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University of Auckland

Auckland , North Island ,New Zealand

Bachelor of Pharmacy

The Bachelor of Pharmacy is developed in consultation with leading New Zealand pharmacists, and the degree reflects the needs of contemporary and future pharmacy practice.

It shifts the focus from traditional drug chemistry and delivery. Our approach incorporates aspects such as drug development, patient use, and the optimization of pharmacists' patient care through interaction with other health professionals.

Themes in population medicine, social science, pharmacology, pharmacy practice, and pharmaceutics continue throughout the program. These themes are supported by courses in biomedical science, medicinal chemistry, immunology, and pharmacy practice – incorporating ethical issues related to practice and pharmaceutical management.

Entry into the BPharm is limited and competitive. You will be selected on the basis of academic merit and personal qualities exhibited during the admission interview (MMI). There are 100 places available each year.

Campus Information

Grafton Campus

Originally established as the School of Medicine, the Grafton Campus (opposite Auckland Hospital on the boundary of Auckland Domain) houses the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, including a café, health services, and the Philson Library.

Intakes

  • Feb
  • March

Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Application Process

COE
10 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

You can work in a range of industries related to the manufacture, prescription, and provision of medicines, or choose related industries such as medical publishing or pharmaceutical marketing. We advise that the University of Auckland is not involved in the employment of graduates and can make no guarantee of post-qualification registration or employment in New Zealand or any other country.

Jobs related to this program

  • Community pharmacist

PSW Opportunity

You can apply for a Post-study Work Visa for up to 3 years.

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

First-year entry
 
To apply for BPharm as a first-year student you must complete the first year of the Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) or the Bachelor of Science (BSc) at the University of Auckland. This must be completed on a full-time basis and must include the following courses:

  • CHEM 110: Chemistry of the Living World
  • BIOSCI 107: Biology for Biomedical Science - Cellular Processes and Development
  • MEDSCI 142: Biology for Biomedical Science - Organ Systems
  • POPLHLTH 111: Population Health

The remaining 60 points must comprise of:

  • Three 15 point elective courses from your degree schedule
  • One 15 point General Education course listed in the Open or EMHSS Schedule (excluding BIOSCI 100G, MEDSCI 100G, MEDSCI 101G, POPLHLTH 103G, POPLHLTH 104G).

Important information about the impacts of Covid-19 on clinical program entry for 2021

Students interested in applying for one of the limited entry Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences clinical programs in 2021 should be aware of some COVID-related adjustments.

Students undertaking First-Year courses were required to sit the Clinical Selection Test (CST). Please continue to check the CST Canvas page which is updated regularly.

Your Semester Grade will be used for ‘Eligibility’. For 2021 admission, the combined Semester Grade + CST Grade will be used for ranking for ‘MMI invite’ and ‘Final Offer’.

The Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) will take place. Strategies for holding MMI at various alert levels are being finalised and more information will be provided about this soon.

Interview Eligibility

You will need to achieve a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.0 across all 8 first-year courses to be eligible for consideration for an admission interview (MMI – Multi Mini Interviews). The CST will not be used. 

Interview Ranking

If eligible you will be ranked for the interview invitation. This ranking will be based on your grades in the core courses (in bold above). For the courses completed in Semester 1, 2020 the grade will be the composite grade from your official Semester Grade and CST grade. If your final grades are not available at the time of interview ranking, an interim grade (highest possible) will be temporarily assigned. Official final results (combined with the CST grade) will be used for the final selection.

Final Selection Ranking

Applicants will be offered admission to the program according to the rank order until the available places in the category are filled. Interviewed applicants’ final ranking is based on a weighting of the following components:

  • GPA for core course (combined with the respective CST grade for Sem 1 courses): 50% 
  • Multi Mini Interview: 50% (a minimum threshold will apply, this will be determined year to year)

Alternative admissions
 
To apply for the BPharm under the Alternative Admissions entry category, applicants must have completed a minimum of two years of full-time study in a relevant degree from a recognized university. Your last year of full-time study must be no more than five years prior to the year of application. A minimum of 105 points over Semesters One and Two per academic calendar year is required to be considered as full time for BPharm admission. A typical academic calendar year is 120 points.

Depending on your previous study you may need to undertake part or all of the First Year courses before commencing Part II. If you are required to take Part I courses, you must pass all these courses clearly within one year in order to proceed to Part II. This will be assessed as part of your application for admission.

Interview eligibility

Applicants will need to achieve a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.0 across your last two years of full time study to be eligible for consideration for an admission interview (MMI – Multi Mini Interviews). Shortlisted international applicants will be interviewed over Skype/phone.

Interview ranking

Eligible applicants are ranked for interview invitations based on the GPA from their last two years of full time study. If your final grades are not available at the time of interview ranking, an interim grade (highest possible grade) will be temporarily assigned. Official final results will be used for the final selection.

Final Selection Ranking

Applicants will be ranked for selection based on a weighting of the following components:

  • GPA for the last two years of study: 50% (a minimum GPA of 4.0 overall is required)
  • Multi Mini Interview: 50% (a minimum threshold will apply, this will be determined year to year)

India

You need to have one of the following:

  • 12 years of schooling and an overall average of 75 percent in the All-India Senior School Certificate (AISSC), Indian School Certificate (ISC), Karnataka, Maharashtra, and West Bengal State Board Examinations with a minimum of 70 percent in English.
  • 12 years of schooling and an overall average of 80 percent in all other Higher Secondary State Board Examinations with a minimum of 75 percent in English.

Bangladesh

You need to have the following:

  • Entry from secondary school qualifications is assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

You need to have the following:

  • Sri Lankan General Certificate of Education. You must have completed a minimum of three A-Level subjects, with at least a ‘C’ grade or higher. General Studies or similar general paper cannot be included.

GCE ‘A’ Level requirements apply to ‘A’ Level qualifications examined by bodies such as AQA, OCR, Edexcel, WJEC, CCEA, Pearson Education Limited, and CIE taken outside of New Zealand.