The top pharmacy schools in Australia for 2017 are

  1. University of South Australia
  2. University of Tasmania
  3. Monash University

Uni Reviews ranked Australian universities by a formula using:

  • pharmacy school size (student numbers)
  • student and graduate satisfaction with pharmacy courses (% satisfied)
  • indicative graduate salaries (based on pay, study and unemployment rates).

University of South Australia

The School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences at UniSA is Australia’s top pharmacy school in 2017.

The School has solid scores for all 3 quality indicators: size, satisfaction and graduate salaries.

University of Tasmania

The pharmacy program at the UTAS School of Medicine is ranked 2nd in Australia.

The program has a high course satisfaction rating (88%) and graduates fare well in the job market ($45,000 indicative starting salary).

Monash University

The Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Monash is in the top 3 for Pharmacy subject rankings in 2017.

The Faculty is estimated to be the largest in Australia.

Pharmacy School Rankings

Rank Pharmacy School Size* Satisfaction Grad salary Points
1 University of South Australia 543 87% $42,731 194
2 University of Tasmania 144 88% $45,000 175
3 Monash University 890 83% $38,588 151
4 Curtin University 265 92% $39,061 130
5 James Cook University 125 96% $39,591 130
6 University of Queensland 554 84% $38,535 124
7 Queensland University of Technology 189 89% $38,773 99
8 University of Sydney 473 74% $38,729 70
9 La Trobe University 132 87% $38,000 68
10 Charles Sturt University 93 78% $38,040 21

Updated: 13 November 2016

* Combined sample size for student course satisfaction surveys.

Universities with small sample sizes for satisfaction or salary components are omitted from overall ranking.

Student Course Satisfaction

Rank Pharmacy School Graduates Students Overall
1 James Cook University 100% 91% 96%
2 University of New England 91% 93%
3 Curtin University 89% 92% 92%
4 Queensland University of Technology 95% 83% 89%
5 RMIT University 86% 88%
6 University of Tasmania 92% 84% 88%
7 Griffith University 85% 87%
8 La Trobe University 94% 79% 87%
9 University of South Australia 91% 81% 87%
10 University of Queensland 81% 84% 84%
11 Monash University 88% 78% 83%
12 University of Canberra 79% 82%
13 University of Newcastle 79% 81%
14 Charles Sturt University 82% 73% 78%
15 University of Sydney 65% 75% 74%

Sources: Course Experience Questionnaire (2014-2015), University Experience Survey (2014-2015)

Universities are ranked by graduate satisfaction. For further details, see Course Ratings by Students.

Indicative Graduate Salaries

Rank University Employed Studying Other Salary
1 University of Tasmania 88% 12% 0% $45,000
2 University of South Australia 91% 8% 1% $42,731
3 James Cook University 91% 7% 2% $39,591
4 Curtin University 94% 2% 4% $39,061
5 Queensland University of Technology 91% 4% 5% $38,773
6 University of Sydney 84% 12% 5% $38,729
7 Monash University 64% 31% 5% $38,588
8 University of Queensland 83% 11% 6% $38,535
9 Charles Sturt University 91% 5% 4% $38,040
10 La Trobe University 90% 10% 0% $38,000

Source: Graduate Destinations Survey (2013-2015)

The indicative graduate salary accounts for low incomes of unemployed graduates.

For further details, see Graduate Salaries by University.