For this Bachelor, it’s all about the chemistry

Australia’s most desired bachelors are those dispensing professional health advice—not roses—according to a University of Queensland professor.

UQ School of Pharmacy Head Peter Little made the comment as Health at UQ launched a tongue-in-cheek promotion titled The Bachelor of Pharmacy ahead of Pharmacy Experience day.

UQ Pharmacy School
Learn more about the UQ Bachelor of Pharmacy (Photo credit: University of Queensland)

“A Bachelor of Pharmacy at UQ has one of the highest graduate employment rates of any bachelor degree in Australia, so it clearly makes you a wanted person,” Professor Little said.

The promotion featuring an anonymous student in a series of images,  plays on the themes of commitment, passion, chemistry and caring. “The pursuit of knowledge and dedication to a career can be very attractive qualities,” Professor Little said.

“Obviously we are having some fun with this, but I think there is a strong underlying message.

“We should admire and promote people who make our community safer and healthier through accepting the challenge of a specialist education.”

UQ is home to the largest and longest-established School of Pharmacy in Queensland, encompassing more than 50 years of teaching and research excellence.

Students are educated at the $100 million Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence (PACE) in Brisbane’s world-class biomedical precinct at Woolloongabba, alongside the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

“Bachelor of Pharmacy graduates typically enter community or hospital pharmacy, but others go on to careers in medicine, health research, advising government policy and academia,” Professor Little said.

“The degree provides a comprehensive foundation in pharmacy, chemistry, biology, physiology and anatomy, along with an understanding of legislation and plenty of opportunities for practical experience.

“Just as importantly, there is a heavy focus from our educators in enhancing the communication and counselling skills of our graduates, which we know are important to any relationship.”

Prospective students are invited to experience the life of a UQ Pharmacy student from 10am-1pm on Sunday 23 August at the PACE facility.

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) Program at UQ

The Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) program is a well-established, professionally accredited learning framework that is well received by both students and the profession. The program has evolved into one of the country’s most comprehensive and well-respected pharmacy degrees, both domestically and internationally.

This undergraduate program runs over 4 years, full time, after which graduates are eligible to complete a 48-week paid internship in either community or hospital pharmacy.

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: November 15, 2015

Entry Requirements
Applicants to UQ Pharmacy 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.

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