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Start date
February

Duration
4 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
IHPC

Prerequisites
One of the following:
SACE Stage 2 Biology
SACE Stage 2 Chemistry
SACE Stage 2 Physics
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Assumed Knowledge
None

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

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6.5]
  • IELTS writing [6.5]
  • IELTS speaking [6.5]
  • IELTS listening [6.5]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
088337C

Key features

  • With a 98% employment rate, UniSA is ranked in the top three universities nationally for graduate employment in the field of pharmacy1.
  • Learn in our on-campus, purpose-built pharmacy laboratories and mock pharmacy.
  • Benefit from our strong industry links and affiliation with the Sansom Institute for Health Research and the Centre for Cancer Biology.
  • Get practical industry experience when you complete field placements in community and hospital pharmacies.
  • Benefit from over 50 years’ experience in pharmacy education.
  • Gain two qualifications with just one extra year of study when you complete Australia’s only double degree in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science.
  • UniSA is one of four universities in Australia to be a member of the prestigious National Alliance for Pharmacy Education (NAPE).
  • Learn from well above world-class researchers in Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences2.
  • Study in UniSA’s brand new state-of-the-art Health Innovation Building.

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

Snapshot

Snapshot

With purpose-built on-campus learning facilities, internationally-recognised teaching staff and strong industry links we are the choice for aspiring pharmacy students.

Our on-campus facilities include a pharmacy laboratory where you can get experience in biological, chemical and pharmaceutical sciences, developing the skills needed for ethical pharmacy practice in an evolving health system. There is also a mock pharmacy where you can practice your dispensary skills. 

Key focuses of this degree include:

  • biological, chemical and pharmaceutical sciences
  • ethical pharmacy practice
  • research methods
  • trialling and regulation of medicines
  • preparing, studying and monitoring medicine and their use
  • providing drug information and advice
  • clinical placements across the community and hospital pharmacy sectors

As an honours student you will develop advanced skills in research, focusing on an area of specialisation in pharmacy and related sciences. 

You can gain two qualifications with just one extra year of study when you complete a double degree. Students studying the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) may be eligible to pair it with the Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science in their second year if they receive a grade point average (GPA) of 5 or more.

All students enrolled in this degree must be registered with the relevant board of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

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 Pharmacy (Honours)

Why this Degree

Graduating with an honours degree will set you apart from the crowd, ensuring you have a competitive edge and are ready for a career in industry, research or further postgraduate study. 

In terms of teaching facilities, we offer a state-of-the-art, purpose-built pharmacy laboratory and a mock pharmacy where students can learn dispensary skills and skills in drug development and pharmaceutical sciences. In the mock pharmacy you will practice vital communication skills needed when dealing with patients. Cameras and recording equipment are used so that you can review and improve your skills.

Our teaching staff are also renowned researchers, so you will be learning from leading academics; and our affiliation with the Sansom Institute for Health Research and the Centre for Cancer Biology provides valuable networking opportunities and resources.

Your career

As a pharmacy student, you will need to have an interest in the health and wellbeing of individuals and the community. You will also need to have an interest in the physical sciences and acknowledge the significance of the social sciences in the development of a health professional. The ability to work without supervision and with a high degree of accuracy is essential, as is a willingness to develop high level problem solving skills.

In addition, you should be motivated to take on an intellectual challenge, have a desire to gain specialised knowledge in your discipline, and a strong interest in research. To be successful you will need to be meticulous, accurate and results-driven. You will be dealing directly with patients, so exceptional communication skills are also vital. 

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

Pharmacists gain employment in: 

  • hospitals 
  • pharmacies 
  • community and aged care facilities
  • compounding or critical care services 
  • infectious disease services and regulatory authorities
  • industry-based services 
  • critical care services
  • academia and research 

As an honours student you may also choose to pursue a career in 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.

The program is accredited with the Australian Pharmacy Council.

