Duration
Full-time: 4 years
Next start date
2018 Semester One – 26 February
2019 Semester One – 4 March
Available locations
Grafton
Points
480
Programme type
Undergraduate

Programme overview

The BPharm is developed in consultation with leading New Zealand pharmacists, and the degree reflects the needs of contemporary and future pharmacy practice.

It shifts the focus from traditional drug chemistry and delivery to incorporate aspects such as understanding how drugs are developed, patient use, and pharmacists optimising patient care through interaction with other health professionals.

Themes in population medicine, social science, pharmacology, pharmacy practice and pharmaceutics continue throughout the programme and are supported by courses in biomedical science, medicinal chemistry, immunology and pharmacy practice – incorporating ethical issues related to practice and pharmaceutical management.

Entry to the Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) is limited and competitive. Students will be selected on the basis of academic merit and personal qualities exhibited during a selection interview. Each year 110 places will be available in the BPharm programme: 100 for domestic applicants and 10 for international applicants.

There are two entry categories into BPharm:

  • Category One: First Year through BHSc or BSc
  • Category Two: Alternative Admissions

Please note:

Check out the Faculty's FAQs.

Programme structure

  • The BPharm is a four year full time degree (480 points).
  • Students enter into Part II, having already completed core courses in biological sciences, medical science and population health (60 points), plus courses prescribed for one other undergraduate degree at the University (45 points), and one course (15 points) from the General Education Schedule.
  • Year Two (Part II) requires three courses focused on pharmaceutical science and practice (120 points). There is also an English language competency requirement which must be met.
  • Year Three (Part III) has two core courses on drug treatments for various diseases (120 points).
  • Year Four (Part IV) requires completion of a dissertation (30 points) and two core courses (90 points).
  • A series of practice placements enables students to gain experience in appropriate clinical settings under the guidance of experienced pharmacists.
  • After graduation, a year long pre-registration training programme is administered by the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand under the supervision of a registered pharmacist.
  • Registration as a pharmacist occurs after successful completion of this year.

Sample programme structure

Year 1 120 points
  • Code:
    POPLHLTH 111
    Name:
    Population Health
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    CHEM 110
    Name:
    Chemistry of the Living World
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    BIOSCI 107
    Name:
    Biology for Biomedical Science: Cellular Processes and Development
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    MEDSCI 142
    Name:
    Biology for Biomedical Science: Organ Systems
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage I course
    Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage I course
    Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Stage I course
    Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Type:
    General Education course
    Points:
    15 pts
Year 2 120 points
  • Code:
    PHARMACY 199
    Name:
    English Language Competency
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    0 pts
  • Code:
    PHARMACY 211
    Name:
    Applied Science for Pharmacy
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    30 pts
  • Code:
    PHARMACY 212
    Name:
    Pharmaceutical Science and Practice
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    30 pts
  • Code:
    PHARMACY 213
    Name:
    Pharmacy 1
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    60 pts
Year 3 120 points
  • Code:
    PHARMACY 311
    Name:
    Pharmacy 2
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    60 pts
  • Code:
    PHARMACY 312
    Name:
    Pharmacy 3
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    60 pts
Year 4 120 points
  • Code:
    PHARMACY 410A/B
    Name:
    Dissertation
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    30 pts
  • Code:
    PHARMACY 411
    Name:
    Pharmacy 4
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    45 pts
  • Code:
    PHARMACY 412
    Name:
    Pharmacy 5
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    45 pts

2018 entry requirements

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First year entry

In the year of application to the BPharm, you must complete (within one academic year, excluding summer semester) the required first-year courses listed below in either the Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) or the Bachelor of Science (BSc) at the University of Auckland.

First-year courses:

  • BIOSCI 107
  • CHEM 110
  • MEDSCI 142
  • POPLHLTH 111
  • General Education, excluding BIOSCI 100G, MEDSCI 100G, MEDSCI 101G, POPLHLTH 103G, POPLHLTH 104G, PHARMACY 111G
  • Additional 45 points (e.g. three 15 point courses) from within your degree schedule

Interview eligibility

Following the successful completion of the first-year courses (above), you will need to have achieved a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.0 across all eight courses to be eligible for consideration for an admissions interview.

Interview ranking

Eligible applicants are ranked for interview invitation based on the grades in the following four core courses: BIOSCI 107, CHEM 110, MEDSCI 142, and POPLHLTH 111.

