Pharmaceutical Sciences

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 22.4 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 22.4 k / Year(s) Deadline: May 31, 2024
301–350 place StudyQA ranking:676 Duration:3 years You need IELTS certificate

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Pharmaceutical science is the science of developing new medicines. You will learn about the human body and the use of drugs to treat disease.

You will also learn about the development of new therapeutics, the pharmaceutical industry and improvements in healthcare.

Specific aspects of the program include:

  • drug discovery
  • toxicity and safety
  • clinical trials
  • drug regulations
  • the ethics associated with the approval of drugs
  • medical communication of therapeutic products (sales and marketing).

Successful completion of the program may lead to postgraduate degrees such as pharmacy, medicine, dentistry and physiotherapy.

A highlight of this program is that it provides a direct pathway into RMIT’s industry-based honours year for eligible students. The honours year  provides extensive career experience in the pharmaceutical and health-related industries.


Year 1

You’ll study several general science courses to provide you with a sound scientific base. These include chemistry, biochemistry, biostatistics, human biology and cell biology. You’re also introduced to pharmacology and toxicology.

High-achieving students may have the opportunity to transfer into RMIT’s Bachelor of Pharmacy (conditions apply).

Year 2

You’ll gain more in-depth education and training in the major discipline areas of therapeutics, pharmacology and toxicology, physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology.

Year 3

The focus is on pharmaceutical industry-related areas, including drug research and development, pre-clinical drug safety testing, clinical trials design and management, and drug regulations and therapeutics.

A highlight of this program is that for eligible students it provides a direct pathway into RMIT’s  industry-based honours year Honours provides extensive career experience in the pharmaceutical and health-related industries.

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school qualification) with a minimum 65% average (check calculator below).

Equivalent qualifications may also include completion of the RMIT Foundation Studies program or a recognised post secondary diploma in the relevant discipline with the required grades.

Meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee entry. Your application will still need to be assessed and accepted. 


Chemistry and Mathematics or Physics; or

VCE Units 3 and 4 in Chemistry and one of Mathematics (any) or Physics, with study scores of at least 20.

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