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Start date
February

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
IBPA

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$ 31,500 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
060209G

Key features

  • Study in the new $247 million Health Innovation Building.
  • Learn from well above world-class researchers1 in Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Clinical Sciences.
  • Gain practical experience in our on-campus, purpose-built pharmacy and chemistry laboratories, and model pharmacy.
  • Have the opportunity to graduate with a double degree in pharmaceutical science and pharmacy.
  • Enjoy diverse employment opportunities and excellent job prospects.
  • Be part of a rapidly growing industry.

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Snapshot

Snapshot

If you want a career where you are involved in developing new drugs, preventing illness and treating disease, pharmaceutical science may be for you.

This flexible degree can be tailored to suit your interests and career ambitions. You can focus on:

  • drug discovery and development
  • manufacturing and production
  • sales, marketing and management

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

You may also have the opportunity to graduate with a Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science, Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) by completing just an extra two years of study. Eligibility will be dependent on academic performance following the completion of the first two years.

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 Pharmaceutical Science

Why this Degree

As a pharmaceutical science student you will benefit from our 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.

In terms of teaching facilities, we offer a state-of-the-art, purpose-built pharmacy laboratory where students can learn skills in drug development and pharmaceutical sciences. 

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.

Real-world connections

Our strong links with the Sansom Institute for Health Research mean you will have the opportunity to work alongside experienced industry professionals, award-winning researchers and acclaimed academics. This is a great opportunity for you to build important relationships and networks, which may be vital to your career progression after graduation.

You will also complete an industry project or placement relating to your area of interest, during which time you will further expand your professional network.

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

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

Industry facts

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Employment for pharmacy sales assistants 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

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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

What others are saying

The program 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

Hayley Shultz.PNG

Hayley Shultz

Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science

What you'll learn

What you Learn

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
  • biological sciences
  • 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)

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

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Chemistry 100 CHEM 1006 4.5
Molecules to Tissues 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
Molecules to Tissues 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 3 PHAR 2021 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
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

I am a published researcher and educator. My research centres on the use of computational tools to ultimately improve the drug development process.

Dr Matt Sykes

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

As a pharmaceutical science student 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.

Student services

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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