James Cook University

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)



University Location Townsville or Cairns, Queensland
City Population 194,000
Student Population 22,000
Int'l Student Population 6,640
Main Campus Townsville
Program Campus Townsville or Cairns
Program Duration 3 years
Estimated Annual Tuition $39,280 AUD (2024 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake January
Next Available Intake 2025
Application Deadline No set deadline*
International Places Variable / no set limit


Pharmacy at JCU has built a reputation in north Queensland and nationally for the program based on the quality of its graduates. Staff and students continue to raise the profile of JCU Pharmacy at both state and national levels.

Pharmacy facilities are used for teaching in the pharmaceutical sciences, including pharmaceutical technology, extemporaneous dispensing and aseptic dispensing and pharmacy practice, clinical dispensing, pharmacy practice workshops and clinical pharmacy.

As a true interdisciplinary field, pharmacy gives you a strong foothold in both the science and health care industry. As a professional pharmacist you will have understanding and involvement in

  • discovery of breakthrough medicines;
  • the effect of individual drugs upon the human body;
  • formulation of drug compounds into effective medicines;
  • how drugs act to treat specific diseases; and
  • counselling patients on their medications.


JCU Pharmacy boasts a modern, integrated curriculum delivered by lectures, tutorials, workshops, and practical placements. As a pharmacy student, you will be encouraged to develop as a health practitioner by showing your knowledge orally in counselling, presentations and examinations, Simulated patients are used in workshops to practice these skills.

The Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) program at JCU will provide you with a broad education in physical and biological sciences and an understanding of the functioning of body systems and the impact of disease upon these systems. You will develop knowledge of drug action and of the use of drug therapy in treating illness and disease.

The common objective of these studies is to develop an expertise in the management and therapeutic use of drugs, which will contribute, through application of Quality Use of Medicines principles, to improved health outcomes for patients.

Professional placements, which take place in years three and four, allow you to develop your focus within the pharmacy field. JCU ensures that graduates are prepared for careers in hospital or community pharmacies, regulatory and drug management facilities, the pharmaceutical industry, armed forces and public service.

Admission Requirements

You may apply directly from high school or after having partially or fully completed university studies.

1. Completed high school diploma
Completed a high school diploma with a minimum average of 84% in top six Grade 12 courses, including successfully completed prerequisite studies in Grade 12 English, chemistry and maths B.

2. Completed bachelor’s degree
If you have commenced or completed a university degree, the grades from your most recent studies will be assessed. If you have not completed the prerequisite subjects in your post-secondary studies, your high school transcripts will then be assessed for prerequisite subjects. The minimum average for admission for those who have completed university studies is a minimum cGPA of roughly a 2.2 / 4.0 (approximately 63% average). You must submit official academic transcripts from both university and high school.

Admission Timeline

*While there is no set application deadline, you are encouraged to apply at least 6 months prior to the program start date.


“The Bachelor of Pharmacy program is really unique as it offers teaching to smaller classes and the teaching quality is amazing!”

I really love how James Cook University create event especially for international students, mainly the weekly Cafe International where everyone can have a chat and play board games while having free coffee! The Bachelor of Pharmacy program is really unique as it offers teaching to smaller classes and the teaching quality is amazing!

JCU Australia John Max M.
Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
James Cook University, 2018

“You get to know all the staff on a first-name basis and are able to get lots of one-on-one help if needed”

The JCU pharmacy program is great and I really think it properly prepares you for the registration exams (both written and the oral OSCE).  It’s a fairly small program so you get to know all the staff on a first-name basis and are able to get lots of one-on-one help if needed. JCU always emphasized the importance of being both prepa... Read More

JCU Australia Jeremy W
Bachelor of Pharmacy
James Cook University, 2014