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 offers an entry pathway into the pharmacy profession. This course is an accredited and innovative two year graduate-entry coursework program designed to prepare you for all aspects of the pharmacy profession, including leadership in innovative and evidence-based practice.

Why study with us?

  • Study in a course with a strong practical focus, underpinned by evidence-based practice and research.

  • Learn advanced clinical skills, preparing you for all aspects of the pharmacy profession and leadership in healthcare.

  • Fast-track your career in the rewarding and challenging pharmacy profession.

  • Learn from internationally-renowned, award-winning academics, who are some of the most highly respected academics in Australia and the world.

  • Access to the latest technology, facilities and teaching laboratories.

  • Gain hands-on experience in a variety of clinical settings, including hospital and community pharmacy.

  • Graduate with the skills to enter a clinical profession that improves the quality of people’s lives.

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.

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS
Students are advised that it is a requirement of the Master of Pharmacy that they participate appropriately, in all classroom and examination tasks, including role plays and group work involving all genders. The Faculty is unable to exempt students from these tasks for legal reasons.

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

To be eligible to apply for the Master of Pharmacy applicants will need to fulfill the following criteria:

1/ A bachelor's degree from an Australian institution or equivalent

2/ A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA), currently 5.0 over 7.0, or
Graduate Australian Medical Admissions Test (GAMSAT), currently 55 with 50 in each section, or
Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), currently 8 (previous test version) / 500 (new test version).

3/ A minimum of 42 out of 54 credit points, or equivalent, in seven prerequisite subjects at university level:
• Calculus (3cp)
• Statistics (3cp)
• Human Biology (6cp)
• Chemistry (12cp)
• Biochemistry (6cp)
• Pharmacology (12cp) (or PCOL2555 or PCOL2605 studied at the University of Sydney is accepted)
• Physiology (12cp)

4/ English language proficiency of IELTS 7.0 overall with 6.5 in each band (if relevant)

ALTERNATIVE ENTRY
Course transfers from current Master of Pharmacy programs across Australia will be considered. Subject exemptions are assessed on a case-by-case basis.
International pharmacy graduates are accepted provided pharmacy registration has been within the last ten years. It is not a requirement to have a GPA, MCAT or GAMSAT for this application.
Applicants with relevant professional experience (e.g. pharmaceutical industry or related research area) within the last ten years will be considered on a case-by-case basis. It is not a requirement to have a GPA, MCAT or GAMSAT for this application.

BACHELOR DEGREE
All applicants must have completed, or be in the final year of, a bachelor degree in order to be considered for admission. The bachelor degree must be completed by the time of enrolment for the year in which the applicant intends to commence the Master of Pharmacy program.
Applicants who have undertaken a bachelor degree in an accelerated program are eligible to apply only after completion of the full degree.
Applicants with overseas qualifications are required to achieve an equivalent qualification level (eg. a GPA of 2.7 out of 4 for USA/Canada universities, a GPA of 3.3 out of 5 for Singapore universities, bachelor degree at a Lower II class for UK universities).

GPA
The University will not calculate your GPA prior to your application.

PREREQUISITE SUBJECTS
All prerequisite subjects must have been completed in the last ten years. Students can enrol in the program with 12 credit points of prerequisite subjects outstanding as long as these subjects are completed by the start of the second semester in the first year of the Master of Pharmacy program. Some pre-requisites may be offered through The Summer School at the University of Sydney prior to the commencement of Semester 1.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications for the Master of Pharmacy must be submitted directly to the University of Sydney.Please also supply the Master of Pharmacy Application Supplementary Form - (PDF 43KB)

On-time applications close at the end of November each year for intake into the following year. Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) offers will be made to the top-ranked applications received by the closing date.

Late applications may be accepted until the end of 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 will only be assessed once all documentation has been received.


CREDIT FOR PREVIOUS STUDY
If you have previously completed relevant other studies at tertiary level you may be eligible for credit for previous studies – also called ‘credit transfer' 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. Credit towards Master of Pharmacy will not be granted for undergraduate units of study. More information on credit transfer is available on the Future Students website page.

International students

How to apply

Applications for the Master of Pharmacy must be submitted directly to the University of Sydney. Please also supply the Master of Pharmacy Application Supplementary Form - (PDF 43KB)

On-time applications close at the end of November each year for intake into the following year.

Late applications may be accepted until the end of 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 will only be assessed once all documentation has been received.

CREDIT FOR PREVIOUS STUDY
If you have previously completed relevant other studies at tertiary level you may be eligible for credit for previous studies – also called ‘credit transfer' 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. Credit towards Master of Pharmacy will not be granted for undergraduate units of study. More information on credit transfer is available on the Future Students website page.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

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 2016, 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 2015 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 2016, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2016, 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.