Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

The School of Pharmacy at The University of Queensland offers a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) as its undergraduate degree, preparing you for a career in industry, community and hospital pharmacy or government. The preparation starts from your first year as you build a strong knowledge base, including chemistry, biology, physiology, anatomy and the workings of the pharmacy profession. 

Career paths

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. 

As the demand for skilled professionals increases, UQ Pharmacy graduates consistantly enjoy an employment rate of 100% (for those who choose to seek employment within the industry).

There are three main areas of practice for registered pharmacists, these are:

Community Pharmacy

In community practice pharmacists are involved in many areas, including:

Dispensing prescriptions:

  • Providing information to the patient about their prescribed medications and dosage. For example, how and when to use the medication, what side effects may occur and how to deal with them
  • Monitoring role - checking for appropriate dosage, drug interactions, adverse reactions, contra-indications, and compliance with prescribed therapy
  • Providing medication information to other health care professionals

Primary health care:

  • Assist members of the community with the identification and treatment of both major and minor ailments 

Health promotion:

  • Being accessible to the public as a source of advice on the prevention of illness and the promotion of good health
Clinical (Hospital) Pharmacy

Membership of a professional health care team

  • preparing and supplying medication for outpatients and patients in the wards
  • compounding and quality assessment of specialised dosage forms for use in the hospital environment 

Clinical Practice

  • Pharmacists who practise their profession in the wards are directly involved in ensuring optimal medication therapy for patients by devising regimens specific to individual patients and monitoring patient's progress.
  • Drug Information and Poisons Centres are staffed by pharmacists whose task is to provide information to other health care professionals to assist with therapeutic decision making.
Consultant Pharmacy

Consultant pharmacists are accredited to perform medication reviews in people's homes (Home Medicin 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.

Industrial Pharmacy

Pharmacists in industry are involved in:

  • manufacturing products 
  • quality control
  • marketing of pharmaceutical and medical products
  • testing, research and development of new or improved products

Major in Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics

The UQ Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) degree includes an optional major which is completed in the 4th year of study.

The program allows students to undertake a research project under the guidance of an experienced researcher. Projects may be in any area of research that is currently being conducted within the School of Pharmacy.

Students conduct a review of the literature, learn how to design their experiments, conduct their research, and write up their results in the form of a research paper. Students also present their research plans and findings to academics in the School of Pharmacy. Entry into the major is according to GPA and project availability.

Credit transfers (domestic)

For Credit transfer arrangements for international Students, please visit:

If you have undertaken the same or equivalent courses in another program you can apply for credit towards the Bachelor of Pharmacy.

To apply, you will need to download an application form available from the “myAdvisor” 

Once completed, the form must be submitted to the School of Pharmacy (PACE, 20 Cornwall Street, Woolloongabba, 4102) and the school will then process your application and note this on your Studies Report in mySI-net (please allow up to four weeks for this process). 

Please submit the form as soon as possible after receiving your offer.

Credit from within The University of Queensland

If you are applying for credit for a course that was successfully completed within UQ, you now DO NOT need to enrol in this course.

However, you will still need to submit an application for credit form to the School of Pharmacy.

If you are coming from the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety Science or other UQ program you will still need to submit an application for credit form.

Credit is awarded for:

Semester 1

  • BIOL1040

Semester 2

  • BIOL1020
  • CHEM1200
  • STAT1201 (gain credit for PHRM1020)
  • BIOM1052

CHEM1200 combined will give credit for CHEM1222.

A suitable study plan for a student enrolling in BOHSSc (Hons) but planning to change to the BPharm (Hons) would be:

Sem 1: BIOL1040, OHSS1000, PSYC1020

Sem 2: BIOL1020, BIOM1052, CHEM1200, STAT1201 (credit for PHRM1020).

If you feel you have other combinations of courses which may make you eligible for credit, please submit an application and these will be assessed.

Please Note: If previous studies were completed at UQ an official transcript is not required.


Credit from outside The University of Queensland

For us to be able to determine your eligibility you will need to supply course descriptions. 

The information should contain:

  • an overview of numbers of lectures, pracs, tutorials etc in the course
  • a list of learning objectives if available
  • lecture titles and descriptions
  • prac titles (at least)
  • timetable to indicate the number of contact hours of the various types in the course
  • summary of assessment, etc. 

Please Note: You will still need to enrol in ALL courses, including those for which you are applying for credit. Please remain enrolled until you receive notification of the outcome of your application.

Students must follow the above procedure and each case will be judged on its own merit.  The course catalogue which is located in mySI-net contains descriptions of all courses studied within the program, which may be of assistance when applying for credit for comparable courses completed at other institutions.

Credit transfers (international)

How to apply

Domestic applicants

How to apply guidelines for Australian and New Zealand undergraduate applicants.

International applicants

For assistance and guidelines on applying to UQ Pharmacy as an international student, visit the UQ International website.

Students requiring extra study before University entry should visit the UQ Foundation year website.