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Diploma of Pharmacy Studies

Your pathway into the Bachelor of Pharmacy.

Why study a pharmacy pathway program?

The Diploma of Pharmacy Studies is your stepping stone into the Bachelor of Pharmacy. This is the perfect choice if you have not met the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Pharmacy, or would like a more supported entry into University studies. Upon completion of this course, you will meet the maths and chemistry pre-requisites, as well as gaining additional skills to help you succeed at University.

This course will prepare you for future study in the Bachelor of Pharmacy or you can choose to enter the workforce with highly employable skills in roles such as pharmacy assistant or pharmacy technician.

You’ll complete a mix of units needed to enter the Bachelor of Pharmacy, units to develop your study skills and disciplinary subjects taught by the School of Medicine. You’ll also meet the University’s General Entry Requirements when you complete this course, which may allow entry into other university courses.

Foundation level units are currently free to students (4 units), while the introductory level units incur fees. Full details of the cost of each unit is available in the University of Tasmania Course and Unit Handbook – just search for the unit and you will find a link to the costs. If you are eligible for HECS, your course fees can be deferred.


One year full-time or equivalent part-time


Mix of online and face-to-face


Newnham campus
Sandy Bay campus


Semester 1, 2021


“This diploma provided the pathway to enter university as it allowed me to refresh and learn the necessary skills that I would need while attending university.

The degree ensures that you not only have the necessary skills and discipline for university life but that you’re pursuing an area that you want as a career".


This course is designed for students who do not meet the pre-requisite requirements for the Bachelor of Pharmacy, the University General Entry Requirements (GER) or who want a more supported or graded introduction to your studies.

Admission requirements:

  • Previous study at Year 11/12 or TAFE (Cert III)
  • TCE English, Proficiency in English reading and writing skills equivalent to Reading Level 4.03 and Writing Level 3.06 (Aust Core Skills Framework)
  • Year 10 maths
  • Basic IT
  • Successful completion of UPP or assessment of personal competency statement

Program structure

The Diploma of Pharmacy Studies (X1M) is structured over one year full-time (or equivalent part-time). The course includes a range of core units in Maths and Chemistry, along with your choice of one elective in Communication, Applied Maths or Maths Foundation.

For more detailed information, please visit the Course and Unit Handbook.

Credit transfer

Students who complete the Diploma and receive a place in the Bachelor of Pharmacy with Applied Honours 54A will receive 25 credit points of advanced standing in the Bachelor of Pharmacy with Applied Honours 54A.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Enabling and Foundation level unit fees are currently covered by an internal scholarship that is applied after your enrolment. Introductory (First year level) degree units can be covered by HECS.

The majority of university students across Australia choose to defer their student contribution until after they have commenced into the workforce. You can do this by taking out a HECS-HELP loan. This loan can cover all or part of the student contribution amount.

Students undertaking first year level units are also required to pay a student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in proportion to study load. Students who are unable to pay the fee up-front can defer all or part of the fee through an element of the Higher Education Loan Program known as SA-HELP.

There are some textbook, stationery and student material costs that may apply and these are dependent on the units you study.

The foundation units included in the Diploma of Pharmacy Studies are specifically designed to help you build the skills needed for successful degree study and to support you in your learning, while providing the opportunity for you to develop independent study skills.

Dedicated Student Coordinators are available to Diploma of Pharmacy Studies students, and can provide you with guidance in matters related to your studies. They can also help you liaise with other university staff and student support services.

Submit an application for your preferred Diploma of Pharmacy Studies specialisation.

Pre-degree Coordinator
Dr Sarah Dempster
Pre-degree Coordinator
+61 3 6226 6906
DUS Student Coordinators
Lisa Amerikanos
DUS and Diploma of Pharmacy Studies Student Coordinator

+61 3 6324 3279
Dr Dominic Lennard
DUS and Diploma of Pharmacy Studies Student Coordinator

+61 3 6226 1558
Mike Harris
DUS and Diploma of Pharmacy Studies Student Coordinator

Cradle Coast
+61 3 6430 4914
Florence Ko
DUS and Diploma of Pharmacy Studies Student Coordinator

+61 3 6226 1025