Start date

4 year(s) full-time


Program Code

One of the following:
SACE Stage 2 Chemistry
SACE Stage 2 Physics
SACE Stage 2 Biology
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Assumed Knowledge

2021: AUD$ 39,400 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)

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Degree overview

  • South Australia’s only professionally accredited pharmacy degree, providing the pathway to become a registered pharmacist.
  • One of four universities in Australia to be a member of the prestigious National Alliance for Pharmacy Education (NAPE).
  • Study at one of the top 10 universities in Australia for graduate careers in Pharmacy.1
  • Gain professional practice experience when you complete placements in community and hospital pharmacies.
  • Study in UniSA’s $247 million state-of-the-art Bradley Building.
  • Benefit from more than 50 years’ experience in pharmacy education.
  • Learn from a University that has well-above world standard research in Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences.2
  • Learn in our on-campus, purpose-built pharmacy laboratories and pharmacy practice suite.
  • Benefit from our industry connections and strong links with internationally renowned research concentrations.
  • Gain two qualifications with just one extra year of study when you complete Australia’s only double degree in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science.

1Ranked #8, ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-20 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public universities only.
22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).


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This is South Australia’s only professionally accredited pharmacy degree, providing the pathway to become a registered pharmacist. With purpose-built on-campus learning facilities, internationally-recognised teaching staff and strong professional and clinical links with industry, we are the choice for aspiring pharmacy students.

Our on-campus facilities provide access to cutting edge technology systems including a pharmacy laboratory where you will receive hands-on experience in pharmaceutical and biological sciences to develop the skills needed to understand and prepare medicines. You will also benefit from our new purpose-built pharmacy practice suite where you will develop the clinical service delivery skills necessary to improve patient health outcomes, such as medication reviews, accurate dispensing of medicines and provision of expert knowledge, preparing you for a range of career possibilities.

Key focuses of this degree include:

  • developing skills in pharmaceutical, biologic and chemical sciences
  • professional pharmacy practice and patient centred care
  • providing personalised drug information and expert advice for patients
  • preparing, studying and monitoring medicines and their use
  • inter-professional practice and communication
  • university-organised clinical placements in 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 may also have the opportunity to enter into a double degree with a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours), Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science with just one extra year of study. To be eligible, you'll need to receive a grade point average (GPA) of 5 or more in your second year.

What you'll need

Students 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 demonstrate they meet mandatory pre-placement conditional requirements. These include criminal history clearance, a Working with Children Check and immunisation requirements. Please visit the Clinical Placement Unit for information on key requirements, and to access the full student checklists.

All students enrolled in a program leading to professional registration must be registered with the relevant National Board. The registration process is undertaken by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) with the University providing notification to AHPRA following enrolment in the program.

What you'll learn

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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:

  • Foundations in pharmaceutical sciences and clinical skills
  • Common diseases and their management
  • Understanding healthcare systems and the roles of healthcare professionals
  • Collecting and interpreting health information to provide individualised patient care
  • Ethical pharmacy practice including responsible and legal control and supply of medicines.

During the third and fourth years you will study:

  • Clinical decision-making principles and interprofessional practice
  • Compounding and formulation of medicines
  • Advanced pharmacy practice service delivery.
  • Quality use of medicines
  • Research skills and professional communication
  • Clinical trials and international regulation of medicines

In fourth year, you will also complete professional placements in community and hospital-based pharmacy settings, with opportunities for rural and international experiences.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
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
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Pharmacology A PHAR 2023 9
Dosage Form Design 1 PHAR 2014 4.5
Pharmacokinetics and Biopharmaceutics PHAR 2006 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Pharmacology B PHAR 2021 4.5
Dosage Form Design 2 PHAR 2016 4.5
Pharmacy Practice 2 PHAR 2017 4.5
Pharmacology C PHAR 2022 4.5
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
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
Frontiers in Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Science PHAR 4025 9 Note(s): 4
Issues in Contemporary Pharmacy Practice PHAR 4019 4.5 Note(s): 4
Pharmacy Management Essentials PHAR 4014 4.5
Pharmacy Practice Elective PHAR 4026 4.5

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, as well as to 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.



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

  • Simulated patient interactions
  • Practical skills assessments
  • Quizzes
  • Examinations
  • Group projects and presentations
  • Professional portfolios.

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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


This is a four-year, professional degree with honours, which means the courses you will study are of a very high standard. 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. You will have a competitive edge, ready for broad career opportunities including patient facing clinical practice in settings such as primary care and hospital pharmacy, pharmaceutical industry, government regulation or further postgraduate study and research. 

The honours component includes a minimum of one year of advanced studies in professional practice and research skill development. You will undertake clinical placements with a range of industry providers, including hospitals and professional settings. You will also have the opportunity to work alongside world leading research groups and clinicians, current student project partners including SAMHRI, the UniSA Cancer Research Institute and the South Australian hospital network.

