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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.

1. Unique curriculum

Taught by world-leading academics, the Bachelor of Pharmacy and Master of Pharmacy combine hands-on learning with clinical experience to give you a comprehensive understanding of how drugs are developed and how medications affect the human body.

Our courses focus on teaching unique skills like compounding, which are less frequently known today. Having expertise in this area and others will set you a part in the workplace and promotes a deeper understanding of pharmacy across the board. 

2. Business course offering 

Along with our standard degrees, we offer a Bachelor of Pharmacy and Management to students who wish to graduate with the knowledge and skills required to thrive in a competitive business setting. This innovative five-year degree is the only course of its kind in Australiasia, and gives student's the opportunity to complete units like human resources, marketing, finance and management.

This course is particularly relevant to those student's with aspirations of running their own business, entering the pharmaceutical industry or working in business and government. 

Bachelor of Pharmacy student
"There are so many pathways with the degree and the time spent on campus are some of the best days of your life."
Sunny Manon, Bachelor of Pharmacy and Management

3. Diverse career opportunities

Studying pharmacy can lead to an extensive range of careers in health care. While up to 85 percent of our graduates register as pharmacists* and move into roles in community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy or primary care pharmacy, others pursue roles in academia, pharamceuticals, business or in medicine and dentistry with further study.

Pharmacy is a fantastic foundational degree that leaves graduates with sound chemistry and biology underpinnings. This can be a real advantage if you complete a graduate entry degree in health. 

No matter which path you choose, our graduates are in high demand. Not only is the University of Sydney ranked first in Australia for graduate employability**, but 85 percent of our registered pharmacy graduates gain employment after one month.

*Sydney Pharmacy School Graduate Survey 2018.
**QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020.

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4. Placement experience

To prepare you for the workforce, the Sydney Pharmacy School offers students a range of placements across hospitals, community pharmacies, within the pharmaceutical industry and at professional organisations.

Clinical placements are important to put theory into practice and occur in local and rural settings. You will have opportunity to complete at least six weeks of placement experience throughout your degree.

Bachelor of Pharmacy student
"The support and opportunities the university offers are abundant and that has helped foster a community filled with passion, proactivity and comradery."
Clover Lim, Bachelor of Pharmacy student

5. Supportive professional and social networks

As a Sydney pharmacy student, you will be a part of a cohesive and supportive cohort. With matching timetables as a result of our fixed curriculum, you will share classes with the same student body for the entirety of your degree. This means you'll have a real opportunity to get to know your cohort, unlike other larger degrees with a variety of streams. 

As a result, you will have an in-built support network while studying and a professional network to call upon once you are working in industry.

Sydney Pharmacy School is also home to the Sydney University Pharmacy Association (SUPA). One of the largest and most active societies on campus, you will have access to regular academic, professional and social activities. SUPA members also gain membership to the National Australian Pharmacy Students Association (NAPSA)

11 October 2019

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