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Graduate Diploma in  Clinical Pharmacy

Program code: 5120

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1 Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)


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

The Graduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy will teach you a broad range of knowledge and give you the skills to manage and optimise medicines in healthcare settings.

  • This one-year, full-time program will build and extend your expertise of clinical pharmacy so you can provide better patient care, wellness and treatment within a complex health environment.
  • Study courses in pharmacotherapy and patient care, evaluation and research, leadership and management, and advanced skills for clinical pharmacy practice. Courses are updated regularly to include emerging clinical evidence.
  • Take advantage of flexible online study. You'll learn with and from other students, and receive input from experts during real-time online tutorials. Two optional face-to-face weekends provide the opportunity for in-depth practical application.
  • Advance your knowledge and gain the confidence to practice competently in an ever-changing healthcare environment. Professional roles of pharmacists are continuously evolving, and you will graduate with the skills to tackle any role.

Develop the knowledge, skills and resources to become an effective clinical pharmacist who ensures the best possible health outcomes.

  • 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 global alumni network.

  • 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.

  • Beyond the classroom

    UQ Clinical Pharmacy – Developing Pharmacists For The Future


  • Why study
    "The program is cleverly designed into six subjects, which are broken down into chunks, making it easy to stay on track and on time with your studies. It's an essential step in becoming an advanced clinical pharmacist." Jackie Costello, GDClinPharm
    Clinical Pharmacist, Redcliffe Hospital

Career outcomes

Graduates of this program are equipped with developed knowledge, skills and understanding of clinical pharmacy. They can use their qualifications to show evidence of professional development and advanced practice for the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Framework.

Career opportunities include:

  • advancement as a hospital pharmacist
  • NPS facilitators
  • accreditation to conduct home medication reviews and aged-care reviews
  • introduction of new practices in your community pharmacy
  • pharmacist-led outpatient clinics
  • pharmacists in GP practices
  • academia
  • pharmaceutical care and the quality use of medicines
  • advisors in primary healthcare organisations
  • clinical pharmacy research
  • pharmacy management.

Many of our graduates use their qualifications as a way of moving ahead with their careers – whatever field of pharmacy they work in – or use the graduate diploma as a stepping-stone to the Master of Clinical Pharmacy program.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    1 Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
  • AQF
    Level 8

Admissions criteria


An approved degree and hold a current registration as a pharmacist in country of practice.

Applicants must also have at least 2 years full-time relevant professional work experience and demonstrate recent experience of practice.

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 Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy 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 Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy. 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.

Early exit points

Depending on your choice of courses, it might be possible to withdraw from the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy at an early exit point and graduate with one of the following awards:

Further study options

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy 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.

Government assistance


Domestic students who are accepted into the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy 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 $23,350
Indicative fee 2019

An "indicative annual fee" is the average cost of enrolling full-time in the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy at 2019 fee rates.

The average fee would be less for part-time study in the 2019 academic year. Fees may be higher in later years as all fees are reviewed annually.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year. Actual fees may be lower or higher according to your choice of courses, their unit value and the time you take to complete this program.

This program offers limited Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) 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 Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy is 5120. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study.

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Additional application information

Availability of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are reviewed yearly and are offered to eligible applicants on a limited basis. There is no guarantee that any CSP places will be available.

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 Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

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

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