Career opportunities

Whether you are a school leaver, a mature age student considering a change of career, or professional looking to up-skill, studying at UniSA's School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences can open up a wealth of career opportunities.

Our close association with industry and our emphasis on practical skills and creative thinking make our graduates highly sought-after by employers.

Whether they are working in research laboratories finding cures to disease, at the frontline of health care in hospitals and pharmacies, or producing nutritious food to feed a growing population, our graduates enjoy stimulating and rewarding careers in a variety of environments.

It's about more than just getting a job. A degree from the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences can give you the chance to make a real difference to people's lives and wellbeing.

Our programs prepare graduates for stimulating careers in:

Laboratory Medicine

Laboratory Medicine graduates are qualified medical scientists who are employed in clinical diagnostic laboratories of hospitals, public and private pathology laboratories, medical and biological research laboratories, secondary and tertiary education, forensics, and veterinary medicine. They also work for biotechnology, medical supply and pharmaceutical companies as product specialists and in research and development.

Medical Science

Graduates of the Bachelor of Medical Science have an exciting array of career choices in medical or biomedical research, forensic science, the biotechnology industry, education or medical sales and marketing. With a wide choice of electives and a flexible structure, the degree can be tailored to lead to a wide range of further study options including graduate-entry coursework programs in related health science disciplines, such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dietetics or medicine, as well as programs in other complementary areas such as teaching, marketing or business management. High-achieving students have the opportunity to consider a research career, which begins with an Honours degree that may lead to research assistant positions in research industries, institutes, hospitals and Universities, or may continue with PhD studies either at UniSA or any other university in Australia or overseas.

Nutrition and Food Sciences

Many opportunities exist for qualified food scientists and nutritionists in Adelaide, interstate and around the world. Graduates are employed by breweries and wineries, soy and dairy manufacturers, confectionary companies, bakeries, snack food manufacturers, beverage manufacturers, meat and seafood processors, as well as a range of allied technical and support industries. Depending on specialisations and postgraduate pathways chosen, studying nutrition and food sciences at UniSA can also lead to research work, policy evaluation in public health, and providing nutrition support and advice to medical and health foundations.

Pharmaceutical Science

Pharmaceutical scientists are employed by hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, research organisations, government and regulatory agencies. UniSA pharmaceutical science graduates will have the skills to work in a variety of areas within the pharmaceutical industry, including drug discovery, formulation and evaluation; manufacturing, quality control and clinical trials; and sales, marketing and commercialisation.


Pharmacy graduates enjoy a range of career options working in community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, government and regulatory agencies, the pharmaceutical industry, research and academia. Many graduates go on to own their own pharmacies, and some work as private consultants. Internationally, UniSA graduates have gone on to work in the United Kingdom, Canada and the USA, Malaysia, Hong Kong and China.

Clinical Pharmacy

UniSA's postgraduate Clinical Pharmacy programs are designed to improve the skills and career prospects of qualified pharmacists. The programs train clinical pharmacists capable of providing specialist pharmaceutical services in hospitals and other clinical environments. Graduates will be able to take a leading role in the decision making process of drug and drug product selection for individual patients, provide specialist drug information and education programs to patients and health care providers, effectively monitor a patient's therapy and critically evaluate clinical research.

Surgical Pathology Preparation

Studying Surgical Pathology Preparation opens up career opportunities for medical scientists and technicians working in diagnostic laboratories. While in the past pre-assessment and macroscopic selection of tissue samples in anatomical pathology laboratories was performed by medical pathologists, recent changes to national guidelines mean that suitably experienced technicians are now permitted to carry out such procedures. The UniSA program gives graduates the skills they need to take on such specialised work.