Bachelor of Pharmacy

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A Bachelor of Pharmacy (abbreviated B Pharm or PharmB or BS Pharm) is a graduate academic degree in the field of pharmacy. In many countries, this degree is a prerequisite for registration to practice as a pharmacist. Since both PharmB and PharmD are prerequisites to license in most western countries they're considered equivalent. In many western countries, the foreign graduates with BPharm, PharmB or BS Pharm practice similarly as PharmD graduates. It is analogous to MBBS vs. MD where MBBS is foreign equivalent of MD. It is training to understand the properties and impacts of medicines and developing the skills required to counsel patients about their use.

B Pharm holders can work in several fields such as being a pharmacist, patient counseling, doing further studies such as master's degree, working in a university as a lecturer, or working as a drug information specialist.

In some countries, it has been superseded by the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) and Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) degrees.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this degree was granted as the baccalaureate pharmacy degree only at Washington State University, where it has now been superseded by the PharmD degree. The degree previously offered in the US—and the required degree in Canada—is the Bachelor of Science in pharmacy. In countries including Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand, BPharm/BS Pharm/PharmB are prerequisite for practicing as a Pharmacist. These degrees are awarded per the British tradition and considered as foreign equivalents of PharmD.

Asia and Oceania[edit]


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 an increased emphasis on pharmacy practice education. It is compulsory to undertake clinical placements during this undergraduate program.[1] During the early 2000s, two-year postgraduate Master of Pharmacy courses were established by many universities, but to date these have accounted for a relatively minor proportion of pharmacy graduates.

All BPharm programs in Australia are accredited by the New Zealand and Australian Pharmacy Schools Accreditation Committee (NAPSAC). Programs provide training in fields including pharmacology, chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmacy practice (including pharmacotherapeutics, disease state management, etc.), pharmaceutics, ethics, pharmacy law, pharmacy management, physiology, anatomy, biochemistry, kinetics, and compounding medications.

At present, either the BPharm degree or the MPharm degree are acceptable for registration as a practicing pharmacist. See list of pharmacy schools: Australia for institutions offering the BPharm degree.

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)[edit]

As with most honours degrees at Australian universities, the awarding of a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) (abbreviated BPharm(Hons)) is based on the completion of original research and a high-level of academic performance. All other graduates are awarded a pass degree. Unlike most Honours degrees in Australia, an additional year of study is not required for a BPharm(Hons) as most universities integrate research and coursework in the fourth year of BPharm(Hons) programs.

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Rural)[edit]

In 2003, The University of Sydney began offering 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).

Although the rural program has not continued, there remains a focus on rural workforce within the degree to promote pharmacy student interest in pursuing a rural career.[2] Rural placements are encouraged in almost all undergraduate programs.[3][4]


Australian universities offering Bachelor or Master of Pharmacy programs (circa June 2010):

Hong Kong[edit]

In Hong Kong, Bachelor of Pharmacy is offered by the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) under the Faculty of Medicine. The CUHK Bachelor of Pharmacy programme started in 1992 and had been the only pharmacy degree programme available in Hong Kong until 2009. It aims to train graduates to function independently as professional health care providers who, as part of the health care team, can provide first class pharmaceutical and health-related care for the health of Hong Kong citizens.

The Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) degree is awarded on satisfactory completion of at least three/four years of full-time study. To be considered for registration by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board Hong Kong as practising pharmacist in Hong Kong, the student must complete a further year of pre-registration training as required by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board.

Starting from 2009, the University of Hong Kong (HKU) has also implemented the Bachelor of Pharmacy programme under the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine.

CUHK offers 55 places while HKU offers 25 places in 2013.


The Bachelor of Pharmacy degree is popularly known as B-Pharm in India. It is a four-year program with both annual and semester schemes available. To be eligible, one must pass with at least 60% marks(First Division) in 10 + 2 (or an equivalent examination) with physics, chemistry, biology/ biotechnology/Maths as one of the subjects. Both PCB and PCM combinations are eligible. In some states, it is mandatory to give an additional pharmacy entrance examination to be eligible for the course, the entrance tests can be the state common entrance test or, the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (Undergraduate)(NEET). It's also one of the most competitive exams in the world. D.Pharm. (Diploma of Pharmacy) holders are eligible for admission into B.Pharm. second year directly via a lateral entry in India. B.Pharm. holders can directly join into the 4th year of Pharm.D (PG) course.

Colleges imparting pharmaceutical education (D.Pharm., B.Pharm., M.Pharm., Pharm D) must be approved by All Indian Council of Technical Education(AICTE) and the Pharmacy Council Of India(PCI).

For a student to be eligible for registration as a Pharmacist/ Clinical pharmacist in India, the college from which he or she graduated must be approved by the PCI. B.Pharm. is often superseded by M.Pharm., Pharm D (PB) and PhD-level courses although the minimum qualification required for registration as a pharmacist is D.Pharm.


The Bachelor of Pharmacy degree is popularly known as B.Pharm. (Honors) in Bangladesh. It is a four-year program with both annual and semester schemes available. In order to be eligible, one must pass with at least 50% marks in 10 + 2 (or an equivalent examination) with b

Colleges imparting pharmaceutical education (D.Pharm., B.Pharm., M.Pharm. and Pharm D) must be approved by the Pharmacy Council of Bangladesh (PCB) [1].

