University of Queensland Pharmacy School in Australia
Program Overview - Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
University and Faculty:
The University of Queensland
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
St. Lucia, Queensland
February each year
Est. Annual Tuition:
$41,344 AUD (2018)
The study of pharmacy is mainly concerned with the action of drugs on biological systems and their applications for human
drug therapy. The University of Queensland
Bachelor of Pharmacy program prepares graduates for the contemporary role of the
pharmacist in society, ensuring that patients optimize medication usage. Initial courses on chemical, physical and biological
studies lead to professional specialties in later years. Practical and clinical science studies begin in first year, providing
students with a strong background in professional practice.
The UQ pharmacy program integrates six streams of study: quality use of medication; dosage form design; social and professional
aspects of pharmacy; drug discovery; biological fate of drugs; and data analysis in pharmacy.
Former OzTREKK student Sunita talks about the UQ Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) program.
Dr Neil Cottrell, winner of the 2013 UQ Awards for Teaching Excellence
Get a three-minute overview about the University of Queensland's Bachelor of Pharmacy program and about working in a hospital pharmacy.
Meet UQ School of Pharmacy Lecturer Jacqueline Bond.
Learn about why UQ Pharmacy might be for you, about UQ's Bachelor of Pharmacy, and about a day in the life of a UQ Bachelor of Pharmacy graduate.
Unique Features of the Program
Experiential placements in the pharmacist program are viewed as valuable, integral and essential for the attainment of a
pharmacy degree. During the four years of the undergraduate degree, these experiential placements may be in community pharmacy,
hospital pharmacy, the pharmaceutical industry or other related health-care sites as required by the teaching and learning
requirements of the pharmacy program curriculum.
From 2015, all students can graduate from the University of Queensland's Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours. Students who
excel in the program will have the opportunity in their final year to complete a major in "Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics."
The major caters to graduates who may wish to pursue a research-focused career in their future practice in hospital pharmacy, in
the pharmaceutical industry, research institutes or in academia.
Why Canadians Like the Program
Canadians like the UQ Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) program because the class sizes are smaller and staff members are involved
in student productivity. As well, many of the faculty professors double as working professionals in the field. This ensures that
students receive this most up-to-date and practical information.
Read what OzTREKK students have to say about the UQ pharmacy program!
2015 Intake Reviews
"Most professors or staffs at UQ are really kind and nice. The structure of program is quite organized. I would recommend
being part of UQ to the students who want to study Pharmacy program (as I don't know well about the other program).
As I said, the pharmacy program is quite well organized and professors are really kind and helpful in many ways.
However, it doesn't mean that pharmacy program at UQ is easy. It is pretty difficult to get the highest mark here; however,
the atmosphere here is not focused on the individualism, so you can get a help from professors or tutors anytime if you need."
"The tuition is extremely expensive and though we received credit for first year courses, more could have been granted
for second year courses but we were not given the opportunity. Similar curriculum with many opportunities to do well and
great commitment to students from professors."
2014 Intake Reviews
"The university is top notch, almost better then, if not better, then Canadian universities in terms of professors and
buildings and student resources. Very helpful people here. Great, if you have the money, don't waste 10 years of your
life trying to get into Canadian med or pharm or dentistry. Once you graduate high school, get out and apply to Australia."
"Likes: Weather (a little too hot), people, the city. It's a lot of fun, big adventure, new lifestyle. Dislikes Courses that
I didn't get credit for - they are repeat courses."
"They actually have a really good program where you can talk to people who will help you get through that which is great.
I like the professors in my program. They are really amazing. I have my favourite but they are all great. I like that my
program is in a separate building. It's really amazing. Less foot traffic, more study spaces and feel like you have your own pace.
If you want to be a pharmacist and the option of achieving that dream while being within canada and if you can afford it,
UQ is a good option based on my experience so far. If you choose the accelerated option I would say be prepared for a bit
of a hectic first year."
