The University of Newcastle, Australia
Selection Rank
85.00 (Median SR)
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International entry requirement

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
Mode of delivery

Face to Face



Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021

AUD38,710 (indicative annual fee, 2020)
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English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 7.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 7.0

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4 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Program code: 12328
CRICOS code: 079931D

Study pharmacy

One of Australia’s most trusted professions.

At the University of Newcastle, you will gain the exceptional medical knowledge and training to be relied on by your community for sound medical advice and support on a wide range of health issues.

Pharmacy is an exciting and varied career. You'll learn to counsel people on the best use and management of medications and provide advice on the symptoms and treatment of common ailments. Your courses will teach you to prepare medications and educate the community on a variety of health and well-being matters. As a pharmacist, you have the chance to promote health awareness and contribute to a healthier society.

Why study with us?

  • Learn from research leaders - our University is a global leader in medical and health science research, keeping you on the forefront of breaking research discoveries.
  • Hands-on training - students complete more than 420 hours of clinical placement in a variety of settings both locally and nationally.
  • World-class facilities - hone your clinical skills through inter-professional simulated learning activities in our fully functioning demonstration pharmacy, as well as in hospital-based simulation wards.
  • First step to professional registration - this program is accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council and approved by the Pharmacy Board of Australia as a qualification leading to registration as a pharmacist in Australia.
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UON Pharmacy student working under supervision at UON's Pharmacy

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420+ Hours ? of clinical placement
ERA 5 ? 'well above world standard' for pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences research
12 ? Medical and Health Sciences areas rated at 'well above world standard'

What you will study

Your University of Newcastle Pharmacy degree will teach you theoretical knowledge in biomedical, pharmacotherapeutics and pharmaceutical sciences. You will also have plenty of opportunities to develop your skills through hands-on professional placements. By studying a variety of courses you will:

  • Learn how to prepare, formulate and use medications safely and effectively to improve patient health and well-being.
  • Gain the comprehensive medical knowledge and exceptional communication skills required to provide trustworthy advice on the symptoms and management of common ailments and educate the community on a wide range of health and wellbeing matters.
  • Learn how to use your knowledge, experience and expertise to positively influence the management of pharmaceutical services in Australia and globally.
  • Develop foundational research skills and discover a range of research areas that you can choose to pursue in your pharmacy career: from investigating drug design and discovery; to formulation development, pharmacy practice, personalised health care and health technologies assessment.

Your areas of study will include:

  • anatomy and physiology
  • dosage formulation
  • chemistry
  • drug design and discovery
  • pharmacotherapeutics
  • mental health first aid
  • epidemiology

All University of Newcastle pharmacy students graduate with an Honours degree, giving you a distinct advantage when seeking employment. As part of the Honours component you can choose from two study pathways.

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

View the full course list

Career opportunities

Our pharmacy graduates are very employable and highly regarded. As a qualified pharmacist, you can choose from an array of interesting and rewarding career options. Take a look below for some common roles for pharmacy graduates.

Graduates find work as pharmacists in a range of settings, including retail and community pharmacies, hospitals, industry, consulting, research and academia. Below is a sample of typical graduate roles. Some roles may require further study and/or experience.

  • Pharmaceutical Scientist
  • Pharmaceutical/Clinical Specialist Sales Representative
  • Pharmaceutical/Medicinal Chemist
  • Pharmacist
  • University Lecturer/Academic

A broader range of opportunities exist for pharmacy graduates. Below is a sample of jobs where the qualification is also relevant with further study or experience.

  • Aid Worker
  • Bioinformatician
  • Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Diabetes Educator
  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Laboratory Manager
  • Medical Technician
  • Operations Manager
  • Patent Attorney/Technical Advisor
  • Research Manager
  • Research Scientist
  • Technical Writer

Professional recognition

Professional recognition

Pharmacy Board of Australia

After graduating from a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) at the University of Newcastle, you can apply for provisional registration with the Pharmacy Board of Australia. You will then be required to complete additional supervised practice and examinations before you can apply for general registration.

Practical experience

Practical experience

Professional placement

All University of Newcastle pharmacy students complete more than 420 hours of professional practice during their degree, starting in first year. During your placement, you are mentored and supervised by qualified pharmacy educators.

You can undertake your placement in a variety of settings locally and nationally, including:

  • community facilities
  • hospitals
  • rural pharmacies
  • aged care facilities

Simulated learning

To prepare you for your clinical placements, you will build practical skills through inter-professional simulated learning activities in our fully functioning demonstration pharmacy, hospital-based simulation wards and the Hunter New England Simulation Centre.