School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Welcome to the School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
The University of Tasmania School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology has a proud history of excellence in teaching and research for over 50 years. We provide one of the most comprehensive Bachelor programs in the world and continue to be a global leader in pharmacy practice research and medication safety.
The School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology is vitally important to the Tasmanian community. We are uniquely placed to work closely with local health systems throughout Tasmania, providing strong student outcomes by training the next generation of pharmacists that will make direct and positive impacts on the health of our local communities and beyond. We also offer a range of postgraduate coursework programs and undertake internationally leading research in a variety of drug sciences, from patient centred care in community and hospital pharmacy through to laboratory based pharmacology and drug development research, that is helping to shape this exciting and evolving industry.
— Glenn Jacobson
Associate Professor and Head of the School of Pharmacy
Student Success Stories
Study a Bachelor of Pharmacy
Pharmacists work alongside doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, and have specific drug knowledge and expertise that are essential to ensuring the safe and effective use of medications.
Our graduates are recognised for the quality of their clinical pharmacy skills, their dedication to improving health outcomes for patients, and ability to transform pharmacy practice.
Our teaching focus on place, proficiency and purpose leads to outstanding graduate outcomes and ensures you will emerge ready to propel yourself into one of the fastest growing industries in the country.
In a Community Setting
With over 5000 community pharmacies across Australia, this is the most visible face of the pharmacy profession. Community pharmacists are amongst the most accessible of all health professionals, and play a key role in the health care system, supplying medications and advice to optimise patient outcomes. In addition, many community pharmacies are extending their scope to include services such immunisation and health screening. A less visible but nonetheless important role sees many pharmacists working outside of pharmacies, providing consultancy services to patients in the community, conducting medication reviews in the home and in the aged care facility setting.
In a Hospital Setting
Hospitals employ a growing number of pharmacists, working in a variety of roles, to help ensure safe and effective use of medication within the hospital setting. Many hospital pharmacists have patient-facing roles based on wards working closely with doctors and nurses, whilst others work in roles including manufacturing, clinical trials, medicines information and IT. Opportunities exist within both the public and private sector, and many hospital pharmacists choose to specialise in a particular field e.g. in paediatrics, cancer or intensive care.
The School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology is focused on medication safety, encompassing both clinical and laboratory research to improve our understanding of how drugs work, improve how existing drugs are used in practice, and the development of new drugs.Browse our Research Groups
Improving medication safety
Quality Use of Medicine & Medication Safety is an emerging National Health Priority Area. Every year, there are over 650,000 avoidable admissions to emergency departments and hospitals due to medication-related problems. Ensuring that medicines are used safely and effectively is at the core of what we train our graduates to do, and our School is an international leader in this field. Our staff and graduates are at the forefront of clinical pharmacy education and research and have led national research programs investigating solutions to improve medication safety.
Understanding how drugs work
Our pharmacology research focuses on both pharmacodynamics (how drugs exert effects in the body), and pharmacokinetics (time course of drugs in the body). Our research expertise covers pharmacology applicable to a range of chronic disease areas, sports anti-doping and performance, and neuropharmacology related to food reward mechanisms.
Finding new drugs
Our researchers in the School work with many groups, both within the University as well as external academic and industry partners, to find new drugs to treat a range of diseases including neurodegenerative disorders (i.e. Alzheimer’s Disease), neuromuscular disorders (i.e. Motoneuron Disease, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy), metabolic disorders (i.e. Diabetes and mitochondrial diseases), and cancer (i.e. medulloblastoma).
Improve your employment capacity with post graduate study in Clinical Pharmacy. Our suite of courses is designed to develop your critical analysis, clinical decision making and evidence-based management skills. In addition, you will further enhance your ability to contribute to the quality use of medicines for patient care.
You will learn contemporary evidence-based practice that is applied to both hospital and community pharmacy settings and you will study coursework units that cover pharmacology in cardiology, respiratory medicine, infectious diseases, oncology medicine, endocrinology, neurology, psychiatric disorders and gastroenterology.
Our supportive online teaching methods use contemporary best practice to provide you with the flexibility to balance your work and personal commitments and our nested delivery program allows you to move from the Certificate to the Diploma and on to the Masters.
The ﬁeld of pharmaceutical science is essential to the ongoing development of health care around the world and our postgraduate courses will better equip you with the skills to not only join that ﬁeld but make a lasting contribution to the scientific development of medications.
By studying with us you will learn a wide range of laboratory skills through a series of units in the area of pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences. Our ratio of students to teachers is low with around 1:4 or 1:6 students per teacher per class allowing you a lot of time to practice and hone your skills.
You will have the opportunity to undertake a research project through our Master’s course where you can choose between the fields of pharmaceutical science, drug analysis and quality control, clinical pharmacy or natural medicinal products in order to broaden your research and problem-solving skills.
Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicines
More Australians are turning to science-based Complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAMs) as they seek to boost their health and wellbeing in an increasingly demanding and stressful world.
By increasing your understanding of the evidence behind complementary and alternative medicines you are able to ensure you have a sound understanding as to how complimentary and alternative products interact with the body and other medications. Upon completion this course will allow you to advise on therapeutic considerations of various CAMs in order to maximise their safety and effectiveness for patients.
These courses have been developed to assist health professionals in developing the evidence-based knowledge and skills required to meet the consumer demand for CAM products as well as satisfying their professional and ethical responsibilities.