Start date
February

Duration
4 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
IHPC

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

Fees
AUD$ 41,400 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2023

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
088337C

Degree overview

  • Join a university ranked in the World Top 150 for pharmacy and pharmacology.1
  • Study the only pharmacy degree offered in South Australia.
  • Embark on a pathway to becoming a registered pharmacist.
  • Be equipped with the skills and knowledge to build a career helping society to get the best outcome from medicines.
  • Gain credentials from one of the four founding members of Australia’s prestigious National Alliance for Pharmacy Education (NAPE).
  • Get professional practice experience from placements in a range of practice settings including community and hospitals.
  • Study in UniSA’s $247 million state-of-the-art Bradley Building.
  • Join a university with more than 50 years’ experience in pharmacy education and research.
  • Learn from a university with well above world-class research in pharmacy, pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences.2
  • Benefit from our industry connections within the pharmacy profession, and links with internationally renowned research concentrations.
  • Gain two qualifications with one extra year of study when you complete Australia’s only double degree in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science.
  • UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people.3 As one of the World’s Top Young Universities4, we’ll ensure you get the experience your future profession demands so it’ll feel like you’re studying one minute and in a career the next.

12022 QS Subject Rankings.  22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 3UNSTOPPABLE® is a Kellogg Company trade mark used under licence. 4Ranked #46, 2022 THE Young University Rankings, Ranked #29, 2021 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50.

Snapshot

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Start your unstoppable career with South Australia’s only professionally accredited pharmacy degree to become a registered pharmacist.

As medicine experts, pharmacists are important members of the healthcare team. Pharmacists provide expert patient care to ensure that medicines are used to enhance health outcomes and minimise harm. Using cutting edge technology in dedicated pharmacy laboratories, you’ll develop skills in pharmaceutical and biological sciences to understand and prepare medicines. As an honour's student, you’ll develop advanced skills in research, focusing on an area of specialisation in pharmacy and related sciences. 

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 one extra year of study.

What you'll need

All students studying a health-related program where interaction with the public is required, such as clinical placements in health settings, must meet certain compulsory 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.

Graduates of the UniSA Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) can apply for provisional registration with the Pharmacy Board of Australia, however, to become a registered pharmacist, you’ll need to undertake the Pharmacy Intern Training Program (ITP) at UniSA or another accredited Pharmacy ITP. 

If you wish to transfer into the Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science, Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) double degree, 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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You’ll learn how to deliver the best patient care, review medications, accurately dispense medicines and provide expert knowledge to consumers and be part of a healthcare team.

As an honour's student, there is a strong focus on research in this degree. You’ll graduate with the skills needed to undertake and manage research projects in a health-related setting. 

Key focuses of this degree include:

  • chemistry and human physiology
  • 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
  • clinical placements in community and hospital pharmacy sectors

Over the first two years you’ll 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’ll 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 the final year, you’ll complete professional placements in community and hospital-based pharmacies, with opportunities for rural and international experiences.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
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
SECOND YEAR
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
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
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
FOURTH YEAR
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
RESEARCH FOCUS
Frontiers in Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Science PHAR 4025 9 Note(s): 4
PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT FOCUS
Issues in Contemporary Pharmacy Practice PHAR 4019 4.5 Note(s): 4
AND ONE OF
Pharmacy Management Essentials PHAR 4014 4.5
OR
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.

Assessment

Assessment

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

Honours

Graduating with an honour’s 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.

The honour’s component includes a minimum of one year of advanced studies in professional practice with the option for research skill development. You’ll undertake clinical placements with a range of professional providers, including hospitals and professional settings. You’ll also have the opportunity to work alongside world leading research groups and clinicians, with current student project partners including SAHMRI, the UniSA Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre and the South Australian hospital network.

Why Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

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State-of-the-art learning facilities, internationally recognised teaching staff and strong industry links with the pharmacy profession and healthcare providers make UniSA a great choice for aspiring pharmacy students.

UniSA’s Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) is the only pathway to becoming a pharmacist in South Australia. We’re also one of the four founding members of Australia’s prestigious National Alliance for Pharmacy Education (NAPE).

Graduating with a higher-level qualification honour's degree will set you apart from the crowd, ensuring you have a competitive edge and are ready for broad career opportunities including clinical practice in primary care and hospital pharmacy, government regulation, or further postgraduate study and research. 

Our state-of-the-art, purpose-built pharmacy laboratory is the best place to hone your skills in drug development and pharmaceutical sciences. 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. The suite simulates patient interactions for the provision of over-the-counter medicines assisted by new touchscreen technology which is the first of its kind in Australia. This means you’ll get virtual access to the entire product range that would be held in a pharmacy.

Real-world connections

Our strong links with clinical practice and the community means you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside experienced clinicians, award-winning researchers and academics. 

All students undertake a six week placement in a community pharmacy setting and a six week placement in a hospital pharmacy setting. These placements provide a great opportunity for you to build networks to accelerate your career progression after graduation.

We also host regular University-wide alumni eventsemployee 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

Growth in Australia’s pharmacy profession continues to rise, with most pharmacists working in community and hospital pharmacy settings, with increasing roles in aged care, primary care, healthcare policy and the pharmaceutical industry. Career prospects continue to look strong, with an expected 3,100 new job openings over the next five years.1

To be successful as a pharmacist you’ll have a natural interest in people’s health and wellbeing, sciences, and interacting with people. 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. You'll be the kind of person who is motivated to take on an intellectual challenge, and have a strong interest in research. You’ll need to be meticulous, accurate and results-driven.

Pharmacists are the medicine experts in a multidisciplinary healthcare team. With new therapeutic developments and expanding clinical roles, pharmacists have more career options than ever before, in settings across:

  • hospitals
  • local 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

Graduates of the UniSA Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) can apply for provisional registration with the Pharmacy Board of Australia, however to become a registered pharmacist, you’ll need to undertake the Pharmacy Intern Training Program (ITP) at UniSA or another accredited Pharmacy ITP. 

As an honour’s student you can also pursue a career in research, such as the Master of Clinical Pharmacy.

1Australian Government National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021

Professional accreditation and recognition

The program is accredited with the Australian Pharmacy Council.

Successful completion of the program satisfies the academic requirements for provisional registration as a pharmacist with the Pharmacy Board of Australia. Eligibility for general 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 (93.2%) of any study area in 2021.

QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey 2021

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To November 2026, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 301,000 jobs.

Australian Government National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021

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Employment for pharmacists in Australia is projected to increase by 9% by November 2026.

Australian Government National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021

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: 

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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 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 gain access 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. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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 modern facilities including 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

Bradley Building

You'll have access to:

  • purpose-built pharmacy laboratories
  • pharmacy collaborative teaching room and student common area
  • pharmacy Practice Integrated Learning Suite (PPILS)
  • chemistry laboratory
  • biology laboratory

You’ll also be able to access 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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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