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Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

Overview

Place yourself at the forefront of the pharmacy profession, and prepare for a vital and rewarding career improving the health and wellbeing of others.

Studying a refreshed curriculum in-line with the changing pharmacy profession, you’ll graduate with the technical knowledge and soft skills necessary to succeed as a patient-centred medicines expert, adaptable and ready to face new healthcare challenges as they arise.

You'll learn in dedicated laboratories, mock dispensaries and simulated pharmacies at the Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence (PACE) – UQ’s state-of-the-art biomedical science centre, designed specifically for the teaching of pharmacy-related subjects and research.

With 3 integrated streams of study, you'll develop knowledge and skills in pharmacy practice and medicines management; consultation and dispensing skills; pharmaceutical sciences; and social pharmacy and the health system. Our integrated approach means you’ll gain a strong understanding of how theory is applied to real cases across a wide range of settings.

Throughout your degree, you’ll learn how to provide safe and effective person-centred care to improve health through the use of medicines. And our interprofessional education program ensures you’ll know how to work as a valued member of a multi-disciplinary primary healthcare team once you graduate, work-ready, in a profession with one of the highest graduate employment rates in Australia.

Location
Pharmacy Aust Cntr Excellence
Duration
Semester 1: 4 Years (or part time equivalent), Semester 2: 4.5 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (21 Feb, 2022), Semester 2 (25 Jul, 2022)
QTAC Code
725002
Program Code
2373
AQF
Level 8
Location
Pharmacy Aust Cntr Excellence
Fees
A$46800 (2022 indicative per year)
Duration
Semester 1: 4 Years, Semester 2: 4.5 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (21 Feb, 2022), Semester 2 (25 Jul, 2022)
Semester dates for 2023 are yet to be confirmed
QTAC Code
725002
Program Code
2373
CRICOS Code
082626J
AQF
Level 8

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Study at Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence (PACE), UQ's $100 million world-class facility designed specifically for pharmacy teaching and research
  • Develop the necessary technical and interpersonal skills, and benefit from an interprofessional education program, to be truly prepared for your career in healthcare
  • Graduate confident and job-ready, with extensive practical experience and an 8-week final-year placement
  • Be in demand – 95 per cent of pharmacy graduates were in full-time employment in 2019

31 in the world for pharmacy and pharmacology

QS World University Rankings 2021

1 in Queensland for pharmacy and pharmacology

QS World University Rankings 2021

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

  • Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics

How you'll learn

Due to the way they are taught, certain programs and plans are not offered online in Semester 1, 2022.

See the list of programs you can't commence online.

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Online study
  • Research experience
  • Laboratory work
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

Placements and work experience

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.

Prior to applying, applicants should ensure they will be able to meet placement requirements outlined on this website.

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Pharmacy Practice and Medicines Management 1A
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences 2A
  • Social Pharmacy and the Health System 2
  • Pharmacokinetcs and Medicines Management

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Depending on which major you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Medical researcher
  • Clinical trials officer
  • Laboratory technician
  • Toxicologist
  • Retail pharmacist
  • Hospital/dispensary pharmacist
  • Community pharmacist
  • Pharmacy educator

Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

  • Pharmaceutical Society of Australia

Professional registration

When you graduate, you may be eligible for registration with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to register.

  • Pharmacy Board of Australia

Program accreditation

The Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) is accredited by:

  • Australian Pharmacy Council

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C); and Chemistry (Units 3 & 4, C). (Biology also recommended)

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C); and Chemistry (Units 3 & 4, C). (Biology also recommended)

Entry score threshold

ATAR / RankIB
84.0030

These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2021. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in April each year. Meeting the entry score threshold doesn't guarantee admission.

Have an OP from the last 2 years? See QTAC's OP to ATAR conversions (PDF) for a rough guide to equivalent ATARs.

English language requirements

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

BE - 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

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the minimum entry score, subject prerequisites or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven't studied the prerequisites or need to improve your entry score, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Additional application information

Semester 2 commencement: Students commencing in semester 2 will take 4.5yrs to complete the program.

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.

Prior to applying, applicants should ensure they will be able to meet placement requirements outlined on this 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.

Additional application information

CRICOS Code: 102479A (Semester 2 commencement)

Semester 2 commencement: Students commencing in semester 2 will take 4.5yrs to complete the program.

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.

Prior to applying, applicants should ensure they will be able to meet placement requirements outlined on this website.

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Entry score range

This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the B Pharmacy (Hons) for Semester 1, 2021

Without adjustmentsWith adjustments
Highest99.9599.95
Median92.2593.8
Lowest79.684.05

Who you'll study with

Here's a snapshot of our student intake for this program in Semester 1, 2021:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students

(A) Higher education study

3516.2%

(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 ATAR
15471.3%
  • Admitted where ATAR and additional criteria were considered
<5<5
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
00%

International students

2310.65%

Total

216100%

"<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.

Majors

Fields of study

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

This optional major enables you to pursue a research-focused career in hospital pharmacy, the pharmacy industry or academia.

In your final year you'll have the opportunity to complete a yearlong research project while working as a part of a research team. You'll expand your knowledge and develop high-level skills in critical and analytical thinking, research design, writing and project management.

After graduating, you'll have the option to further develop your research skills through a PhD or Master of Philosophy.

Entry to this major is competitive, based on your grade point average and project availability.

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Fields of study

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

This optional major enables you to pursue a research-focused career in hospital pharmacy, the pharmacy industry or academia.

In your final year you'll have the opportunity to complete a yearlong research project while working as a part of a research team. You'll expand your knowledge and develop high-level skills in critical and analytical thinking, research design, writing and project management.

After graduating, you'll have the option to further develop your research skills through a PhD or Master of Philosophy.

Entry to this major is competitive, based on your grade point average and project availability.

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Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

AUD $8,021

Indicative annual fee 2022 Commonwealth supported place

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) for one academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units over two semesters).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value. The Australian Government indexes fees each year.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

AUD $46,800

Indicative annual fee 2022

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) for the 2022 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (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.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

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.

Government assistance

Financial aid

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

Learn more about financial aid

HECS-HELP

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.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Scholarships

Make your university experience more affordable with a scholarship. Opportunities include:

How to apply

Applying online

If your senior schooling is from outside Australia, you can submit your application to UQ. Or, if you prefer, you can use an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) is 2373.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

If your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre if you're an international student who is currently studying:

  • Australian Year 12 (in Australia or another country), or
  • the International Baccalaureate in Australia.

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) is 725002.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Important dates

If you’re studying Year 12 in Australiago to the QTAC website to check the closing date for this program. 

If you’re applying to UQ, the closing date for this program is: 

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar

Important dates

Admissions schemes

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

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

Learn more about admission schemes

Pathway options

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 entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Learn more about pathway options

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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