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Pharmacy and Pharmacology

Study a unique blend of health, science and communication and graduate as a medication expert.

Through our relationships with leading pharmacists and service providers, we aim to produce the best Pharmacy graduates in Australia. Your education will be high-quality and hands-on with placement opportunities available locally, interstate and overseas.

After you graduate and complete a paid internship, you can register as a pharmacist in Australia. You could work in communities or hospitals, and you’ll also get the chance to work in rural and remote areas.

Course Options

Bachelor of Pharmacy with Applied Honours

4 years full-time, up to 9 years part-time
Hobart CRICOS 00586B

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Diploma of Pharmacy Studies

1 year full-time, up to 3 years part-time
Hobart and Launceston

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Guaranteed hospital and community placements with potential employers in years 3 and 4.

Broaden your university experience with a study placement interstate or overseas.

Our Bachelor of Pharmacy students enjoy the highest median starting salary of any program of its kind in Australia, with a 100% graduate employment outcome. Based on GOS data.

Pathways

At the University of Tasmania, we’ll help you get the skills you need to pursue a degree. We offer a wide range of preparatory and pathway programs, as well as short foundation programs, to assist in the transition to university.

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Study options

Bachelor of Pharmacy with Applied Honours

The first year of your degree focuses on the basic sciences and an introduction to the role of pharmacy in the healthcare system. In year two, you’ll study the various areas of pharmacy and how they influence human health. This includes the role of a pharmacist, how medications and their dosages are made, how medications work in the human body, using medications and other means to manage medical conditions. Years three and four combine to focus on applied therapeutics, pharmacy practice and quality improvement research. They prepare you for an exciting range of roles in an evolving healthcare system.Practice based training is undertaken at community, hospital and other pharmacy practice sites throughout Tasmania and possibly interstate and overseas. Students also participate in a group-based research project in a clinical setting while on placement.

Diploma of Pharmacy Studies

This diploma is structured over one year of full-time (or equivalent part-time) study. 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. The Diploma of Pharmacy Studies is the perfect choice if you have not met entry requirements for the Bachelor of Pharmacy. This course will prepare you for the Bachelor of Pharmacy and give you highly employable skills as a pharmacy assistant or technician. Students who complete the Diploma and receive a place in the Bachelor of Pharmacy with Applied Honours will receive 25 credit points of advanced standing in the Bachelor of Pharmacy with Applied Honours.

Course breakdown

The Bachelor of Pharmacy with Applied Honours is a 4-year Bachelor degree, with Semester 1 and 2 entry pathways available. Semester 1 is the usual entry point for the majority of students; however, entry in Semester 2 is also available to students who meet the additional entry requirement (additional biology pre-requisite).

Academic staff will provide students eligible to commence in Semester 2 with an individualised study plan reflecting any advanced standing (credit) based on the availability of units at the time of enrolment.

1

Diploma of Pharmacy Studies

100 credit points

Year One

5 x 12.5 credit point units

1 x 25 credit point units

1 x 12.5 elective unit

2

Bachelor of Pharmacy with Applied Honours

400 credit points

Year One

4 x 12.5 credit point units

2 x 25 credit point units

Year Two

8 x 12.5 credit point units

Year Three

4 x 12.5 credit point units

2 x 25 credit point units

Year Four

2 x 12.5 credit point units

1 x 25 credit point units

1 x 50 credit point units (PEP)

3

Bachelor of Pharmacy with Applied Honours

Direct Entry to Year 3

Year Three

5 x 12.5 credit point units

2 x 25 credit point units

Year Four

2 x 12.5 credit point units

1 x 25 credit point units

1 x 50 credit point units (PEP)

Career outcomes

Angus’ Story

“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".

A degree in Pharmacy will open up a range of career opportunities. These include employment in communities, hospitals, consulting, and reviewing patients’ medication at home. You could also work in the pharmaceutical industry, in design, manufacturing, and quality control. There are also roles in research academia, in other biomedical sciences or the armed forces, as well as opportunities for promotion and career enhancement through additional study in courses such as our nested suite of Clinical Pharmacy Courses.

According to the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, the healthcare industry is expected to grow by over 15 percent in the next five years. Additionally, the Good Universities Guide (2017) stated that 100% of Bachelor of Pharmacy students from the University of Tasmania gained full-time employment within four months of graduating.

Study Experiences

UTAS Pharmacy Graduate Adrian Hodge

Pharmacy graduate Adrian Hodge talks about the experience of working in Dodges Ferry, Tasmania, and becoming part of the community.

Pharmacy is considered to be one of Australia's most trusted professions.

The pharmacy degree at the University of Tasmania is a professionally-accredited program, providing you with specialist skills and expertise in the basic and clinical pharmaceutical sciences. This is complemented by hands-on experience through professional experience placements, which help you gain the skills required to become a registered pharmacist in Australia.

As a pharmacy student, you’ll study various topics influencing human health such as:

  • the role of a pharmacist
  • how medications and their dosages are made
  • how medications work in the human body
  • using medications and other means to prevent and manage medical conditions

Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses and are available on each individual course page, which you can access from Course Options. We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you’re not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Credit for prior learning

The University of Tasmania aims to provide you with credit for approved prior study or equivalent professional experience which exceeds standard entrance requirements for courses. For more information please visit Recognition for Prior Learning.

English language requirements

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is not the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. For more information, please visit International Future Students.