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The University of Canberra provides a contemporary pharmacy program with smaller class sizes to facilitate individual learning and relevant professional experiences. Academics provide supportive academic leadership informed by their currency of clinical practice. Many of the staff are leaders within the pharmacy profession and actively engage with the profession to seek innovative future roles for graduates.

Various study pathways to become a Pharmacist (465.1 KB pdf)


The University of Canberra is committed to building a strong and sustainable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and sport industry workforce. 

If you are an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person interested in studying a health or sport course, please contact Rachel Harrigan or phone 6201 2608

University of Canberra graduates are actively sought by employers for their work-readiness and professional attitude.

Pharmacy students experience a range of clinical and innovative placements during their course to expose them to the variety that a career with a pharmacy degree can provide. There is a mix of rural and larger centre placements across the traditional areas of hospital and community practice in addition to opportunities to work with regulators and public health providers.

A new pharmaceutical science laboratory opened in January 2013 that provides a range of facilities including a sterile formulation laboratory. Research and research skills are valued in the Discipline. These are integrated in our courses.

Opportunities are available to develop communication between healthcare team members and the wider healthcare community through placements with healthcare partners and inter-professional learning opportunities with other disciplines.

The Bachelor of Pharmacy is a four year undergraduate degree. This was a new course at the University of Canberra for 2013, and incorporates lectures, practical and tutorial sessions, and Pharmacy-specific work experience placements. These placements will include range of practice settings in public hospitals and community pharmacies in the ACT and region, around Australia, or in our own Faculty of Health student-led clinics.

Students will acquire foundation knowledge and skills in basic and life sciences and learn how to apply this to the clinical reasoning, treatment and evaluation skills required by a pharmacist. The curriculum is evidence based and research led.

The Bachelor of Pharmacy program has been granted accreditation (with conditions) by the Australian Pharmacy Council and is approved by the Pharmacy Board of Australia as a qualification leading to registration as a pharmacist in Australia.


Some university accommodation may be available – conditions apply. Visit the UniLodge website.

Potential Careers

Graduates can work in hospitals, community pharmacies, pharmaceutical industry, aged care, consultancy, health promotion, government, community aid, schools, academia or policy development.

Postgraduate Qualifications

A variety of postgraduate qualifications are available, including the Master of Pharmacy (Research) and Doctor of Philosophy. The Faculty of Health also offers a Master of Pharmacy, which, like the Bachelor of Pharmacy is an entry course for students with a degree in the health sciences.


For information on requirements relating to registration of health professionals in Australia or recognition of prior qualification from an overseas institution please use the following link: Accreditation

More Information

Heath Student Liaison
Phone: +61 (0)2 6201 5838

Master of Pharmacy

The University of Canberra established one of the first graduate-entry Master of Pharmacy (Coursework) degrees in Australia in 2004. Graduates from this accredited degree are eligible to enrol in an Intern Training Program to work towards registration as a pharmacist in Australia.

Placements in acute and primary care develop clinical decision making skills in the pharmacy context within a framework of the healthcare team, in both urban and rural Australia. There are also opportunities to experience the regulatory side of pharmacy practice outside the clinical environment which can lead to careers in government departments or the pharmaceutical industry.

The Master of Pharmacy course has been revised.  The revised course has been approved by the University of Canberra and is currently undergoing accreditation by the Australian Pharmacy Council.  Further information will be accessible here as it is available.

Master of Diagnostic Pathology

Master of Diagnostic Pathology will set your career path as a Medical Scientist. Medical scientists perform diagnostic tests that assist in the diagnosis, treatment and management of disease.
The Master of Diagnostic Pathology provides professional, industry centred advanced education and in-depth training for current medical scientists or students who plan a career as medical scientists in a pathology laboratory.
The course is designed to enable an articulated pathway of post-graduate studies in the specialization of medical laboratory science. The Graduate Certificate in Diagnostic Pathology and the Graduate Diploma in Diagnostic Pathology will articulate directly into the Master of Diagnostic Pathology.  Accreditation from the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS) will be sort for this course in late 2016.

Career outcomes

Career options for medical scientists are found in hospital or private pathology laboratories, blood transfusion services and public health laboratories. Other areas of employment include medical research laboratories attached to universities or private companies.

Industry connections

The Master of Diagnostic Pathology is run collaboratively with NSW and ACT diagnostic pathology laboratories with instruction from medical science and pathology professionals, supported by academic staff from the Faculty of Health. The course includes a semester long professional placement in an accredited pathology laboratory which provides students an integral contact with potential career providers and develops problem solving and practical skills required to perform diagnostic and research work in a diagnostic laboratory.


For information on requirements relating to registration of health professionals in Australia or recognition of prior qualification from an overseas institution please use the following link: Accreditation

Master of Pharmacy (Research)

A Master of Pharmacy (Research) Program was established in 2006 and graduates have been attracted from primary care and health administration. This Research Program is available to pharmacists and other graduates who have an interest in developing their research skills.

A Doctor of Philosophy program is designed to provide an opportunity for high caliber students to undertake extensive independent research in a specialised field of study. It is a highly desirable qualification in any workplace.

Areas of current research strength include education, primary care innovations, clinical pharmacy, pharmacoepidemiology, new drug evaluation, quality use of medicines, pharmaceutical sciences and complementary medicines research.

List of Academic Staff and Research Areas

  • Lynn Cheong – Multidisciplinary care, the role of patients in health care, social network analysis
  • Prof. Gabrielle Cooper - Quality use of medicines, medications and transitions of care, pharmacists and the provision of primary care to the community
  • Ben Gilbert - Medicine use in palliative care, opioid dependence treatment, medical supply systems (monitoring and evaluation of medical supply chains and competency frameworks for medical supply chain workers), environmental influences on systemic scleroderma
  • Dr Greg Kyle – Pharmacist professional services and practice environments, extending pharmacist scope of practice, pharmacoepidemiology
  • Dr Mark Naunton - Aged care, internal medicine, infectious diseases
  • Dr Alison Shield - Variation in phase II drug metabolism, medicines and lactation, efficacy of pain medications
  • Dr Jackson Thomas – Indigenous health, infectious diseases, evidenced based medicine

Select from our staff below for their biographies, qualifications, publications, grants and awards.

Academic Staff

Support Staff

  • Mr Marial Kot (Administrative Officer)
  • Miss Renate Zelger (Laboratory Technician)
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