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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 combines hands-on learning with clinical experience to give you a comprehensive understanding of how drugs are developed and how medications affect the human body. This program is your first step to becoming a registered pharmacist and sets you up to play a vital and rewarding role within the healthcare landscape.

Why study with us?

  • Learn from internationally-renowned academics
  • Access to the latest technology, facilities and laboratories
  • Gain extensive clinical experience
  • Unique curriculum focused on both practical and theoretical areas of pharmacy.

Learn more about studying pharmacy with us.

Subject areas

Completion of a major is not a requirement of the Bachelor of Pharmacy. 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 fourth year of study.

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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

In your first year you will study biology and chemistry and be introduced to pharmacy through foundational and social pharmacy studies.

The remaining three years of the course are devoted to higher levels of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences together with specialised clinical pharmacy 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 elective in your fourth year of study (industrial pharmacy or international) or to complete fourth-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

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Human Biology Chemistry A (Pharmacy) Foundations of Pharmacy Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences
  2 From Molecules to Ecosystems Chemistry B (Pharmacy) Pharmacy Practice 1 Physical Pharmaceutics and Formulation A
2 1 Drug Discovery and Design A Microbiology and Infection Therapeutic Principles Physiology for Pharmacy
  2 Pharmacology for Pharmacy Drug Discovery and Design B Pharmacy Practice 2 Physical Pharmaceutics and Formulation B
3 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
4 1 Clinical Placement C
Integrated Dispensing Practice
Pharmacy Services and Public Health
Pharmacy Management
  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. Biology or physics are recommended. From 2019, this course will require a course prerequisite of mathematics (Band 4 or higher)


The award of honours in the Bachelor of Pharmacy 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.

Applying for honours

Honours is by invitation only and is available in the fourth year of the program for high achieving students. On the basis of your previous results, you may be eligible to undertake an independent honours project in PHAR4830 Honours (24 credit points) during your final year, working under the supervision of an academic staff member.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Clinical placements

The clinical experience program in the Bachelor of Pharmacy 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 end of their fourth year, all students have had at least three, two-week block placements in clinical experience.  Students undertake a two-week block placement during their third year. Students also have a further two two-week block placements in their fourth year. 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).

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

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



5 reasons to study pharmacy at Sydney

Study at Australia's first pharmacy school

Highly ranked internationally for its teaching and research, Sydney Pharmacy School is an excellent choice for students wanting to pursue a career in health care.

Future study options

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

Graduates of the Bachelor of Pharmacy seeking further academic studies in pharmacy are recommended to consider our postgraduate research courses, including Master of Philosophy (Pharmacy) and Doctor of Philosophy (Pharmacy).

Domestic students

International students

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