with world-leading academics, placing you in a cohort of the most desirable pharmacy graduates in Australia.

Superior graduate satisfaction

University of Sydney pharmacy graduates rank their experience with the course and the faculty as extremely satisfying and rewarding.

The Australian Graduate Survey is an annual survey used by Graduate Careers Australia to compile information from graduates of all Australian universities. It incorporates the Course Experience Questionnaire (CEQ) which gathers data about the graduate’s perceptions of their higher education experience. Participants have scored the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney an overall satisfaction rank of 97 percent.

Connect with health care peers

Mirroring the real-life health care landscape, the Faculty of Pharmacy is a core member of a broader health division within the University.

Engagement with Sydney Medical School and Faculties of Dentistry and Nursing & Midwifery creates an extensive multi-disciplinary network of health care professionals to collaborate with. Both students and academic researchers in the Faculty of Pharmacy benefit greatly from the breadth of knowledge and insight made available by these collaborations.

Advantages of an alliance

The Faculty of Pharmacy is a founding member of the National Alliance for Pharmacy Education (NAPE). Four leading Australian schools of Pharmacy: Monash University, the University of Queensland, the University of South Australia and the University of Sydney are members of NAPE and work together to actively support the ongoing advancement of the pharmacy profession as a key contributor to the health care team.

As a University of Sydney pharmacy student, you gain a unique advantage from the expertise, experience and resources of this alliance. You will benefit from the high quality, accessible and relevant opportunities for postgraduate development, achievement of professional excellence and career advancement offered by NAPE.

Connect with your community

The moment you join the faculty as a student, you become part of a lively, welcoming community.

The Sydney University Pharmacy Association (SUPA) is one of the larger student societies on campus and organises 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.

The society also provides services, advice, representation and organisation of social events for its 600-plus members. Membership of SUPA gains you automatic membership to the National Australian Pharmacy Students Association (NAPSA).

All graduates of the Faculty of Pharmacy automatically become members of the Pharmacy Alumni Association, which fosters a lifelong connection to the faculty and the University through a range of activities, events and programs. With more than 6000 members in this ever-growing community, the Alumni Association is a great way to network and connect with people in your industry.

Postgraduate flexibility

We understand that flexibility is important to postgraduate students. Additional time available during the week to undertake an internship or practical work experience in a pharmacy is highly valuable and helps increase your skills and versatility for professional employment.

The Master of Pharmacy is timetabled to allow for greater flexibility in your schedule. The faculty aims to make one or two days a week available for you to complete work or additional study outside face-to-face class hours.

Optimum career preparation

Graduates of the Bachelor of Pharmacy and Master of Pharmacy programs are immediately eligible to apply for the faculty's NAPE Intern Training Program (ITP).

The program provides a clear extension and continuation of the cross-disciplinary, integrated approach to learning and teaching undertaken in the pharmacy degrees offered at Sydney.

The ITP provides interns with experiential learning so that at the completion of the program they can apply the required knowledge, attributes and skills to demonstrate competence in the required standards. The program has been developed not only to address the standards, but to acquire skills relevant to contemporary pharmacy practice.

The NAPE ITP is the only program in New South Wales that also provides intern pharmacists with an opportunity to build on the base program to obtain formal postgraduate qualifications in pharmacy practice and clinical pharmacy, the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice.

Enviable class sizes

The Faculty of Pharmacy is dedicated to providing the best educational experience to its students, and actively ensures no classes are overcrowded and that all students have equal and extensive access to academic staff services. An enviable student-to-staff ratio means more time for staff to spend with students during teaching and practical class hours.

Be one of the best

The University of Sydney attracts and develops some of the best students in Australia. With this privilege comes a responsibility to provide the highest quality learning and teaching.

We strive constantly for excellence in intellectual inquiry, academic freedom and integrity, and ethical practice in academic endeavours. At the heart of all of this is an exciting and stimulating student-centred learning and teaching environment.