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Bachelor of  Pharmacy (Honours)

Program code: 2373
QTAC code: 725002
OP Guarantee Scheme: Yes

Min. selection threshold






Minimum selection threshold


Pharmacy Aust Cntr Excellence


4 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)

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 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

    UQ is ranked 65 in the Times Higher Education World University rankings – and is the highest ranking Australian university to offer a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) program.

  • 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 Woolloongabba.

  • Professional experience

    Clinical placements

    Undertake more than 380 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).

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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 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 (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    Pharmacy Aust Cntr Excellence
  • AQF
    Level 8

Admissions criteria


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

OP / Rank / IB Diploma

Minimum selection threshold

This table shows the minimum adjusted score that was considered for admission to the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) in 2019:

8 84 30

OP / Rank profile for those offered a place in Semester 1, 2019

This table shows the entry scores of all recent secondary students who were offered a place in the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours):

Unadjusted OP / RankAdjusted OP / Rank
Highest1 / 99 1 / 99
Median5 / 92 4 / 94
Lowest10 / 79 8 / 84

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.

Student profile

The table below shows the most recent student intake in the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) in Semester 1, 2019:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students
(A) Higher education study34 16.04%
(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study<5 <5
(C) Work and life experience<5 <5
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
141 66.51%
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
<5 <5
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
<5 <5
International students28 13.21%
Total212 100%

Student profiles show your likely peer group in a program. They are not the basis for admission to a program.

"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.


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, please see Programs and Courses 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.

Government assistance


Domestic places in the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Find out more about HECS-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $9,359
Indicative fee 2019 Commonwealth supported place

The "indicative annual fee" is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) for the 2019 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units over two semesters. Actual fees (student contribution amounts) will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value.

The Australian Government indexes student contributions each year.

Visit Student contributions and 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 from the School.
  • Costs for vaccinations and serology are the responsibility of the student and will vary based on individual and program requirements.


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

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

Applying to QTAC

Apply now to QTAC

All domestic student applications for the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) need to be lodged through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

You can list up to six programs in order of preference on your QTAC application. Listing the maximum of six will strengthen your chances of being offered a place at university.

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) is 725002. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

Apply now to QTAC

Additional application information

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.

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.

For applicants who need to provide evidence of English proficiency, please note that this program requires a higher level of English language proficiency than the UQ minimum.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university. Many of these dates are managed by organisations that are independent of UQ.

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".

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

Admission schemes

Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple and certain as we can.

We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.

Learn more about admission schemes

Admission pathways

A rank or score doesn’t determine your potential.

If you're not offered a place in your first-choice program – or if you don't meet the typical entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Read more about admission pathways

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