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Graduate Certificate in  Pharmacy Practice

Program code: 5533

Delivery location



2 Years (only available on a part-time basis)


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

The Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice provides intern pharmacists with specialised training and skills in pharmacy practice.

  • This two-year, part-time program is specifically designed for graduate pharmacists who are looking to enhance their career prospects by gaining specialised practical skills. It features a strong clinical and practical focus.
  • Complete advanced-level studies that meet the standards and requirements of the Pharmacy Board of Australia. You will develop and apply skills across a wide range of areas relevant to contemporary pharmacy practice.
  • Build on your existing pharmaceutical knowledge while developing your communication, critical thinking, problem solving and dispensing skills.
  • Undertake your internship in a community or hospital setting. The School has partnerships with over 500 pharmacies throughout Australia and overseas.

This industry relevant program will deepen your understanding of contemporary pharmacy practice and provide you with specialised skills to enhance your career opportunities.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    UQ's School of Pharmacy is ranked 25th in the world by subject in the 2018 QS World University Rankings. The School is also the largest pharmacy school in Queensland with more than 50 years of teaching and research experience, and a global alumni network.

  • Teaching staff

    Learn from the best

    This course is developed, delivered and supported by a team of community and hospital pharmacists with extensive practice experience. You'll learn the most relevant theory and the latest skills, so you can advance your practice.

  • Beyond the classroom

    An integrated, flexibly delivered program

    This program offers a mix of course delivery, consisting of workplace activities, online self-paced background study material and online group discussions. These are supported by interactive face-to-face seminars focusing on hands-on, small-group learning.

  • Employability

    Be a leader

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

Career outcomes

The Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice provides excellence in intern training prior to registration and will enhance your pharmacy practice, contribution to patient care and career opportunities in any setting.

As a graduate of this program, you will have a competitive edge over other Bachelor of Pharmacy graduates with your enhanced skills and qualifications.

Completion of the program will also give you credit towards further study in our other postgraduate clinical pharmacy programs.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    2 Years (only available on a part-time basis)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
  • AQF
    Level 8

Admissions criteria


A Bachelor of Pharmacy or equivalent from Australia or New Zealand. International applicants must have completed Australian Pharmacy Examining Council requirements.

All applicants must be registered as an intern pharmacist with the Pharmacy Board of Australia.

The minimum GPA to be considered for admission into this program is 5.0.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice. 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.

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.

Government assistance


Domestic students who are accepted into the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out more about FEE-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 $11,680
Indicative fee 2019

An "indicative annual fee" is the average cost of enrolling in the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice at 2019 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load for one semester.

A standard full-time study load for one semester is 8 units. The indicative fee for part-time study would be proportionately less. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value and the time you take to complete this program.

Fees may be higher in later years as all fees are reviewed annually.

A limited number of Commonwealth supported places (CSPs) are offered for this program on the basis of academic merit. Once all CSPs have been exhausted, offers may be made on a tuition-fee-paying basis.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.


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 online

Apply now

All domestic student applications for the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice is 5533. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study.

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Additional application information

Students must maintain provisional registration as an intern pharmacist or general registration as a pharmacist with the Pharmacy Board of Australia.

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 postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.
  • 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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