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Overview

Information for 2021 applicants

The Faculty of Medicine and Health has re-developed the Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy. From 2021, the Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy will be delivered under one new central name and course code. Both degrees are now available for application for 2021 commencement. The new courses will aim to offer greater research flexibility and interdisciplinary learning across all faculty areas of study. 

Research conducted at the Sydney Pharmacy School covers a broad spectrum of pharmaceutical and clinical sciences around five key themes: cancer; cardiovascular and diabetes; health services and patient safety; mental health; and respiratory diseases. This course can be studied full or part time and is awarded on the successful examination of a thesis based on original research.

Our internationally-renowned researchers are experts in a broad spectrum of pharmaceutical and clinical sciences, including:

  • the design, synthesis, testing and mechanism of action of drugs
  • studies on advanced drug delivery
  • investigation of the fate of drugs in humans including pharmacogenomics and other aspects of drug disposition
  • research on the clinical and sociological aspects of pharmacy and health services research.

Some current research topics relate to:

  • calcium regulation and cell signalling
  • cancer and anti-cancer agents
  • photobiology of drugs and pollutants
  • radiopharmaceutical agents
  • formulation and delivery of proteins and drugs
  • pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics
  • pharmaceutical powders
  • asthma
  • quality use of medicines
  • various issues relating to community pharmacy practice.

Learn more about research at Sydney Pharmacy School.

Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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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.

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How to apply

Applications are open all year round.

Apply well in advance (at least 6 weeks prior to your start date) to allow for a timely response to your application. If your application cannot be processed in time, it will be considered for the next possible research period.

Separate scholarship application deadlines apply.

Starting date

Research Period 1: Start date 1 Jan

Research Period 2: Start date 1 Mar

Research Period 3: Start date 1 Jul

Research Period 4: Start date 1 Oct

Refer to key research dates on the `How to Apply website.

Applications are open all year round.

Apply well in advance of your start date to allow for a timely response to your application and necessary visa and travel arrangements. If your application cannot be processed in time, it will be considered for the next possible research period.

Separate scholarship application deadlines apply.

Starting date

Research Period 1: Start date 1 Jan

Research Period 2: Start date 1 Mar

Research Period 3: Start date 1 Jul

Research Period 4: Start date 1 Oct

Refer to key research dates on the `How to Apply website.

Research areas

The degree of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) at the Sydney Pharmacy School will allow you to pursue research from one of a number of fields in which the school has expertise.

Research at Sydney Pharmacy School is centred around the five themes of cancer, cardiovascular and diabetes, health services and patient safety, mental health and respiratory disease, closely reflecting the Australian Government's national health priorities.

Research at the school recognises the complexity of managing chronic disease states and so our research extends from drug discovery, development and delivery to patient counselling and education with a high level of focus on collaboration.

Learn more about research at Sydney Pharmacy School.

What you'll study

There is a coursework component to this degree, consisting of a Research Methods unit of study, but by no means is it a major component. The minimum period of candidature will be one year with a maximum of two years for students enrolled on a full-time basis.

You will be introduced to foundational research concepts and procedures, journal search strategies, information synthesis, and statistical analysis by enrolling in PHAR6000 Research Methods .

A considerable amount of time will be spent planning, developing and publishing a substantial original research project, with the support and guidance of your research supervisors. Students participating in laboratory-based research will also have opportunities to receive training in relevant laboratory techniques.

Units of Study

Admission criteria

You must have completed the requirements for a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney or other approved institution, in a subject area related to the proposed course of advanced study and research, with:

  • a bachelor's degree with first or upper second class Honours, or a qualification deemed to be equivalent; or
  • a result of at least a Credit grade in the highest relevant unit of study.

These criteria constitute the minimum requirements for eligibility and do not guarantee admission. That remains at the discretion of the Associate Dean (HDR) for a given Faculty.

Applying for admission

How to apply

  1. Find a supervisor within the University whose academic background aligns with your research. You may visit Research Supervisor Connect to start.
  2. Contact a research supervisor either through Research Supervisor Connect or email and provide your academic/educational background and research experience with examples such as an academic transcript, your CV/resume, the area of interest and why you believe your research topics align with this supervisor.
  3. In conjunction with your supervisor, develop a preliminary research proposal.
  4. If you intend to study part-time, you will also need to supply: evidence that shows you will have sufficient time available to plan and carry out the research under the supervision of the University, and complete the course within the maximum period allowed for part-time enrolment a declaration from your employer (if relevant) confirming that you will be permitted to take the time required to effectively pursue your studies.
  5. Your research proposal should be submitted along with your CV, academic transcripts and other supporting documents.
  6. Applications are made via the University's online application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the `Apply Now' button on the right-hand side of this page.

Please note - Except for IPRS and UsydIS scholarships for international students, you must complete a separate scholarship application

Completion requirements

Thesis submission requirements and examination procedure as set out in the Academic Board resolutions for this course and the Higher Degree (HDR) Rule 2011.

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Career Pathways

Upon graduating, the degree will allow you to pursue research from one of a number of fields in which the school has expertise.

In addition, you can use this program as a foundation for the Doctor of Philosophy (Pharmacy).

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