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Pharmacy student in pharmacy setting
BH-PHARM

Pharmacy

Bachelor honours degree

Develop pharmacy practice skills to prepare and dispense medicines, and offer advice.

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  • ATAR
    Minimum ATAR 80
  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
  • Duration
    4 years full-time
  • Credit
    800
  • CRICOS
    096304A
  • Location
    Curtin Perth
  • Fieldwork
    See requirements
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Select your preferred campus:

New-to-Curtin applicants for first semester 2023 apply through TISC. See TISC application deadlines.
You may also be able to apply directly to Curtin from 16 January 2023 if places are still available.

2022

Summer Period

On campus

2023

Semester 1

On campus

Summer Period

On campus

2024

Semester 1

On campus

2025

Semester 1

On campus

See full course structure

Why study Pharmacy at Curtin?

Professional recognition

Professionally accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2022.

Get the Curtin edge

Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Pharmacy

Outline

Outline

The goal of pharmacy care is to maximise positive healthcare outcomes and improve patients' quality of life with minimum risk.

In your first year you will learn the foundations of biochemistry, physiology and pharmacy practice. Your first year will also cover interprofessional healthcare and you will study alongside students from other health science degrees.

In your following years, you will study pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry, antimicrobial chemotherapy, pharmacology and pharmacotherapy. You will also continue to develop your pharmacy practice skills.

You will complete a minimum of 10 weeks (375+ hours) of clinical placements during the course and there are opportunities for you to take your placements interstate and overseas in hospitals, the community or in industry.

Following graduation, you will need to complete an internship of 1,824 hours (approximately one year full-time) before you can register as a pharmacist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra).

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Health Sciences pathway

If you don't meet the prerequisites for Pharmacy, consider applying for the Bachelor of Science (Health Sciences) and selecting the Pharmacy first year stream, which you can use as a pathway into Pharmacy in your second year.

What jobs can the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) lead to?

Careers

  • Pharmacist
  • Pharmacologist.

Industries

  • Clinical pharmacy
  • Community care
  • Hospital pharmacy
  • Retail pharmacy
  • Research.

What you'll learn

  • apply extensive knowledge and cognitive skills with initiative and judgement in professional pharmacy practice, and contribute to evidence-based practice through scholarship and research
  • apply critical thinking, creativity and reflection to plan and execute project work and/or provide solutions to complex pharmaceutical problems with intellectual independence
  • access, review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise information to resolve clinical, professional and scientific problems in pharmacy
  • communicate effectively as a pharmacist with a variety of audiences to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas for professional and research purposes
  • utilise pharmacy software and technology for pharmacy practice, scholarship and research purposes
  • demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning as a pharmacist
  • provide pharmaceutical services, and undertake pharmacy practice research, with sensitivity to political, social, cultural, geographical, technological and global influences
  • engage in high-quality, ethical and culturally-competent pharmaceutical service delivery and research as appropriate to individuals, as well as broader sociocultural contexts
  • work collaboratively and ethically within complex and dynamic practice and research parameters; demonstrating sophisticated skills for numeracy, literacy, technical writing and interpersonal communication

Professional recognition

This degree is accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council and is the only accredited undergraduate pharmacy course in Western Australia.

It is recognised worldwide, although in some countries you may have to do additional training.

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

Select an option that best suits you:

You’re considered a high school leaver if you:

  • Completed year 12 in Australia or overseas in the past two years, or
  • Completed TAFE or VET studies in the past two years.

ATAR pathway

  • Minimum ATAR 80

    This course has a minimum ATAR of 80

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Chemistry ATAR and Mathematics: Applications ATAR

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

StepUp Entry

Successful StepUp Entry and StepUp Equity Adjustment Admission Pathway (StepUp Bonus) applicants will be eligible to be considered for admission into this course.

Alternative pathways

  • Indigenous applicant

    If you’re an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicant who hasn’t met Curtin’s minimum admissions criteria, the Centre for Aboriginal Studies offers bridging courses that are tailored to help you gain entry into this course.

  • STAT entry

    Not accepted. May be used to demonstrate English competence.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

7.0

Speaking

7.0

Reading

7.0

Listening

7.0

Overall band score

7.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

How others gained admission

View the ATAR breakdown to see the low, median and high ATAR scores of students who started studying this course recently.

To see the other pathways students have taken, see the pathway breakdown.

Other requirements and notes for this course

This can be a physically and mentally challenging course. Please familiarise yourself with the inherent requirements before applying. Reasonable adjustments can be made for students with disability.

Please note: you must complete each year of this course before commencing the next.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

You’re considered someone with work and life experience if:

You have left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

How we define ‘experience’
‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

Pathways

  • STAT entry

    Not accepted. May be used to demonstrate English competence.

ATAR pathway

  • Minimum ATAR 80

    This course has a minimum ATAR of 80

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Chemistry ATAR and Mathematics: Applications ATAR

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

7.0

Speaking

7.0

Reading

7.0

Listening

7.0

Overall band score

7.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

Other requirements and notes for this course

This can be a physically and mentally challenging course. Please familiarise yourself with the inherent requirements before applying. Reasonable adjustments can be made for students with disability.

Please note: you must complete each year of this course before commencing the next.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

You’re considered someone who studied at TAFE or have done an apprenticeship if:

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

Pathways

  • TAFE entry

    Not accepted. VET study cannot meet the equivalent ATAR requirement.

  • STAT entry

    Not accepted. May be used to demonstrate English competence.

ATAR pathway

  • Minimum ATAR 80

    This course has a minimum ATAR of 80

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Chemistry ATAR and Mathematics: Applications ATAR

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

7.0

Speaking

7.0

Reading

7.0

Listening

7.0

Overall band score

7.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

Other requirements and notes for this course

This can be a physically and mentally challenging course. Please familiarise yourself with the inherent requirements before applying. Reasonable adjustments can be made for students with disability.

Please note: you must complete each year of this course before commencing the next.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

You’re considered someone who has recently left university if:

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This may include applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It may also include applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

Curtin course switcher criteria

To switch into this course, you need to have:

  • completed 150 credits with a CWA of 70% or higher; and
  • an academic status of Good Standing; and 
  • met the pre-requisite.

The Chemistry prerequisite can be met with either:

  • CHEM1003 Introduction to Chemistry
  • CHEM1001 Biological Chemistry

The Maths Applications prerequisite can be met with:

  • MATH1013 Introductory Mathematics

Higher education course switcher criteria

To switch into this course from another higher education course, you need to have:

  • completed at least 150 credits, with a Course Weighted Average (CWA) of 70% or higher; and
    • an academic status of Good Standing; and
    • meet the course prerequisites

ATAR pathway

  • Minimum ATAR 80

    This course has a minimum ATAR of 80

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Chemistry ATAR and Mathematics: Applications ATAR

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

7.0

Speaking

7.0

Reading

7.0

Listening

7.0

Overall band score

7.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

Other requirements and notes for this course

This can be a physically and mentally challenging course. Please familiarise yourself with the inherent requirements before applying. Reasonable adjustments can be made for students with disability.

Please note: you must complete each year of this course before commencing the next.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

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Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

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Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Fieldwork requirements during the course

Please refer to the following statements on the fieldwork component of this course:

Fees & charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees

Fee year: 2023

Student type Cost
Commonwealth supported $8,300*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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2022

Summer Period
  • On campus

2023

Semester 1
  • On campus
Summer Period
  • On campus

2024

Semester 1
  • On campus

2025

Semester 1
  • On campus

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice

Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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