Course details

Bachelor of Pharmacy
NZQF Level 7

About the course

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

BPharm graduates will have the knowledge, skills and attitude to enable the safe, rational and cost effective use of medicines in society. They will be critical, reflective and caring practitioners able to pursue a professional career in pharmacy or undertake postgraduate studies.

Entry requirements

A New Zealand university entrance qualification or overseas equivalent

About the provider

Since its founding in 1883, the University of Auckland has grown to become New Zealand's flagship, research-led university, known for the excellence of its teaching, its research, and its service to local, national and international communities.

The university has more than 40,000 students of whom 11,000 are postgraduate and 6,000 are international. The University of Auckland's research programmes range across all disciplines and are world leaders in such fields as cancer drug development, inductive (wireless) power transfer and computational physiology.

As the university looks to the future one thing is certain - knowledge will be a key resource and will be highly sought-after within New Zealand and around the world. The university's challenge is to help to generate ideas that will benefit society, and to educate and train people to work in fields where they will be valued both for their specialised knowledge, and for their ability to research, communicate and solve problems.