Pharmaceutical Engineering

Pharmaceutical engineering supports community health and wellbeing through the discovery, design, development and delivery of advanced medicine and pharmaceutical production processes and systems.

Pharmaceutical engineers contribute to the effective and efficient production of: pharmaceuticals; biopharmaceuticals; vaccines; nutraceuticals; cosmetics; cosmeceuticals; and related products.

You can major in Pharmaceutical Engineering in our:

pharmaceutical engineering

A major enables you to specialise by completing a series of courses within your degree in an area of interest. By completing a major in Pharmaceutical Engineering, you’ll learn how to take small-scale drug formulation processes and upscale to industrial production without loss of drug effectiveness, while economically improving delivery and manufacturing processes.

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Careers in pharmaceutical engineering

As a pharmaceutical engineer you'll likely find work in the biotechnology, nanotechnology, cosmetics or food industries. As technology continues to advance, we’re entering an era in which drugs will be dispensed via nano-robots in the bloodstream. As a pharmaceutical engineer, you’ll be well placed to lead such cutting-edge work. Potential employers include pharmaceutical and medical technology companies, research institutes and health organisations.

Set on engineering but don’t meet the entry requirements?

We want to ensure everyone with a passion for engineering can pursue it. If you don’t have the prerequisites to directly enter an engineering degree, but attained a Selection Rank of 70 or above and completed SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods (or equivalent), consider our engineering pathway program. Successful completion will guarantee you a place in your preferred Adelaide engineering degree. Find out more about the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) – Engineering Pathway.