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Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours (BPharm(Hons))


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

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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

Fourth year

  • 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

2020 onwards

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

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Admission to BPharm(Hons)

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 shortlisted based on their GPA (HSFY, P2, and first semester P3 results, research experience and interest in research.

The shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by staff offering projects.

The final offer for Honour's entry and scholarship will be based on the student's project preferences, supervisors' preferences, and the student's interest in research, research capability, research experience, reason for choosing Honour's and the possibility of their returning to the school after completion of undergraduate programme and internship.

The number of students admitted to the programme shall normally be between 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 Honour's programme starts with a 10-week block research component, for which the student needs to be available.  Any planned absences during this time need to be explained in the cover letter at time of application. The programme starts on 1 November and students should be on campus at least for the first week.

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Application process for BPharm(Hons)

Students who meet the admission criteria (above) who wish to be considered for BPharm(Hons) should submit their application by 31 July, to the Pharmacy Secretary.

The application should consist of the following:

  1. Cover letter
    • State why you wish to be considered for the honours programme
    • Mention any planned absences during the summer break
    • Any previous research experience
  2. CV

Email your application to the Pharmacy Secretary at


  • 9 July – process opens for eligible students to apply for Honours
  • 31 July – last date for applications
  • 12 August – students will be advised if they have been shortlisted and will be given a list of the projects/supervisors available
  • 13-24 August – Shortlisted candidates should contact and have an interview with potential supervisors
  • 24 August – Shortlisted candidates should have submitted their selection of projects/supervisors having ranked top 3 choices
  • 18 September – Notification of successful students
  • 01 October – eVision applications will be available to successful students
  • 05 October – last date for eVision applications
  • 01 Nov: Welcome and induction (Health & safety training, library search etc)
  • 1st week of Nov: Start your research project on campus
  • Nov 01 to the day before 1st semester start: 10-week research completion
  • 1st week of 1st semester: Interim progress report due

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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 (HSFY, P2 and 1st semester P3 results). 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 programme 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?
NZ$5,000 total.

Does the stipend begin from November and continue over the summer?
The stipend is paid in three 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.

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Further information

For further information about the Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours programme, please contact:

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