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Pharmacists are involved in the development, testing, manufacture and distribution of medicines and the monitoring of drug therapy. The Bachelor of Pharmacy offers practical experience and a strong theoretical grounding in the discipline of pharmacy.

In addition to providing community-based healthcare, this degree allows you to exercise business management skills in a professional setting.

Leading to

Bachelor of Pharmacy

Careers include

  • Pharmacist
  • Clinical Research Associate
  • Quality Assurance
  • Pharmaceutical Regulator
  • Pharmacologist
  • Toxicologist


If you have…

✓ Completed  Year 12 with an ATAR (or the equivalent in your country).

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 2)

9 university level units studied over 2 semesters. Equivalent to Year 1 of the corresponding Curtin degree.

Direct Entry into Year 2 at Curtin University

Graduate with a Bachelor of Pharmacy.

Or if you have…

✓ Completed  Year 11 (or the equivalent in your country).

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 1)

8 pre-university level units are studied over 2 or 3 trimesters.

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 2)

Equivalent to year 1 of the corresponding Curtin Bachelor Degree.

Diploma of Health Sciences Units (Stage 1)

CRICOS Code 087942A

Students must complete the following core units and one elective unit:

Core Units

  • Academic Communication Skills
  • Academic Research and Writing
  • Chemistry
  • Essential Mathematics
  • Human Biology
  • Information & Media Technologies
  • Technical Mathematics

Elective Units

  • Accounting
  • Design Skills
  • Econonics
  • Introduction to Design Computing
  • Media Culture & Comunications
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Physics
  • Project Managment
  • Programming

Diploma of Health Sciences Units (Stage 2)

CRICOS Code 087942A

Students must complete the following core units:

Core Units

  • Biological Chemistry
  • Evidence Informed Health Practice
  • Foundations of Biochemistry
  • Foundations for Professional Health Practice
  • Human Structure & Function
  • Indigenous Cultures & Health Behaviours
  • Introduction to Pathophysiology
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Pharmacy Diploma of Health Science (Core Units - Stage 2)

Stage 2 Units – 25 Credit Points Each

Biological Chemistry

This unit will provide you with skills in chemistry of relevance to biological systems. It will provide you with an understanding of chemical bonding, enabling prediction of properties within matter. It will strengthen your skills in chemical reactions and numeracy. This unit introduces some chemical measurement techniques of relevance to biological systems. It will illustrate the role of functional groups in controlling the function, behaviour and reactivity of organic molecules, focusing on application to biological molecules.

Evidence Informed Health Practice

The role of empirical evidence in making decisions in health practice. Introduction to different types of research methodologies; measurement; observation; data collection; research ethics; bio-statistical analysis; strategies to understand, question and evaluate evidence.

Foundations of Biochemistry

This unit covers both theoretical and practical aspects of biochemistry. Structure and properties of water. Concepts of pH, pK and buffers. Molecular structure and chemical bonds. Properties, structures and functions of amino acids, lipids, carbohydrates and nucleic acids. Structure and function of globular and fibrous proteins. Concepts and properties of enzymes including enzyme kinetics. Overview and concepts of biological thermodynamics, energy metabolism and metabolic pathways. Intermediary metabolism including metabolic pathways of glycolysis, citric acid cycle, pentose phosphate pathway, gluconeogenesis, amino acid metabolism, fatty acid metabolism, ketone body metabolism, oxidative phosphorylation and electron transport. Molecular visualisation of proteins. Practical skills and techniques. Using scientific instruments and analysing scientific data.

Foundations for Professional Health Practice

Introduction to ethical decision making in the context of professional health practice. Application of academic standards and development of skills required for studying at university. Introduction to professional requirements which impact on the safety and quality of client centred service/care when working in a health setting. Examination of differences in Australian and international health systems. Students will learn the value of diversity in inter-professional practice through working in teams. Students will reflect on their learning and begin to develop lifelong learning skills.

Human Structure and Function

Anatomical organisation of the body and the relationships between body systems and cells. Human requirements for metabolism and life. The structure and function of the body. Basic control and interactions of the circulatory, respiratory, digestive and excretory systems. Primary defence against microorganisms. Mechanisms for growth, repair and reproduction.

Indigenous Culture and Health Behaviour

In this unit students will examine culture and diversity within local, national and global, Indigenous populations; impacts of specific policies and historical events on Indigenous Australians and their effects on health and health care access. Students will analyse health outcomes of Indigenous Australians and explore underlying social determinants, and how health professionals can work collaboratively in consultation with Indigenous individuals, families, communities and organisations.

Introduction to Pathophysiology

This unit will introduce students to the pathophysiological basis of common chronic diseases involving the blood, cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, endocrine, urinary and gastrointestinal systems using a case based learning approach. Students will evaluate responses to trauma, minor infections and disease. Inflammation will be present as the major theme bringing pathophysiology of the organs systems together.

Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Fundamental pharmaceutical analysis – includes discussion of titrimetric, spectroscopic and chromatographic analysis of drugs and drug formulations. Physio-chemical properties of drugs – includes discussion of drug ionisation, drug stereochemistry, drug solubility and drug stability. Fundamental biochemistry and molecular biology – includes discussion of key biomolecules, introductory biochemistry, basic molecular biology and drug receptors and interactions.

2018 Fees

Australian Students

  Per Unit Total Fees ($AUD)
Diploma (Stage 1) 1,600 12,800
Diploma (Stage 2) 1,760 14,080

International Students

  Per Unit Total Fees ($AUD)
Diploma (Stage 1) 2,750 22,000
Diploma (Stage 2) 4,500 36,000

Entry Requirements

Australian Students

Course Entry Requirements
Diploma (Stage 1)

Year 11 with 50%

Diploma (Stage 2)

Minimum ATAR/UAI 75 OR AQF Certificate IV OR equivalent Foundation Year grades

International Students

Diploma (Stage 1) Diploma (Stage 2)
General Certificate of Education (GCE) GCE O-Level with 4 passes Minimum of 7 points from 3 GCE A-Level
International Baccalaureate (IB) TBC Minimum of 27 points over 6 IB units in one sitting
Global Assessment Certificate (GAC) Enquire at Curtin College Enquire at Curtin College

For more information about entry requirements and pre-requisites for Australian and International applicants:

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Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 1)
February | July

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 2)


Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 1)
2-3 Trimesters (8-12 months)

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 2)
2 Semesters (12 months)

Note: This is a full-time course at Curtin’s Bentley campus

Next Intake February 2018 (Stage 1 & Stage 2)

Apply now for the Diploma of Health Sciences, leading to year 2 of the Bachelor of Pharmacy at Curtin University.

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Why Pharmacy?

Curtin's Bachelor of Pharmacy is the only undergraduate course in Western Australia that leads to eligibility for registration as a pharmacist.