Master of Pharmacy

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Master of Pharmacy is an innovative graduate-entry program designed for those wishing to fast-track a rewarding and challenging career in the pharmacy profession. If you already hold a university degree, this course provides you with the academic qualification needed to begin the registration process to become a pharmacist. With a strong practical focus, the Master of Pharmacy is designed to deliver graduates advanced clinical skills, ready for prominent roles in all aspects of the profession and for leadership in the use of innovative evidence based practice.
The course offers a mix of lectures, tutorials, labs, small group work, problem-based learning and clinical placements which develop valuable practical skills and experience. The Master of Pharmacy is accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council (APC) and allows graduates to progress towards registration as a pharmacist in Australia. On completion of this degree, and following a compulsory pre-registration training period that is required for all graduates, you will be eligible for registration with the Pharmacy Board of Australia and able to practise as a pharmacist.

Course outline

http://sydney.edu.au/handbooks/pharmacy/postgraduate/coursework/m_pharmacy_tables.shtml

Study plan


Students must complete 96 credit points of prescribed study during the two year course. The clinical placements take place during non-standard semesters.

Further course information

Progression rules

Except with the permission of the Faculty, candidates may not take second year units of study until they have gained credit for all 48 credit points in first year units of study.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Pharmacists are an integral part of the healthcare system and have the capacity to directly affect the lives and lifestyles of the people with whom they interact. There are a wide variety of career choices open to registered pharmacists. Examples include retail pharmacy (community practice), hospital pharmacy, research positions within universities or research institutes, or positions in the pharmaceutical industry in drug production, marketing of drug development.

Course accreditation

To become a registered pharmacist, graduates of this course must complete 1,824 hours (one year) of supervised practical training and an Intern Training Program in order to register with the Pharmacy Board of Australia.

Further study

Graduates of this course seeking further academic studies in pharmacy are recommended to consider our postgraduate research courses, including Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy.

Admission

Admission requirements

Applicants for the Master of Pharmacy are required to:
- have a prior bachelor's degree
- meet the minimum requirements for one of these:
- Grade Point Average (GPA) [currently 5.5] OR
- Graduate Australian Medical Admissions Test (GAMSAT) [currently 55 with 50 in each section] OR
- Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) [currently 8]
- meet a minimum of 42 out of 54 credit points, or equivalent, in seven prerequisite subjects (chemistry, pharmacology, physiology, human biology, biochemistry, calculus, statistics) at university level
- demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 7.0 overall (if relevant).

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications for the Master of Pharmacy must be submitted directly to the University of Sydney.

Applications open on 1 June annually and on-time applications close at the end of November.

Offers will be made in three intake rounds with a possible late round in January if places are still available. We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. If you are currently completing qualifying studies and awaiting results, you can still apply early and supply results when available.

Applications submitted and assessed
Round 1: 1 June – 31 July
Round 2: 1 August – 30 September
Round 3: 1 October – 30 November

Offers made
Round 1: August (mid)
Round 2: October (mid)
Round 3: December (mid)

Applications will only be assessed once all documentation has been received. Once you have submitted an application, please allow appropriate time for processing before contacting us to check on the progress of your application.

Credit for previous study
If you have previously completed other studies at tertiary level you may be eligible for 'credit for previous studies' – also called 'transfer credit' or 'advanced standing' for the Master of Pharmacy. You have the option of applying for credit as part of the course application process or your may do so after enrolment. You may also apply for credit after enrolment.

International students

How to apply

Applications for the Master of Pharmacy must be submitted directly to the University of Sydney.

Applications open on 1 June annually and on-time applications close at the end of November.

Offers will be made in three intake rounds with a possible late round in January if places are still available. We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, especially if visa or travel arrangements need to be made. Offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. If you are currently completing qualifying studies and awaiting results, you can still apply early and supply results when available.

Applications submitted and assessed
Round 1: 1 June – 31 July
Round 2: 1 August – 30 September
Round 3: 1 October – 30 November

Offers made
Round 1: August (mid)
Round 2: October (mid)
Round 3: December (mid)

Applications will only be assessed once all documentation has been received. Once you have submitted an application, please allow appropriate time for processing before contacting us to check on the progress of your application.

Credit for previous study
If you have previously completed other studies at tertiary level you may be eligible for 'credit for previous studies' – also called 'transfer credit' or 'advanced standing' for the Master of Pharmacy. You have the option of applying for credit as part of the course application process or your may do so after enrolment. You may also apply for credit after enrolment.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2013 your student contribution may differ.

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.