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Master of Pharmacy

Course Code: 767AA
Course Version: 4
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Discipline of Pharmacy
UAC Code: 880800
CRICOS Code: 049510G
English Language Requirements: There are non-standard English language requirements for this course. To be eligible you must have an academic IELTS of 7.0 overall, or equivalent, with no band score below 7.0. For alternate/equivalent ways of meeting the English requirements for this course please view the English Proficiency Requirements document on the university website.

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.

Positively contribute to your local community

Our Master of Pharmacy provides you will the foundation for a successful career in the pharmaceutal industry. Fast-track your studies and embark on a journey to apply evidence-based medicine and critical thinking to problem solve real-life medical scenarios. This rewarding postgraduate degree will give you the opportunity to have a positive impact on your patients lives. The course is also now accredited by the Australia Pharmacy Council (APC).

Complete a Master of Pharmacy at UC and you will:

  • integrate theory and practice through lectures, laboratories and clinical placements
  • gain the necessary knowledge, exposure, attitudes and clinical decision making skills required to practice as a pharmacist
  • undertake a series of problem based clinical studies to further develop your skills and adaptability
  • develop an understanding of healthcare consumers' needs within a framework of the healthcare team and the institutions that supply healthcare
  • have the opportunity to gain direct experience of the regulatory side of pharmacy practice.

Work-integrated learning

Work-integrated learning (WIL) is learning first-hand through real work or work-like experiences. WIL is a key element to enhancing employability in the workplace and is integral to many of our courses. This reinforces our commitment to preparing professional and highly employable graduates with the right mix of skills and knowledge.

Career opportunities

A range of career opportunities exist for Master of Pharmacy graduates, including as a:

  • practicing pharmacist
  • regulator within the government and broader pharmaceutical industry. 

Course specific information

The University of Canberra Master of Pharmacy course has been accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council (APC). Before commencing clinical experience in the community, students are required to undergo a police record check and present your current vaccination records. If you’re an overseas student whose entire education has been in an English speaking country and your Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or equivalent checks out, then you can enrol in this course. If not, you will need an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) pass of 7.5 or equivalent with no band score below 7.0 The course is currently undergoing accreditation by the Australian Pharmacy Council. The University of Canberra is committed to building a strong and sustainable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce. If you are an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person looking to study this course, please contact Rachel Harrigan, Faculty of Health General Manager, (02) 6201 2608.


Prospective Domestic Students
Email or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students
Email or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Current and Commencing Students
Please contact the Faculty of Health faculty office, email

Admission Requirements

Applicants will have a relevant degree in Medical Science/Biomedical Science with an emphasis on chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, introduction to pharmacology or equivalent and have a history of above average grades. Admission will be competitive and may involve an interview.

Additional Admission Requirements

All students in the Master of Pharmacy course are required to undergo a Police Record Check prior to undertaking clinical experience in the community. All students are also required to present current immunisation records prior to commencing clinical experience. Acknowledgement of the principles of ethical conduct and patient's privacy within the healthcare setting are sought from the students. Healthcare institutions will require all students to abide by their guidelines for conduct within their environments.

Note: this course has an early closing date. Please see the link to admission closing dates below.

Assumed Knowledge


Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2017 UC Canberra - Bruce Campus Semester 1
Semester 1
2018 UC Canberra - Bruce Campus Semester 1
Semester 1
2019 UC Canberra - Bruce Campus Semester 1
Semester 1

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

Information for Current Students

There are previous versions of this course. As a current student you will complete the requirements for the course that were in place when you commenced. Click on the relevant link below to view the requirements of your version of the course.


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Master of Pharmacy M Pharm

Alternate Exit Awards

Graduate Certificate in Health Studies Graduate Diploma in Health Studies

Additional Placement Requirements

This course requires students to meet compulsory placement requirements prior to undertaking professional placement (Work-Integrated Learning) in a clinical or professional setting. For information on what these requirements are and how to meet these requirements, please visit

Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International
2018 CSP $35,800

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.

Professional Accreditation

This program has been granted accreditation 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.

Course Duration

Standard four semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum twelve semesters.



Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

Students who are unable to complete the two-year masters program may be eligible to exit this course with one of the following awards: - Graduate Certificate in Health Studies, after completion of 12cp study of units in this course; or - Graduate Diploma in Health Studies, after completion of 24cp study of units in this course, with at least 12cp at PG level.

Government Support

Year CSP Places Available Eligible for Student
Income Support (Centrelink)
2018 YES NO


  • 2017->UC Bruce Campus-Internal
  • Past Offerings
    • 2012->UC Bruce Campus-Internal
    • 2013->UC Bruce Campus-Internal
    • 2014->UC Bruce Campus-Internal
    • 2015->UC Bruce Campus-Internal
    • 2016->UC Bruce Campus-Internal

Enrolment Numbers

View course numbers for previous full year. Please note that course numbers are indicative only and in no way reflect individual class sizes.

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