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What will I learn?

Your career in pharmaceutical sciences

With a broad understanding of how medicines can be used to improve the quality of human life, you will be equipped with the skills to take on professional roles in many areas of this exciting industry.

What you will study

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

Pharmaceutical sciences combines knowledge about the human body, chemistry and the action of drugs in the body and enables the pharmaceutical industry to deliver more reliable, accessible and effective treatments.

In addition to an understanding of pharmacology and physiology you will learn about the development of new drugs, the clinical use of medications, and the legal and regulatory aspects of medicine development within the pharmaceutical industry.

You’ll gain an understanding of biochemistry, biostatistics, human biology and cell biology, and an in-depth knowledge of therapeutics, pharmacology and toxicology, physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology to prepare you for a career in the pharmaceutical industry.

A highlight of this degree is that it provides a direct pathway into RMIT’s industry-based Pharmaceutical Sciences Honours year (BH121) for eligible students.

The honours year provides extensive career experience in pharmaceutical and health-related industries.


RMIT pharmaceutical sciences graduates are highly skilled with advanced theoretical and practical knowledge in selected areas of biochemical, pharmacological and related health sciences.

The pharmaceutical industry is Australia's leading technology exporter and forms an expanding multi-billion dollar sector.

Graduates can work in:

pharmaceutical and healthcare companies specialising in running clinical trials, managing medical information or registering new drugs
universities, hospitals or biomedical research institutes developing new treatments
organisations specialising in forensics, medical auditing or research governance

Which department am I in?

STEM College



Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$38,400.00 (20,55,675) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

February 2022, February 2023


Bundoora Campus

289 McKimmie Road,



3083, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school qualification) with a minimum 75% average.

For international students

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

To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by this university

RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University) offers below pathways course for this subject

About RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University)

RMIT University has obtained a 5-Star QS ranking for excellence in higher education.

  • Ranked 21st globally for universities less than 50 years old
  • 15th highest-ranked university in Australia
  • 8th in Australia for graduate employability
  • Industry partnerships in 100+ countries