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Guide to entry thresholds

OP 10

Rank 78

Course information set

  • Complete more than 500 hours of professional placement in hospital, community and other pharmacy environments.
  • Study a patient-centred approach with focus on priority health areas such as musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and mental health conditions.
  • Honours component develops skills for leadership and provides competitive advantage in career.
QTAC course code418512
QUT course code CS47
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 4 years full-time
Start month 2019 February

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Faculty of Health
Course contact
CRICOS code 089126F
  • Community Pharmacist
  • Hospital Pharmacist
  • Pharmaceutical Research Scientist


Pharmacists are an integral member of the healthcare team and play an essential role in delivering quality patient care. Pharmacists have expert knowledge about how drugs interact with the human body and how they can be used safely for therapeutic purposes. They use this knowledge to advise and counsel patients and other healthcare professionals on the correct use and side effects of prescribed medication. Pharmacists are often the first health professionals contacted for advice on medication and play a major role as healthcare providers and educators to the community. More than ever, pharmacists are contributing to improved health care through their growing scope of services.

Why choose this course?

You will complete more than 500 hours of professional placement in this course. Placements begin in your first year and are completed in hospital and community pharmacy environments, and are also offered in emerging healthcare roles where pharmacists are increasingly being employed.

Our course reflects the complexity of pharmacy practice in the real world. Your studies will focus on priority health areas of patient care, such as musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and mental health conditions. Each semester you will build on previous learning to develop a thorough understanding of the factors that can contribute to a patient’s overall health and care plan.   

You will learn from pharmacy experts with established careers in patient-centred care and award-winning research.

On campus you will access specialist health equipment and facilities including new scientific laboratories, and simulation facilities that mimic a real pharmacy environment.                                                                   

The honours component provides a strong foundation in research, and encourages you to develop the advanced skills that are needed to become a leader in a profession where role responsibilities and capabilities are expanding. This higher level study offers our graduates a competitive advantage in the workplace.


Career outcomes

Pharmacists are employed in a range of settings including community pharmacies, hospitals, industry, regulatory and research roles. You can expect your skills to be in demand as this course focuses on preparing for working in all aspects of the pharmacy profession. You will be prepared for postgraduate studies in pharmacy-related areas, with an emphasis on both the theoretical and applied aspects of research, health promotion and business directly associated with the pharmacy profession in Australia.

As the most accessible healthcare professional contacted for advice about health, pharmacists frequently play a major role in health education and promotions. Clinical pharmacists work closely with other healthcare professionals in a patient-care role, evaluate newly released medicines, coordinate clinical trials, or prepare medicines for patients requiring specialised treatments.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council. Following graduation, approximately 12 months of pre-registration training performed under the supervision of a registered pharmacist is required to meet the registration requirements of the Pharmacy Board of Australia. See the Pharmacy Board of Australia registration standards and requirements for more information.

Graduates are eligible for membership with a number of professional associations, including the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, the Pharmacy Guild and the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia.

Course requirements

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. You will need to identify these requirements and ensure you allow sufficient time to meet them. Some of these requirements have associated costs. Travel and accommodation costs will vary depending on placement location.

Blue card: You must undergo a criminal history check for working with children and be issued with a suitability card (blue card) before commencing clinical placement/practicum in an organisation where they may work with children or young people.

The processing of your application may take several months so you must submit your blue card application to HiQ as early as possible to ensure you have your card before you begin any unit that requires contact with children. There is no charge for student blue cards. Students who already have a blue card must register it with QUT.

Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.

Entry requirements

Guide to entry thresholds

OP 10

Rank 78

Course information set

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:

  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Maths B

We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA). Recommended Study: Biology.

More about assumed knowledge

Did you get an OP 1-5?

If you receive an OP 1-5 or equivalent, you're guaranteed an offer for this course in the major offer round.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2019: CSP $9,400 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.

Find out if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan

Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

These scholarships are available for this course:

View all undergraduate scholarships

You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.


How to apply for Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

You apply through QTAC for all our undergraduate courses.

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you've:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for - you can apply for up to 6.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements.
  4. Checked your course costs and if you're eligible for financial support.

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Important: Make a note of the QTAC code for this course (418512) because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

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After you've submitted your application to QTAC

If you've studied before or if you have at least two years' work experience, you may want to apply for credit for prior learning.


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