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Start Date

0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code

4GC059 (External)

Study as
Part-time only

Degree overview

  • Gain specialised skills in contemporary 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.
  • Benefit from our strong industry links and affiliation with several internationally-renowned research groups, as well as the UniSA Cancer Research Institute and Centre for Cancer Biology.
  • UniSA is one of four universities in Australia to be a member of the prestigious National Alliance for Pharmacy Education.
  • Benefit from more than 50 years’ experience in pharmacy education.
  • Learn at your own pace with flexible online study options.
  • Be eligible for credits into the Master of Clinical Pharmacy upon completion of this Graduate Certificate.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)


Pharmacy student in campus pharmacy laboratory

This postgraduate qualification 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.

UniSA is an accredited provider for Intern Training Programs, which is a requirement for all graduating pharmacists who want to become registered practicing pharmacists.

It is offered online with on-campus workshops so you can fit your study in among other work and life commitments. This course is only available to study part-time, over a minimum of 12 months. 

You will benefit from our dedicated team of student mentors and our accessible online study environment, which includes virtual classrooms and 24/7 access to online resources.

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 are a registered pharmacist you may complete the four courses assigned to the Registered Pharmacist Pathway. If you are 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 and 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. 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

Why Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice

Why this Degree

Graduating with a postgraduate qualification will set you apart, ensuring you have a competitive edge and are well-placed for a career in industry, research or further postgraduate study.

We are 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 (eTG), Stockley’s Drug Interactions, and Herbal Medicines.

Our teaching staff includes clinical specialists and renowned researchers, so you will be learning from some of the best, and our affiliation with several internationally-renowned research groups, as well as the UniSA Cancer Research Institute and Centre for Cancer Biology provides valuable networking opportunities and resources.

As Australia’s university of enterprise:

  • we are the largest university in South Australia with more than 31,000 students
  • we are ranked in the world’s top 50 under 50.1

Our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented in South Australia, with 100 per cent of our assessed research rated as world-class or above.2 We are fast becoming a renowned centre of innovation and enterprise in the sectors that will drive Australia's future, including health and biomedicine.

1Ranked #26, 2019 THE Young University Rankings; Ranked #30, 2020 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50

22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), 4-digit Fields of Research.

Real-world connections

Our affiliation with several internationally-renowned research groups, as well as the UniSA Cancer Research Institute and Centre for Cancer Biology provides you with valuable networking opportunities and industry contacts.

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

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

Online study

Online study

This degree is offered online. This means that you:

  • will study online, including accessing access 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 the degree webpage.

Career outcomes

Your career

With new drug developments, enhanced therapeutic developments and expanding scopes of practice, pharmacists have more career options than ever before. In fact, long-term career prospects in this field are expected to experience very strong growth,1 which is great news for graduates. 

As a 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.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

Industry facts


To May 2024, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 252,600 jobs.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019


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.1

1The Commonwealth of Australia, 2018-19 Budget.


In Australia, pharmacy graduates had the highest rate of full-time employment (95.7 per cent) of any study area in 2019.1

1QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019

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 areas 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 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

Our student support services can make your life at university easier. We provide a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling. You can also access a range of services through our students association, USASA. 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 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