Please note:

  • If your final grades are not available at the time of interview ranking, an interim grade (highest possible) will be temporarily assigned. Official final results will be used for the final selection.
  • The minimum GPA required for an admission interview is determined once we have received and reviewed the entire applicant pool for that admission period and it can vary from year to year.

Alternative admissions

You must have completed at least two years of full-time study in a degree or programme from a New Zealand university. Your last year of full-time study should not have been more than five years prior to the year of application.

Depending on the nature of your previous studies, you may be required by the Faculty to complete some or all of the first-year core courses (BIOSCI 107, CHEM 110, MEDSCI 142, and POPLHLTH 111) initially before proceeding to Part II of the BPharm programme.

Interview eligibility

You will need to have achieved a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) or Grade Point Equivalent (GPE) of 4.0 across your entire course of study to be eligible for an interview consideration.

Interview ranking

Eligible applicants are ranked for interview invitation consideration based on the GPA or GPE from the last two academic years of full-time study, with each year weighted equally.

Please note:

  • If your final grades are not available at the time of interview ranking, an interim grade (highest possible) will be temporarily assigned. Official final results will be used for the final selection.
  • The minimum GPA or GPE required for an admission interview is determined once we have received and reviewed the entire applicant pool for that admission period and it can vary from year to year.

If your education background differs to those outlined above, you should contact the faculty for advice and guidance: fmhs@auckland.ac.nz.

Other pathways to study

You could be eligible for another programme, or check out these alternative pathways:

First year entry

In the year of application to the BPharm, you must complete (within one academic year, excluding summer semester) the required first-year courses listed below in either the Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) or the Bachelor of Science (BSc) at the University of Auckland.

First-year courses:

  • BIOSCI 107
  • CHEM 110
  • MEDSCI 142
  • POPLHLTH 111
  • General Education, excluding BIOSCI 100G, MEDSCI 100G, MEDSCI 101G, POPLHLTH 103G, POPLHLTH 104G, PHARMACY 111G
  • Additional 45 points (e.g. three 15 point courses) from within your degree schedule 
Interview eligibility
 
Following the successful completion of the first-year courses (above), you will need to have achieved a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.0 across all eight courses to be eligible for consideration for an admissions interview.

Interview ranking
 
Eligible applicants are ranked for interview invitation based on the grades in the following four core courses: BIOSCI 107, CHEM 110, MEDSCI 142, and POPLHLTH 111.

Please note:
  • If your final grades are not available at the time of interview ranking, an interim grade (highest possible) will be temporarily assigned. Official final results will be used for the final selection.
  • The minimum GPA required for an admission interview is determined once we have received and reviewed the entire applicant pool for that admission period and it can vary from year to year.

Alternative admissions

You must have completed at least two years of full-time study in a degree or undergraduate programme from a recognised university (or similar institution). Your last year of full-time study should not have been more than five years prior to the year of application.

Depending on the nature of your previous studies, you may be required by the Faculty to complete some or all of the first-year core courses (BIOSCI 107, CHEM 110, MEDSCI 142, and POPLHLTH 111) initially before proceeding to Part II of the BPharm programme.

Interview eligibility

You will need to have achieved a minimum Grade Point Equivalent (GPE) of 4.0 across your entire course of study to be eligible for an interview consideration.

Interview ranking

Eligible applicants are ranked for interview invitation consideration based on the GPE from the last two academic years of full-time study, with each year weighted equally.

Please note:

  • If your final grades are not available at the time of interview ranking, an interim grade (highest possible) will be temporarily assigned. Official final results will be used for the final selection.
  • The minimum GPA or GPE required for an admission interview is determined once we have received and reviewed the entire applicant pool for that admission period and it can vary from year to year.

If your education background differs to those outlined above, you should contact the faculty for advice and guidance: fmhs@auckland.ac.nz.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5, no bands less than 6.0. See alternative English language requirements.

Other pathways to study

You could be eligible for another programme, or check out these alternative pathways:

How much does a Bachelor of Pharmacy cost per year?

2018 fees

Domestic students
NZ$7,786.80*
International students
NZ$42,606*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. 2018 fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $6.78 per point, estimated at $813.60 for full-time study (120 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.

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Key dates

If you are in your first year of BHSc or BSc you can apply now for the BPharm for Semester one 2018.

Please note: Late/incomplete applications are not accepted. International students should start the application process as early as possible to allow sufficient time to apply for a visa.

Application closing dates

Semester One 2018
1 October 2017

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