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Start date
February

Duration
5 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
IHPP

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2018: AUD$ 36,500 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
See full entry requirements

CRICOS Code
088326F

Key features

  • Study Australia’s only double degree in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science and graduate with two qualifications.
  • With a 98% employment rate, UniSA is ranked in the top three universities nationally for graduate employment in the field of pharmacy1.
  • Learn in the new state-of-the-art $247 million Health Innovation Building.
  • Gain practical experience in our on-campus, purpose-built pharmacy laboratory and mock pharmacy.
  • Benefit from our strong industry links and affiliation with the Sansom Institute for Health Research and the Centre for Cancer Biology.
  • Gain practical industry experience when you complete a field placement or an industry-focused research project under the supervision of an academic or staff member.
  • Learn from well above world-class researchers in Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Clinical Sciences2.
  • Benefit from over 50 years’ experience in pharmacy education.
  • Enjoy diverse employment opportunities and excellent job prospects in a rapidly growing industry.

1 2018 Good Universities Guide
2 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Snapshot

Snapshot

This double degree covers all aspects of the pharmaceutical industry, from drug discovery and development to commercialisation, marketing, product management and the distribution of medicines.

Completion of this degree will broaden your career prospects. You will also gain an advanced understanding of drugs and their effects, and develop the practical skills and knowledge needed to provide advice and pharmacy care to consumers.

You can enter this degree in two ways – by either commencing the Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science or the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours). You must achieve high academic results during your first two years to be eligible for entry.

What you'll need

All students in the Division of Health Sciences who undertake activities where interaction with patients/the public is required for their degree, such as field or clinical placements/visits and in University clinics and gyms, must obtain a current National Police Clearance and a Current National Criminal History Record Check (Child-Related Clearance) from the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI). This certificate is valid for the duration of the degree.

Why Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science, Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

Why this Degree

This double degree provides you with an edge – on graduation you will possess an in-depth understanding of all aspects of the pharmaceutical industry, from drug discovery and development to commercialisation, marketing, product management and the distribution of medicines. This advanced, broad knowledge means you are well placed to gain employment in a wide range of exciting roles, from drug development and clinical trials, to a professional career in community, hospital or industrial pharmacies.

UniSA also has strong industry connections, experienced staff and links with the Sansom Institute for Health Research and the Centre for Cancer Biology. The Sansom Institute brings together internationally recognised academics in the areas of cancer, pharmaceuticals, neuroscience and mental health, healthy lifestyles, population health, and Aboriginal health. You will have the opportunity to be involved in these areas of research, work closely with industry professionals and gain valuable practical experience.

You will also have the opportunity to complete some of your learning in our on-campus, purpose-built pharmacy laboratory. There is a mock pharmacy where you can practice vital communication skills needed when dealing with patients. Cameras and recording equipment are used so that you can review and improve your skills.

Real-world connections

Our affiliation with the Sansom Institute for Health Research brings together internationally-recognised research across a range of health sectors. We also have strong industry links the Centre for Cancer Biology. These relationships provide students with valuable networking opportunities and industry contacts. 

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Your career

Graduates of this degree are well positioned to pursue full-time employment – in fact, an impressive 98 per cent of our pharmacy graduates go on to a full-time job.

With new drug developments and enhanced therapeutic developments, pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists have more career options than ever before. In fact, the long-term job prospects in this field is expected to experience very strong growth1, which is great news for graduates. 

To be successful you will need to be meticulous, accurate and results-driven. You may be dealing directly with patients, so exceptional communication skills are also vital.

Employment opportunities are diverse and you will be qualified to take on professional roles in many areas, including:

  • marketing and sales of medicines for human and veterinary use
  • evaluation of medicines by government regulatory agencies
  • identification and measurement of drugs by analytical laboratories
  • clinical trials that test the efficiency of medicines in patients
  • interrogation of medicine usage to improve health outcomes and minimise health costs

You will also be able to work as a qualified pharmacist in a range of settings, including:

  • hospitals
  • pharmacies
  • compounding or critical care services
  • infectious disease services
  • industry-based services
  • academia and research

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

Professional accreditation

Successful completion of the program satisfies the academic requirements for registration as a pharmacist with the Pharmacy Board of Australia. Eligibility for registration is determined by the Pharmacy Board of Australia and includes a suitably recognised and appropriate period of supervised training.

Successful completion of the program satisfies the academic requirements for registration as a pharmacist with the Pharmacy Board of Australia. Eligibility for registration is determined by the Pharmacy Board of Australia and includes a suitably recognised and appropriate period of supervised training.

The program is accredited with the Australian Pharmacy Council.

Industry facts

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To November 2020, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia - an increase of 250,200 jobs1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

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Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

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Employment for pharmacists in Australia is projected to increase by 5,000 (20 per cent) by November 20201.

1 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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Employment for pharmacy sales assistants in Australia is projected to increase by 8,300 (20.4 per cent) by November 20201.

