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3 years full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face

Applications are not being taken at this time


Develop expertise in both health and chemistry with a Bachelor of Pharmaceutical and Health Science at Victoria University.

This course combines the areas of human health and disease with the complementary areas of pharmaceutical design, analysis and synthesis.

Your studies link the health sciences related to drugs (including metabolism, action and toxicology) with the pharmaceutical science of drugs (including drug design, synthesis and analysis both in-vivo and in products).

This course provides hands-on training and work placement opportunities. You’ll be ready for a diverse science career that requires skills and knowledge in both pharmaceutical and health sciences.

Graduate with an integrated set of skills and knowledge allowing for broader career prospects in science industries such as:

  • pharmaceutical
  • biomedical
  • chemical
  • agricultural
  • cosmetics
  • food and beverage.

Please note that this course does not allow practice as a pharmacist. If you're interested in scientific research you can progress into Honours and postgraduate studies (subject to performance in the degree program).

Preparing you for a career in science means bringing the real world into our courses.

You’ll gain extensive hands-on experience in simulated environments with modern equipment.

Both our learning and assessment is aligned with scientific protocols and industry standards. This practical learning will ensure you are job-ready when you graduate.

This course will ensure you are work ready, with the chance to make industry connections before you even graduate.

You’ll benefit from VU’s industry links with the opportunity for work placements.  You may wish to undertake your Capstone project with one of the College of Engineering and Science’s industry partners.

Some units also feature industry connections. For example, the National Measurement Institute will deliver lectures and laboratory training in the Pharmaceutical Regulatory Process unit.

Our Women in Science & Engineering program supports our current university students, and inspires women to choose engineering and science careers.

We regularly run seminars and workshops featuring female engineers, scientists and IT professionals.

Careers in pharmaceutical and health science

Your integrated skills and knowledge will allow you to work in a broad range of science industries such as pharmaceutical, health, biomedical, chemical, agricultural, cosmetics, food and beverage. Your skills will be sought after across industry, government and education.

Potential roles include:

  • analytical chemist
  • forensic scientist
  • hospital scientist
  • medical and pharmaceutical research
  • pharmaceutical scientist
  • pharmaceutical and medical supplies representative
  • scientific instrument sales.


Career options with this qualification are varied. For example, these are the average annual salaries in Australia for:

  • science or chemistry technician - $60,424 (JobOutlook)
  • medical laboratory scientist - $81,484 (JobOutlook)
  • medical & pharmaceutical products sales representative - $91,416 (JobOutlook).

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Pharmaceutical and Health Science students will be required to complete 288 credit points of Core studies, consisting of:

  • 96 credit points of Core First Year studies, and;

  • 192 credit points of Professional Core studies.

First Year Core Units

Year 2, Semester 1

Year 2, Semester 2

Year 3, Semester 1

Year 3, Semester 2

We've changed the way we teach our courses, so that you experience a first year like no other - focused on you and your success.

From 2018, the first-year of this bachelor degree* will see units delivered one at a time, in four-week blocks. This means you won't have to juggle the deadlines and demands of studying multiple units at once. Instead you'll complete one unit before moving on to the next.

All units will be conducted in small class sizes with three face-to-face sessions per week. This means you will get more one-on-one time with your teachers.

You will have access to different learning and teaching methods including:

  • online
  • educator-led delivery
  • tutorials
  • group work
  • laboratory and practical work (where it applies).

You will have access to additional activities designed to extend and improve your skills. These activities foster the skills you need to be an adaptable, resilient, confident and competent learner and employee.

Find out more about our First Year Model.

* Melbourne-based campuses only

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Analyse the fundamental principles underpinning the knowledge and practice of human health and disease, and the development and testing of pharmaceutical products;  
  2. Identify and solve problems with intellectual independence using the principles of pharmaceutical and health science in a range of situations related to health and drug interactions, taking into consideration social, cultural, economic and environmental factors;  
  3. Research, interpret and critically evaluate (local, national and international) information in the discipline and assess its relevance to a range of situations including real case scenarios;  
  4. Collect, interpret and analyse scientific data in order to solve problems in the pharmaceutical and Health Sciences and reflect upon the relevance of the outcomes for public health;  
  5. Devise and apply scientific methodology, individually and with peers, to undertake laboratory exercises, scientific research and practical investigations, employing ethical principles and practice and industry and research protocols;  
  6. Communicate effectively utilising a number of oral and written formats to a range of stakeholders including health practitioners, researchers, colleagues and peers.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.


Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • TAFE: Students who have completed a Certificate IV in a related Science/Health area will be eligible to apply for entry to the course;
    Completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Australian Diploma or Advanced Diploma (or equivalent) will be granted advanced standing of a maximum of 96 credit points (Diploma) or 144 credit points (Advanced Diploma).
  • Year 12: Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in any other English; AND a study score of at least 25 in Chemistry; AND a study score of at least 25 in one of Biology or Health and Human Development.
  • Mature: Applicants with relevant work, education and/or community experience in the Pharmaceutical/Chemical and/or Health industries, will be considered for admission to the course.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

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