ICAS - Manipal University and The University of Queensland Pharmacy Articulation Program

Program Highlights

  • Year 1 of the Pharmacy Program is taught at the International Centre for Applied Sciences, Manipal University, India
  • Years 2, 3 and 4 are taught exclusively at The University of Queensland's School of Pharmacy, Australia
  • Graduate with a Bachelor of Pharmacy Honours from The University of Queensland, a Top 50 University, globally!*

*According to 2016 Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities.

The University of Queensland is the highest ranking Australian University with a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) Program*

*According to 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities.

The Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) degree combines a balance of theory and clinical education to prepare you for a dynamic career in the industry.

UQ Pharmacy students benefit from the cutting-edge facilities offered at PACE. This world class facility (the first of its kind in Australia) has been specifically designed for pharmacy education and research.

During the degree you will complete foundation studies in pharmacy, chemistry, biology, physiology and anatomy and learn about over-the-counter medications, the Australian health system and community pharmacy practice.

Your practical experience starts in your first year and continues throughout the degree. You can gain experience in over 500 community pharmacies, hospitals or other placement sites throughout rural and metropolitan Australia and overseas.

    To register your interest please email pharmacy@enquire.uq.edu.au.

    Frequently asked questions

    What courses will I be required to study at ICAS-MU, in year one of the Program?

    Students must compete BIOL103T,BIOL103L, BIOL302T, BIOL302L, BIOM102T, BIOM102L, PHRM1.2T, PHRM4.4T, CHEM105T, CHEM105L, CHEM303T, CHEM303T, CHEM104T, CHE601T.

    They can then enter UQ Pharmacy through the ICAS-MU study plan, click here (PDF, 345KB) to view. 

    How do I transfer my credits following successful completion of year 1 AT ICAS-MU to UQ?

    Upon successful completion of year one of the Program, you need to supply ICAS-MU administration with an official copy of your transcript duly signed, which details that all the prescribed courses have been successfully passed and the grades awarded therein.  This needs to be included in the documentation submitted with your application for entry into the accelerated BPharm(Hons) program at UQ.  ICAS-MU administration will collate all student applications and submit this to UQ so the enrolment process can be initiated.

    How do I arrange my student visa for travel to Australia?

    Visa information:  https://future-students.uq.edu.au/international/visa-information

    What year will I enter the Pharmacy program at UQ, and what courses will I be required to study at UQ?

    You will enter into year 2 but will be required to complete some first year pharmacy subjects concurrently – see study plan (PDF, 345KB).

    Which institution will award the BPharm (Hons) degree?


    What are the course fees to complete my Pharmacy Program at UQ?

    What are the typical accommodation and health cover costs?

    What are the English language requirements to gain entry to the Program at UQ?

    This program requires a higher level of English language proficiency than the UQ minimum. 
IELTS scores required for entry to the Bachelor of Pharmacy are:

    • Overall 7
    • Writing 6
    • Speaking 6
    • Listening 6
    • Reading 6

    Further information and equivalences - https://ppl.app.uq.edu.au/content/3.40.14-english-language-proficiency-admission-and-concurrent-support#Procedures

    What is the role of Pharmacists?

    The contemporary role of the pharmacist in society is to ensure that patients receive optimal medication therapy. 

    The role of the pharmacist is constantly growing, and their place within the healthcare team is vital to ensure quality use of medicines in a range of settings. 

    Community Pharmacy

    In community practice pharmacists are involved in many areas. Providing information to the patient about their prescribed medications and dosage. For example, how and when to use their medication, what side effects may occur and how to deal with them. Checking for appropriate dosage, drug interactions, adverse reactions, contra-indications, and compliance with prescribed therapy. Providing medication information to other health care professionals.

    Assist members of the community with the identification and treatment of both major and minor ailments. Pharmacists are involved in health promotion and are a source of advice on the prevention of illness and the promotion of good health.

    Clinical (Hospital) Pharmacy

    Pharmacists in Hospital are involved in preparing and supplying medication for outpatients and patients. They are involved in compounding and quality assessment of specialized dosage forms for use in the hospital environment.  Pharmacists who practice their profession in hospital wards are directly involved in ensuring optimal medication therapy for patients by devising regimens specific to individual patients and monitoring the patient's progress.

    Other areas of practice include work in Drug Information and Poisons Centres that are staffed by pharmacists whose task it is to provide information to other health care professionals to assist with therapeutic decision making. Consultant pharmacists are accredited to perform medication reviews in people's homes (Home Medicine Reviews - HMRs) or in aged care facilities (Residential Medication Management Reviews - RMMRs) in collaboration with General Practitioners. The role of the accredited pharmacists is to advise patients and their general practitioners on how to optimise medication management.

    Pharmacists in Industry, Government and Research sectors

    Pharmacy degree holders are sought after in a variety of areas of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Areas include, manufacturing, quality control, marketing of pharmaceutical and medical products and the   testing and development of new or improved products. Pharmacy degree holders are also employed in the areas of clinical trial coordination and regulatory affairs. Various government agencies also seek to employ medicines experts particularly in areas involving the assessment of submissions for the funding and approval of new pharmaceuticals.


    Sunita explains her experience of being an International Student studying Pharmacy at UQ. 

    Helender Singh talks about her experience as an Intern Pharmacist at a large teaching hospital in Queensland.