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Australia / New Zealand students

International students


Master of Pharmacy


TAUGHT BY: School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences


Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.

If duration is not available (N/A) the offering may be part of a larger course.



A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.


About offering

This graduate entry master course enables science graduates to become registered pharmacists. It provides you with a comprehensive theoretical base, including chemical, biological, physiological, pharmaceutical and pharmacotherapeutics studies.

In this course you’ll complete two semesters each year and two additional study periods over the summer. The first study period is an intensive six-week training program involving continuous assessment, during which you’ll be introduced to important concepts in pharmaceutics.

The rest of your first year will focus on pharmaceutical science and chemistry, pharmacology and pharmaceutical practice. At the end of your first year you’ll complete a community pharmacy placement under the supervision of a practising pharmacist to develop skills in the clinical setting.

In your second year you’ll focus on pharmacotherapy, develop research skills and complete a hospital placement to cement your practical skills.

Throughout the course, you’ll use high quality laboratories and facilities designed to enhance teaching and provide you with essential practical skills. The laboratories include a model dispensary, manufacturing laboratory, asepsis suite and contemporary compounding facilities.

For information on Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) and whether you are eligible, visit

This course has an earlier application deadline. Please visit the application deadlines page for further information.

Take a Google Maps virtual tour of our model pharmacy suite.

What you'll learn

  • apply extensive knowledge and expertise in the area of pharmacy and contribute to evidence based practice through scholarship
  • think creatively, critically and reflectively to generate innovative solutions for decision making in the provision of pharmaceutical services
  • access and critically analyse and synthesis information drawn from relevant sources
  • communicate effectively as a pharmacist with clients, colleagues, staff, other health care professionals and the general public in ways appropriate to the audience or situation
  • use current technologies applicable to pharmacy
  • demonstrate skills necessary for lifelong learning and contribute to the development of others
  • provide pharmaceutical services with sensitivity to political, social, cultural, geographical, technological and global influences
  • demonstrate understanding of cultural diversity, including Indigenous issues, and multiculturalism
  • work and collaborate effectively in a team and develop leadership skills in an ethical and professional manner

Why study Master of Pharmacy

  • Learn in high-quality laboratories and facilities.
  • Our teaching staff are dedicated and bring extensive experience into the classroom.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council.

Graduates are required to complete a preregistration training period and register as a pharmacist before being able to commence practice in most areas of the profession. Graduates are able to register to practice in all states and territories in Australia and New Zealand.

This course provides a great stepping stone to registration in other countries throughout Asia and in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Some countries may require fulfilment of additional practical training programs.

Career information

Graduates are both highly employable and sought after. As a graduate, you may seek a career in health care working in the fields of community, hospital or consult pharmacy.

The role of the pharmacist within community pharmacy has expanded to include assisting patients with the management of their chronic diseases, such as obesity, asthma and diabetes. In the future, pharmacists in the primary care setting are going to become increasingly involved in the care of patients through multidisciplinary teams. The setting of practice of pharmacy will expand from the community pharmacist to include medical clinics and the patient’s home. The role of pharmacists as prescribers is currently under investigation.

Within hospitals, pharmacists provide a diverse range of services from drug distribution and dispensing, provision of drug information and education, through to ward-based clinical pharmacy services where they participate in patient care as part of a team. Hospital pharmacists may also engage in quality assurance programs and clinical research.

Consultant pharmacists provide medication management review services. They work in collaboration with patients and their doctors to ensure the patient achieves the best outcomes from their drug therapy. Such pharmacists work in aged care facilities and/or patients’ homes.

Graduates may also develop a career in the pharmaceutical industry which employs pharmacists in a number of areas including research roles in the development of medicines, production of pharmaceuticals, quality assurance, regulatory services, marketing and drug information.

Graduates may also work for the State or Federal Government in regulatory and policy roles.

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

A relevant bachelor degree or higher, and a history of above-average grades. The bachelor degree may be a qualification in pharmacy assessed by the Australian Pharmacy Council as equivalent to an Australian Bachelor of Pharmacy OR must include evidence of the following five prerequisites: Mathematics (Advanced Mathematics at senior secondary school level is also acceptable) or Physics AND Statistics or Research Methods with evidence of a Statistics component or Epidemiology AND Chemistry AND Biochemistry AND Physiology or Pathophysiology or a related discipline.

You will also be required to provide supplementary information with your application.

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 7.0
Speaking 7.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 7.0
Overall band score 7.0

Essential course prerequisites

A relevant bachelor degree or equivalent with a history of above average grades. You will need to have completed at least one tertiary unit in mathematics, statistics, chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, human biology and physiology.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Some lectures in this course may be attended by both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Fieldwork requirements during the course

Please refer to the following statements on the fieldwork component of this course:

Advanced standing / credit transfer / recognition of prior learning

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees and charges

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Student type Cost


What is a domestic fee-paying (DFP) place?

A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government.

Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees.


Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 250 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Use the Fee Calculator for an estimate of individual unit fees. There may also be some additional costs. For more information, see other fees and charges.

International student fees for 2019

International onshore – fee paying
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $15,200*
Indicative year 1 fee $38,000*
Indicative essential incidental course fee $980 *

The fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. The tuition fee is subject to an annual tuition fee increase of up to 5 per cent per annum. For information about fees at other locations please visit Curtin International’s offshore site.

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice:

Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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Where to get further information

Applicants applying for an undergraduate degree with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Find information on how you can apply to study at Curtin with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma if you are applying for an undergraduate degree.

Applicants with other international qualifications

Find information on what qualifications you can use to apply for a Curtin course.

  • The offering information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information. View courses information disclaimer.

  • Curtin course code: MG-PHARM
  • CRICOS code: 068621J
  • This offering was last updated on: January 15, 2019