"There are really decent class sizes in the University of Tasmania's pharmacy division. There are usually about 25 students in each lab, with three demonstrators, which means you get a lot of contact with them."
- David Little, Current Student
Bachelor of PharmacyI have really appreciated the small class sizes while studying this degree. Also, the workload is a really good amount, it's not too high, but it's not too low either - it's still challenging. I've developed a good relationship with the lecturers and tutors. We get really good feedback on our assessed work and lots of opportunity to talk one-on-one with them which helps a lot.
When I was working as a medic I really enjoyed the pharmacology side of my job, how drugs worked on the body. I wanted a more stable career that didn't involve long stays away from home. I had worked in the Navy for 15 years and I really needed a change.
Because I had previous experience and qualifications, I was able to take the Fast-Track Pathway into the Bachelor of Pharmacy. This meant I was required to do a summer course, and if I successfully finished it I would be able to enter Year 2 of the degree (reducing my degree from 4 years to 3 years).
I chose to study at the University of Tasmania because my family lives in Tasmania. Family support was a big part of the choice for me. I had always missed Tassie when I was working in the Navy. Also, the University of Tasmania has a good reputation and I had a friend who was a pharmacist who had done her degree in Brisbane, who told me of the large student intake there which made it harder for her to find a job.
The best aspect of my course so far has been studying pharmaceutical science. It's been really interesting because it's not something I have done before and it combines patient counselling (care) with formulating (science).