1 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

What others are saying

I enjoyed chemistry and biology in school and always knew I wanted to study pharmacy. This double degree provides a broader range of knowledge about medications; from their discovery and development through to what information patients need to know prior to taking medications. A highlight of my studies was being awarded the SA/NT Pharmacy Student of the Year.

Rebecca Tattingham

Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science, Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

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Rebecca Tattingham

Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science, Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This double degree will equip you with the knowledge, expertise and practical skills needed to embark on a range of diverse roles in the ever-changing field of pharmacy and pharmaceutical science.

You can enter this degree in two ways – by either commencing the Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science or the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours).

You will develop a strong understanding of drug product development, drug use in the community, trends and developments affecting drug formulation in the future. You will also complete a pharmacy-related research project and be able to tailor your study to particular areas of interest when you select from a range of electives.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to gain practical industry experience when you complete a field placement or an industry-focused research project under the supervision of an academic or staff member.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include: 

  • quizzes
  • portfolios
  • presentations
  • online activities

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
For students commencing in the BACHELOR OF PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCE, please refer to the IBPA program home page for the first and second year courses.
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Drug Development PHAR 2009 4.5
Dosage Form Design 3 PHAR 3024 4.5
Pharmacokinetics and Biopharmaceutics PHAR 2006 4.5
Pharmacology 2 PHAR 2020 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Pharmacy Practice 1 PHAR 1009 4.5
Pharmacy Practice 2 PHAR 2017 4.5
Dosage Form Design 4 PHAR 3025 4.5 Note(s): 7
Pharmacology 4 PHAR 2022 4.5
FOURTH YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Pharmacotherapeutics Practice 1A PHAR 3018 4.5
Pharmacotherapeutics Theory 1 PHAR 3020 4.5
Quality Use of Medicines PHAR 3021 4.5
Elective 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Pharmacotherapeutics Practice 1B PHAR 3019 4.5
Pharmacotherapeutics Theory 2 PHAR 3022 4.5
Pharmaceutical Commercialisation PHAR 3013 4.5
Pharmaceutical Industry Experience PHAR 3014 4.5
FIFTH YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Pharmacy Practice 3 PHAR 4023 4.5 Note(s): 7
Advanced Therapeutics PHAR 4018 4.5 Note(s): 7
Professional Placement PHAR 4017 13.5 Note(s): 7
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Pharmacy Practice 4 PHAR 4024 4.5
AND EITHER
Issues in Contemporary Pharmacy Practice PHAR 4019 4.5 Note(s): 7
AND
Pharmacy Management Essentials PHAR 4014 4.5
OR
Frontiers in Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Science PHAR 4025 9 Note(s): 7
For students commencing in the BACHELOR OF PHARMACY, please refer to the IBPH program home page for the first and second year courses.
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Pharmacotherapeutics Practice 1A PHAR 3018 4.5
Pharmacotherapeutics Theory 1 PHAR 3020 4.5
Dosage Form Design 3 PHAR 3024 4.5
Elective 1 4.5 Note(s): 4
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Pharmacotherapeutics Practice 1B PHAR 3019 4.5
Pharmacotherapeutics Theory 2 PHAR 3022 4.5
Dosage Form Design 4 PHAR 3025 4.5 Note(s): 7
Drug Discovery PHAR 2010 4.5
FOURTH YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Drug Development PHAR 2009 4.5
Quality Use of Medicines PHAR 3021 4.5
Elective 2 4.5 Note(s): 4
Elective 3 4.5 Note(s): 4
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Pharmaceutical Commercialisation PHAR 3013 4.5
Pharmaceutical Industry Experience PHAR 3014 4.5
Elective 4 4.5 Note(s): 4
Therapeutics, Nutrition and Exercise PHAR 3026 4.5 Note(s): 7
FIFTH YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Pharmacy Practice 3 PHAR 4023 4.5 Note(s): 7
Advanced Therapeutics PHAR 4018 4.5 Note(s): 7
Professional Placement PHAR 4017 13.5 Note(s): 7
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Pharmacy Practice 4 PHAR 4024 4.5
AND EITHER
Issues in Contemporary Pharmacy Practice PHAR 4019 4.5 Note(s): 7
AND
Pharmacy Management Essentials PHAR 4014 4.5
OR
Frontiers in Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Science PHAR 4025 9 Note(s): 7

My career has taken me all over the world in a range of diverse roles and as a key-note speaker at numerous national and international seminars. I have also completed research work focusing on the biochemical and dietary factors affecting colorectal cancer and pain control.

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City East campus

City East boasts impressive facilities such as purpose-built facilities, health clinics and a fitness centre, open to students and the public. It’s right in the heart of the CBD and adjacent to bustling Rundle Street, with some of Adelaide’s best dining and shopping experiences. Explore City East >

Your study spaces

You will have access to:

Your study spaces

Your study experience

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

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How to apply

This double degree is only available to students studying the Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science or Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) who have met the grade point average (GPA) requirements and have been made an offer into the degree.

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