Master of Pharmacy placement program

Our students are exposed to the pharmacy environment throughout the course through fieldwork (observation of pharmacy operations) or through clinical placements (observation and active participation in pharmacy activities). While the overall purpose of the clinical placement program is to allow students to gain knowledge and skills, and to appreciate ‘real world’ practice issues, there are specific and different objectives for each type of placement.

The Master of Pharmacy program has two clinical placements.


  • First year – clinical residency 1.

  • Second year – clinical residency 2.


First year: Clinical Residency 1

35 hrs (week long) block x four = four weeks in total

At the end of first year, students are required to complete the placement during the summer break (November – March the following year). Students are able to complete these block placements at the same site or at a variety of placement sites.

The main focus of the placement is:


  • introducing students to pharmacy practice

  • communication skills

  • application of therapeutic knowledge to patient care.



The specific objectives are to:

  • observe the role of the pharmacist, and its relationship to those of other healthcare professionals within the healthcare team.

  • utilise communication skills to educate pharmacy clients (patients, pharmacists, health professionals, peers).

  • develop clinical knowledge by observing, monitoring and researching the application of pharmacotherapy to patient care, focussing on the core therapeutic areas (e.g. cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrinology, etc.).


Second year: Clinical Residency 2

35 hrs (week long) block x three = three weeks in total

During their second year, students are required to complete the placement during the winter break (July). Students are able to complete these block placements at the same site or at a variety of placement sites.

The main focus of the placement includes medication reviews and an introduction to specialty practice settings.

The specific objectives are to:


  • gain practice and information gathering skills, and to apply prior knowledge from the core therapeutic areas of previous semesters.

  • gain experience in undertaking medication management reviews and related processes.

  • gain insight into pharmacy practice within various healthcare and professional settings.



Placement sites include but not limited to specialty and elective practice settings such as:

  • specialty hospital pharmacy

  • specialty community pharmacy

  • industry

  • rural pharmacy practice

  • government organisations.


Become a preceptor

If you have any queries about the preceptorship for clinical placements, please contact Vinnie Xue during office hours (out of office on Wednesday).

Vinnie Xue (Student Services Officer, Clinical Placements).
T: +61 2 9351 8957
F: +61 2 9351 4391
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