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Australia / New Zealand students

International students

COURSE

Master of Pharmacy

MG-PHARM

TAUGHT BY: School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

DURATION

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.

2years

CREDIT

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

550

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 studyassist.gov.au

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

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.

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.

English language proficiency

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

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.

Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): Grade C

Pearson Test of English Academic: 72

Other requirements 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

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on crl@curtin.edu.au or 1300 222 888.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please see our credit for previous study website or contact tne_pathways@curtin.edu.au.

Fees and charges

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees for 2018

Student type Cost

Commonwealth supported

What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)?

A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder (referred to as the “student contribution amount”). The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place. A limited number of Commonwealth supported places are also available for some postgraduate courses.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you’re eligible by visiting the Australian Government’s StudyAssist website.

$11,870*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on [offering.credits] credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

International student indicative fees for 2018

International onshore – fee paying
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $15,200*
Indicative year 1 fee $38,000*
Total indicative course fee $85,700*
Indicative essential incidental course fee N/A

The indicative fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. 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 with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

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  • Curtin course code: MG-PHARM
  • CRICOS code: 068621J
  • This offering was last updated on: August 20, 2018