Why study the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

This program prepares students for a distinguished career in industry, community, hospital pharmacy or government. Students will learn at the state-of-the-art Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence (PACE) - a world-class, $100 million teaching and research facility located in UQ's biomedical science precinct at Woolloongabba.

Entry requirements

Entry scores

All international applicants need to meet the minimum entry score for admission into this program.

If you’re currently studying year 12 (or equivalent) in Australia or New Zealand, you need to meet this program’s minimum OP or Rank score.

If you’re currently completing your senior schooling elsewhere, you need to meet this program’s minimum equivalent international entry score.

If you’re not a current school leaver, your application will be considered on an individual basis.


Year 12 or equivalent English, Maths B and Chemistry.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 7; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ, view the English proficiency policy below.

In order to gain entry to an academic program at UQ, you will have to demonstrate you have the appropriate level of English language skills.

To meet the UQ's English language proficiency requirements, you must demonstrate one of the following:

  • a score equivalent to four semesters of Sound Achievement in Queensland Studies Authority English, English for ESL Learners or Australian or international equivalent. Less than four semesters may be considered for some programs.
  • at least 6.5 overall and a minimum of 6.0 in each sub-band of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or equivalent test. Some programs have higher English proficiency requirements; see individual program requirements.

Other equivalent tests such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic are also accepted, and other qualifications and experience may also be considered.

Study Abroad and Incoming Exchange students are only required to meet the overall score (eg 6.5 IELTS or 87 TOEFL or 64 PTE).

Visa requirements

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

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

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.

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.


Honours are awarded to all graduates of this program. Honours are awarded in the following classes:

  • Class I
  • Class IIA
  • Class IIB
  • Class IIIA
  • Class IIIB

Class of honours depends on your GPA.

Practicals, placements and internships

Students 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 their placements, students will have the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge acquired through coursework and research to practice and develop their clinical skills in real life settings.

Students will undertake a variety of sessional practical experiences from year one before commencing two 4-week block placements in year four.

Students may be required to undertake clinical placements outside of the Brisbane metropolitan area and students are required to fund their travel, accommodation and daily living expenses.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership in the following professional bodies:

Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.

Accreditation body

The Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) is accredited by:

Australian Pharmacy Council.

While this program may be accredited by an official industry body in Australia, completing this degree may not result in automatic accreditation for graduates. Please contact the relevant association for details.

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

  • Graduate Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy.
  • Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice.


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

Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics integrates knowledge and skills from different courses in the program, to provide students with an opportunity to evaluate and synthesize the literature to acquire new knowledge to resolve problems and optimise medicines use and; develop and conduct an independent research project.

The Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics major will provide students considering a research-focused career, with an opportunity to experience working as part of a research team with a more intensive research focused final year to their Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) program.

Program taught in:
  • English

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