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Key facts

The world of medicine is rapidly advancing. UNE’s innovative Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours course is Australia’s only accredited pharmacy degree that can be studied online, with intensive schools, as well as on campus. Our course emphasises scientific rigour, clinical experience, and develops your critical thinking skills to ensure you are prepared for the vital and changing role of pharmacy in Australia’s collaborative healthcare environment.

  • 4 years full-time
  • Up to 10 years part-time
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Online
  • On Campus
  • Armidale Campus
Entry requirements
  • Guaranteed ATAR: 80.00
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  • Commonwealth Supported Place
    Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

    An Australian Government subsidised university place. Students eligible for admission to a CSP only pay the student contribution amount for their study.

  • International

    Tuition fees for international students, i.e. those not Australian or New Zealand citizens or residents.

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  • 084829D
UNE Course Code
  • HBPH1

Course information

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Why study the Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours with UNE?

UNE’s flexibly delivered Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours program is available to study either online or on campus. In fact, we were the first university to offer the Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours by distance education.

If you are studying online, our mandatory on campus intensive schools in Armidale allow you to take advantage of our modern teaching and research facilities.

Develop a strong foundation in basic and pharmaceutical sciences, pharmaceutics, pharmacotherapeutics and pharmacy practice and explore a range of dynamic career opportunities in healthcare and industry.

What makes our course different?

Study online with Australia’s first Australian Pharmacy Council accredited pharmacy degree offered by distance education. Our course gives you opportunities to:

  • Explore clinical placements in rural and regional areas. We encourage you to seek out clinical placements in rural and regional communities, which are at the heart of UNE’s research and teaching programs. As a student at UNE you may be eligible to apply to the Rural Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme, valued at $10,000 per annum per student.*
  • Learn contemporary skills in our professional practice laboratory with model dispensary and dedicated formulation laboratory, ensuring that you graduate ready to operate in a clinical workplace.
  • Complete specialist modules as part of your degree, including Mental Health First Aid, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s (PSA) “Support the Supply of Pharmacy Medicines and Pharmacist Only Medicines”, and vaccination training, opening the door to enhanced professional practice opportunities upon graduation.
  • Develop your interest in a specialist area of pharmacy as well as critical thinking skills with the independent Honours research project undertaken in your final year (or, if you are studying part-time, in your second last year of study).
  • Graduates consistently rate UNE with the maximum 5-star ratings for Overall Experience and Student Support in The Good Universities Guide, Australia’s largest independent higher education rating organisation.
  • Study with the experts in online education. In fact, UNE is Australia’s longest continuous provider of distance (now online) education.

In the second and fourth years of the degree, you will complete 7 weeks of practical work experience (70 hours in the second year, and the remaining ~230 in the fourth year). This practical component includes clinical placement in community and hospital pharmacies, with one week full time in a rural community pharmacy. Placements are integrated with coursework units during normal university trimester times.

* The Rural Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme enables students from rural and remote areas to undertake university studies in pharmacy. Up to 30 scholarships are offered annually, with a value of $10,000 per annum per student.

Study online

Most of our students choose to study online across three study periods with 24/7 tutor support* and fit study around work and family commitments. Uniquely, our online students are mostly over 30 and bring valuable experience with them. They form a community of adults juggling the same challenges and priorities and who bring their life and work experience together to build real world networks for the future.

Study on campus

Many of our students choose to take advantage of the on-campus lifestyle in Armidale, in the beautiful New England region, with access to unparalleled support, accommodation and sporting facilities. These students are often starting their first degree and have left school recently. Through access to academic and career support they get a fantastic start to their careers.

* 24/7 tutor support includes: essay feedback (within 24 hours); live chat 24/7 for generic feedback on academic writing; and subject-specific help at a foundation or first-year level for subjects including mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, business, accounting, microeconomics, macroeconomics and statistics. There are also a wide range of workshops, resources and courses available in academic skills support to assist you and help you to succeed.


Admission periodMode/location
Trimester 1On Campus, Armidale Campus
Trimester 1Online
Trimester 2Online

Entry requirements

A candidate shall be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and the Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures).

Assumed knowledge is Chemistry and Mathematics.

Recommended studies are Biology and HSC Mathematics Extension 1.

The Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours requires a high level of English language proficiency. All applicants are referred to the English Language Requirements for Courses in Pharmacy.

Students must meet the Inherent Requirements in order to complete this course.

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.
Advanced standing will not be granted for HLTH501 and PHAR402H.

Fees and scholarships

How much will it cost?

Estimated fees for your first year of study in this course are:

Fee typeCost
Commonwealth Supported Place$8,100*
*The costs will depend on the units you choose to study as the cost of individual units vary. “Estimated fees” are provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking a study load of 48 credit points in the first year of this course. For courses that require less than 48 credit points the fees indicated are based on the total credit points required for completion of that course. For more information, please see fees and costs.