"Too many people in the class. it's a great experience"
"There isn't much I dislike about my Australian university! The one thing I do dislike is that my program's building (PACE)
isn't located on campus. This is a hassle at times because if you want to make an appointment with a professor, it is about
a 20 minute journey in total. However, overall, I reckon that that the program is laid quite well and the professors and
administration staff for pharmacy are a great time! They help you out in every possible way and their websites have heaps
of information that tell you what exactly needs to be done and by when. University of Queensland is one of the top schools in
the world. Being a student at this school is a pride on its own. The campus is massive, but stunning. Things are fairly organized
and everyone is extremely kind and helpful. Being a first year at any school regardless of grade is a tough transition. But as
you gradually get into your routine and make friends, everything falls into place. I've wanted to be a pharmacist for as long
as I can remember. The program is laid out quite fairly and the professors are generally quite good overall. Assessment wise,
there are not many assignments, it's more so exams. The exams in comparison to back home are definitely weighted more
(between 50%-70%), but if you keep up with everything, you'll be fine. Generally, everyone is on the same boat, so working
together helps a lot as well. I find that professors here generally spoon feed you and you will realize that many basic
concepts you have learned in your past years of schooling are being taught at a much easier level as most students here have not
been taught it yet. This serves as an advantage to the Canadians as not only does it refresh your mind, but you already have
an idea of the concepts you are being taught. Being a Canadian means that we can also apply for credit transfers!! This is
honestly one of the factors that influenced my decision to come here. Education standards in Canada are extremely high, and
we are not getting any younger, so being able to save ourselves a full year of schooling and money is wonderful!"
2013 Intake Reviews
"LIKE: - pharmacy facilities are top of the line (i.e PACE) - gorgeous campus - nice layout, lots of cafes and eating places to
choose from, but just hard to find at first DISLIKE: - libraries do not accomodate as many students as they should - everything
closes on campus way too early - not enough places close by (off campus) to eat or do recreational activities - when I first
got here, nothing worked (internet, student enrolment). - best place to do pharmacy, especially since there you can finish it
in 3 years if you've done the pre-requisite courses back home (save a years tuition!) - very laid back campus if that is your
"I like that the school of pharmacy at UQ is at the Pharmacy Australia Center of Excellence. Being on our own campus it is
really easy to get to know our profs and the other students in our classes. Being from Canada and having already done a
previous degree, I find a few of my classmates a little immature given that they are straight out of highschool, but honestly
most of them are really nice, just at a different stage in their lives. Pharmacy at UQ is a lot of work especially for
accelerated students, but it is really interesting material and I find that most of the profs and tutors go out of their
way to make the learning experience enjoyable. The school of pharmacy is at the Pharmacy Australia Center of Excellence
which is a really beautiful and new campus about 20mins walk from St. Lucia campus. I am personally really enjoying the material
we are learning and trying to make the most of the great opportunity that I have to study pharmacy."
2012 Intake Reviews
"I really like this program, I get to meet alot of friends here. The professors are very helpful in guiding accelerated students
in adapting to the new environment and the program. Each course is videotaped and posted online, students can download to watch
it again to review the material. I found it very helpful for my studying. We also have our own pharmacy building where there is
a small library. There are many textbooks we can use, save quite a lot of money when you don't have to buy textbooks. Food are
quite expensive in university. In general, food are expensive compare to Canada. I strongly recommended to take Pharmacy
program here in UQ. I really like the accelerated program, you can complete the Bachelor degree in 3 years instead of 4.
Make sure you have all the right courses in order to become accelerated. My friend is missing a BIOM course from first year.
He was lucky that he can still stay in second year, but he has to do an extra 2nd year BIOM course to make up for it in
2011 Intake Reviews
"So far every experience I had at UQ has been enjoyable. I enjoy the lectures, and love that every lecture is recorded and
accesible through lectopia. Most of my lectures are at the school of pharmacy (PACE), which helps form a very friendly
environment among the students and with the lecturers/Professors. The Professors and staff at PACE are very friendly
and helpful. I would let other Canadian students know about our beautiful St Lucia campus, the friendly students and staff,
and the comfortable environment for studies. The main campus has a 24 hour library (Biological sciences), which is
really convinient for me as I prefer to study to late hours. The program is as I imagined challenging, but at the same
time really interesting and relevant to the field of Pharmacy. So, in four years you will be confident enough to know that
you can enter the work force and be very successful in your field."
