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Interested in Pharmacy?

Benefit from over 50 years’ experience in pharmacy education, state-of-the-art facilities and curriculum informed by well-above world standard research in Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences1.

The pharmaceutical industry is rapidly growing, due in part to an ageing population and technological advances that make it easier and more cost effective for new medications to be created and tested. This broadening market means graduates of these degrees enjoy excellent job prospects.

You’ll learn in the new $247 million University of South Australia Cancer Research Institute – the gateway to Adelaide’s BioMED City and new leading destination for health research and teaching, benefiting from industry connections, experienced staff and strong links with internationally renowned research concentrations.

Our Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) is South Australia’s only pharmacy degree, and we are one of the four universities in Australia to be a member of the prestigious National Alliance for Pharmacy Education (NAPE). You will gain industry experience through field placements and graduate with honours, providing a competitive edge in the ever-evolving field of pharmacy.

Our Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science is a flexible degree – the only one of its kind in South Australia. You will have the opportunity to tailor your program to your interests and pursue a career in a range of areas, including drug discovery and development, manufacturing and production, clinical trials and pharmaceutical sales and marketing.

We also offer postgraduate qualifications with our Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice, giving intern pharmacists the opportunity to complete the Pharmacy Intern Training Program, and also our Master of Clinical Pharmacy, designed for Registered Pharmacists wanting to excel their career.

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Key features

  • Study at the No.1 University in South Australia for graduate careers1.
  • Study at one of the top three universities nationally for graduate employment in Pharmacy, which is also rated five stars in starting salary2.
  • Learn from a University that has well-above world standard research in Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences3
  • Study in the new $247 million UniSA Cancer Research Institute
  • Gain practical experience in our on-campus, purpose-built pharmacy laboratory and model pharmacy.
  • We offer South Australia’s only pharmacy degree, and are one of only four universities in Australia to be a member of the prestigious National Alliance for Pharmacy Education (NAPE).
  • Gain two qualifications with just one extra year of study when you complete Australia’s only double degree in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science.

1QILT: Graduate Destinations Survey 2015 and Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016-17 – Full-time Employment Indicator. Public SA-founded universities only.
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2018 Good Universities Guide.
32015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Why UniSA?

We have over 50 years’ experience in this field and our teachers, who are industry professionals, have a very practical approach to learning – this means you’ll work on real-world projects and gain practical experience. We’ve also invested millions of dollars in new buildings and facilities, so you’ll get the opportunity to use the latest technologies and learn in ultra-modern teaching spaces.

UniSA is Australia’s youngest university to receive five-stars in research1 and this excellence shines through our teaching. We are inspired by challenges and opportunities, and partner with local icons and international heavyweights to deliver impact and change.

1QS Stars Rankings 2015

UniSA offers 7 Pharmacy degrees

Choose your level of study

Short programs

Are you after a career change or looking to upgrade your existing skills? Or perhaps you just have an interest in a particular subject area and want to further your experience, skills and knowledge. We offer a suite of short programs that will allow you to build your knowledge and skill set.

Designed in collaboration with expert academics, program content is industry-relevant and up-to-date. Short programs include:

World-class partners for a world-class university

We are a globally connected university with over 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

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Your career

Employment opportunities are diverse and you will be qualified to take on professional roles in many areas, including:

  • Evaluation of medicines by government regulatory agencies
  • Identification and measurement of drugs by analytical laboratories
  • Clinical trials that test the efficiency of medicines in patients
  • Interrogation of medicine usage to improve health outcomes and minimise health costs
  • Marketing and sales of medicines for human and veterinary use

If you graduate as a pharmacist, you may also practice in areas such as:

  • Community services
  • Hospital settings
  • Pharmacies
  • Aged care facilities
  • Regulatory bodies
  • Research or academia
Your Career

Global networks

We are a globally connected university, our staff and students come from over 90 countries. We also have more than 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

Our students have had placements and internships with organisations like:

  • Chemist Warehouse
  • National Pharmacies
  • HPS Pharmacies
  • Flinders Medical Centre
  • Royal Adelaide Hospital 

Industry facts

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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

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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  

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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

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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

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Specific fields of education with good employment outcomes for university graduates in Australia in 2015 includes pharmacy (74.3 per cent of graduates find full-time employment within four months)1.

1NCVER, Government-Funded Student Outcomes; GCA, Graduate Destinations, unpublished data; GCA, GradStats, 2015 

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What others are saying

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)

I enjoyed chemistry and biology in school and always knew I wanted to study pharmacy. This double degree provides a broader range of knowledge about medications; from their discovery and development through to what information patients need to know prior to taking medications. A highlight of my studies was being awarded the SA/NT Pharmacy Student of the Year.

Rebecca Tattingham

Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science, Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

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Rebecca Tattingham

Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science, 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

Why study at UniSA?

As one of the most innovative universities in Australia and Asia, there are many reasons to study with us. Here are just three:

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Accessible, helpful and flexible

We have six campuses, a 24/7 online learning environment, and we offer flexible study options like online and evening courses.

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Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*QILT: Graduate Destination Survey 2014-2016 Full-time Employment Indicator

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A five star university

Five stars for research, teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, social responsibility and inclusiveness.*
*QS Stars rankings 2017