UNE scholarships are open for all to apply and offer financial help while you are studying. If you are commencing your university studies or if you are already a student at UNE, there are a number of scholarships to help you throughout your studies. There are UNE scholarships for students:

  • with high academic achievement
  • from rural areas
  • studying specific degrees
  • in disadvantaged groups
  • who excel at sport
  • living in a UNE residential college.

UNE scholarship applications are free and confidential. You may apply for more than one scholarship.

Course structure

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 192 credit points.

192 credit points

Complete the following units:

Note: You may choose only ONE of the following units: MTHS110 or MTHS120.

See UNE Handbook for more details. The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course plans, intensive schools, and work placement requirements.

Course outcomes

The Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours aims to produce graduates with the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary to commence supervised practice in a preregistration training program and to achieve the recognised competency standards for practice of pharmacy in Australia and New Zealand. Graduates will also have an understanding of the place of research in furthering the theory and practice of pharmacy.
  1. demonstrate commitment to professional behaviour and accountability in the care of people;
  2. retrieve, critically evaluate and apply evidence, in professional practice;
  3. demonstrate team and leadership skills to deliver safe and effective practice;
  4. demonstrate an ability to take account of the patient perspective, to make, act on and take social responsibility for clinically, ethically and scientifically sound decisions;
  5. demonstrate communication skills in lay and professional language, choosing strategies appropriate for the context and diverse audiences;
  6. plan and implement ongoing personal and professional development by reflecting on current skills, knowledge, attitudes and practice;
  7. apply pharmaceutical, business and health, knowledge and skills; (i) within their scope of practice, in the assessment of individual health status and medication needs. Where necessary, develop, implement and monitor management plans in consultation with people to improve patient outcomes; (ii) to promote and optimise the health and welfare of communities and/or populations;
  8. demonstrate the ability to formulate, prepare and also supply medications and therapeutic products;
  9. articulate an understanding of the place of research in furthering the theory and practice of pharmacy; and
  10. utilise management skills to plan and implement a task taking into consideration the needs of themselves and others.
Knowledge of a Discipline

Students are able to apply the knowledge and skills across a number of areas relevant to pharmacy. This will be taught in lectures, tutorials and workshops and will be assessed in a range of assessment tasks.

Communication Skills

Students will build both verbal and written practical communication skills. They will be assessed on these skills.

Problem Solving

Students will have problem solving approaches demonstrated in learning materials and will develop the capacity for problem solving throughout the course. Problem solving will be assessed in a range of assessment tasks.

Information Literacy

Students will be required to demonstrate skills in retrieval and appraisal of information. This will be assessed.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Students will develop knowledge and skills of social determinants of health; they will develop inter- and intra-professional practice and health promotion skills. This knowledge and these skills will be assessed.

Lifelong Learning

Students will be committed to the principles and practice of lifelong learning practice. This will be assessed throughout the course.

Independence and Collaboration

Students are required to demonstrate the ability to work independently as well as effectively as a member of a team. Performance as a member of a team is assessed in 3rd and 4th year units.

A five-star experience

Teaching Quality
Teaching Quality NSW
Good Universities Guide 2021
#1 in Australia Postgraduate Teaching Quality
Postgraduate Teaching Quality
Good Universities Guide 2021
Student Support
Undergraduate Student Support
Good Universities Guide 2021
Overall Experience
Overall Experience
Good Universities Guide 2021
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Studying online

At UNE we know it takes more than just being online to be a great online university. It takes time and experience. We pioneered distance education for working adults back in the 1950s, so we’ve been doing this longer than any other Australian university.

We understand the challenges faced by busy adults studying at home. We know that a vital part of online study is your engagement with the learning community. Communication with your classmates, teaching staff and university support staff will enhance your study experience and ensure that your skills extend beyond the subject matter. UNE’s teaching staff are experts in their field which is why UNE consistently receives five stars from students for teaching quality, support and overall experience.*

*The Good Universities Guide

Your career

Career outcomes

Graduate with a set of diverse clinical and analytical skills, ready to adapt to the evolving role of pharmacists in Australian health care settings.  

Some career areas you could consider include: 

  • community or hospital pharmacy (further your passion for rural healthcare issues by engaging with the Rural Support Programs, including the Intern Incentive Allowance for Rural Pharmacies and Rural Intern Training Allowance, targeted at improving access to medicines and services for people living in remote regions of Australia);
  • drug production and manufacturing;
  • marketing and drug development in the pharmaceutical industry;
  • Health care policy adviser.  
Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours is accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council and is approved by the Pharmacy Board of Australia as a qualification leading to registration as a pharmacist in Australia. The degree is recognised by the Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacists as a provider of Stage One of accreditation to provide medication review services. 

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