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Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

The University of Newcastle

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Pharmacists play an integral role in the provision of healthcare services. As a pharmacist, you will be on the industry frontline – counselling people on the best use and management of medications. When you study a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours), you’ll learn how to provide advice on the symptoms and management of common ailments, prepare and formulate medications, and educate the community on a wide range of health and wellbeing matters.

This degree requires students to participate in clinical placements in NSW Health facilities. During placement students will be subject to policies and procedures laid down by NSW Health. Students must also meet all NSW Health verification requirements before attending clinical placement. Clinical placement essentials.

Students should be aware that they may be required to undertake clinical placement and/or classes outside normal semester dates.
Students enrolling in this degree are required to obtain a WorkCover-approved Provide First Aid Certificate during semester 1.

Areas of study

Anatomy and physiology, chemistry, dosage formulation, drug design and discovery, epidemiology, pharmacotherapeutics and pharmacy practice.

Career opportunities

Community pharmacist, hospital pharmacist, industrial pharmacist, pharmaceutical policy officer, researcher.

Professional recognition

Graduates will apply for provisional registration and complete a one-year internship before being registered with the Pharmacy Board of Australia under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. This degree is also accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council.

Practical experience

420 hours of clinical placement in a variety of settings both locally and nationally. This will include community and aged care facilities, hospitals, and rural pharmacies throughout the Hunter, Central Coast, Mid North Coast and the University’s Department of Rural Health sites. To prepare students for clinical placements, practical skills will be built through inter-professional simulated learning activities in our fully functioning demonstration pharmacy, hospital-based simulation wards and the Hunter New England Simulation Centre.


All students will graduate with honours, which will be awarded as graded or ungraded honours. Entry into the graded honours stream may be offered to students based on merit. The graded honours stream requires students to complete a supervised individual research project whereas the students undertaking the ungraded honours stream will be required to undertake a supervised group research project.

Fees and charges

Refer to University of Newcastle current fee information.

Essential requirements for admission

This program and future professional practice is both mentally and physically demanding. Applicants who may be unsure of their ability to complete the degree and work in the profession should contact the University prior to applying.

Check the special requirements and policies for this course.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Assumed knowledge: English Advanced, Chemistry, Physics.

Recommended studies: Mathematics Extension 1 or 2 or Mathematics (Band 5).

Applicants with higher education study

If you completed higher education or partial higher education studies your grade point average can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

If you studied vocational education and training, the type of qualification, whether or not you completed it, and if it was graded or competency-based, will all be taken into consideration to assess your eligibility for admission.

Applicants with work and life experience

If you haven't completed any formal secondary, VET or higher education studies we offer a range of options to get you on the pathway to your dream degree.

Explore University of Newcastle entry options.

Advanced standing

If you have already successfully undertaken relevant study at another higher education institution or from the TAFE/VET sector, you may be granted credit on enrolment in a program. This is in addition to using that study to help determine your rank and eligibility to enter a program at the University of Newcastle.

Further information

View all details of this course on the UON website.

ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2021)

Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2022 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.

  1. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in the last 2 years) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites.
  2. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  3. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.


– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
NC = new course
NP = Not provided by institution
NR = No reportable profile
NS = No Semester 1 offers
NN = Unavailable (other)
NO = Entry on other criteria

Student profile

Course updates
Courses are added and cancelled throughout the admissions year and course details are subject to change. Check the UAC course search regularly.

Review of programs
The academic content of all programs is subject to routine review. For up-to-date details, visit University of Newcastle degrees.

Applicants should note that under the revised Australian Qualifications Framework some programs with honours are four-year programs available with direct entry. Other programs are three-year bachelor degree programs. Meritorious students have the option to apply for an additional one-year end-on honours component after graduation. Check the course descriptions carefully.