Start Date

4 year(s) full-time


Program Code

414411 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

One of the following:
SACE Stage 2 Chemistry
SACE Stage 2 Physics
SACE Stage 2 Biology
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Assumed Knowledge

Entry Scores
2022 Guaranteed Entry
Year 12 (ATAR-based): 83.00
Year 12 (Grades-based): A,A,B
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2021 Cut-Offs
Year 12 (ATAR-based):
- Internal: 80.75
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Degree overview

  • Join the No.1 university in South Australia for pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences.1
  • Be equipped with the skills and expertise to embark on a career helping society use and access medicines correctly and safely.
  • Study the only professionally accredited pathway to become a registered Pharmacist in South Australia.
  • UniSA is one of four universities in Australia to be a member of the prestigious National Alliance for Pharmacy Education (NAPE).
  • Get professional practice experience from placements in community and hospital pharmacies.
  • 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 and strong links with internationally renowned research concentrations.
  • Gain two qualifications with just one extra year of study when you complete Australia’s only double degree in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science.

12020 ARWU World University Subject Rankings. 22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).


UniSA_Pharmacy-23 copy.jpgStart your unstoppable career with South Australia’s only professionally accredited pharmacy degree to become a registered Pharmacist.

As medicine experts, Pharmacists treat patients through one-on-one patient care, ensuring medicines are collectively used in the right way.

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. 

What you'll need

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, have a strong interest in research.  You’ll need to be meticulous, accurate and results-driven.

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.

The Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) qualifies students for registration as a Pharmacist, however, to become a practicing pharmacist, you’ll need to undertake the Pharmacy Intern Training Program at UniSA or another institution. 

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.

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:

  • 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.

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
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
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
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
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
Frontiers in Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Science PHAR 4025 9 Note(s): 4
Issues in Contemporary Pharmacy Practice PHAR 4019 4.5 Note(s): 4
Pharmacy Management Essentials PHAR 4014 4.5
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. 



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


Graduating with an honours 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 honours 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, 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)

UniSA_Pharmacy-27 copy.jpgState-of-the-art learning facilities, internationally recognised teaching staff and strong clinical links with industry make UniSA the best choice for aspiring pharmacy students.

UniSA’s Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) is the only pathway to becoming a Pharmacist in South Australia. In fact, we’re one of the four member universities in Australia of the 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. 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.

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.

You may also have the opportunity to enter into a double degree with pharmacy and pharmaceutical science with just one extra year of study. To be eligible, you'll need to receive a grade point average (GPA) of 5 or more in your second year.

Real-world connections

Our strong links with clinical practice and the community means you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside experienced pharmaceutical clinicians, award-winning researchers and academics. This is a great opportunity for you to build networks which will help to accelerate your career progression after graduation.

We 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 is continually on the rise, with most Pharmacists working in retail trade, health care and social assistance, or manufacturing. Career prospects continue to look very strong, with an expected 13,000 job openings over the next five years.1

Pharmacy is not just about filling prescriptions. 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.

The Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) qualifies students for provisional registration as a Pharmacist. To become a practicing Pharmacist, you’ll need to undertake the Pharmacy Intern Training Program at UniSA or another institution. 

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

1Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2023 Small Business Projections.

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


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


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


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

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

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

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


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.


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
  • 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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Portrait image for Dr Kirsten Staff

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