For a student to be eligible for registration as a pharmacist in Bangladesh, the university from which he/she graduated must be approved by the PCB and have to follow the rules and regulations of PCB.

Prominent universities imparting B.Pharm. in Bangladesh approved by PCB are

  1. Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Dhaka [2]
  2. Department of Pharmacy, Comilla University [3]
  3. Department of Pharmacy, BRAC University [4]
  4. Department of Pharmacy, State University of Bangladesh [5] Archived 2021-01-12 at the Wayback Machine
  5. Department of Pharmacy [6], University of Science & Technology Chittagong (USTC) [7]
  6. Department of Pharmacy, Pabna University of Science & Technology [8]
  7. Department of Pharmacy, ASA University Bangladesh
  8. Department of Pharmacy Archived 2021-01-10 at the Wayback Machine, Gono Bishwabidyalay, [9]
  9. Department of Pharmacy, BGC Trust University Bangladesh [10]
  10. Department of Pharmacy, University Of Development Alternative (UODA) [11]
  11. Department of Pharmacy, Northern University Bangladesh.

[6] and so on.


PharmD is the only basic pharmacy degree (5 years program) awarded by universities in Pakistan. The program is approved by the Pharmacy Council of Pakistan. Old 4 years BPharmacy (Bachelor of Pharmacy) degree holders who are registered as Pharmacists with the Pharmacy Councils of Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa can study at any university for a one-year evening and/or weekend condensed course leading to (post-B.Pharmacy) Doctor of Pharmacy which is approved by the Pharmacy Council of Pakistan.



In Norway, the Bachelor of Pharmacy degree is awarded by Oslo Metropolitan University, The University of Tromsø and Nord University. The degree makes one eligible to work as a pharmacist in Norway. Norway also offers the Master of Pharmacy degree, which often offers higher payment and more job opportunities than the Bachelor of Pharmacy degree.


MPharm (Hons) degrees in the Republic of Ireland are offered by:

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


In Finland, pharmacy is taught in University of Helsinki, University of Eastern Finland and Åbo Akademi University. Bachelor of Pharmacy is called farmaseutti (dispenser) and Master of Pharmacy is called proviisori. Proviisori degree (MPharm) is required in order to be a pharmacist.

United Kingdom[edit]

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.

North America[edit]


The following Canadian universities offer the Bachelor of Pharmacy degree program:

The following Canadian universities formerly offered the bachelor's degree program and replaced it with the undergraduate Doctor of Pharmacy:

United States of America[edit]

American universities do not offer Bachelor of Pharmacy programs, however many do offer pre-doctoral programs and other undergraduate degrees that better an applicants chance of becoming a student for a Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

South America[edit]


The following universities in Guyana offer the Bachelor of Pharmacy degree program:


South Africa[edit]

South African universities that have BPharm programs:[9]


The following universities have BPharm programs in Lesotho:

National University of Lesotho - Department of Pharmacy


The following Kenyan universities offer BPharm programs:[10]


The following Ugandan universities offer BPharm programs:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kirschbaum, Mark; Khalil, Hanan; Page, Amy Theresa (January 2016). "Clinical placements by Australian university schools of pharmacy". Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning. 8 (1): 47–51. doi:10.1016/j.cptl.2015.09.003.
  2. ^ Kirschbaum, Mark; Khalil, Hanan; Talyor, Selina; Page, Amy T. (1 September 2016). "Pharmacy students' rural career intentions: Perspectives on rural background and placements". Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning. 8 (5): 615–621. doi:10.1016/j.cptl.2016.06.002. ISSN 1877-1297.
  3. ^ Kirschbaum, Mark; Khalil, Hanan; Talyor, Selina; Page, Amy T. (January 2016). "Clinical placements by Australian university schools of pharmacy". Currents in Pharmacy Teaching & Learning. 8 (5): 615–621. doi:10.1016/j.cptl.2016.06.002.
  4. ^ Page, Amy T.; Hamilton, Sandy J.; Hall, Maeva; Fitzgerald, Kathryn; Warner, Wayne; Nattabi, Barbara; Thompson, Sandra C. (February 2016). "Gaining a 'proper sense' of what happens out there: An 'Academic Bush Camp' to promote rural placements for students: Academic Bush Camp" (PDF). Australian Journal of Rural Health. 24 (1): 41–47. doi:10.1111/ajr.12199. PMID 26119965.
  5. ^ "Bachelor of Pharmacy - Local - CourseFinder - La Trobe University". Archived from the original on 2009-07-22. Retrieved 2009-07-03.
  6. ^ "UODA : Life Science". Archived from the original on 2015-06-29. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  7. ^ "School of Pharmacy". Memorial University of Newfoundland. Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  8. ^ "Doctor of Pharmacy". University of Saskatchewan. Retrieved 2023-08-21.
  9. ^ South African Pharmacy Council[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Registered Kenyan institutions". Archived from the original on 30 April 2020. Retrieved 28 Jun 2016.
  11. ^ "Mbarara University of Science and Technology | Succeed We Must". Archived from the original on 2009-04-16. Retrieved 2017-03-25.

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