Why Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

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The Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) is the only pathway to becoming a pharmacist in South Australia. We are the only South Australian provider of pharmacy education, and one of the four universities in Australia to be a member of the prestigious National Alliance for Pharmacy Education (NAPE).

Graduating with a higher-level qualification honours degree will set you apart from the crowd, ensuring you have a competitive edge and are ready for broad career opportunities including patient facing clinical practice in settings such as primary care and hospital pharmacy, pharmaceutical industry, government regulation or further postgraduate study and research. 

We offer a state-of-the-art, purpose-built pharmacy laboratory to develop skills in drug development and pharmaceutical sciences. Additionally, our Pharmacy Practice Integrated Learning Suite (PPILS) is where you will learn to dispense medicines, counsel patients and develop the clinical service delivery skills needed for contemporary pharmacy practice. The suite simulates patient interactions for the provision of over-the-counter medicines assisted by new touchscreen technology which is the first of its type in Australia and only second internationally. This technology provides students with virtual access to the entire product range that would be held in a pharmacy.

Students have exposure to world-class research conducted by the UniSA Cancer Research Institute.

Real-world connections

Our strong links with clinical practice and the community means you will have the opportunity to work alongside experienced clinicians working with patients in the pharmacy profession, award-winning researchers and acclaimed academics. This is a great opportunity for you to build the important relationships and networks that will help to accelerate your career progression after graduation. Students have exposure to world-class research conducted by the UniSA Cancer Research Institute.

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

Dr Jacinta Johnson, recipient of the 2018 Early Career Pharmacist award

Dr Jacinta Johnson is a UniSA Lecturer and Pharmacy graduate who was the recipient of the 2018 Early Career Pharmacist award.
Video courtesy of the PSA Excellence Awards 2018, sponsored by Symbion.

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Career outcomes

Your career

In Australia, growth in the pharmacy profession has been on the rise, with career prospects continuing to look very strong, having an expected 13,000 job openings over the next five years.1

Pharmacists are the medicines experts in the healthcare team. To be successful as a pharmacist you will need to have an interest in the care, 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 under pressure 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 expert specialised knowledge in your discipline, and a strong interest in research.  You will need to be meticulous, accurate and results-driven, and possess exceptional communication skills to manage interactions with patients and other professional.

With new therapeutic developments and expanding clinical roles pharmacists have more career options than ever before, which is great news for graduates.  

Pharmacists gain employment in:

  • hospitals
  • pharmacies
  • GP practices
  • community services
  • aged care settings
  • pharmaceutical industry
  • defence services
  • regulatory bodies
  • compounding or critical care services
  • infectious disease services 
  • academia and research.

As an honours student you may also choose to pursue a career in research – graduates with honours degrees are highly sought after by prospective employers, particularly within university and research settings. The Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) qualifies students for registration as a pharmacist, however, to become a practicing pharmacist, you will need to undertake the Pharmacy Intern Training Program at UniSA or another institution. 

Other postgraduate opportunities include the Master of Clinical Pharmacy.

Where can my interest in science take me?

View our guide on Science Careers for more information. 

1Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2023 Small Business Projections.

Professional accreditation and recognition

The program is accredited with the Australian Pharmacy Council.

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.

Industry facts


In Australia, pharmacy graduates had the highest rate of full-time employment (95.7 per cent) of any study area in 2019.1

1QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019


To May 2024, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 252,600 jobs.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019


Australia is a global leader in biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, with $1.3 billion invested nationally in medical innovation initiatives to support clinical trials and industry research programs.1

1The Commonwealth of Australia, 2018-19 Budget.

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

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including: 

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including: 


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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a UniSA student, 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 and laboratories, as well as spaces 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 gainaccess to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, 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 also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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

Our international student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

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

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

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.

Student services

Your campus

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

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

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You will have access to:

  • Purpose-built Pharmacy Laboratories, Pharmacy Collaborative Teaching room and Pharmacy Student common area
  • Pharmacy Practice Integrated Learning Suite (PPILS)
  • Chemistry Laboratory
  • Biology Laboratory

You will also be able to experience a range of on-campus spaces including modern lecture theatres, collaborative teaching rooms, and relaxed student lounges.

Your program director

After completing my Pharmacy training in Birmingham and London, UK, I moved to Adelaide as a Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacy. My major teaching passion is the integration of the key elements of physical and clinical pharmacy, namely pharmaceutics, pharmacology and therapeutic decision making into the development of fundamental pharmacy practice.

Dr Kirsten Staff

Program Director

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Portrait image for Dr Kirsten Staff

Dr Kirsten Staff

Program Director


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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