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Overview

About this course

This course combines a bachelor's (Honours) and master's degree, culminating with the Pharmacy Board of Australia's intern training program and supervised practice requirements. This means you can apply for general registration as a pharmacist without further supervised practice*.

This degree brings together hands-on learning with clinical experience to give you a comprehensive understanding of how medicines are developed and how medications affect the human body. Your Work Integrated Learning experience, building on, and supporting your clinical knowledge, will position you well to play a vital and highly rewarding role as a healthcare professional and medicines expert from the day you graduate and register as a pharmacist.

*After successful completion of the Pharmacy Board registration examination and meeting the requirements for general registration set out in the Board's registration standards.

Why study with us?

  • The Sydney Pharmacy School has over 100 years of excellence in pharmacy education and we are ranked 13th in the world for pharmacy and pharmacology in the QS Subject Rankings 2021.  
  • The University of Sydney is ranked first in Australia and fourth in the world for graduate employability in the 2022 QS Employability Rankings.  
  • Our teaching modules, placement opportunities and voluntary business skills programs provide our students with a well-rounded professional degree and competitive career edge.  
  • Our academics continually optimise our programs to develop new generations of high-calibre graduates, who are known to be highly sought after in Australia for employers.

What will you learn?

  • Graduate with an integrated knowledge of the pharmaceutical and pharmacological properties of medicines. 
  • Develop skills in problem-solving, clinical decision making, communication, incorporating new research into your practice, building the evidence base, and delivering person-centred healthcare to a diverse population with a range of medical conditions.
  • Demonstrate a high standard of professional and ethical behaviour towards your peers, healthcare professionals, patients and the public.

The course structure requires the completion of a cohesive sequence of core units of study to meet accreditation requirements, including Work Integrated Learning (e.g. at least six weeks of clinical placements, and 1,824 hours of supervised clinical practice).

You can complete an elective, or an international exchange in second year (equivalent to 6 credit points) and an independent research project in the fourth year of the degree.

Subject areas
Shared pool

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

Your funding & scholarships

Find out about the funding opportunities available to you.

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

 

Semester 1

PHAR1911 (12 cp)

Introductory Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

BIOL1008 (6 cp)

Human Biology

BIOL1009 (6 cp) (subject to approval)

From Molecules to Cells and Organisms

Semester 2

PHAR1921(12 cp)

Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms

PHAR1922 (12 cp)

How Drugs Work

Semester 3

PHAR2911 (12 cp)

Professional Practice and Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms

PHAR2912 (12 cp)

Therapeutic Principles

Semester 4

PHAR2921 (6 cp)

Infectious Diseases

PHAR2922 (6 cp)

Respiratory

PHAR2923 (6 cp)

Quantitative and Qualitative Health Research

Year Two Elective* (6 cp)

Semester 5

PHAR3911 (12 cp)

Cardiovascular and Renal

PHAR3912 (6 cp)

Musculoskeletal, Dermatological and Senses

PHAR3913 (6 cp)

Endocrine, Diabetes and Reproductive

Semester 6

PHAR3921 (12 cp)

Neurology and Mental Health

PHAR3922 (6 cp)

Oncology and Immunology

PHAR3923 (6 cp)

Research Methods

Semester 7

PHAR49XX (12 cp)

Integrated Professional Practice A

PHAR4912 (12 cp)

Pharmacy Management

Semester 8

PHAR4913 (12 cp)

Pharmacy Honours

PHAR49XX (12 cp)

Integrated Professional Practice B

Semester 9

PHAR5912 (6 cp)

Professional Practice: Cardiovascular and Respiratory

PHAR5914 (12 cp)

Pharmacy Work Integrated Learning A

PHAR5913 (6 cp)

Professional Practice: Mental Health

Semester 10

PHAR5921 (6 cp)

Professional Practice: Diabetes

PHAR5923 (12 cp)

Pharmacy Work Integrated Learning B

PHAR5922 (6 cp)

Professional Practice: Oncology

* UoS taken from Tables O and / or S

Clinical placements and supervised practice

The Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) degree part has a mandatory clinical placement component, which must be completed as part of the award requirements for the course.

This clinical placement experience program reflects the contemporary healthcare environment. 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.

By the completion of their course, all students will have had at least three, two-week block placements in clinical experience. At least one of those placements will be in a hospital setting. Students can expect that at least one of their placements may be outside of the Sydney metropolitan area, potentially in a rural location.

Students must undertake their placements in geographical areas that will provide them with a diverse range of professional experience. The placements take place across the third and fourth year of their course. This amounts to a total of 210 hours of clinical placements.

Before you can attend a placement, you need to have certain clinical placement checks and clearances. The checks can be completed after your enrolment in the course.

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

The Master of Pharmacy degree part requires the completion of 1,824 hours of Pharmacy Board approved supervised practice. Graduates can then apply for general registration as a pharmacist (after passing the Pharmacy Board of Australia registration examination and meeting the Board's registration standards). The supervised practice must be in accordance with the requirements set out in the Board’s Registration standard: Supervised practice arrangements.

Honours

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.  Honours is available in the fourth year of the program** when you will undertake an independent honours project, working under the supervision of an academic staff member.


** To be eligible to commence honours students must have a WAM ≥ 65 (credit). Learn more about the benefits of Honours programs.

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 you to make informed choices about your study, we have identified and set out the Inherent Requirements for this course.

Professional Accreditation

This degree is accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council and is approved by the Pharmacy Board of Australia.

 

 

Assumed knowledge

NSW Higher School Certificate Mathematics Advanced or equivalent and Chemistry, Biology.

Recommended studies

Physics

Work component

Mandatory work component = 2030

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

Admission requirement

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 

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' .

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.

Graduate opportunities

The Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) / Master of Pharmacy Practice is designed to prepare you for a broad range of future career options, including work in community or hospital pharmacy, the pharmaceutical industry, a government agency, or research and academia. Some examples are:

  • 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

Learn more about career pathways for pharmacy graduates from Professor Andrew McLachlan AM, Head of School and Dean.





2015 Director
Safescript, Real-Time Prescription Monitoring Implementation
2014 Director
Medical Canabis Taskforce
2008 Chief Officer
Drugs and Poisons Regulation
2005 Secretary
National Drugs and Poisons Schedule Committee
2001 Senior pharmacist
Therapeutic Goods Administration
1992 Community Pharmacist
1991 Bachelor of Pharmacy
University of Sydney

 

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