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Start date

4 year(s) full-time


Program Code

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

2020: AUD$ 39,400 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]
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Degree overview

  • Study at one of the top 5 universities for national employment, student satisfaction and teaching quality in Pharmacy1.
  • Learn from a University that has well-above world standard research in Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences2.
  • Study in UniSA’s new $247 million state-of-the-art UniSA Cancer Research Institute.
    Learn in our on-campus, purpose-built pharmacy laboratories and pharmacy practice suite. 
  • Benefit from our industry connections and strong links with internationally renowned research concentrations.
  • Gain professional practice experience when you complete placements in community and hospital pharmacies.
  • Benefit from over 50 years’ experience in pharmacy education.
  • Gain two qualifications with just one extra year of study when you complete Australia’s only double degree in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science.
  • UniSA offers South Australia’s only pharmacy degree and is one of four universities in Australia to be a member of the prestigious National Alliance for Pharmacy Education (NAPE).

1QILT: Graduate Outcomes Survey Course Experience Questionnaire 2016-18 – Full-time Employment, Overall Satisfaction and Teaching Quality Indicators (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.
22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)


Pharmacy students discussing medication

With purpose-built on-campus learning facilities, internationally-recognised teaching staff and strong professional and clinical links with industry, we are the choice for aspiring pharmacy students.

Our on-campus facilities include a pharmacy laboratory where you will receive hands-on experience in biological, chemical and pharmaceutical sciences, developing the skills needed for ethical pharmacy practice in an evolving health system. You will also benefit from our new pharmacy practice suite where you will learn to dispense medicines, counsel patients and develop the clinical service delivery skills needed for contemporary pharmacy practice.

Key focuses of this degree include:

  • biological, chemical and pharmaceutical sciences
  • preparing, studying and monitoring medicines and their use
  • providing pesonalised drug information and advice for patients
  • ethical pharmacy practice
  • research methods
  • trialling and regulation of medicines
  • university organised clinical placements across the community and hospital pharmacy sectors

As an honours student you will develop advanced skills in research, focusing on an area of specialisation in pharmacy and related sciences. 

You may also have the opportunity to enter into a double degree with a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours), Bachelor of 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.

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, child related employment clearance and immunisation 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.

What you'll learn

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This honours degree will equip you with the knowledge, skills and practical expertise needed to embark on a career in the ever-changing field of pharmacy. 

As an honours student there is also a strong focus on research, and you will graduate with the skills needed to undertake and manage research projects in a health-related setting. 

During your first two years you will study:

  • biological, chemical and pharmaceutical sciences
  • ethical pharmacy practice
  • common diseases and the drugs needed to treat them

During the third and fourth years you will study:

  • pharmacotherapeutics
  • clinical decision making principles
  • research methods
  • trialling and regulation of medicines
  • advanced pharmacy practice

In fourth year you will also complete professional placements in community and hospital-based pharmacy settings, with opportunities for rural and international experiences.

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 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.



Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • essays and assignments
  • quizzes
  • examinations
  • group projects
  • 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


This is a four-year, professional degree with honours. 

As an honours student you will develop advanced skills in research and professional practice, focusing on an area of specialisation in pharmacy and related sciences.

During the honours preparation, you will undertake training courses in research methods and ethics.

Within the honours stream, you will have the option to either undertake a research project under the supervision of an experienced research group or undertake additional advanced professional training and experience. 

You will graduate with professional and clinical experience, connections with employers, and a higher-level qualification than a bachelor degree. Your honours year will prepare you for future leadership roles. 

Why Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

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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. 

We offer a state-of-the-art, purpose-built pharmacy laboratory to develop skills in drug development and pharmaceutical sciences, and a pharmacy practice suite where you will develop clinical and professional competence, and learn the vital communication skills needed when dealing with patients. The suite utilises integrated information technology and digital platforms to prepare you for the future of pharmacy practice.

Real-world connections

Our strong links with 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.

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

To be successful as a pharmacist you will need to have an interest in the health and wellbeing of individuals and the community. You will also need to have an interest in the physical sciences and acknowledge the significance of the social sciences in the development of a health professional. The ability to work without supervision and with a high degree of accuracy is essential, as is a willingness to develop high level problem solving skills.

In addition, you should be motivated to take on an intellectual challenge, have a desire to gain specialised knowledge in your discipline, and a strong interest in research.  You will need to be meticulous, accurate and results-driven, and possess exceptional communication skills to deal with patients.

With new drug developments and enhanced therapeutic developments pharmacists have more career options than ever before,, which is great news for graduates.  

Pharmacists gain employment in:

  • hospitals
  • pharmacies
  • community services
  • aged care settings
  • regulatory bodies
  • compounding or critical care services
  • infectious disease services 
  • academia and research

As an honours student you may also choose to pursue a career in research – graduates with honours degrees are highly sought after by prospective employers, particularly within university and research settings. 

The Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) qualifies students for registration as a pharmacist, however, to become a practising pharmacist, you will need to undertake the Pharmacy Intern Training Program at UniSA or another institution. Other postgraduate opportunities include the clinical master program.

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


Employment for pharmacists in Australia is projected to increase by 5,000 (20 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015


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


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


Employment as a pharmacy sales assistant 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

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

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

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


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 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

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

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

Portrait image for Dr Kirsten Staff
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