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  • No.1 in Australia

    The University is ranked first in Australia and fourth in the world for graduate employability in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022.

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    We are ranked 24th in the world for pharmacy and pharmacology in the QS Subject Rankings 2020.

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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in 2021 and 2022.

Students commencing this course in 2021 and 2022 can commence their studies remotely whilst the Australian border remains closed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Remote study is not available for some units of study and/or placements essential to this course and you will be required to attend in-person on campus from Semester 1, Year 2.

About this course

For students commencing in 2022, the University will continue offering the Bachelor of Pharmacy and the Bachelor of Pharmacy and Management degrees. From 2023, the University intends to offer two new Pharmacy degrees, more information will be available in due course.

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.

Why study with us? 

The University of Sydney is ranked second in Australia and eighteeth in the world for pharmacy, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject. We also produce highly employable pharmacists. 85 per cent of our registered graduates go on to find employment within one month after graduation. 

How will you learn?

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 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.

Who should study this course? 

This innovative, research-led course should be completed by students wanting to pursue a career in pharmacy but have an interest in business.

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 but candidates may pursue one if they would like to. 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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Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

Your fee

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth supported place . Refer to the UAC website for key dates. Separate scholarship deadlines apply, visit the scholarships website for details.

For other useful information, visit our How to apply page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor's degree must apply through UAC.

Refer to the UAC website

Separate scholarship deadlines apply – visit the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February)

Visit the How to apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). If you are a direct applicant, when you are ready to apply select the `Apply’ button on this course page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 15 January of the commencing year.

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships website for details.

UAC Applicants: Refer to the UAC website

Starting date

Semester 1 (February)

What you'll study

During your first year of the Bachelor of Pharmacy and Management 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.

Units of Study

Work component

Mandatory work component = 210 hours.

This translates to 35 hours per week.

This mandatory work component must be completed as part of the award requirements for the course.

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Pharmacy and Management

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Human Biology Economics for Business Decision Making Chemistry A (Pharmacy) Foundations of Pharmacy
  2 From Molecules to Ecosystems Accounting, Business and Society Chemistry B (Pharmacy) Pharmacy Practice 1
2 1 Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences Microbiology and Infection Physiology for Pharmacy Foundations of Work and Employment
  2 Foundations of Business Law Pharmacology for Pharmacy Physical Pharmaceutics and Formulation A Pharmacy Practice 2
3 1 Digital Business Innovation Marketing Principles Drug Discovery and Design A Therapeutic Principles
  2 Drug Discovery and Design B Physical Pharmaceutics and Formulation B Foundations of Management HR Strategies and Processes
4 1 Pharmaceutical Skills and Dispensing A
Cardiovascular and Renal
Endocrine, Diabetes and Reproductive
  2 Clinical Placement A and B
Pharmaceutical Skills and Dispensing B
Musculoskeletal, Dermatological and Senses
Oncology and Anti-Infective Agents
Neurology and Mental Health
5 1 Clinical Placement C Pharmacotherapeutics Integrated Dispensing Practice Pharmacy Services and Public Health
  2 Novel Therapeutics Interdisciplinary Health Project Professional Practice Clinical Placement D


Click Here to download a full copy of the sample study plan with electives.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics and chemistry are assumed knowledge for this course. 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


This course has a mathematics course prerequisite. For details on the prerequisite, and how it applies to you, visit: Mathematics course prerequisites.

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

For more information about the University’s credit policy, please see the Credit for Previous Studies page.

If you’ve already completed university-level or equivalent subjects, you may be able to apply for credit for previous study – 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.

Inherent requirements

Inherent requirements are the essential tasks and activities necessary to be able to achieve the core learning outcomes of a course. They are specific to a particular course or discipline. To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the inherent requirements for this course.

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

This course is accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council.

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.


Career Pathways

  • Primary care pharmacist
  • Community pharmacist
  • Hospital pharmacist
  • Poisons information specialist
  • Clinical trials pharmacist
  • Specialist pharmacist
  • Compounding pharmacist
  • Research and education
  • Regulatory affairs
  • Manufacturing and quality control
  • Industry sales and marketing

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

International students

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.