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Bachelor of Pharmacy

A Bachelor of Pharmacy (abbreviated BPharm) is an undergraduate academic degree in the field of pharmacy. The degree is a basic prerequisite, in many countries, for registration to practice as a pharmacist. In some countries it has been superseded by the Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) and Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degrees. In the United States, this degree was granted as the baccalaureate pharmacy degree only at Washington State University, where it has now been superseded by the PharmD degree.


Asia and Oceania


In Australia, the BPharm degree is awarded following a four-year undergraduate pharmacy program. Australian undergraduate pharmacy courses were previously three years, but were increased to four years during the 1990s with affering a four-year Bachelor of Pharmacy (Rural) (abbreviated BPharm (Rural)) program at its Orange campus. It was designed to address the continuing shortage of pharmacists in rural areas and placed greater emphasis on rural aspects of pharmacy practice. Since most of the units-of-study were common to both the BPharm and BPharm (Rural), many of the lectures were delivered by academics at the main campus in Sydney with a live video broadcast to students at Orange.

The program was not offered in 2005, following the transfer of Orange campus to Charles Sturt University. Following a review, a new BPharm (Rural) program was offered from 2006 onwards at the university's main campus (Camperdown/Darlington campus).


Australian universities offering Bachelor of Pharmacy programs (circa June 2006):

  • Charles Sturt University – Wagga Wagga and Orange, New South Wales
  • Charles Darwin University — Darwin, Northern Territory
  • Curtin University of Technology – Perth, Western Australia
  • James Cook University – Townsville, Queensland
  • Griffith University - Gold Coast, Queensland
  • La Trobe University – Bendigo, Victoria
  • Monash University – Parkville, Victoria (formerly the Victorian College of Pharmacy)
  • University of Queensland – Brisbane, Queensland
  • Queensland University of Technology - Brisbane, Queensland
  • University of South Australia – Adelaide, South Australia
  • University of Sydney – Sydney, New South Wales
  • University of Tasmania – Hobart, Tasmania

India ( Bharath )

Bachelor of Pharmacy degree is popularly known by BPharma in India.The course is of four year duration.The eligibility for attending this course is pass with at least 50% marks in Pre University Course with biology as one of the subjects or completed DPharma ( Diploma in Pharmacy ).



BPharm degrees in the Irish Republic are offered by:

  • Trinity College, Dublin
  • University College Cork
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin

However in Northern Ireland (which is part of the United Kingdom) MPharm degrees (as opposed to BPharm degrees) are offered at Queen's University Belfast as in the rest of the UK.

United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom, the BPharm degree was awarded following a three-year undergraduate pharmacy program. It was superseded in 1997 by the Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) degree, awarded following a four year program, as a result of European Union harmonisation.

See also

External Websites

Pharmacy council of India

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