What are credit transfers at the UQ School of Pharmacy?

3 April 2021

Understanding Credit Transfers at the UQ School of Pharmacy

Okay, you’ve got a Bachelor of Science. Now what?

If you’re applying to the Bachelor of Pharmacy program at the University of Queensland, a lot, actually!

The UQ School of Pharmacy does not expect students to repeat learning that has been successfully completed at a similar level and standard elsewhere, where that work is substantially the same in content and standard as that required for the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours).

What are credit transfers at UQ Pharmacy School?
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This means that many international students with prior study (especially those with a science background) are able to enter directly into Year 2 of the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours).  If credit is awarded for all courses below students can undertake an additional course in their first and second semester of enrolment and complete the program in three years instead of four!

Credit is most commonly awarded for the following UQ courses:

BIOM 1051 Introduction Cellular Physiology
The course covers the fundamental concepts that allow complex organisms to function, with some focus on the human body and other higher organisms. Key concepts include basic cellular transport and signaling mechanisms, principles of biochemistry, neuronal structure and function, motor mechanisms and locomotion, circulation and gas exchange, the endocrine system and developmental biology. Of key importance is the integration of concepts as they apply to the structure and function of different regions of the entire organism.

BIOL1020 Genes, Cells & Evolution
Students undertaking this course will examine the fundamental building blocks of life: cells and genes. Students will explore the connections between physical processes at the molecular level and whole organism phenotype and identify how cellular, genetic and evolutionary processes affect everyday life.

BIOM1052 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology for Pharmacy
Students will be introduced to the structural features of major tissues and organs as a basis to an understanding of their physiological function. Systems to be examined include central, peripheral and sensory nervous systems, structure and function of skin, pulmonary structure and function, the circulation and lymphatics, gastrointestinal function, renal maintenance of the internal environment and reproduction.

CHEM1222 Chemistry for Pharmacy and Dentistry
This course develops the knowledge and understanding across inorganic, physical and organic chemistry necessary for advancement to the higher levels of study in pharmacy and dentistry courses. Core topics include organic structure, function and reactions, polymers and biopolymer, kinetics, self-assembly, metals, alloys and ceramics, solutions, osmosis, acid and base equilibria and biological redox chemistry.

PHRM1020 Pharmacy – Data Analysis and Professional Practice
This course is designed to provide the foundation skills in numeracy for pharmaceutical calculations and data analysis required to progress and develop these skills within the pharmacy program and for future practice as pharmacy professionals.

Does this sound like material you’ve already covered in your previous degree?

What do you need to do?

UQ has advised that due to the credit assessment timeline, students interested in being considered for credit need to submit their application to the program and their application for credit simultaneously. Once an outcome is available, the credit granted, if any, will be noted.

Gather course lists and course descriptions that best match the above courses. A short, one-paragraph description of the course won’t be enough. The university needs to determine if your studies match the UQ equivalent. The information should contain an overview of numbers of lectures, practicals, tutorials, etc. in the course, list of learning objectives if available, lecture titles, and descriptions, practical titles, timetable to indicate the number of contact hours of the various types in the course, summary of assessment, etc. If you have questions about application for credit, please let us know—we’re here to help! We’d recommend looking to include at least two courses per one Australian course.

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intakes: February and July each year
Duration: 4 years (3 years, depending on candidate’s background)
Application deadline: The application deadline for the July intake is May 30; and November 29 for the February intake. You are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Late applications may be accepted by UQ Pharmacy School.

Entry Requirements

1. From high school
Must have completed a high school diploma with a minimum 84% GPA. Prerequisite subjects include Grade 12 English, chemistry and math.

2. With a completed or partially completed university degree
Minimum 65% cumulative GPA.

If you have commenced or completed a university degree or any post-secondary studies, your most recent studies will be assessed in terms of your grades. If you have not completed the prerequisite subjects in your post-secondary studies, your high school transcripts will then be assessed for prerequisite subjects.

Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee entry to the university’s undergraduate programs.

Start your application to the UQ School of Pharmacy!


For more information about studying at the UQ School of Pharmacy and about how to apply for credit, contact OzTREKK’s Pharmacy Admissions Officer at pharmacy@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.