Start date
February

Duration
5 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
IHPP

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2022: AUD$ 39,400 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
See full entry requirements

CRICOS Code
088326F

Degree overview

  • Study Australia’s only double degree in pharmacy and pharmaceutical science.
  • Study at one of the top ten universities in Australia for graduate careers in pharmacy.1
  • Learn from a university with well above world-class research in pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences2 and ranked in the World Top 150 for pharmacy and pharmacology.3
  • Gain hands-on experience from renowned teachers and researchers in UniSA’s on-campus, state-of-the-art pharmacy and chemistry laboratories.
  • Join a university with more than 50 years’ experience in pharmaceutical science education.
  • Get professional practice experience during placements in community and hospital pharmacies.
  • UniSA is one of four universities in Australia to be a member of the prestigious National Alliance for Pharmacy Education (NAPE).

1Ranked #8, ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-20 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public universities only. 22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 32020 QS Subject Rankings.

Snapshot

Hope Stahl, pharmacy in campus laboratory Start your unstoppable career in the discovery, formulation, approval, evaluation and marketing of medicines, with a highly esteemed double degree.

UniSA’s double degree of pharmaceutical science and pharmacy with honours is the only degree of its kind in Australia. You'll be equipped to research and develop effective treatments and products for the benefit of human health.

What you'll need

You can enter this degree in two ways – by either commencing the Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science or the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours). To be eligible, you’ll need to achieve a grade point average (GPA) of 5 or more by the end of your second year.

To be successful in this field, you should be meticulous, accurate and results-driven. You may be communicating directly with patients, so exceptional interpersonal skills are also vital.

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.

What you'll learn

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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 fields of pharmacy and pharmaceutical science.

You’ll develop a strong understanding of drug product development, drug use in the community, and trends affecting drug formulation in the future. Through your studies, you’ll learn inter-professional skills alongside medical students from Adelaide University.

As part of this degree, you’ll 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 specialist courses. In addition, you’ll get practical industry experience with a field placement or an industry-focused research project under the supervision of an academic or staff member.

Degree 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 C 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

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.

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. 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

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

Pharmacy students discussing medication UniSA gives you skills which are transferrable globally, and can be tailored to suit your interests and career ambitions.

Renowned researchers and leading academics. will teach you specialist pharmaceutical knowledge and skills in research, drug development and manufacturing quality control.

You’ll learn in state-of-the-art teaching facilities, including purpose-built pharmacy laboratories where you’ll explore drug development and pharmaceutical sciences. Additionally, our Pharmacy Practice Integrated Learning Suite (PPILS) is where you’ll learn to dispense medicines, counsel patients and develop the clinical service delivery skills needed for contemporary pharmacy practice. Here, you’ll have virtual access to the entire product range which is stocked in any pharmacy.

You’ll benefit from UniSA’s industry connections, and gain valuable international pharmaceutical industry experience through potential study tours or overseas placements.

Real-world connections

Our affiliation with several internationally-renowned research groups, such as the Centre for Cancer Biology, provides you with valuable networking opportunities and industry contacts. 

You’ll complete a minimum of 80 hours in an industry project or placement relating to your area of interest, during which time you’ll further expand your professional network. Examples of recent placement sites include Agilent, BioCina, CMAX, CSIRO, Mayne Pharma, Forensic Science SA, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), and Vaxine Pty Ltd.

Examples of industry projects, as well as tasks students have undertaken at placement sites have included developing better detection methods for skin cancer (Mayne Pharma), developing new methods for drug detection (Forensic Science SA), improving a vaccine formulation (Vaxine Pty Ltd) and quality control of radiopharmaceuticals (SAHMRI).

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

The advanced and broad range of knowledge learned through this qualification 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.

The advanced and broad range of knowledge learned through this double degree could see you employed in a wide range of exciting roles – from drug development and clinical trials to a professional career in community, hospital or industrial pharmacies.

With new drug and enhanced therapeutic developments, pharmaceutical science professionals have more career options than ever before. In fact, the long-term job prospects in this field are expected to experience very strong growth.Under the federal government’s Modern Manufacturing Strategy, South Australia's pharmaceutical industry is set for further expansion with an $85 million generic drug manufacturing plant being built in Adelaide, which will increase job prospects further.

Employment opportunities are diverse. You’ll be qualified to take on professional roles in many areas, including:

  • 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
  • Marketing and sales of medicines for human and veterinary use
  • Research and development of new drugs and medicines
  • Manufacturing and quality control to ensure high quality medicines are produced
  • Intellectual property and patent law.

You’ll also be qualified to work as a Pharmacist in a range of settings, including:

  • hospitals
  • pharmacies
  • compounding or critical care services
  • infectious disease services
  • defence services
  • pharmaceutical industry
  • academia and research.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019.

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

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In Australia, pharmacy graduates had the highest rate of full-time employment (96.4%) of any study area in 2020.

QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020

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To November 2025, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 249,500 jobs.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2020

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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.

The Commonwealth of Australia, 2018-19 Budget

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.

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 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’ll have access to:

  • Purpose-built pharmacy laboratories
  • Pharmacy collaborative teaching room and student common area
  • Chemistry laboratory
  • Biology laboratory
  • Pharmacy Practice Integrated Learning Suite (PPILS).

You’ll also be able to access on-campus spaces including modern lecture theatres, collaborative teaching rooms, and relaxed student lounges.

Your program director

I am a passionate chemistry and pharmaceutical science educator who has been undertaking teaching and research at UniSA since 2008, becoming Program Director in 2017. The double degree is an excellent opportunity to broaden career options to both pharmacy and pharmaceutical science, giving students the best of both worlds.

Dr Matt Sykes

Program Director

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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)