"I like how friendly everyone is, and how informative and helpful all the staff are My program is pretty tough but the
friendly environment and great resources help to alleviate the stress."
"I love the atmosphere of my university, it is reminiscent of my undergrad years back in Canada. The campus itself is
beautiful and many facilities for students to use. A large population of international students is present, making me
feel at home and able to embrace different cultures. There would probably be only one thing that I dislike about my
pharmacy program at UQ. I am currently a first year student but I have received credit for all my first year pharmacy
classes except one. Therefore this is causing me to only take one class this semester. I'm finding it a big waste of
time. I wish the school would allow me to undertake some 2nd year classes or allow me to be a second year and take that
first year class additionally."
2010 Intake Reviews
"Love the experience I have had so far. UQ has the biggest campus and its very nice. PACE is the newest pharmacy
building recently built. Its walking distance from the St. Lucia campus."
2009 Intake Reviews
"Like: - Beautiful campus - especially in October/November when the Jacarandas bloom. - Student services is pretty good.
They're usually quick to responds to questions and concerns. (There is the odd occasion where they don't respond at all).
Most of the staff in my program are very approachable and are more than willing to help. PACE is a wonderful building.
There were some technical glitches at the beginning, but now that it's up and running, it certainly is a nice place to
study in. Dislike: - Like all universities, the libraries get a bit messy during exam season. - There are some staff
in my program that aren't very accommodating to students. - The assessments are done in a somewhat uneven way. The final
exams are worth 60-70% of the grade and there are usually no midterm assessments for courses. - Since PACE is located
away from St. Lucia and we are at the main campus only once a week, it does feel a bit isolated. The pharmacy program
at UQ is pretty good in general. The class size has gotten pretty big recently but the learning experience is still good.
We are divided up into sections during practicals and tutorials, so we still get the individual attention during these times.
We have a lot of guest lecturers who work in the field. While they vary in effectiveness of their teaching skills, the
information they bring with them are very helpful. The experiential placements were good opportunities to apply the
knowledge we gained in class. Tip to future students: search around the pharmacies early and bring a resume with you!
There is the accelerated program for students that have already completed courses that are equivalent to the first year
of the pharmacy program."
Professional Certification/Accreditation Information
Graduate qualifications in pharmacy from Australian universities are recognized internationally. Graduates from Canada who wish
to become a pharmacist upon their return to Canada should visit the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada website for accreditation
and certification information: http://www.pebc.ca/.
Graduates of an Australian Bachelor of Pharmacy degree must also apply for certification through the provincial regulatory
body in the Canadian province they wish to work in.
Before Bachelor of Pharmacy graduates can practice pharmacy they must be registered with the Pharmacists Board of Queensland
as a pharmacist. To be eligible for registration they must complete 48 weeks of pre-registration training. Training may be
obtained within a community, hospital, defence forces or industrial setting and must always be under the supervision of a
registered pharmacist in the approved premises. During this pre-registration period, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
(Queensland Branch) administers a structured education program. Qualifications for admission to professional pharmacy are
prescribed in the Pharmacists Registration Act 2001 and the Pharmacists Registration Regulation 2001.
Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians
UQ Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) applicants are required to have completed their high school diploma. Applicants should have
completed Grade 12 English, Chemistry and Math to meet program prerequisites.
If you have commenced or completed a university degree or any post-secondary studies, your most recent studies will be
assessed in terms of your grades. If you have not completed the necessary prerequisite subjects in your post-secondary studies,
your high school transcripts will then be assessed for prerequisite subjects.
Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee entry to the
university's undergraduate programs.
Application for Credit
The UQ School of Pharmacy does not expect students to repeat learning that has been successfully completed at a similar level
and standard elsewhere, where that work is substantially the same in content and standard as that required for the Bachelor of Pharmacy
Many international students with prior study (especially those with a science background) are able to enter directly into year 2 of
the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours). If full credit is awarded students may be able to undertake an additional course
in their first and second semesters of enrolment and complete the program in 3 years.
Please contact OzTREKK if you
would like more information about applying for credit at UQ Pharmacy.
Number of Places Available: no set limit
Application Deadline: November 29; however, late applications may be accepted by UQ Pharmacy School.