Course rules


Master of Pharmacy

These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2014 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Coursework Policy 2021 (the 'Coursework Policy'), the Learning and Teaching Policy 2019, the Resolutions of the Faculty, University of Sydney (Student Academic Appeals) Rule 2021, the Academic Honesty in Coursework Policy 2015 and the Academic Honesty Procedures 2016. Current versions of all policies are available from the Policy Register:

Course resolutions

1 Course codes


Course title


Master of Pharmacy

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for this course is full time only.

3 Master's type

The master's degree in these resolutions is a professional master's course, as defined by the Coursework Policy.

4 Admission to candidature

Available places may be offered to qualified applicants based on merit, according to the following admission criteria.
To be eligible for admission to the degree, an applicant must:
have a prior bachelor’s degree
meet the minimum requirement for Grade Point Average (GPA) OR the Graduate Australian Medical Admissions Test (GAMSAT) OR the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
meet a minimum of 36 out of 48 credit points, or equivalent, in six prerequisite subjects (chemistry, pharmacology, physiology, biochemistry, calculus, statistics) at university level or equivalent
have English language proficiency (if relevant).

5 Requirements for award

The units of study that may be taken for the course are set out in the Unit of Study table for the Master of Pharmacy.
To qualify for the award of the Master of Pharmacy a candidate must complete a prescribed course of 96 credit points of units of study.

6 Credit for previous study

For units of study offered by the Sydney Pharmacy School, credit will not usually be granted for recognised prior learning older than five years at the time of first enrolment in the unit or course for which credit is sought. For other units of study credit transfer is subject to the provisions of the Coursework Policy.

7 Attendance requirements

Students are required to be in attendance at the correct time and place of any formal or informal examinations. Non attendance on any grounds insufficient to claim special consideration will result in the forfeiture of marks associated with the assessment. Participation in a minimum number of assessment items may be included in the requirements specified for a unit of study.
Students are expected to attend a minimum of 85% of compulsory activities for a unit of study, unless granted exemption by the relevant delegated authority. The relevant delegated authority may determine that a student fails a unit of study because of inadequate attendance. Alternatively, at their discretion, they may set additional assessment items where attendance is lower than 85%.

8 Additional requirements prior to commencing clinical placements

Information about the procedures for gaining clearance for clinical placements will be provided after enrolment.
Student clearance for clinical placements The New South Wales Ministry of Health requires that all students obtain clearance in order to undertake clinical placements. This involves a criminal record check according to NSW Health policy and must be completed prior to undertaking clinical placements.
Immunisation All students must have evidence of vaccinations and immunisation against certain infectious diseases prior to undertaking clinical placements. The requirements are consistent with Australian public health policy and NSW Health guidelines.

9 Progression rules

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.
Candidates who fail only one unit of study in the first year and who have an annual average mark (AAM) [greater than or equal to] 60 for first year, may enrol in the full complement of second year units of study in addition to the failed unit of study.

10 Transitional provisions

These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January 2022 and students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January 2022 who elect to proceed under these resolutions. Students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January 2022 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement.