Start Date

0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code

4GC059 (External)

Study as
Part-time only

Degree overview

  • Further your career as a Pharmacist by gaining specialised training and skills in selected areas of pharmacy practice.
  • Take part in our unique Pharmacy Intern Training Program.
  • Learn from a curriculum based on well above world-class research in pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences.1
  • Be mentored and supported by practicing Pharmacists and academics from a university with 50 years’ experience in pharmacy education.
  • Benefit from our strong industry links and affiliation with internationally-renowned research groups.
  • UniSA is one of four universities in Australia to be a member of the prestigious National Alliance for Pharmacy Education (NAPE).
  • Be eligible for credits into the Master of Clinical Pharmacy upon completion.
  • UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities2, 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.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 2UNSTOPPABLE® is a Kellogg Company trade mark used under licence. Ranked #46, 2022 THE Young University Rankings, Ranked #29, 2021 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50.


Pharmacy student in campus pharmacy laboratory Advance your unstoppable career in one of the most in-demand professions in Australia.

This graduate certificate consists of two pathways and is specifically designed for graduate Pharmacists who wish to complete the UniSA Pharmacy Intern Training Program and/or registered Pharmacists who are interested in gaining specialised training and skills in selected areas of pharmacy practice.

What you'll learn

Pharmacy students in the pharmacy lab

This graduate certificate provides advanced training in:

  • patient assessment
  • clinical tests
  • communication
  • pharmacotherapeutics
  • health economics
  • ethics
  • law
  • evidence-based medicine.

If you're a registered Pharmacist, you may complete the four courses assigned to the Registered Pharmacist Pathway. If you're not yet registered, you must complete the pre-registration pathway.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Pre-registration pathway Rule(s): 1,2
Social and Ethical Issues in Health PHAR 5051 4.5
Advanced Pharmacy Practice PHAR 5042 4.5
Plus two of the following 3 courses:
Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics (Mental Health) PHAR 5056 4.5
Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics (Diabetes) PHAR 5055 4.5
Introductory Epidemiology HLTH 5131 4.5
Registered Pharmacist pathway Rule(s): 3
Applied Clinical Pharmacy PHAR 5057 4.5
Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics (Mental Health) PHAR 5056 4.5
Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics (Diabetes) PHAR 5055 4.5
Introductory Epidemiology HLTH 5131 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. 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:

  • online discussion blocks
  • oral presentations
  • quizzes
  • assignments.

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

Why Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice

Why this Degree

UniSA is an accredited provider for intern training programs, which is a requirement for all graduates who want to become registered practicing Pharmacists.

Our teaching staff includes clinical specialists and renowned researchers, so you’ll be learning from some of the best. You’ll also benefit from our dedicated team of student mentors in an online study environment, which includes virtual classrooms and 24/7 access to online resources.

UniSA is the only South Australian provider of pharmacy education, and one of only four Australian universities to be a member of the prestigious National Alliance for Pharmacy Education (NAPE).

We offer accessible online study support and access to digital resources, such as the latest editions of Australian Medicines Handbook (AMH), Therapeutic Guidelines (TG), Stockley’s Drug Interactions, and Herbal Medicines.

As Australia’s University of Enterprise, we’re:

  • the largest university in South Australia with more than 37,000 students.
  • ranked in the world’s top 50 under 50.1

UniSA’s commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented in South Australia, with 100% of our assessed research rated at world-class or above.2 We’ve rapidly become a renowned centre of innovation and enterprise in the sectors propelling Australia's future forward, including health.

The Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice is offered online with on-campus workshops, so you can fit your study in with work and life commitments. 

1Ranked #29, 2021 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50 22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), 4-digit Fields of Research.

Real-world connections

UniSA's affiliation with several internationally-renowned research groups, such as the Centre for Cancer Biology will provide you with valuable networking opportunities and industry contacts.

In the Pharmacy Intern Training Program you'll work alongside practicing Pharmacists, building relationships and a valuable network of industry professionals.

We also host regular University-wide alumni eventsemployee master classes and employment expos in Australia and overseas.

Online study

Online study

Part, or all, of this degree can be studied online. This means that you can:

  • study online, including accessing videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use discussion forums for team work and communication

With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment, you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. 

Please note that for some degrees, some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any applicable requirements will be detailed on individual course pages.

Career outcomes

Your career

With new drug developments, enhanced therapeutic developments and expanding scopes of practice, Pharmacists have more career options than ever before. 

As a registered Pharmacist, you'll be able to further your practice and careers in settings such as:

  • community and hospital
  • primary care
  • drug development, testing, manufacturing, evaluation and quality control
  • regulatory authorities
  • academia.

Industry facts


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.


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

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • Check you meet the full entry requirements for this program.
  • 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.


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, tech zones, and spaces that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

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 student services provide you with all the support you need at university. You can access a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling, career advice, social support services, as well as those 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 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 program director

My main clinical and research interests are in the fields of pharmacy practice, neurological and geriatric pharmacotherapy. I look forward assisting you with your studies.

Mr Stefan Kowalski

Program Director

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Portrait image for Mr Stefan Kowalski

Mr Stefan Kowalski

Program Director


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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