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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

Entry Requirements
Selection Rank (Internal): 72.30 (for 2019)
Selection Rank (Guaranteed): 80.00 (for 2020)
TAFE/RTO (Guaranteed): DIP
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Prerequisites
One of the following:
SACE Stage 2 Biology
SACE Stage 2 Chemistry
SACE Stage 2 Physics
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Assumed Knowledge
None

Degree overview

  • Study the only Pharmaceutical Science degree in South Australia.
  • Learn from a University that has well-above world standard research in Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences1 and ranked in the World top 150 for Pharmacy and Pharmacology2.
  • Study at the No.1 University in South Australia for careers and teaching quality in Science and Mathematics3.
  • Enjoy learning in UniSA's state-of-the-art $247 million UniSA Cancer Research Institute.
  • Gain hands-on experience in our on-campus, purpose-built pharmacy and chemistry laboratories.
  • Benefit from over 50 years’ experience in pharmacy and pharmaceutical science education.
  • Complete a compulsory industry project or placement.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).
22019 QS Subject Rankings.
3QILT: Graduate Outcomes Survey Course Experience Questionnaire 2016-18 – Full-time Employment and Teaching Quality Indicators (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

Snapshot

Emilia Morris

South Australia's only Pharmaceutical Science degree will prepare you to work in the discovery, development, formulation, approval, evaluation and marketing of medicines.

This flexible degree can be tailored to suit your interests and career ambitions, where you can focus on:

·         drug discovery and development

·         manufacturing and production

·         clinical trials

·         regulatory affairs

·         pharmaceutical sales and marketing

You will also develop advanced communication skills when you complete a compulsory industry project or placement relating to your area of interest. Depending on your academic achievement throughout the degree you may also be accepted into an honours program.

The opportunities are endless, with the ability to gain valuable International industry experience through study tours or overseas placements.

You may also have the opportunity to enter into the only double degree in Australia of its kind – a Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science, Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) which you can complete with just two extra years of study. To be eligible, you will need to achieve a grade point average (GPA) of 5 or more by the end of 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.

What you'll learn

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During the first year you will develop an understanding of basic sciences. You will also focus on career development and factors influencing the pharmaceutical industry domestically and internationally.

During the second and third years you will 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 will then get the opportunity to fine-tune your study to your own personal interests and career aspirations when you choose from a range of elective 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 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
  • practicals
  • presentations
  • 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

Why Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science

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As a pharmaceutical science student, you will benefit from our national and international industry connections, experienced staff and purpose-built teaching spaces. 

This flexible degree allows you to gain specialist knowledge that supports your career goals including research and development, manufacturing and quality control, and drug development.

We offer state-of-the-art teaching facilities, including purpose-built pharmacy laboratories where you will learn skills in drug development and pharmaceutical sciences. 

Our teaching staff are also renowned researchers, so you will be learning from leading academics.

You may also have the opportunity to gain valuable International industry experience, through study tours or overseas placements in countries like the Philippines and China.

Real-world connections

Our affiliation with several internationally-renowned research groups, the UniSA Cancer Research Institute and Centre for Cancer Biology provide you with valuable networking opportunities and industry contacts. 

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

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), improving a vaccine formulation (Vaxine Pty Ltd) and quality control of radiopharmaceuticals (SAHMRI).

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

The pharmaceutical industry is rapidly growing, due in part to an ageing population and technological advances that 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.

As a pharmaceutical science professional, you should be interested in science and technology and have a passion for preventing illness and treating disease to improve the quality of life for humans and animals.

Employment opportunities are diverse and you will 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

Industry facts

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Employment for pharmacists in Australia is projected to increase by 1,900 (7.5 per cent) by May 2023.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2018

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To May 2023, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 250,300 jobs.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2018

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Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2018

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

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 have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas 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 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, 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 support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide 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
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

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.

Student services

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.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

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You will have access to:

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