Industry facts

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

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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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 as a pharmacy sales assistant in Australia is projected to increase by 8,300 (20.4 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

What others are saying

I have learnt so much and have developed a greater passion for research, particularly in clinical pharmacy. I also completed a placement at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, where I gained so much from observing the ward pharmacists' day-to-day duties and interactions with patients.

Shaw Nee Khoo

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

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Shaw Nee Khoo

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

I decided to study pharmacy at UniSA because of my love of science and health. The quality of staff is exceptional and I had the opportunity to complete an eight week placement at Noarlunga Hospital in my final semester, which was invaluable.

Amanda Gardecki

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

Amanda Gardecki

Amanda Gardecki

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

I chose to study at the University of South Australia because I believe it has good reputation for its education quality, conducive study environment, high quality academic staff and research opportunities.

Wern Chern Chai

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

Wern Chern Chai

Wern Chern Chai

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

Having a highly interactive program meant we practised counselling skills in a simulated community pharmacy environment, which contained all the medications necessary to reflect real-life practice.

Fares Al-Sarawi

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours), Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice

Fares Al-Sarawi

Fares Al-Sarawi

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours), Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This honours degree will equip you with the knowledge, skills and practical expertise needed to embark on a career in the ever-changing field of pharmacy. 

As an honours student there is also a strong focus on research, and you will graduate with the skills needed to undertake and manage research projects in a health-related setting. 

During your first two years you will study:

  • biological, chemical and pharmaceutical sciences
  • ethical pharmacy practice
  • common diseases and the drugs needed to treat them

During the third and fourth years you will study:

  • pharmacotherapeutics
  • research methods
  • trialling and regulation of medicines
  • pharmacy practice

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:

  • essays and assignments
  • quizzes
  • examinations
  • group projects
  • practical portfolios

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

Honours

This is a four-year, professional degree with honours. 

The honours component includes a minimum of one year of advanced studies in research and professional practice. You will receive First Class, Second Class or Third Class Honours, depending on your performance.

During the honours preparation, you will undertake training courses in research methods and ethics. Within the honours thesis course, you will undertake a research project under the supervision of an experienced researcher and report on this project through a thesis and oral presentation. 

You will graduate with industry experience and connections, and a higher level qualification than a bachelor degree. Your honours year will prepare you for future leadership roles. 

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Chemistry 100 CHEM 1006 4.5
Human Physiology 100 BIOL 1049 4.5
Health and Society HLTH 1025 4.5
Health Professional Essentials PHAR 1008 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Chemistry 101 CHEM 1007 4.5
Human Physiology 101 BIOL 1050 4.5
Quantitative Methods in Health MATH 1065 4.5
Pharmacy Practice 1 PHAR 1009 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Fundamentals of Pharmacology PHAR 2019 4.5
Dosage Form Design 1 PHAR 2014 4.5
Pharmacokinetics and Biopharmaceutics PHAR 2006 4.5
Pharmacology 2 PHAR 2020 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Pharmacology 3 PHAR 2021 4.5
Dosage Form Design 2 PHAR 2016 4.5
Pharmacy Practice 2 PHAR 2017 4.5
Pharmacology 4 PHAR 2022 4.5
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
Quality Use of Medicines PHAR 3021 4.5
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): 4
Therapeutics, Nutrition and Exercise PHAR 3026 4.5 Note(s): 4
FOURTH YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Pharmacy Practice 3 PHAR 4023 4.5 Note(s): 4
Advanced Therapeutics PHAR 4018 4.5 Note(s): 4
Professional Placement PHAR 4017 13.5 Note(s): 4
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): 4
AND
Pharmacy Management Essentials PHAR 4014 4.5
OR
Frontiers in Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Science PHAR 4025 9 Note(s): 4

I have many years of clinical experience as a registered pharmacist, coupled with an education background specialising in alcohol and other drugs.

Dr Kirsten Staff

Program Director

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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

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Alternative Pathways

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