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Master of Pharmacy

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Overview

The Master of Pharmacy offers an entry pathway to fast-track your career 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.

As a pharmacy student, you will learn from internationally-renowned, award-winning academics as you develop advanced clinical skills and experience. You will benefit from outstanding and effective teaching and research, exposure to modern clinical settings and access to the latest technology, facilities and teaching laboratories, placing you in a cohort of the most desirable pharmacy graduates in Australia.

With a strong practical focus, underpinned by evidence-based practice and research, you will develop valuable knowledge, skills and experience in all aspects of the pharmacy profession. Your studies will consist of a variety of blended learning opportunities including lectures, tutorials, labs, small group work, problem-based learning, as well as clinical placements across the community, hospital and industry sectors.

The Master of Pharmacy also offers a limited number of six-week summer research scholarships, providing you with a unique research experience with renowned academics. 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 the compulsory pre-registration training period required for all candidates (including an Intern Training Program), you will be eligible for registration with the Pharmacy Board of Australia and able to practise as a professional pharmacist.

Important information 

Students are advised that it is a requirement of our pharmacy programs 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.

To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the Inherent Requirements for coursework award courses in pharmacy.

The University of Sydney welcomes and encourages applications from students with disabilities, and from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. Where there are physical, intellectual, cultural, religious or other factors that impact on a student's ability to meet the Inherent Requirements, the University will make reasonable adjustments to assist the student to meet the requirements. Please read the Inherent Requirements carefully as you consider your course choices.

Specialisations

There are no majors for this course.

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your fee

How to apply

What you'll study

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

Units of Study

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 (as a guide a minimum Weighted Average Mark of 65), 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. 54 credit points, or equivalent, in seven prerequisite subjects at university level (Candidates can enrol in the course with 12 credit points of prerequisite subjects outstanding as long as these units of study are completed by the start of semester 2 of the first year of the Master of Pharmacy.):

  • Calculus (3cp)
  • Statistics (3cp)
  • Human Biology (6cp)
  • Chemistry (12cp)
  • Biochemistry (6cp)
  • Pharmacology (12cp) 
  • 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 calculate your GPA on receipt of 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. 

The University of Sydney welcomes and encourages applications from students with disabilities, and from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. Where there are physical, intellectual, cultural, religious or other factors that impact on a student’s ability to meet the Inherent Requirements, the University will make reasonable adjustments to assist the student to meet the requirements. Please read the Inherent Requirements carefully as you consider your course choices.

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 Handbooks Online 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.

Inherent requirements

Students are required to meet the inherent requirements for coursework award courses in Pharmacy. For more inforamtion, please read inherent requirements for pharmacy here.

Course opportunities

The clinical experience program in the Master of Pharmacy reflects the contemporary healthcare environment. Students undertake 3x two week block placements during their first year. Students also have a further 2x two week block placements in their second year. By the end of their second year, all students have had at least five, two week block placements in clinical experience. The block placements are carried out at hospital and community pharmacies, and include opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry, professional organisations and in rural health settings.

Professional 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.

 

Future study options

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. On completion of this course, students may enrol in the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice to complete the Intern Training Program.

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 community 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.

This is the University of Sydney

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


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

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increase


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

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students


The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases


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

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. 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.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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