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Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice

Overview

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

This program provides intern pharmacists with specialised training and skills in pharmacy practice. The program combines academic excellence with pharmacy practice to provide intern pharmacists with the opportunity to gain a formal postgraduate qualification with a strong practical focus.

The two-year part-time program has been developed to address the competencies required by the Pharmacy Board of Australia standards, as well as focus on learning that's relevant to contemporary pharmacy practice. It is developed, delivered and supported by a team of community and hospital pharmacists with extensive practice experience.

During your study, you'll develop and apply knowledge and skills in a wide range of areas relevant to pharmacy practice, including:

  • Calculations
  • Clinical pharmacy
  • Communication of information
  • Complementary medicines
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Dispensing, dispensing procedures and risk management
  • Drug interactions and adverse drug reactions
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Health promotion and harm minimisation
  • Identifying and managing prescription problems
  • Medicines information, patient interviewing and medication review
  • Pharmacy legal and professional requirements
  • Primary healthcare
  • Therapeutics.

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.

Location
External
Duration
2 Years (only available on a part-time basis)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (21 Feb, 2022), Semester 2 (25 Jul, 2022)
Program Code
5533
AQF
Level 8
Location
External
Fees
A$24080 (2022 indicative per year)
Duration
2 Years (only available on a part-time basis)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (21 Feb, 2022), Semester 2 (25 Jul, 2022)
Semester dates for 2023 are yet to be confirmed
Program Code
5533
CRICOS Code
AQF
Level 8

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Complete advanced-level studies that meet the standards and requirements of the Pharmacy Board of Australia.
  • Benefit from a program developed and delivered by pharmacists with extensive practical experience in community and hospital environments.
  • Enjoy flexible learning options, including online coursework and collaboration, as well as workplace practical activities.

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

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
  • Work placements
  • Online study
  • Fieldwork
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

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:

  • Applied Pharmacy Practice 1
  • Applied Pharmacy Practice 2

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Pharmacist

Graduate salary

Pharmacy (postgraduate)

$92K–$109K

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Entry requirements

Prerequisites

  • a bachelor's degree in pharmacy (or equivalent) from Australia or New Zealand. International applicants must have completed Australian Pharmacy Council requirements.

You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.
All applicants must be eligible for registration as an intern pharmacist with the Pharmacy Board of Australia.

Prerequisites

  • a bachelor's degree in pharmacy (or equivalent) from Australia or New Zealand. International applicants must have completed Australian Pharmacy Council requirements.

You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.
All applicants must be eligible for registration as an intern pharmacist with the Pharmacy Board of Australia.

English language requirements

IELTS score of 7.5 overall; speaking 8; listening 8, reading 7, writing 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ.

TOEFL IBT, TOEFL PB, Pearsons, BE, CES, and OET are 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 academic or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisites, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

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.

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.

The number of CSPs for Semester 1 and 2 commencement are limited and selection is highly competitive. There will be no separate application process for CSPs and all eligible candidates that submit a complete application by 31 January (Semester 1) or June 30 (Semester 2) of each year will be automatically considered. Applicants will be notified prior to the start of classes whether they have been offered a CSP. Please be aware not all applicants will be successful. Applicants who are unsuccessful in securing a CSP offer may still be offered a place in the program as a full-fee paying student.

Selection for CSPs is managed by the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences and based purely on academic merit (e.g. past academic performance, level of qualifications).

Additional application information

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

Student visas

This program does not meet the eligibility requirements for an Australian Student visa (subclass 500).

To study this program in Australia you will need a temporary visa or residency status with study entitlement. Some programs can also be studied from outside Australia.

Contact us for more information

Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

AUD $31,680

Indicative annual fee 2022

This indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice at 2022 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (8 units in one semester).

The 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 in this program on the basis of academic merit. See the fee for a CSP in this program. Once all CSPs have been exhausted, offers may be made on a tuition-fee-paying basis.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

AUD $24,080

Indicative annual fee 2022

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice for the 2022 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard part-time study load (8 units per academic year).

The fee for a study load less than 8 units per academic year is proportionately lower. All fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

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

FEE-HELP

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.

Learn more about FEE-HELP

Centrelink support

Scholarships

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

How to apply

Applying online

All international applications should be submitted to UQ. The program code for the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice is 5533

International students who want to study this program will not be eligible for a Student Visa (subclass 500). 

To study this program in Australia, you will need an Australian visa or residency status with sufficient study entitlement. Some programs can also be studied from outside Australia. 

Contact us with any questions 

Important dates

The closing date for this program 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.

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

Important dates

The closing date for this program 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.

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

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