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Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science - 131JA

Course Code: 131JA
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline(s): Academic Program Area - Science
CRICOS Code: 069269A
Selection Rank: 60
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Kick start your career with a pharmaceutical science degree

Study a Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science at UC and see how the disciplines of chemistry and biology interact in the exciting industry of pharmaceutical science.

Throughout your degree you will gain valuable practical experience in research methods and the professional workplace. Enjoy the flexibility to focus on and specialise in particular areas of interest such as immunology, microbiology, clinical chemistry, forensic toxicology, pharmaceutical biotechnology or advanced physiology.

Study a Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science at UC and you will:

  • acquire an extensive knowledge of human biology and chemistry with a focus on improving human health.
  • engage in practical experience in research methods and the workplace
  • enjoy the freedom to choose further study in immunology, microbiology, clinical chemistry, forensic toxicology, pharmaceutical biotechnology or advanced physiology.

Work-integrated learning

During your course you will complete a professional practice unit. Students may be required to complete a police check and be fully vaccinated before commencing the placement.

Career opportunities

  • Pharmaceutical scientific evaluation
  • Research and risk assessment
  • Pharmacy – subject to further training and accreditation

Course specific information

Graduates interested in professional accreditation for pharmacy, medicine, physiotherapy or science education will need to complete further study. This degree provides a targeted pathway to the Master of Pharmacy, leading to registration as a pharmacist.


Prospective Domestic Students
Email or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students
Email or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Current and Commencing Students
Please contact the University Student Centre by Email or Phone 1300 301 727

Admission Requirements

Normal UC requirements for admission to an undergraduate course.

Additional Admission Requirements

Police checks and full vaccination may be required for Professional Practice unit.

Assumed Knowledge

ACT Chemistry and Mathematical Methods

NSW Chemistry and Mathematics

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science B PharmaceuticalSc

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International



The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.

Professional Accreditation

Royal Australian Chemical Institute accreditation currently being negotiated.

Graduate Employment

Graduates will have an extensive knowledge of human biology and chemistry, focussing on its application to people. They will have practical experience in research methods, the professional workplace or both.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
To provide a background in chemical and biological sciences and their interaction and the knowledge and skills to keep this knowledge current throughout a professional career. Graduates will be able to anticipate and define new problems; and identify and resolve new problems in new fields.
Generic Skills:
Problem Solving: have an understanding of how to apply their knowledge and abilities to many different contexts and fields; Professionalism and Social Responsibility: possess self-knowledge and the ability to assess their own performance critically and accurately;
Personal Attributes: Graduates are expected to: a. be independent self-directed learners with the capacity and motivation for lifelong learning; and b. be aware of how they best learn.
AQF: Knowledge and Application of knowledge and skills.
To provide the communication and background to prepare graduates for employment in a range of science-based fields and for them to contribute to the workplace. Generic Skills:
Communication: Graduates are expected to be able to: a) express knowledge, ideas and opinions in their professional field, both orally and in written form, with confidence and clarity; b) present arguments and ideas effectively; c) actively listen and respond to the ideas of other people; d) negotiate effectively; e) create and present new ideas, and f) be able to function in a multi-cultural or global environment.
Analysis and Inquiry: Graduates are expected to: a. demonstrate entrepreneurial skills including creativity, initiative, adaptability, leadership, resourcefulness; and b. have the ability to initiate new ideas, implement decisions and cope with uncertainty.
Working Independently and with Others: Graduates are expected to be able to: a. work with others as part of a group; b. take responsibility for carrying out agreed tasks; c. be aware of the different roles and responsibilities of group members; d. evaluate group performance; e. take initiative and demonstrate leadership; and f. respect the rights of others irrespective of their cultural background, race or gender.
Personal Attributes: Graduates are expected to: a. be independent thinkers and agents for change; b. have confidence to challenge existing ideas; c. show commitment to ongoing self-development; d. value and respect differing views; e. be confident in themselves and their own skills and knowledge.
AQF: Skills.
To provide an understanding of the social context of professional employment and the responsibilities that entails. Generic Skills:
Professionalism and Social Responsibility: Graduates are expected to: a. act responsibly, ethically and with integrity in the context of their profession and their obligations to society; b. appreciate the social and cultural context of their profession; c. work towards improvement in society; d. understand economic, political, social, and environmental systems with an international perspective; e. act in environmentally sustainable ways; and f. accept service to the community as the primary purpose for professional life.
AQF: Application of knowledge and skills.

Course Duration

Standard six semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum twenty semesters.


High achieving students may be eligible to enrol in the Bachelor of Applied Science Honours course.

UCC Pathway

Diploma of Science


  • Past Offerings
    • 2012->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2013->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2020->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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