Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

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The Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) is an AQF level 8 Bachelor Honours program.

It will prepare you with the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge to get you on your way to becoming a registered pharmacist.

This four year undergraduate program has been structured to meet the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) criteria for registration as a pharmacist. It is an integrated program consisting of lectures, practicals, tutorials and experiential learning through clinical placements and simulated learning environments. The program will build upon your existing knowledge of science whilst focusing on material that specifically relates to the knowledge, skills and attributes required as a pharmacist. The program includes opportunities to develop research skills and knowledge in the areas of Personalised Health Care and Health Technologies Assessment, such as Pharmacoeconomics. The provision of health care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island People is integrated throughout the program together with the teaching and understanding of cultural diversity in Australia and Internationally, which are critical to professional pharmacy practice.

Pharmacists are one of the most accessible health professionals and work closely with patients to assist them with managing their medicines and disease states as well as promoting health and improving quality of life. As a pharmacist you will work closely with patients, assisting them to manage medications and diseases as well as provide expertise to promote general health. You will counsel patients on the proper use of medications, provide advice on symptoms, the management of common ailments, prepare and formulate medications and provide health education. Pharmacists are also involved in consultation with doctors and other health care providers to ensure appropriate and safe use and prescribing of medication.

The program contains one elective course in the final year, allowing students to further tailor the program to suit their particular interests. Research skills, including critical appraisal and statistics, together with their application are taught in the final two years of the program, building upon the core cognitive and technical skills obtained during the first two years.


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All students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.


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Current Australian Year 12 Students:

Apply for entry through UAC. Entry based on ATAR or equivalent.

Non-school leavers and previous Australian Year 12 students:

Apply for entry through UAC. Entry based on:

  • Previous Year 12 studies and/or
  • Higher education, tertiary, post-secondary qualifications and/or
  • Overseas qualifications considered equivalent to Australian qualifications.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students apply through UAC and have the opportunity to access the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entry program which incorporates an interview process considering personal attributes as well as educational qualifications.

International Students:

International students currently undertaking:

  • an Australian Year 12 in Australia
  • an Australian Year 12 outside Australia
  • an International Baccalaureat (IB) in Australia

Apply for entry through UAC. Entry based on ATAR or equivalent.

All other international students:

Apply direct to International Admissions. Entry based on overseas qualifications considered equivalent to Australian qualifications, as well as satisfying English language requirement.

Students who completed their education in a non-English speaking country must have an IELTS of 7.0 on admission in line with University policy.

International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements - http://www.newcastle.edu.au/policy/000104.html

Year 12 Bonus Point Scheme:

1. Mathematics

(Band 5 or 6) 2 points OR

Ext 1 (Band 3 - 4) 4 points OR

Ext 2 (Band 2 – 4) 4 points

2. Chemistry

(Band 5 or 6) 2 points

3. Physics

(Band 5 - 6) 2 points


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Extension Mathematics (extension 1 or 2) at any level of achievement or - Band 5 or 6 in 2 Unit Maths, English Advanced, Chemistry and Physics. Applicants who have not studied these courses should consider taking relevant bridging courses before the commencement of the University year.


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Additional Selection Criteria:
  • Students must meet NSW Ministry of Health verification requirements to attend clinical placements in this program. For information on these requirements please visit: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/health-medicine-placement

    Students must hold a current WorkCover approved Senior First Aid Certificate.


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If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to a new program go to: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ for informastion on how to apply for credit. Please note that time restrictions apply to the granting of credit in this program.


Honours (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

This is a Level 8 Honours degree where all students who successfully complete the requirements for awarding of the degree will graduate with Honours.

Students who have achieved a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or more over the program by the completion of Year 2 will be invited to complete research component courses PHAR3204, PHAR4103A and PHAR4103B and where the candidate's achievement in the research component is of a sufficient standard, Honours will be graded (Class 1, Class 2 Division 1 or Class 2 Division 2).

Students who do not achieve the required Grade Point Average of 5.5 or who choose to not undertake the Graded Honours stream, will undertake the research projects courses PHAR3204, PHAR4104A and PHAR4104B. Satisfactory completion will result in these students receiving Ungraded Honours.


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Students will complete substantial supervised clinical practice in a range of diverse clinical contexts including, but not limited to, community pharmacy, primary health care clinics, residential aged care facilities, mental health services and acute care hospitals throughout the Hunter, Central Coast, Mid North Coast and University Department of Rural Health (UDRH) sites. Rural placements will be mandatory and occur throughout rural and remote New South Wales and other locations in Australia. Travel, accommodation and related expenses for work-integrated learning/placements will be the responsibility of the student.


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The Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) meets the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) criteria for registration as a pharmacist. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for registration with the Pharmacy Board of Australia in partnership with the Australian Health Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

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


International Students (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements - http://www.newcastle.edu.au/policy/000104.html


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The Faculty accepts that it is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations for students with special needs, in liaison with the Student Support Unit, which offers practical assistance and advice to students with a disability or chronic illness. The Faculty will seek advice from the Student Support Unit as to what constitutes "reasonable accommodations" under Anti-Discrimination legislation.


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The program requires students to undertake extensive practical learning. Prospective students requiring further information should contact the University.

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/divisions/academic-division#ctl

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the Indigenous Student Engagement and Experience programs offered through the Wollotuka Institute.

All students must complete the Academic Integrity Module in the first four weeks of enrolment.

Students who have impaired function in their hands or arms, or a visual impairment, will have difficulty pursuing this program. It is highly advisable for any prospective student with such a disability to contact the Faculty to discuss the issue.

