Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

188099 v.2 Bachelor of Pharmacy

BPharm(Curtin) OR BPharm(Hons)(Curtin)

Course CRICOS Code: 003920B
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 4 Years


This course offers practical experience as well as a theoretical grounding in the discipline of pharmacy and is the only undergraduate program in Western Australia that leads to registration as a pharmacist. It is taught with a hands-on approach, with arange of laboratories and facilities available to enhance teaching and provide essential practical skills. Pharmacists are involved in the development, testing, manufacture and distribution of medicines and the monitoring of drug therapy.In the first semester of the third year, students are either selected for the honours program or continue with the standard third and fourth year course structure.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

TEE Chemistry and Applicable Mathematics.

Specific Requirements

Applicants other than Australian Year 12 school leavers are also required to complete a Personal Information Form available on request from the School of Pharmacy on (08) 9266 7369 or email: The STAT is not accepted for entry to this course. Applicants for this course should refer to the Communicable Diseases and Criminal Record Screening and Clearance Section of this publication.


Either Biology or Human Biology provides valuable preparation for the course. Preference is given to new applicants from Western Australia who are leaving school, although some places are allocated to graduates of this or other universities on a competitive basis.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

Duration and Availability

The course is four years full-time. Part-time study is not available.

Course Organisation

The main areas of specialisation are pharmaceutics: which forms an increasingly important component of each year; pharmacognosy - the study of natural drugs; pharmaceutical biology - which includes biochemistry; microbiology; physiology; pharmacology - the effect of drugs on the body; and pharmaceutical chemistry - which includes analytical, physical, organic and biological chemistry. These develop into pharmaceutical practice and pharmacotherapy, which consider professional pharmacy roles. Each year of the course must be passed before proceeding to the next year.

Professional Recognition

Graduates of the course are recognised in Western Australia and elsewhere for registration as professional pharmacists. Pharmacists registered in Western Australia can practise anywhere in Australasia. After meeting certain requirements registration is possible in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Additional Course Expenses

Students will be required to purchase a laboratory coat or protective clothing, glassware and dispensing aids. Broken apparatus may also be charged for. Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Course Structure



Year 1 Semester 1

303168 v.3   Epidemiology and Biostatistics 180 2.0 12.5
6933 v.5   Human Biology 135 4.0 12.5
7023 v.5   Chemistry 121 6.5 25.0
7713 v.9   Health Science Communication 180 2.0 12.5

Year 1 Full Year

12931 v.3 * Pharmaceutical Biology 120 3.0 25.0
12935 v.2 * Pharmaceutics 100 6.0 50.0

Year 1 Semester 2

6934 v.4   Human Biology 136 2.5 12.5
6935 v.2   Pharmaceutical Practice 122 3.0 12.5
7024 v.5   Chemistry 122 6.5 25.0
7029 v.4   Mathematics 121 3.0 12.5

Year 2 Semester 1

11677 v.3   Pharmaceutical Biology 233 6.0 25.0
11679 v.4   Pharmaceutical Biology 231 5.0 25.0

Year 2 Full Year

12936 v.2 * Pharmaceutical Chemistry 200 4.5 50.0
12937 v.2 * Pharmaceutics 200 6.0 50.0

Year 2 Semester 2

11533 v.3   Pharmacognosy 224 3.0 12.5
2998 v.4   Chemotherapy 224 3.0 12.5
8013 v.5   Pharmacology 224 6.0 25.0

Year 3

300043 v.2   Pharmacy Third and Fourth Year Stream   400.0
303182 v.2   Honours Stream in Pharmacy   400.0
* This is a full year unit completed over semester one and two of an academic year. No result is given until the end of semester two.
N1 Streams are undertaken over both Years three and four


Year Location   All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 1   Y      

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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