The Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours (BPharm(Hons)) programme comprises the standard BPharm programme for years 1–3, but with additional training in advanced research design, methodologies, techniques and analysis, as well as a research dissertation, in fourth year.
The main objectives of the BPharm(Hons) degree are to:
- Provide additional learning opportunities for our outstanding students who have interest in research careers
- Facilitate access for our Pharmacy graduates into the PhD programme of the University of Otago
- Provide an avenue for increasing the number of research students
Health Sciences First Year:
- BIOC 192 Foundations of Biochemistry
- CELS 191 Cell and Molecular Biology
- CHEM 191 The Chemical Basis of Biology and Human Health
- HUBS 191 Human Body Systems 1
- HUBS 192 Human Body Systems 2
- PHSI 191 Biological Physics
- PUBH 192 Foundations of Epidemiology
- PHCY 219 Microbiology and Immunology (for BPharm)
- PHCY 231 Biochemistry (for BPharm)
- PHCY 251 Physiology (for BPharm)
- PHCY 254 Physical Pharmacy A
- PHCY 255 Physical Pharmacy B
- PHCY 256 Biopharmaceutical Chemistry
- PHCY 258 Introduction to Drug Action
- PHCY 259 Quality of Medicines
- PHCY 263 Principles of Pharmacy Practice
- PHCY 315 Human Disease
- PHCY 340 Essentials of Drug Action
- PHCY 342 Drug Delivery Systems
- PHCY 343 Drug Disposition and Pharmacokinetics
- PHCY 344 Professional Pharmacy Practice A
- PHCY 345 Quality Use of Medicines A
- PHCY 346 Professional Pharmacy Practice B
- PHCY 480 Honours Research Project
- PHCY 481 Quality Use of Medicines B for Honours
- PHCY 482 Professional Pharmacy Practice C for Honours
- PHCY 483 Quality Use of Medicines C for Honours
Applicants must be current candidates for the Bachelor of Pharmacy undertaking the Third Year of the programme.
Applicants must have a grade point average (GPA) of at least B+ after completion of first semester of the Third Year.
Eligible applicants will be ranked based on their GPA and a written application. The top-ranked applicants will be interviewed and, based on this interview, offered admission to the programme. The number of students admitted to the programme shall normally be 5–10 in any one year.
Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Dean of the School of Pharmacy.
The honours programme starts with a 10-week block research component, for which you need to be available. Any planned absences during this time needs to be explained in your cover letter. The programme starts on 1 November. You are required to be on campus for the first week.
Students who meet the admission criteria (above) who wish to be considered for BPharm(Hons) should submit their application by 31 July, to the Research Administrator.
The application should consist of the following:
- Cover letter
- State why you wish to be considered for the honours programme
- Mention whether you are prepared to do honours if a scholarship is not available
- Mention any planned absences during the summer break
- Including any previous research experience
Email your application to the Research Administrator
|1 July||Eligible students should apply for honours|
|31 July||Applications close|
|12 August||Students will be advised if they have been shortlisted, and will be given a list of the projects / supervisors available|
|12–25 August||Shortlisted candidates should contact, and have an interview with, potential supervisors|
|26 August||Shortlisted candidates should have ranked and submitted their top three selection of projects / supervisors|
|19 September||Notification of successful students|
|30 September-7 October||eVision applications submitted by successful students|
|7 October||Last date for eVision applications|
|November–February||Undertake research project|
|First week of Semester One||Interim progress reports due|
The minimum B+ requirement that was mentioned as a criterion for entry into the BPharm(Hons) programme: does it include all the papers that we have done so far, or is it only referring to the third-year papers? So would it be right to say that none of them can have less than a B+ grade?
Grade is your cumulative GPA over all years of study to the end of semester 1, third year pharmacy. There is no minimum requirement for an individual paper.
I am a direct entry student to P3; am I eligible to apply?
Where can I find the list of research projects?
Once you are shortlisted, the list of research projects will be made available to you.
I have no previous experience of conducting research. Can I be considered for honours?
When can I do my hospital placement?
The first week of November, you are required to be on campus. All other weeks are available for you to undertake your hospital placement.
Is it necessary I have to stay in Dunedin during summer break?
The program requires you to conduct research for 10 weeks during summer break (from the first week of November until the fourth-year class begins in February). Of these 10 weeks, during the first week of November you are required to be on campus. It is up to you and your supervisor to plan the remaining weeks to find time for your research, summer break, and hospital placement.
I failed in the dispensing exam of PHCY 344. Can I apply for Honours?
How will the workload and assessment of honours students be different from others?
There are some differences in honours. See the following table:
|Paper||Comparison with BPharm paper||Assessment|
|PHCY 480 Honours Research Project||36-point research project instead of 12-point elective project for PHCY 470||Dissertation (70%), research skills assessed by supervisor (10%), oral presentation (15%), a research method test (5%)|
|PHCY 481 Quality Use of Medicines B for Honours||Same as PHCY 471||Same as PHCY 471|
|PHCY 482 Professional Pharmacy Practice C for Honours||Same as PHCY 472||Same as PHCY 472|
|PHCY 483 Quality Use of Medicines C for Honours||The core material will be the same as PHCY 473; however, PHCY 483 will have six additional tutorials||One additional assignment and one MCQ test on the six tutorials for honours students|
How much will the stipend be worth?
Does the stipend begin from November and continue over the summer?
The stipend is paid in four monthly instalments starting from November.
Is self-funded entry available? How much would I need to pay?
If projects are available, self-funded entry can be considered for top students who missed scholarships. The additional tuition fee is roughly about NZ$1,200. The exact figure may vary. You should also think about the living expenses during summer. Research project expenses are covered by the school.
I'm currently receiving a student allowance from StudyLink for my living expenses. If I'm selected into the honours programme, will I still be eligible for a StudyLink allowance?
You are strongly encouraged to contact StudyLink directly to discuss this.
For further information about the Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours programme, please contact:
- Dr Shyamal Das Honours Programme Co-ordinator
- Professor Sarah Hook Associate Dean (Research)
- Denise Botting Research Administrator