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Master of Pharmacy
Master of Pharmacy

Master of Pharmacy

  • ID:UWA610130
  • Level:Master's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have

(a) a bachelor's degree or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;


(b) the equivalent of a UWA Health and Medical Sciences grade point average (GPA) of at least 5.0;


(c) demonstrated adequate knowledge of each of the following: chemistry (at year 12 or tertiary level), mathematics (year 12 or tertiary level mathematics or statistics), microbiology (at tertiary level) and pharmacology (at tertiary level);


(d) a current Australian National Police Certificate, or equivalent certification, indicating no criminal convictions. The currency of a National Police Certificate is 12 months.

English Requirements

  • Internet-based Test (iBT): An overall score of 82 with a minimum score of: 22 in the Writing section; 18 in the Reading section; 20 in the Speaking section; and 20 in the Listening 

  • IELTS (Academic) including IELTS for UKVI (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 (must include Academic Reading and Writing modules)

  • PTE (Academic): Postgraduate Research Studies applicants: An overall score of 64 with a minimum score of 64 in the reading and writing sections, and no less than 54 in the other sections.

Course Information

This master's degree course provides advanced study in the areas of pharmacy practice, clinical pharmacy, pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry, pharmacotherapy and health systems, and includes practical training in community and hospital pharmacy.

Our program differs in many respects from others, most notable are:

  • Our small yearly intake on average of 50 students are selected from a pool of applicants each year. This fosters an excellent learning culture and our students study in small groups with ready access to academic and professional staff, plus a great level of peer support

  • Our students benefit from a lot of one-to-one interaction with academic and professional staff, particularly in the area of Pharmacy Practice, which greatly enhances our students' professional interpersonal skills.

We are also in the very fortunate position to be able to offer every student the opportunity of work place based training not only in community but also in a number of major hospitals and aged care facilities. This provides students with insight into the various career pathways and exposes them to the very diverse range of health care in our society (primary, acute, women, children and aged care). For eligible students we offer alternative placements in rural Australia and International locations.

The Australian government predicts strong employment growth for pharmacists over the coming years. Part of this is because of the expanding role for pharmacists in health care delivery.

CRICOS code: 051547J

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Course structure details

Year 1

Take all units (60 points):

  • MICR5833 Antimicrobial Agents (6)

  • PHCY5601 Introduction to Pharmacy Practice (6)

  • PHCY5602 Integrated Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Pharmacy Practice 1 (6)

  • PHCY5606 Foundations of Primary Care (6)

  • PHCY5610 Physical Pharmacy and Biopharmaceutics (6)

  • PHCY5611 Medicinal Product Formulation (6)

  • PHCY5615 Pharmacy Placement I (12)

  • PHCY5618 Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Analysis (6)

  • PHCY5619 Medicinal Chemistry for Pharmacy (6)

  • PHCY5631 Professionalism in Action Part 1 (0)

Year 2

Take all units (60 points):

  • PHCY5603 Applied Pharmacotherapy (6)

  • PHCY5609 Fundamentals of Research in Pharmacy (6)

  • PHCY5612 Integrated Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Pharmacy Practice 2 (6)

  • PHCY5613 Management and Economics in Pharmacy (6)

  • PHCY5614 Pharmacy Research Project (12)

  • PHCY5616 Pharmacy Placement II (12)

  • PHCY5630 Integrated Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Pharmacy Practice 3 (6)

  • PHCY5632 Professionalism in Action Part 2 (6)

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Community Pharmacy

The most visible face of pharmacy is the community pharmacy. Community pharmacists are often the first point of contact for members of the community who need health advice or someone to talk to about their health concerns. This role as a primary health care provider carries a lot of responsibility as decisions need to be made about the best plan of action for your patient and whether referral to another health care professional is warranted. This responsibility requires not only sound professional judgement but also excellent communication skills. A pharmacist needs to be a good, empathetic listener and be able to communicate complex scenarios in a way that helps members of the general public understand their health issues and the various treatment options that may be available to them. This puts pharmacists in a position of trust and allows them to develop strong and often very long lasting professional relationships with their patients. For many pharmacists, this is one of the most rewarding aspects of their profession. There are also new roles evolving all the time for the community pharmacist, including immunisation, pain management, wound care and diabetes care. 

Hospital Pharmacy

A small army of pharmacists are an integral part of the health care team in hospitals, working together with doctors, nurses, and specialists to ensure optimum care for every patient. Often pharmacists become involved in clinical trials conducted in the hospital to evaluate the worth of a new therapeutic agent, or in hospital based research to look for new and better ways to manage patients and their medications. Hospital pharmacists may also specialise in a particular area of health care (for example oncology or infectious diseases) and become expert in the pharmaceutical management of what are often very difficult and complex health conditions. They also need to be excellent communicators, not only in their interactions with the patients on the wards, but also in their role as a member of an inter-professional health care team.

Consultant Pharmacy

These pharmacists work in general practice alongside general practitioners to review a patient's medications to optimise their therapy - this may occur in the home or at aged care and special needs facilities. All too often a patient becomes ill because their medications are not being taken correctly and this leads to a significant number of hospital admissions. Pharmacists have a role in preventing these unnecessary and unfortunate occurrences and in improving health outcomes.

Other careers for pharmacists

Many other career paths are also open to pharmacy graduates; some graduates work for pharmaceutical companies in the areas of marketing, regulatory control, clinical trial co-ordination, manufacturing, quality assurance or research in drug design and development; others become involved with government organisations or opt for a career in academia and research. With a sound scientific and clinical education, there are a wide range of options to suit individual interests and career aspirations.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

OSHC: 530 ($) per year

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