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Master of Pharmacy - 767AA

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
Selection Rank: PG
English Language Requirements:

There are non-standard English language requirements for this course. To be eligible you must have an overall IELTS Academic score (or equivalent) of 7.0, 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.

Never too late to change

If you’re looking for an alternative career path that offers long-term career prospects and exponential growth, while also taking advantage of your existing qualifications - then the UC Master of Pharmacy course is the perfect next step.

This 2-year full-time course covers the science, chemical composition and application of medication, how medication impacts the human body; and how to apply scientific theory to the clinical reasoning and evaluation for an individual patient’s medication.

This course has been specially designed to help bring you up to speed with the latest industry theories, research and innovations quickly and efficiently; and eventually provide you with the knowledge, skills, and qualifications required to become an officially registered and respected UC Pharmacy graduate.

If you want an internationally recognised career in an ever-expanding industry which offers a positive impact on patients’ lives, then sign up for the UC Master of Pharmacy course today.

This course is accredited by the Australia Pharmacy Council (APC).

Complete a Master of Pharmacy at UC and you will:

  • explore the theory and practical science of pharmacy
  • study within a small and specialised learning environment
  • gain the necessary knowledge, exposure, attitudes and clinical decision-making skills required to practice as a pharmacist
  • engage through lectures, practical laboratory classes, and clinical placements
  • undertake a series of problem-based clinical studies
  • develop an understanding of healthcare consumers' needs
  • gain direct experience of the regulatory side of pharmacy practice.
  • be challenged by leading academics and industry experts
  • establish essential professional networks

Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

WIL allows students to work alongside, with, or for professional or government organisations allowing you to gain valuable hands-on experience and build professional relationships before they graduate. This approach ensures that UC students are aware of what is going on their specialist industries, possess a wide range of professional contacts, and as a result have a higher chance of employment upon graduation.

As part of this course, each student will have the opportunity to participate in multiple 2-week placements that take place over the winter semesters at metropolitan, rural or regional community and hospital pharmacies. Some students choose to do these placements overseas.

Students will also get to participate in half day or full day work placements throughout each of the teaching semesters.

Career opportunities

As the aging population continues to grow globally, the demand for qualified and skilled pharmacists who can also engage with patients across all demographics is expected to increase. UC Master of Pharmacy graduate will enter this market with the benefit of having been trained in a smaller, more personal, learning environment resulting in each student receiving a higher level of mentored education.

What this means is that UC Master of Pharmacy graduates are industry respected and will be more than adequately prepared for a variety of career options in either private or government pharmaceutical organisations.

Alternatively, graduates will also have the option to gain further qualifications by returning to university at a later date to continue their studies.

Course specific information

As part of the degree, students will be required to undertake clinical placements and will need to be able to prove that they are fully vaccinated and able to pass standard police checks to comply with government health and security regulations.

This is an Australian Pharmacy Council (APC) accredited course.

To become a registered pharmacist, graduates are required to complete an internship year of supervised practice and pass Australian Pharmacy Board examinations.


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 must meet all of the following criteria:
A) a completed bachelor degree in any discipline with a credit or higher average, and
B) a minimum of one unit (subject) of degree level (or higher) study in each of the following disciplines - chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, and pharmacology.

Additional Admission Requirements

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.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 1
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 1
2023 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 1

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Notes for Domestic Applicants

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) for this course are limited. If you wish to be considered for a CSP for 2021, you will need to apply for admission before midnight Sunday 8 November 2020.

Course Requirements

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course

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


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Master of Pharmacy M Pharm

Alternate Exit Awards

Graduate Certificate in Health Studies Graduate Diploma in Health Studies

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.
      Online: The unit is studied completely online. On-campus, face to face interaction is not required.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International

CSP/Domestic Tuition Fee (see below)


The indicative CSP Student Contribution Amount for this course is $7,950
The domestic tuition fee rate for this course is $29,500

Important Notice: Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) for this degree for 2021 are now limited. If you wish to be considered for a CSP for this degree, you will need to apply for admission before midnight Sunday 8 November 2020. The process for allocation of CSPs in 2022 and beyond will be published in April 2021.

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. Graduate Certificate courses are typically 0.5 years in duration, so the total course fee will be half the above for such courses. 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.

Domestic students have access to Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) within this course. New applications will automatically be considered for a CSP, subject to the advertised admission deadline. CSPs are university places subsidised by the Australian Government. CSP students are still required to pay a discipline-based Student Contribution Amount (SCA). The indicative SCA amount above only applies to commencing students.

Government financial assistance is also available to eligible domestic students regardless of the type of place they hold. 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)

Alternative exit award - Graduate Certificate in Health Studies: Students may exit early with this award if they have passed 12 credit points from the Master course. Alternative exit award - Graduate Diploma in Health Studies: Students may exit early with this award if they have passed 24 credit points from the Master course, with at least 12 credit points at Postgraduate Level.

Government Support

Year CSP Places Available Eligible for Student
Income Support (Centrelink)
2021 YES YES


  • Past Offerings
    • 2012->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2013->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2020->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

Enrolment Numbers

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