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Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)

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To register and practise as a pharmacist in New Zealand, a four-year University programme leading to a Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) degree has to be undertaken, followed by a minimum of 44 full-time weeks of trainee internship at approved hospital or community pharmacy sites..

The Otago Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm), the oldest university pharmacy degree in New Zealand, opens opportunities to practise as a pharmacist in various professional settings. It is a broad-based university programme in the physical, biological, social and health sciences.

Pharmacists are health professionals. They are the experts on medicines in the community. They have the skills and knowledge to help patients understand and use their medicines in the most appropriate way. The practice of pharmacy includes the development and manufacture of medicines, the supply and dispensing of medicines to patients, and the giving of information about medicines, drug therapy and disease management to patients, doctors and other health professionals.


First year

Health Sciences First Year:

Second year

Note: Candidates for the second and subsequent years of the BPharm programme will normally have passed all papers for the previous year of study.

Third year

2019 onwards

Fourth year

2020 onwards

  • PHCY410 Elective Studies A
  • PHCY420 Pharmacy Management
  • PHCY430 Elective Studies
  • PHCY431 Structured Practical Experiential Programme
  • PHCY432 Applied Pharmacotherapy and Patient Care

Registration of pharmacists

Admission to the practice of Pharmacy in New Zealand is governed by the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003.

It requires practical training carried out under conditions prescribed by the Pharmacy Council. This practical work must be carried out after the candidate has passed the Fourth Year Examination for the degree of Bachelor of Pharmacy. Further details may be obtained from the Registrar of the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand, PO Box 25137, Wellington 6040.

To apply for entry into Pharmacy

Entry into Pharmacy is administered by the Health Sciences Admissions Office.  Check the Health Sciences website for details on enrolment dates and application requirements for entry, and the pathways available.

Further information

If you have any questions about the BPharm degree, please contact: