Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)


Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

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Program Code


AQF Level

Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree

Locations and UAC Codes

Mode of Delivery

  • Face to Face


Domestic - 4 years full time.

International - 4 years full time.

ATAR (2015)

Cut-off Median
Callaghan Campus85.8592.00

Assumed Knowledge

HSC 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.

Recommended Studies

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.

Term Type


Relevant University rules and policies



The Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) 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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Admission Information

Admission Requirements

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.

Year 12 Bonus Point Scheme:

  • Mathematics (Band 5 or 6) 2 points OR Ext 1 (Band 3 - 4) 4 points OR Ext 2 (Band 2 - 4) 4 points
  • Chemistry (Band 5 or 6) 2 points
  • Physics (Band 5 - 6) 2 points

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at

The IELTS requirement for admission to this program is 7.0 with no sub-test less than 7.0.

Assumed Knowledge

HSC 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.

Credit Transfer

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 the new program, go to and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.

Please note that time restrictions apply to the granting of credit in this program.

Compulsory Program Requirements

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.

Post-admission Requirements

  • NSW Health Verification Requirements

    Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met. For more information please visit

  • Senior First Aid Certificate

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

Professional Recognition

Australian Pharmacy Council

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.

Academic Requirements for Program Completion

Total Units required

320 units

Program Duration

4 years full time up to 6 years maximum.

International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.

Program Requirements

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.

Program Structure

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

CHEM1010Introductory Chemistry I
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
CHEM1020Introductory Chemistry II
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
HUBS1202Human Genomics and Biomolecular Analysis
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
HUBS1403Biomedical Science Part 1
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Central Coast)
10 units
HUBS1404Biomedical Science Part 2
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Central Coast)
10 units
MATH1110Mathematics 1
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2016 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHAR1101Introduction to Pharmacy and Formulation Sciences 1
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHAR1201Introduction to Pharmacy and Formulation Sciences 2
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
CHEM2201Analytical and Medicinal Chemistry
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
HUBS2206Human Biochemistry and Cell Biology
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
HUBS2601Human Infection and Immunity 1
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHAR2101Dermatology and Topical Formulations
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHAR2102Cardiovascular and Renal Health
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHAR2202Drug Design and Discovery
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHAR2203Gastrointestinal Health and Solid Dosage Formulations
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHAR2204Clinical Pharmacotherapy 1
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHAR3101Endocrinology and Injectable Dosage Formulations
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHAR3102Eyes, Ears, Nose and Throat Health, Respiratory Health and Related Formulations
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHAR3103Mental and Neurological Health
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHAR3104Clinical Pharmacotherapy 2
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHAR3201Women's Health, Men's Health and Genitourinary Dosage Formulations
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHAR3202Rheumatology and Pain Management
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHAR3203Clinical Pharmacotherapy 3
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHAR3204Research Methodology and Health Technology Assessment
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHAR4101Cancer, Critical Care and PalliationNot currently offered10 units
PHAR4102ATransition to Professional Practice in Pharmacy (Part A)Not currently offered10 units
PHAR4102BTransition to Professional Practice in Pharmacy (Part B)Not currently offered10 units
PHAR4201Pharmacogenomics and Personalised Health CareNot currently offered10 units
PHAR4204Clinical Leadership in Health CareNot currently offered10 units

Graded Honours and Ungraded Honours Options

Choose either Graded Honours or Ungraded Honours.

Graded Honours

Choose 20 units from the following directed courses

PHAR4103APharmacy Research Project (Part A)Not currently offered10 units
PHAR4103BPharmacy Research Project (Part B)Not currently offered10 units
Ungraded Honours

Choose 20 units from the following directed courses

PHAR4104APharmacy Projects (Part A)Not currently offered10 units
PHAR4104BPharmacy Projects (Part B)
  • Trimester 3 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units


Complete 10 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.

10 units


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.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a high level of critical appraisal skills and the ability to critique, debate and justify actions taken based on available evidence
  • Apply theoretical concepts, professional cognitive and technical skills to develop pharmaceutical care management plans and to analyse, synthesise, modify and implement plans in accordance with available evidence, diversity and the required outcomes
  • Possess and apply professional cognitive and technical skills of public health issues and initiatives to contribute to health care in local, global and diverse contexts
  • Have a high level of communication skills in both oral and written English and be able to participate in debates and discussions at all levels, including the community, with a high degree of proficiency and intellectual independence
  • Demonstrate intellectual independence of the application of high level of fundamental science, pharmaceutical and pharmacological knowledge and skills to clinical and professional practice
  • Possess those cognitive and technical skills essential for independent future learning and the have responsibility and accountability for own learning and professional practice
  • Posses the cognitive and technical skills of research principles and methods to enable planning and execution of research work with independence and in collaboration with others
  • Possess a high level of professional commitment, community responsiveness, cultural awareness and high ethical standards of performance to enable professional practice both independently and in collaboration

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

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.

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.

International Students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Special Needs

Students with a disability 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. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. 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 for more information.

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