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Bachelor of Pharmacy - HLB301

Course Code: HLB301
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Discipline of Pharmacy
Selection Rank: NEW
English Language Requirements:

There are non-standard English language requirements for this course. To be eligible you must have an overall IELTS Academic score (or equivalent) of 7.0, with no band score below 7.0. For alternate/equivalent ways of meeting the English requirements for this course please view the English Proficiency Requirements document on the university website.


If you're interested in a career as a medication specialist, then the UC Bachelor of Pharmacy course will equip you with the skills, knowledge, experience, and qualifications required to become an official Australian registered pharmacist.

This four-year, full-time course teaches the science behind the practical preparation of drugs and medicines to treat injuries, illnesses, and deficiencies - and explores how to apply evidence-based knowledge, research, and scientific theory to the clinical reasoning, treatment, and evaluation of patients.

Accredited by the Australia Pharmacy Council (APC) this course offers graduates the opportunity to move into a variety of career options or continue with additional academic study. This course also offers an embedded Honours program for high-achieving students looking to progress into pharmacy research or academic careers.

If you're looking for a well-paid, fulfilling career helping others - then register for the UC Bachelor of Pharmacy course now.


Prospective Domestic Students
Email or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students
Email or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Current and Commencing Students
Please contact the Faculty of Health faculty office, email

Admission Requirements

Admission to this course is based on an entrance rank. A rank can be achieved by the following means:
- Year 12 ATAR
- other Australian Qualification
- work experience
- overseas qualification

We also offer a number of entry initiatives that give you the opportunity to gain entry to the University via alternate pathway programs and admissions schemes.
More information is available on our Alternative Entry page:

Additional Admission Requirements

All students in the Bachelor of Pharmacy course are required to complete clinical practice placement in blocks of time, often outside of teaching time. These clinical practice placements are essential to the program. Prior to commencing clinical practice, all students need to present a complete immunisation schedule as a requirement of the ACT and NSW health departments. All students are required to undergo an Australian Federal Police Record check prior to undertaking clinical placement in the ACT, and a NSW Police check before undertaking placement in NSW.

All pharmacy students will be registered as students with the Pharmacy Board of Australia after admission to the Bachelor of Pharmacy course

Assumed Knowledge

ACT: Mathematical Methods major and either Biology or Human Movement major(s); and Chemistry or Physics major(s).

NSW: Mathematics and either Biology or Human Movement, and Physics or Chemistry.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
2023 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Notes for International Applicants

CRICOS registration is being sought.

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course

Placement Requirements

This course requires students to meet compulsory placement requirements prior to undertaking professional placement (Work-Integrated Learning) in a clinical or professional setting. For information on what these requirements are and how to meet these requirements, please visit


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Pharmacy B Pharm
Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) B Pharm (Hons)

Alternate Exit Awards

Diploma of Health Studies Associate Degree of Health Studies

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International



The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.

Professional Accreditation

The University of Canberra Bachelor of Pharmacy course has been accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council (APC).

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Broad and coherent, theoretical and technical knowledge of the discipline of pharmacy, suitable for entering the Pharmacy profession as an intern pharmacist which provides the basis for independent life-long learning. -
Independent cognitive, technical, and communication skills that underpin the safe and accountable practice of pharmacy and enable sound judgement in problem solving. -
Integrated critical analysis of evidence-based research with an in-depth study of medicines management and patient care across diverse contexts. -
Incorporated innovative thinking and an advanced theoretical and technical body of professional knowledge with emerging research ideas that can inform future areas of pharmacy practice. -
Exercised well-developed judgement in the identification, development and implementation of solutions to complex problems through independent completion of a research project. -
Analysed novel research findings that are cohesively integrated with the knowledge and ideas of others and transmitted this information appropriately to a variety of audiences. -

Course Duration

Standard eight semesters full-time. Maximum twenty semesters. This course is available for full-time enrolment only.


In order to graduate with honours, you must: - Attain a GPA of at least 5.5 to enter the Honours program and then maintain a GPA of at least 5 across all other units undertaken in the Bachelor of Pharmacy whilst completing the Honours program; and - Achieve an Honours GPA, as determined in accordance with this policy, of at least 5. The Honours GPA is calculated by adding the grade point average of all Pharmacy Honours units undertaken. Pharmacy degrees with Honours are awarded in the following classes depending on the Honours GPA obtained and the standard of the Honours Paper. - First Class: both an Honours GPA of at least 6 and a mark of at least 85% for the honours thesis - Second Class - Division I: both an Honours GPA of at least 5.5 and a mark of at least 75% for the honours thesis - Second Class - Division II: both an Honours GPA of at least 5 and a mark of at least 65% for the honours thesis Calculating the Honours GPA - GPAs are calculated by using the University's system. The Honours GPA will be calculated as above solely for the Pharmacy Honours units - Be aware that marks are not automatically rounded up for purposes of Honours. Thus 4.99 does not become 5.00. Where your final mark is within two points of the next level of Honours, or of achieving Honours at all (eg a 4.8 is rounded up to 5.0), you can apply in writing to have your Honours result upgraded. This will be determined by the Associate Dean (Education) and the Pharmacy Honours Unit Convenors, taking into account your academic record and any mitigating circumstances which may have affected your academic performance. Please refer to the Honours Guide for this course for further information.

Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

In order for the Diploma of Health Studies to be awarded the student must have: a) completed 24 credit points with at least 12 credit points at Level 1 b) completed a minimum of 12 credit points at UC and c) obtained a minimum of 12 credit points in any of the health disciplines. In order for the Associate Degree in Health Studies to be awarded the student must have: a) completed 48 credit points with at least 12 credit points at Level 1 and 12 credit points at Level 2 b) completed a minimum of 24 credit points at UC and c) obtained a minimum of 24 credit points in any of the health disciplines.


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