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Pharmacy

Masters by Coursework (Graduate Entry)

MG-PHARM

Course
Master of Pharmacy
CRICOS
068621J
Duration
2 years full-time
Credit
550
Location
Curtin Perth

Outline

Change to a pharmacy career, and complete training to become a pre-registered pharmacist.

Joshua Cathcart

I chose Curtin’s Master of Pharmacy because I felt it had a stronger program compared to other universities and a more student-friendly campus. My clinical placement was the most rewarding thing I have done. It exemplified how I can make a significant change to someone’s life through simple pharmacy-related interventions.

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Access Curtin’s model pharmacy dispensary to practice supplying medications.

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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 beginning of your second year, you’ll complete a community pharmacy placement under the supervision of a practising pharmacist to develop skills in the clinical setting.

Also throughout that 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.

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

 

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

 

Why study

  • 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.

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

Entry requirements

Applicants should be aware that Pharmacy can be a demanding course, with a number of Inherent Requirements for students. Applicants are expected to have read the Inherent Requirements and self-assessed their suitability and capacity to complete the course.

 

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 outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 7.0
Speaking 7.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 7.0
Overall band score 7.0
  • Pearson Test of English Academic: 65
  • Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): Grade C

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Essential course prerequisites

A relevant bachelor degree or equivalent with a history of above average grades. The Bachelor degree must include evidence of the following 5 prerequisites: 

 1. Mathematics (Advanced Mathematics at senior secondary school level is also acceptable) or Physics 

 AND

2. Statistics or Research Methods with evidence of a Statistics component or Epidemiology

 AND

3. Chemistry 

 AND 

4. Biochemistry 

 AND 

5. Physiology or Pathophysiology or a related discipline.

Applicants should be aware that Pharmacy can be a demanding course, with a number of Inherent Requirements for students. Applicants are expected to have read the Inherent Requirements and self-assessed their suitability and capacity to complete the course.

 

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

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

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:

Email: ci-enquiries@curtin.edu.au
Tel: +61 8 9266 5888

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Fees & charges

International student indicative fees for 2020

Fee year: 2020

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Indicative essential incidental course fee $968*
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $15,500*
Total indicative course fee $85,300*
Indicative year 1 fee $38,800*

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).

It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks. For information about fees at other locations please contact the relevant campus or partner institution by visiting Curtin International’s offshore site.

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  • Curtin course code: MG-PHARM
  • CRICOS code: 068621J
  • Last updated on: August 13, 2020