Bachelor of  Pharmacy (Honours)

Program code: 2373
QTAC code: 725002
CRICOS code: 082626J


Pharmacy Aust Cntr Excellence


4 Years full-time


Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)

UQ pharmacy students are at the forefront of the pharmacy profession and enjoy one of the highest graduate employment rates of any bachelor's degree in Australia.

  • This program builds a strong knowledge foundation in areas including chemistry, biology, physiology and anatomy, while also developing your professional skills and practice.
  • Choose to major in Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics and work under the guidance of one of our experienced researchers – see Program Rules for entry requirements.
  • Benefit from a program that integrates six streams of study: quality use of medicines; dosage form design; social and professional aspects of pharmacy; drug discovery; biological fate of drugs; and data analysis.
  • Be confident and job-ready when you graduate with extensive practical experience in UQ's six simulated pharmacies, as well as an eight-week final-year placement in rural or metropolitan Australia, or overseas.

Learning from recognised leaders in the field in our state-of-the-art facilities will give you the competitive edge to succeed in your pharmacy career.

  • Fast Facts

    Research and teaching excellence

    UQ’s School of Pharmacy is the largest and longest-established school of its kind in Queensland, with more than 50 years of teaching and research excellence. We also have a global alumni network of more than 5000 pharmacy graduates.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standard of excellence

    UQ's School of Pharmacy is ranked 31st in the world in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • Campus Facilities

    State-of-the-art facilities

    Learn at the Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence (PACE) – a world-class $100 million teaching and research facility located in UQ's biomedical science precinct at Woolloongabba.

  • Professional experience

    Clinical placements

    Undertake more than 350 hours of supervised clinical placements in a range of clinical settings that include hospital and community pharmacies. The School has partnerships with over 500 pharmacies throughout rural and metropolitan Australia and overseas.

  • Students

    Say hello to Sunita, a Canadian studying pharmacy at UQ

  • Beyond the classroom

    Brooke shares her experience on rural placement

Majors for this program

Majors for this program

There are 1 majors available in the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours).

View all majors for this program

Career outcomes

UQ’s Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) leads to careers in:

Community pharmacy, where you:

  • provide primary healthcare by identifying and treating common ailments
  • dispense prescriptions and give medication advice
  • promote community health, illness prevention and healthy lifestyle choices.

Hospital pharmacy, where you:

  • prepare and supply medicines
  • provide drug information to healthcare professionals
  • educate and advise patients, doctors and nurses on the appropriate and safe use of medicines.

Industrial pharmacy, where you:

  • manufacture, quality control and undertake clinical trials of new pharmaceuticals
  • register, commercialise and market pharmaceutical products.

Our graduates have also gone on to senior positions within both the pharmacy and healthcare industries, as well as government. They have also used pharmacy as a platform for further study in medicine, or a career in academia or research and development.

  • Employability

    Be a leader

    When you graduate with a UQ honours qualification, you'll have the skills and knowledge to stand out as a leader in your field. Many of our honours graduates continue their passion for research and knowledge by pursuing further postgraduate studies.

  • Diversity

    English language support

    Pharmacy students (including international students) who are from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds can take part in Skills for Communicating and Relating in Pharmacy Training (SCRIPT), which has received national awards for its teaching outcomes.

  • Professional experience

    Research opportunities

    During semester breaks, UQ's Summer and Winter Research Programs provide you with research experience working alongside some of the University’s leading academics and researchers. You just need to find a project relevant to your interests and apply.

  • In the classroom

    Practical experience

    From year one, you will undertake a variety of sessional practical experiences, before completing two four-week block placements in your final year.


  • Program code
  • QTAC code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    4 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    Pharmacy Aust Cntr Excellence
  • AQF
    Level 8
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria

Entry scores

All international applicants need to meet the minimum entry score for this program.


Year 12 or equivalent English, Mathematics A, B or C, and Chemistry. Biology also recommended.

View the Prerequisites guide for more information about subject equivalents for interstate high schools, overseas high schools, university subjects and pathways and bridging programs.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 7; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 100, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21, speaking 19

TOEFL PB - Overall 600, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5

Pearsons - Overall 72, all sub bands minimum 60

BEP - A minimum overall grade of 5 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills

CES - Overall 185, all sub bands minimum 169

OET is not accepted

View the English proficiency policy

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours). These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.


Honours is awarded to all graduates of this program. Honours is awarded in the following classes:

  • Class I
  • Class IIA
  • Class IIB
  • Class IIIA
  • Class IIIB

Class of honours depends on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules.

Practicals, placements and internships

You will undertake over 350 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 4-week block placements in year four.

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

This program has pre-placement requirements which must be met prior to commencement of the program or a placement course. Further details can be found on the Placement Ready website.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Pharmaceutical Society of Australia

Accreditation body

The Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) is accredited by:

  • Australian Pharmacy Council

Professional registration

Graduates may be eligible for registration with the following professional bodies:

  • Pharmacy Board of Australia

Please contact the relevant professional body for details about registration. Completion of the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) may not result in automatic registration for graduates.

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.


The following is a list of majors available in the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours).

When you graduate, any majors, dual majors and extended majors you have completed will be listed on your degree certificate.

Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics

The Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics major gives students an optional pathway for pursuing a research-focused career in hospital pharmacy, the pharmacy industry or academia. During the major, students undertake a research project under the guidance of an experienced supervisor. Student projects can connect with any research area currently being investigated within the School. The major allows students to push the boundaries of knowledge and develop high-level skills in critical and analytical thinking, research design, writing, and project management. Findings from the final research paper are presented in front of academics and peers within the School of Pharmacy. Entry to the major is competitive and is based on your Grade Point Average.

Career outcomes

Students who complete the Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics major typically pursue careers in research and enrol in Master of Philosophy or a PhD program, where they further develop their research skills and make significant contributions to knowledge. These Master's or PhD qualifications usually lead to careers in the pharmaceutical industry, biomedical research, government agencies, clinical pharmacy, and academia.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. Full definitions of majors are available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $45,792
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.

Additional costs

  • Students are expected to fund travel and living expenses associated with placements, some of which may be outside the Brisbane metropolitan area.
  • A clinical uniform shirt is required and may be purchased through the School.
  • Costs for vaccinations and serology are the responsibility of the student and will vary based on individual and program requirements.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

How you apply for the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) depends on what type of applicant you are.

Apply now to QTAC

Your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian year 12 (either in Australia or offshore), or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Australia.

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All other international applicants

If you’re not currently studying Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia, submit your application directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

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Additional application information

Students are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible to allow adequate time for their student visa to be processed.

While the program is based primarily at the Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence (PACE) in Woolloongabba, students will complete some courses at the St Lucia campus.

At the start of the program, you will be required to obtain, and thereafter hold for the duration of the program, a current Blue Card. You will also be required to provide evidence that you do not carry blood-borne transmissible viruses or tuberculosis (TB) and comply with a schedule of immunisations. For more information, visit

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university.

If you’re studying year 12 in Australia, a good resource is the QTAC website, which has information about the application process and closing dates. Note: what QTAC calls a “course” we call a "program".

If you’re applying directly to UQ, the closing date for the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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