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 from your first year in areas including chemistry, biology, physiology and anatomy, while also developing your professional skills and practice.
  • The option exists to major in Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics in your final year 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

    The Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) is ranked 31st in the world by subject in the 2017 QS World Rankings.

  • Campus Facilities

    State-of-the-art facilities

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

  • 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
    “I knew I wanted a career where I felt I was directly helping others, and pharmacy integrates chemistry, biology, anatomy and physiology to give high quality care to patients. I can combine my love of science with establishing strong relationships in the community.” Mika Varitimos, current BPharm (Hons) student
  • Students

    Say hello to Sunita, a Canadian studying pharmacy at UQ

Majors for this program

Majors for this program

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

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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 specialist 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 for pharmacy students

    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.

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  • 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.


  • Program code
  • 725002
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    Pharmacy Aust Cntr Excellence, St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Entry requirements


Year 12 or equivalent English, Maths B and Chemistry.

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.

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:

Courses and Programs


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.

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