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The central vision of the revised Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) degree is to help students become medication therapy experts who provide patient-centred care.

One of the key features of the curriculum is early adoption of integrated learning so that fundamental pharmacy knowledge and skills are learned at the same time as students are introduced to patient care.

Foundation entrustable professional activities

The curriculum is based on several key principles, termed the foundational entrustable professional activities, which are skills the school expects students to be able to do once they graduate. They are:

Foundation entrustable professional activity Example scope Expected attainment level
Fulfil professional obligations Understands and fulfils roles and professional responsibilities of pharmacists including legal, ethical, and cultural obligations. 3
Communicate effectively Use appropriate communication techniques to establish and maintain a collaborative and constructive relationships with people. 3
Take a patient history Obtain, access, interpret, and securely store relevant patient information including medical, surgical, social, and medication history. 3
Conduct a clinical assessment Integrate patient data to formulate a clinical assessment and develop a list of potential medication-related problems that can be prioritized. 3
Care planning Develop a well-formed, focused plan to achieve a person's health goals based on clinical scenarios or real-time patient care. 3
Clinical validation of a prescription Validate a prescription for the appropriateness of drug, drug dose, drug interactions, contraindications, precautions, and relevant allergies. 3
Dispense prescriptions Handle, check and dispense prescriptions. 3
Provide medicines information Identify, evaluate, and communicate information about medicines and their safe and effective use. 3
Document activities Write and keep relevant documentation about clinical and service activities. 3

Schedule of papers

Level Paper Title Points
Health Sciences First Year (HSFY) BIOC 192 Foundations of Biochemistry 18
CELS 191 Cell and Molecular Biology 18
CHEM 191 The Chemical Basis of Biology and Human Health 18
HUBS 191 Human Body Systems 1 18
HUBS 192 Human Body Systems 2 18
PHSI 191 Biological Physics 18
PUBH 192 Foundations of Epidemiology 18
Second year (2018 onwards) PHCY 210 Introduction to Pharmacy 12
PHCY 211 Foundation in Pharmaceutical Science 48
PHCY 220 Integrated Modules A 60
Third year (2019 onwards) PHCY 310 Integrated Modules B 60
PHCY 320 Integrated Modules C 60
Fourth year (2020 onwards) PHCY 410 Elective Studies A 15
PHCY 420 Pharmacy Management 15
PHCY 430 Elective Studies B 15
PHCY 431 Structured Practical Experiential Programme 30
PHCY 432 Applied Pharmacotherapy and Patient Care 45


  • Students enrolled in the Health Sciences First Year course will be required to achieve a satisfactory mark in a standard diagnostic English test or another approved measure of achievement.
  • Candidates for the second and subsequent years of the BPharm degree will normally have passed all papers for the previous year of study.

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