Bachelor of Pharmacy


Bachelor of Pharmacy

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2014 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Coursework Policy 2021 (the 'Coursework Policy'), the Learning and Teaching Policy 2019, the Resolutions of the Faculty, University of Sydney (Student Academic Appeals) Rule 2021, the Academic Honesty in Coursework Policy 2015 and the Academic Honesty Procedures 2016. Current versions of all policies are available from the Policy Register:

Course resolutions

1 Course codes


Course title


Bachelor of Pharmacy

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for this course is full time only.

3 Admission to candidature

Admission to undergraduate courses at the University of Sydney is either on the basis of completion of secondary study via the NSW Higher School Certificate, leading to the award of an Australian Tertiary Admission Ranking (ATAR) or equivalent (and subject to special admissions provisions as set out in the Coursework Policy) or on the basis of Special Entry Admission as set out in Admissions section of the Coursework Policy.

4 Requirements for award

The units of study that may be taken for the course are set out in the Units of Study table for the Bachelor of Pharmacy.
To qualify for the award of the pass degree, a candidate must successfully complete 192 credit points, including:
144 core credit points in the first three years (including PHAR3100); and
an additional 48 credit points consisting of 18 credit points of core units (including PHAR4100) and 30 credit points of 4000-level units from either:
coursework units of study; or
Honours units of study; or
Industrial Placement or International Exchange elective units of study.

5 Time Limits

A student must complete all the requirements for a bachelors degree or undergraduate advanced diploma within ten calendar years of first enrolment.
All time limits include any period(s) of suspension.

6 Credit for previous study

For units of study offered by the Sydney Pharmacy School, credit will not usually be granted for recognised prior learning older than five years at the time of first enrolment in the unit or course for which credit is sought. For other units of study credit transfer is subject to the provisions of the Coursework Policy.

7 International Exchange

Exchange for pharmacy students is not straightforward due to the strict requirements of the pharmacy courses. For students enrolled in the international elective of the Bachelor of Pharmacy, international exchange is permitted in semester 2 of the final year.

8 Attendance requirements

Students are required to be in attendance at the correct time and place of any formal or informal examinations. Non attendance on any grounds insufficient to claim special consideration will result in the forfeiture of marks associated with the assessment. Participation in a minimum number of assessment items may be included in the requirements specified for a unit of study.
Students are expected to attend a minimum of 85% of compulsory activities for a unit of study, unless granted exemption by the relevant delegated authority. The relevant delegated authority most concerned may determine that a student fails a unit of study because of inadequate attendance. Alternatively, at their discretion, they may set additional assessment items where attendance is lower than 85%.

9 Additional requirements prior to commencing clinical placements

Information about the procedures for gaining clearance for clinical placements will be provided after enrolment.
Student clearance for clinical placements
The New South Wales Ministry of Health requires that all students obtain clearance in order to undertake clinical placements. This involves a criminal record check according to NSW Health policy and must be completed prior to undertaking clinical placements.
All students must have evidence of vaccinations and immunisation against certain infectious diseases prior to undertaking clinical placements. The requirements are consistent with Australian public health policy and NSW Health guidelines.

10 Electives

Completion of an elective is not a requirement of the course. Candidates have the option of completing one elective. An elective requires the completion of 24 credit points chosen from units of study listed in the table for that elective. The electives that may be available are:
Industrial Placement
International Exchange

11 Requirements for the Honours degree

The Head of School and Dean may admit a student to the integrated Honours program if:
a student has no fail or absent fail results; and
has a WAM of at least 65 in second and third year units of study; and
an academic staff member has agreed to supervise the student's Honours research project; and
the student has met the requirements stated in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Professionalism Requirements Provisions 2020.
Honours students can progress to second semester Honours only if they obtain a credit average in their first semester marks. Students who fail this requirement will go back to the coursework stream, fourth year second semester.

12 Award of the degree

The Bachelor of Pharmacy is awarded in the grades of either Pass or Honours.
To qualify for the award of the honours degree a candidate must:
complete the requirements for the pass degree but include the alternative 30 credit point honours pathway described in the Units of Study table for the degree;
normally be of no more than four years standing in the degree; and
normally have no fail or absent fail results.
The level of honours will be determined by both the honours mark and the HWAM as indicated in the table below. If the honours mark and HWAM indicate a different level of honours, the lesser level will be awarded.
Level of honours   Honours mark HWAM
First Class   mark [greater than or equal to] 85 mark [greater than or equal to] 75
Second Class, Division 1   mark [greater than or equal to] 80 mark [greater than or equal to] 70
Second Class, Division 2   mark [greater than or equal to] 75 mark [greater than or equal to] 65
Honours not awarded   mark < 75 mark < 65
A candidate for the Honours program who does not meet the requirements for the award of honours shall be awarded the pass degree.
HWAM means the Honours Weighted Mark calculated from results for all 2000, 3000 and 4000 level units attempted for the degree, weighted 2, 3 and 4 for their respective levels. The Honours units of study are given a weighting of 8 in this calculation.

13 University Medal

A student who is awarded Honours Class I and achieves a minimum final honours mark of 90 or greater in both honours units of study, and who also achieves a final WAM of 85 or greater over the entire degree, may be awarded a University Medal. The calculation of the final honours mark will be based on a 20 per cent weighting of the mark awarded for PHAR4815 and an 80 per cent weighting on the mark awarded for PHAR4830. The medal is awarded at the discretion of the School to the highest achieving students who in the opinion of the School have an outstanding academic record, in accordance with the Coursework Policy.

14 Transitional provisions

These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January 2022 and students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January 2022 who elect to proceed under these resolutions.