Start Date
February

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
IBPA

SATAC Code
414331 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

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

Entry Scores
2022 Guaranteed Entry
Year 12 (ATAR-based): 72.00
Year 12 (Grades-based): B,B,B
TAFE/RTO: DIP
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2021 Cut-Offs
Year 12 (ATAR-based):
- Internal: 70.45
TAFE/RTO: Dip
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Degree overview

  • Play a key role in improving human health by developing treatments, and bringing safe and effective products to market.
  • Join a university ranked in the World Top 150 for pharmacy and pharmacology.1
  • Study the only pharmaceutical science degree in South Australia.
  • Learn a curriculum informed by well-above world-class research in pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences.2
  • Graduate career-ready with a compulsory industry project or placement.
  • 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.

12020 QS Subject Rankings. 22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 

Snapshot

Emilia Morris Start your unstoppable career in the discovery, formulation, approval, evaluation and marketing of medicines.

Pharmaceutical Scientists are experts in the chemistry, biology, and biotechnology required to design and develop medicines. UniSA’s Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science is the only degree of its kind in South Australia, equipping you with skills which are globally relevant.

You may also be eligible for the only double degree of its kind in Australia – a Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science, Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours), which you can do with just two extra years of study.

What you'll need

As a pharmaceutical science professional, you'll be interested in science and technology, enjoy solving problems, and want to improve human health.

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.

To be eligible for the Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science, Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours), you'll need to achieve a grade point average (GPA) of 5 or more by the end of your second year of this degree.

What you'll learn

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In your first year you’ll develop an understanding of basic sciences. You’ll learn about career development and factors influencing the pharmaceutical industry domestically and internationally.

During the second and third years you’ll focus on:

  • Pharmaceutical sciences (including formulation)
  • Pharmacology and pharmacokinetics
  • Drug discovery, development and commercialisation.

This degree places a unique emphasis on the development and commercialisation of a range of pharmaceutical products, such as injections, tablets, creams and ointments.

You’ll then get the opportunity to fine-tune your study to your own personal interests and career aspirations when you choose from a range of specialist courses during your final two years.

You may choose to specialise in areas such as:

  • Research and development (including drug discovery)
  • Manufacturing and pharmaceutical chemistry (including quality control)
  • Drug development (including clinical trials)
  • Business (including sales, marketing, legal, regulatory and drug information).

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Chemistry 100 CHEM 1006 4.5
Biology A BIOL 1007 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
Biology B BIOL 1012 4.5
Pharmaceutical Industry PHAR 1005 4.5
Quantitative Methods in Health MATH 1065 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Dosage Form Design 1 PHAR 2014 4.5
Physiology BIOL 2035 4.5
Fundamentals of Pharmacology PHAR 2019 4.5
Specialist Course 1 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Dosage Form Design 2 PHAR 2016 4.5
Drug Discovery PHAR 2010 4.5
Pharmacology B PHAR 2021 4.5
OR
Pharmacology C PHAR 2022 4.5
Specialist Course 2 4.5 Rule(s): 1
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Dosage Form Design 3 PHAR 3024 4.5
Drug Development PHAR 2009 4.5
Pharmacokinetics and Biopharmaceutics PHAR 2006 4.5
Specialist Course 3 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Dosage Form Design 4 PHAR 3025 4.5
Pharmaceutical Commercialisation PHAR 3013 4.5
Pharmaceutical Industry Experience PHAR 3014 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
Specialist Course 4 4.5 Rule(s): 1
CHEMISTRY SPECIALIST COURSES Rule(s): 1
Second Year, First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Structure Determination and Analysis CHEM 2026 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Second Year, Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Advanced Structure Determination and Analysis CHEM 2027 4.5
Third Year, First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Synthetic Chemistry CHEM 2028 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Third Year, Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Advanced Synthetic Chemistry CHEM 2029 4.5 Rule(s): 1
BIOSCIENCES SPECIALIST COURSES
Second Year, First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Biochemistry BIOL 2014 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Second Year, Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Immunology BIOL 2037 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Third Year, First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Microbiology BIOL 2051 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Third Year, Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Genetics BIOL 2016 4.5 Rule(s): 1
CHEMISTRY/BIOSCIENCES SPECIALIST COURSES
Second Year, First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Biochemistry BIOL 2014 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Second Year, Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Immunology BIOL 2037 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Third Year, First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Synthetic Chemistry CHEM 2028 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Third Year, Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Advanced Synthetic Chemistry CHEM 2029 4.5 Rule(s): 1
MARKETING SPECIALIST COURSES
Second Year, First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Marketing Principles: Trading and Exchange MARK 1010 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Second Year, Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Accounting for Business ACCT 1008 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Third Year, First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Marketing Analytics MARK 2010 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Third Year, Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Retailing MARK 2032 4.5 Rule(s): 1

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
  • practicals
  • presentations
  • practical 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

Why Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science

Pharmaceutical Science photography.jpg A Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science from UniSA gives you skills which are transferrable globally, and can be tailored to suit your interests and career ambitions.

You can go into areas like:

  • drug discovery and development
  • manufacturing and production
  • clinical trials
  • regulatory affairs
  • pharmaceutical sales and marketing.

Renowned researchers and leading academics will teach you specialist knowledge and skills in research, drug development and manufacturing quality control in state-of-the-art teaching facilities, including purpose-built pharmacy laboratories. 

You'll gain valuable international pharmaceutical industry experience through potential study tours or overseas placements. You may also have the opportunity to pursue further study at UniSA, through a Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science, Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) – the only double degree of its kind in Australia.

 

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 also 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).

Upon graduation, you'll be eligible for membership with the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) and other relevant professional bodies such as AusBiotech.

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 pharmaceutical industry is rapidly growing, due in part to an ageing population, the global pandemic and technological advances which make it easier and more cost-effective for new medications to be created and tested. This broadening market means graduates of this degree enjoy excellent job prospects.

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.

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.

Where can my interest in science take me?

View our Science Careers page for more information. 

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

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • Go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply.
  • You will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application.

Alternative Pathways

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

International
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Deferment

This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.

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

Our campuses are home to fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student sports and fitness facilities, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. 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 loads 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 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:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • career services and mentoring
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA

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
  • Biochemistry and molecular biology laboratory.

You’ll also be able to access other 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. I am excited to be leading an exciting and growing field such as pharmaceutical science and look forward to mentoring the next generation of pharmaceutical scientists.

Dr Matt Sykes

Program Director

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What others are saying

Pharmaceuticals is an area I found to be on the forefront of innovation, an industry that will always be producing new and exciting advancements in medicine and technology for the greater purpose of helping people. This degree is comprehensive and gives you the freedom of choosing electives to design a course that is suited to the direction you want to head in.

Emilia Morris

Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science

Emilia Morris

Emilia Morris

Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science

I chose this degree as I loved learning chemistry and biology in high school. I wanted to study something that involved science and research which would improve the health of people. This degree covers all aspects of the pharmaceutical industry giving you a taste of all the possible career pathways within the industry and you can choose electives to suit the pathway you choose to take.

Hayley Shultz

Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science

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Hayley Shultz

Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science

The degree integrates many aspects of chemistry, biology, maths and marketing, giving me a great understanding of the pharmaceuticals industry. Becoming a pharmaceutical science professional is exciting, knowing that the work we do has the potential to revolutionise the treatment for diseases and improve the wellbeing of patients across the globe.

Cintya Dharmayanti

Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science

Cintya Dharmayanti

Cintya Dharmayanti

Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science