The University of Queensland

Bachelor of Pharmacy Honours

Undergraduate

Details

University Location Brisbane, Queensland
City Population 2.5 million
Student Population 55,044
Int'l Student Population 21,000
Main Campus St Lucia
Program Campus Dutton Park
Program Duration 3 – 4 years**
Estimated Annual Tuition AUD$53,760 (2025 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake February & July
Next Available Intake February
Application Deadline Variable*
International Places Variable / no set limit

Overview

Students accepted into UQ’s School of Pharmacy enter a progressive, industry-driven educational environment that consistently employs and sets new standards in professional preparation. Students enjoy the support of a highly experienced and supportive team of award-winning academic staff, as well as state-of-the-art facilities offered within the Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence (PACE).

The UQ Bachelor of Pharmacy Honours program will prepare you for the contemporary role of the pharmacist in society, ensuring patients optimize medication usage. Initial courses on chemical, physical, and biological studies lead to professional specialties in later years.

Program

Studying a refreshed curriculum in line with the changing pharmacy profession, you’ll graduate with the technical knowledge and soft skills necessary to succeed as a patient-centred medicines expert, adaptable and ready to face new healthcare challenges as they arise.

You’ll learn in dedicated laboratories, mock dispensaries and simulated pharmacies at UQ’s state-of-the-art biomedical science centre, designed specifically for the teaching of pharmacy-related subjects and research.

With 3 integrated streams of study, you’ll develop knowledge and skills in pharmacy practice and medicines management; consultation and dispensing skills; pharmaceutical sciences; and social pharmacy and the health system. UQ Pharmacy’s integrated approach means you’ll gain a strong understanding of how theory is applied to real cases across a wide range of settings.

Throughout your degree, you’ll learn how to provide safe and effective person-centred care to improve health through the use of medicines. UQ’s interprofessional education program ensures you’ll know how to work as a valued member of a multi-disciplinary primary healthcare team once you graduate, work-ready, in a profession with one of the highest graduate employment rates in Australia.

Clinical placements
You will undertake more than 600 hours of supervised clinical practice in a range of clinical settings that includes hospital and community pharmacies. The school has partnerships with over 500 pharmacies throughout rural and metropolitan Australia and overseas.

During your placements, you will have the opportunity to apply your theoretical knowledge acquired through coursework and research to practice and develop your clinical skills in real-life settings.

You will undertake a variety of sessional practical experiences from year one before commencing two 6-week block placements in Year 4.

Clinical placements may be outside of the Brisbane metropolitan area where you will be required to fund your travel, accommodation and daily living expenses.

Admission Requirements

1. From high school
Must have a completed high school diploma with a minimum 68.75% GPA. Prerequisite subjects include Grade 12 English, chemistry, and general mathematics. Biology is recommended.

International Baccalaureate 28.75. Please contact OzTREKK for more details about IB course requirements.

2. With a completed or partially completed university degree
Must have a minimum cGPA of roughly a 2.3/4.0.

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.

**Application for credit
The UQ School of Pharmacy does not expect you to repeat learning that you’ve 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).

Many international students with prior study (especially with a science background) may be eligible to enter directly into Year 2 of the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours). If full credit is awarded, you may be able to undertake an additional course in your first and second semesters of enrollment so you can complete the program in 3 years.

Undergraduate-entry students beginning in July can complete the program in 3.5 years due to the use of 2 summer semesters.

Admission Timeline

*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.

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“I like how it gets right into the pharmacy stuff, so you can experience what it will be like when you are done.”

I like how it gets right into the pharmacy stuff, so you can experience what it will be like when you are done. I dislike how we still have to do some courses which are very similar to the ones I did back home during my Bachelor of Sciences.

Kajal G.
Bachelor of Pharmacy Honours
The University of Queensland, 2018