Students with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the program and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity or professional practice. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.

International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/policy/000104.html


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Qualification for the award of Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) requires the completion of 320 units of approved courses. The program is available in full-time mode only.

Except with the permission of the Pro Vice-Chancellor, a candidate shall complete the program within six years of study from the date of commencement.


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Back to topYear 1 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
CHEM1010Introductory Chemistry ISemester 110 units
HUBS1403Biomedical Science Part 1Semester 110 units
MATH1110Mathematics 1

Special Prerequisites apply to MATH1110 - view the course handbook for information.

Semester 110 units
PHAR1101Introduction to Pharmacy and Formulation Sciences 1

WHS Safety Induction. Must meet NSW Health Verification Requirements.

Semester 110 units
CHEM1020Introductory Chemistry IISemester 210 units
HUBS1202Human Genomics and Biomolecular AnalysisSemester 210 units
HUBS1404Biomedical Science Part 2Semester 210 units
PHAR1201Introduction to Pharmacy and Formulation Sciences 2

Prior successful completion of PHAR1101. Must meet NSW Health Verification Requirements.

Semester 210 units
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Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
HUBS2206Human Biochemistry and Cell BiologySemester 110 units
HUBS2601Human Infection and Immunity 1Semester 110 units
PHAR2101Dermatology and Topical Formulations

Prior successful completion of PHAR1101 and PHAR1201.

Semester 110 units
PHAR2102Cardiovascular and Renal Health

Prior successful completion of PHAR1101 and PHAR1201.

Semester 110 units
CHEM2201Analytical and Medicinal Chemistry

Prior successful completion of CHEM101 and CHEM1020. WHS Safety Induction or Risk Assessment.

Semester 210 units
PHAR2202Drug Design and Discovery

Prior successful completion of CHEM1010 and CHEM1020. WHS Safety Induction. Must meet NSW Health Verification Requirements. Workcover approved First Aid Certificate.

Semester 210 units
PHAR2203Gastrointestinal Health and Solid Dosage Formulations

Prior successful completion of PHAR1101 and PHAR1201.

Semester 210 units
PHAR2204Clinical Pharmacotherapy 1

Prior successful completion of PHAR1101, PHAR1201, PHAR2101 and PHAR2102. Concurrent enrolment in PHAR2203. Must meet NSW Health Verification Requirements.

Semester 210 units
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Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
PHAR3101Endocrinology and Injectable Dosage Formulations

Prior successful completion of PHAR1101 and PHAR1201.

Semester 110 units
PHAR3102Eyes, Ears, Nose and Throat Health, Respiratory Health and Related Formulations

Prior successful completion of PHAR1101 and PHAR1201.

Semester 110 units
PHAR3103Mental and Neurological Health

Prior successful completion of PHAR1101 and PHAR1201.

Semester 110 units
PHAR3104Clinical Pharmacotherapy 2

Prior successful completion of PHAR2204. Concurrent enrolment in PHAR3101, PHAR3102 and PHAR3103. Must meet NSW Health Verification Requirments.

Semester 110 units
PHAR3201Women's Health, Men's Health and Genitourinary Dosage Formulations

Prior successful completion of PHAR1101 and PHAR1201.

Semester 210 units
PHAR3202Rheumatology and Pain Management

Prior successful completion of PHAR1101 and PHAR1201.

Semester 210 units
PHAR3203Clinical Pharmacotherapy 3

Prior successful completion of PHAR2204. Concurrent enrolment in PHAR3201 and PHAR3202. Must meet NSW Health Verification Requirements.

Semester 210 units
PHAR3204Research Methodology and Health Technology AssessmentSemester 210 units
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Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
PHAR4101Cancer, Critical Care and Palliation

Prior successful completion of PHAR1101 and PHAR1201.

Semester 110 units
PHAR4102ATransition to Professional Practice in Pharmacy (Part A)

Prior successful completion of PHAR3104 and PHAR3203. Must meet NSW Health Verification Requirements.

Semester 110 units
PHAR4102BTransition to Professional Practice in Pharmacy (Part B)

Prior successful completion of PHAR3104 and PHAR3203. Must meet NSW Health Verification Requirements.

Semester 210 units
PHAR4201Pharmacogenomics and Personalised Health Care

Prior successful completion of HUBS1202.

Semester 210 units
PHAR4204Clinical Leadership in Health Care

Prior successful completion of PHAR3104 and PHAR3203. Must meet NSW Health Verification Requirements.

Semester 210 units
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 20 units from Graded Honours - PHAR4103A and PHAR4103B.
PHAR4103APharmacy Research Project (Part A)

Only available to students enrolled in the B. Pharmacy (Hons) or Master of Pharmacy. Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) students must successfully complete PHAR3204.

Semester 110 units
PHAR4103BPharmacy Research Project (Part B)

Only available to students enrolled in the B. Pharmacy (Hons) or Master of Pharmacy. Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) students must successfully complete PHAR3204.

Semester 210 units
Choose 20 units from Ungraded Honours - PHAR4104A and PHAR4104B.
PHAR4104APharmacy Projects (Part A)

Only available to students enrolled in the B. Pharmacy (Hons) or Master of Pharmacy. Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) students must successfully complete PHAR3204.

Semester 110 units
PHAR4104BPharmacy Projects (Part B)

Only available to students enrolled in the B. Pharmacy (Hons) or Master of Pharmacy. Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) students must successfully complete PHAR3204.

Semester 210 units
Electives
Elective 1Choose 10 units outside core or compulsory courses for this program.Semester 110 units