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Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

The University of Newcastle

CRICOS provider number: 00109J TEQSA provider ID: PRV12056

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Pharmacy is an exciting, varied, and continually changing profession and career. You will learn to advise professionals and patients on the best use of medications and to provide advice on the symptoms and treatment of a wide range of diseases. You will be taught to prepare and dispense medicines and to educate the community in managing their own health.

At the University of Newcastle, you will gain the knowledge and training required to prepare you for current and future pharmacy practice and to become a trusted expert in the use of medicines, advising the community on a wide range of health issues and contribute to a healthier society by educating and  empowering members of the public to use medicines safely and effectively.

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 one.

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, accredited pharmacist, pharmacist vaccinator, pharmacist in general practice or clinic, 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

All University of Newcastle pharmacy students complete a minimum of 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).

If you have not previously studied one or more of these subjects or have limited knowledge in them, we strongly encourage you to consider enrolling in bridging courses. NUPrep Bridging provides free academic preparation and support short courses, available both on campus and online, to complete before starting your degree.

Explore NUPrep Bridging Courses

Applicants with higher education study

If you have completed or partially completed higher education studies, your grade point average can be converted into a selection rank for admission into our undergraduate programs.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

If you completed or partially completed competency-based vocational education and training (such as TAFE, a private Registered Training Provider, or vocational studies undertaken in high school), this can be used to determine your eligibility for admission.

Completion of studies at an AQF Level 4 (Cert IV) or higher Guarantees Entry into many of our undergraduate programs.

Review the Guaranteed Entry Admission Scheme.

Applicants with work and life experience

If you do not have an ATAR (or equivalent) or formal qualification, Newcastle University offers a range of pathways toward your preferred degree. No matter what your age or experience, there is a place for you.

Explore University of Newcastle entry options.

Advanced standing

If you have undertaken previous studies at another higher education institution or registered training organisation, you may be awarded credit towards your undergraduate degree. You must apply for admission before applying for credit.

Further information

View all details of this course on the University of Newcastle website.

ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2023)

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 2024 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

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Applicants should note that under the revised Australian Qualifications Framework some programs 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 component after graduation. Check the course descriptions carefully.