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Overview

This course is available to be studied in several different study modes, including online or face-to-face. Check study modes offered in the 'course details’ section below.

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has also reviewed the availability of the face-to-face version of this course, and this will be available for students to study remotely whilst the Australian border remains closed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

About this course 

With the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice being the only tertiary education/university level program of its kind offered in NSW, students who undertake the course will develop a unique set of professional skills that will give them a competitive advantage in the industry. 

Why study with us? 

  • Be part of a course offered at no other academic institution in NSW.
  • Develop exceptional clinical skills relevant to contemporary pharmacy practice in Australia.
  • Graduate with a competitive advantage in the industry, armed with a unique set of skills, be in high demand.
  • Tailor your study schedule around your lifestyle and other commitments with advanced online collaborative learning exercises.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of major disease states such as diabetes and cardiovascular and renal diseases.
  • Be taught by internationally renowned, award-winning academics, who are some of the most highly respected academics in Australia and the world.

Who should study this course?

  • The course is available through two entry pathways, the two-year part-time course is open to pharmacy interns and registered pharmacists.

How you will learn?

  • For pharmacy interns, this course provides graduates with the training, experience and education required for professional registration as a pharmacist. It incorporates an Intern Training Program into the first year to allow pharmacy graduates to meet the legislative requirements to register as a pharmacist in Australia. 
  • Registered pharmacists have the option of completing the course in one year by choosing four other units of study in place of the units relating to the Intern Training Program.

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for this course for eligible domestic students. This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay a student contribution amount (SCA). CSP places are limited in number and are allocated based on academic merit.

Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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

Your admission criteria

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Applying for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

There is no separate application required to apply for a CSP. Once you apply for admission, if you are successful in securing a CSP, you will receive notification via an offer of admission.

A Commonwealth supported place (CSP) is not guaranteed as there are a limited number of CSPs available for postgraduate courses. The number of available CSPs for a course can change each semester/year.  CSPs are also not automatically awarded for course transfers and upgrades.

CSPs are awarded for the duration of a course based on academic merit determined by the University and eligibility criteria specified by the Australian Government. Learn more about CSPs. If you do not qualify for a CSP you may be offered a domestic fee-paying place.

Closing dates

Semester 1 – 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 – 15 July of the commencing year 

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited.

Online applications to the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice (including the NAPE Intern Training Program) are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty. Select Apply Now to begin.

Pharmacy Students/Intern Pharmacists Applications for the NAPE Intern Training Program close on 5 December to commence the following February. 

Applications received after the due date through January may be assessed for a late-round offer, pending availability.

Registered Pharmacists Applications for registered pharmacists are due two weeks before the beginning of the commencing semester.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

Not available to student visa holders. Available to eligible international students completing their Bachelor of Pharmacy or Master of Pharmacy degree at the University of Sydney.

For visa information refer to Department of Home Affairs. Depending on individual circumstances, there are two possible visa options (485 or 407).

Closing dates

Semester 1 – 15 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 – 25 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited.

Online applications to the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice (including the NAPE Intern Training Program) are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty. Select Apply Now to begin.

Pharmacy Students/Intern Pharmacists Applications for the NAPE Intern Training Program close on 5 December to commence the following February.

Applications received after the due date through January may be assessed for a late round offer, pending availability.

Registered Pharmacists Applications for registered pharmacists are due two weeks before the beginning of the commencing semester.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

Intern Training Program
To qualify for the award of the ITP Certificate, applicants must complete two units of study (6 credit points each) - Pharmacy Intern Training A and Pharmacy Intern Training B. The ITP Certificate is required to obtain general registration with Ahpra as a pharmacist.

Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice
The Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice is made up of 24 credit points and consists of 2 years of part-time study. You will undertake four core units of study to qualify for the award of the course.

Explore the Medicine and Health Postgraduate Handbook to learn more about what you will study as part of this degree:

Pharmacy interns who successfully complete the two units of study that make up the ITP may complete a further two elective units of study in order to achieve the award of the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice.

Applicants with existing pharmacist practitioner registration with the Pharmacy Board of Australia must complete four units of study (6 credit points each, 24 credit points total) in order to achieve the award of the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice.

Units of Study

Admission criteria

A successful applicant for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice will have completed a bachelor's degree or higher award in pharmacy from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification from another institution. Applicants are reminded that you must have your degree conferred before an ITP completion certificate can be issued for the purpose of general registration. Applicants must be planning to commence internship or supervised practice at a Pharmacy Board of Australia approved site, under supervision of an approved pharmacist preceptor, within 90 days of commencing the course. Registered pharmacists are also eligible to enrol.

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.

Credit for previous study

For more information about the University’s credit policy, please see the Credit for Previous Studies page.

Professional accreditation

This course satisfies the pre-registration training requirements to become a registered pharmacist after completion of a course accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council, such as the Bachelor of Pharmacy, Bachelor of Pharmacy and Management or Master of Pharmacy. The Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice incorporates an intern training program and includes the requirement to complete 1,824 hours (one year) of supervised practice. Intern pharmacists must also pass the registration exams with the Pharmacy Board of Australia to become a registered pharmacist.

Future study options

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

Career Pathways

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.

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