Pharmacists are involved in the development, testing, manufacture and distribution of medicines and the monitoring of drug therapy. Their role in the pharmaceutical and health care industries is expanding. In the community, pharmacists are frequently becoming the first medical professional consulted on health issues. This course, which is built on more than a century of pharmacy training, offers you a long tradition of practical and theoretical grounding in the discipline. You will benefit from a hands-on approach, utilising a range of laboratories and facilities to enhance your learning and develop essential practical skills.
This course is structured into three streams: chemistry, biological sciences, and pharmaceutics and pharmaceutical practice. The chemistry stream will provide you with a sound chemical foundation in your first year. This is applied in the areas of pharmaceutical, medicinal, and biological chemistry in your second and third years. You will also study pharmacognosy (the study of natural drugs), quality assurance of pharmaceuticals and toxicology.
The biological sciences stream includes the study of human biology and physiology in your first year. It provides the basis for studies in microbiology and biochemistry, leading to pharmacology (dealing with the preparation, uses and effects of drugs), chemotherapy (the treatment of disease by means of chemicals which have a specific toxic effect upon the disease-producing microorganisms or which selectively destroy cancerous tissue) and pharmacokinetics (the process by which a drug is absorbed, distributed, metabolised, and eliminated by the body) in later years.
The pharmaceutics and pharmaceutical practice stream encompasses the science of dosage form design (pharmaceutics) and the day-to-day practice of being a pharmacist (pharmaceutical practice).
In your final year you will focus on practice-based learning, developing clinical and practice-based skills within community and hospital settings. You may also be given the opportunity to undertake an honours program to extend your knowledge of current academic research methodology in pharmacy.