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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.

Why study with us?

  • 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 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.

How will you learn?

  • 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. 

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 majors for this course.

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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

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 46KB).

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.

Closing dates

Semester 1 - If you wish to be considered for a Commonwealth Supported Place, please submit your application by 30 November. Applications close on 11 February 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. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details. 

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) 

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).

If you are currently completing qualifying studies and awaiting results, you can still apply early and supply results when available.

Offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. 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.

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

 

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) 

What you'll study

The Master of Pharmacy is made up of 96 credit points and consists of 2 years of full-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: 

Units of Study

Work component

Mandatory work component = 350 hours.

This translates to 35 hours per week.

This mandatory work component must be completed as part of the award requirements for the course.

Admission criteria

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 (equivalent to 65% at USYD), 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.  48 credit points, or equivalent, in six 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 end of the first year of the Master of Pharmacy.):

  • Calculus (3cp)
  • Statistics (3cp)
  • 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)

Admission pathway

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 with registration from outside of Australia 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 (eg 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.

Course options

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.

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 end of the first year of the Master of Pharmacy program. Some prerequisites 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 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 School 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.

Course opportunities

The clinical experience program in the Master of Pharmacy reflects the contemporary healthcare environment. Students undertake 3 x two-week block placements during their first year. Students also have a further 2 x 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 (a total of 350 hours). 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.

Before you can attend a placement, you need to have certain clinical placement checks and clearances. You will need a criminal record check and evidence of vaccinations. The checks can be completed after your enrolment in the course. You will need to supply your proof of vaccination documents when you attend your placement (including any existing records of vaccinations from your home country). All documents requested are to be provided in English. If not in English, a certified translation is required to be provided.

Enrolment into the pharmacy program will require that you are registered as a student with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council.

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.

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.

 

William Pastega

National Sales Manager
Novartis

 

 

2019 National Sales Manager
Novartis
2016 Senior Product Manager
Novartis
2015 Product Manager
Novartis
2013 Medical Science Liaison Team Leader
Novartis
2011 Medical Science Liaison
Novartis
2009 Master of Pharmacy
University of Sydney
2008 Pharmacist Manager
Penny's Pharmacy, Edensor Park
2005 Bachelor of Science
Majoring in physiology and pharmacology 
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