Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Pharmaceutical science is the science of developing new medicines. You will learn about the human body and the use of drugs to treat disease, and how new drugs are developed and brought to market. You'll gain an understanding of biochemistry, bio-statistics, human biology and cell biology, and an in-depth knowledge of pharmacology and toxicology, physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology to prepare you for a career in the pharmaceutical industry. The degree provides a direct pathway for eligible students into our industry-based Honours year at RMIT (BH121), which provides extensive job ready career experience in the pharmaceutical and health-related industries.
Year 1-You will study several general science courses to provide you with a sound scientific base. These include chemistry, biochemistry, bio-statistics, human biology and cell biology. You are also introduced to pharmacology and toxicology. Year 2-You will gain more in-depth education and training in the major discipline areas of pharmacology and toxicology, physiology and biochemistry. Year 3 - In your final year the focus is on how drugs are used to treat diseases along with pharmaceutical industry-related topics, including drug development and safety, the design and management of clinical trials, and drug regulations and medical information.
- Biochemistry, Clinical trials, Drug development, Human physiology, Pharmacology, Regulatory affairs, Toxicology.
Standard entry requirements
- Current Year 12 prerequisites units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 20 in Chemistry and a study score of at least 20 of one of Mathematics (any) or Physics
- And a study score of at least 25 in any English (except EAL) or at least 30 in English EAL.
Graduates may join the following Australian professional societies: Association of Regulatory and Clinical Scientists to the Pharmaceutical Industry (ARCS); Australasian Pharmaceutical Science Association (APSA); Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists (ASCEPT); AusBiotech
Depending on the stream chosen, graduates of the Associate Degree in Applied Science who achieve a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or greater are guaranteed entry into the second year (equivalent to 120 credit points) of the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Pharmaceutical Sciences). Graduates with a GPA of less than 2.0 may apply, and if successful in gaining a place, may be eligible for exemptions. Graduates of the Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Biotechnology), or the Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Pathology Testing) may also be eligible to apply for exemptions of up to one year.
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The type of careers this qualification leads to may include biomedical research in hospitals, biotechnology sector, clinical trial centres, government regulatory authorities, pharmaceutical companies, universities and research institutes.