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Bachelor of Pharmacy and Management

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Overview

The Bachelor of Pharmacy and Management is an innovative five-year degree that teaches a unique combination of pharmacy skills and business knowledge to develop the commercial, clinical and communication skills necessary to thrive in a changing and competitive healthcare landscape.

As a pharmacy and management student, you will develop an understanding of sound business practices integrated with sustainable healthcare models. Through practical learning and extensive clinical placements, you will learn how drugs are developed and how medications affect the human body, as well as how to apply key business knowledge to your pharmacy practice, no matter which professional pharmacy avenue you choose.

Throughout this five-year degree, you will cover topics including chemical, physical, pharmaceutical and pharmacological properties of medicines, and the application of these in the practice as well as junior and intermediate business subjects. Learning occurs through a mix of lectures, tutorials, labs, small group work and problem-based learning, which develop valuable practical skills and knowledge. In senior years, considerable time is spent in clinical placements in community and hospital pharmacies, where you will gain significant practical experience.

You will also have access to the newly opened University of Sydney Business School, a state-of-the-art learning environment, as well as the University of Sydney School of Pharmacy's cutting-edge facilities.

Whether you decide to register as a pharmacist, run your own business, enter the pharmaceutical industry, work for government agencies, or contribute to research and academia, you will be in demand and have the opportunity to directly improve people's lives.

Subject areas

Completion of a major is not a requirement of the Bachelor of Pharmacy and Management. 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 fifth year of study. Optional majors in fifth year: industrial pharmacy or international exchange.

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What you'll study

In the Bachelor of Pharmacy and Management first year you will study biology and chemistry and be introduced to pharmacy through foundation and social pharmacy studies. The remaining four years of the course are devoted to higher levels of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences, specialised clinical pharmacy studies together with relevant business 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 fifth year of study (industrial pharmacy or international) or to complete fifth year advanced study and undertake an individual research project as an honours candidate.

Indicative course progression

Units of Study

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics and Chemistry. Biology or Physics are recommended. Mathematics (equivalent of band 4 in the NSW HSC subject Mathematics*or band E3 in Mathematics Extension 1 or 2) from 2019, if you are completing a senior secondary (year 12) qualification in Australia. For details including equivalent requirements for other qualifications, visit Mathematics course prerequisites.

*The subject requirement refers to Mathematics (not Mathematics General or Mathematics Standard), or Mathematics Advanced which will be first examined in the NSW HSC in 2020.

Applying for honours

Honours is by invitation only and is available in the fifth year of the program for high achieving students. Graduates of the Bachelor of Pharmacy and Management 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 and Management 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.

Admission criteria

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Prerequisites (See separate assumed knowledge requirements above)

Mathematics (equivalent of band 4 in the NSW HSC subject Mathematics*or band E3 in Mathematics Extension 1 or 2) from 2019, if you are completing a senior secondary (year 12) qualification in Australia. For details including equivalent requirements for other qualifications, visit Mathematics course prerequisites. See separate Assumed knowledge requirements above.

*The subject requirement refers to Mathematics (not Mathematics General or Mathematics Standard), or Mathematics Advanced which will be first examined in the NSW HSC in 2020.

Course options

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.

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 and Management. 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 Credit for previous study page.

The University of Sydney welcomes and encourages applications from students with disabilities, and from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. Where there are physical, intellectual, cultural, religious or other factors that impact on a student’s ability to meet the Inherent Requirements, the University will make reasonable adjustments to assist the student to meet the requirements. Please read the Inherent Requirements carefully as you consider your course choices.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

Course opportunities

The clinical experience program in the Bachelor of Pharmacy and Management reflects the contemporary health care environment. Students undertake a two week block placement during their fourth year. Students also have a further 2 x two week block placements in their fifth year. By the end of their fifth year, all students have had at least three, two week block placements in clinical experience. The block placements are carried out at hospital and community pharmacies, and include opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry, professional organisations and in rural health settings.

Before you can attend a placement, you need to have certain clinical placement checks and clearances. You will need a criminal record check and evidence of vaccinations. The checks can be completed after your enrolment in the course. You will need to supply your proof of vaccination documents when you attend your placement (including any existing records of vaccinations from your home country). All documents requested are to be provided in English. If not in English, a certified translation is required to be provided.

Enrolment into the pharmacy program will require that you are registered as a student with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Progression rules

Progression Rules are detailed in the Pharmacy Handbook Course Resolutions.

Essential Requirements

Students are advised that it is a requirement of the Bachelor of Pharmacy and Management that they participate appropriately, in all classroom and examination tasks, including role plays and group work involving all genders. The School is unable to exempt students from these tasks for legal reasons.

To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the Inherent Requirements for coursework award courses in pharmacy.

Professional 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.

 

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 community 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.

Future study options

On completion of this course, students may enrol in the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice to complete the Intern Training Program.

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


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

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students


The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount. For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website

Annual review and fee increases


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

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. 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.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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