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Master of Pharmacy (Research) - 887AA

Course Code: 887AA
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Discipline of Pharmacy
CRICOS Code: 057104K
Selection Rank: PG
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Research, a new direction

If you’re curious about exploring a career in pharmacy and prefer research over practice, then the UC Master of Pharmacy (Research) is the perfect way for you to merge seamlessly into academic studies - while opening new doors into the broader government and broader pharmaceutical sectors.

This 2-year full-time course offers the perfect opportunity to extend your pharmacy, primary care or health administration qualifications and use your existing knowledge to choose a relevant research project as the focus of your thesis.

Under the expert supervisory guidance, you’ll be taught the necessary skills to be able to execute a research project, independently analyse data, write a thesis and then ultimately communicate the results in a form that will grant its publication in a refereed journal.

If you’re looking for a new, research focused direction in pharmacy, this is it. Sign up for the UC Master of Pharmacy (Research) course today.

Study a Master of Pharmacy (Research) at UC and you will:

  • develop academic writing, research, writing and analytical skills
  • gain access to the latest industry research and innovations
  • conduct an independent research topic in an area of interest
  • be surrounded by like-minded thinkers and peers
  • benefit from having smaller, more focused learning environment
  • receive personal mentoring and encouragement from industry experts
  • access UC research and career networks both locally and overseas
  • research, write and present an academic thesis for peer review
  • be challenged by leading academics and industry experts
  •  gain complete academic confidence

Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

WIL allows students to work alongside, with, or for professional or government organisations allowing them to gain valuable hands-on experience and build professional relationships before they graduate.

This approach ensures that UC students are more aware of what is going on their industries and have the chance to establish a wide range of professional contacts, and as a result have a higher chance of employment upon graduation.

As part of your search for a thesis topic, you will have the opportunity to access the UC global network of industry contacts to help guide your decision on what and where to focus your research - with the full support and encouragement of the faculty. 

Career Opportunities

A UC Master of Pharmacy (Research) graduate leaves UC prepared for a variety of career options as an independent research entrepreneur or a research specialist in either private or government pharmaceutical organisations.

As a research graduate, your thesis results could also lead to opportunities to participate in higher level discussions and influence industry decisions at both a local and national level.
Alternatively, you also continue pursuing an academic career, as successful completion of this course also prepares you for a future Ph.D.

Course specific information

Students must have a recognised undergraduate pharmacy degree or a health sciences degree from a recognised tertiary institution with demonstrated capacity and/or aptitude for research.



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Admission Requirements

A recognised undergraduate Pharmacy degree at honours level or health sciences degree at honours level or equivalent from a recognised tertiary institution with demonstrated capacity and/or aptitude for research.

Depending on the desired area of study and the applicants discipline background, appropriate bridging requirements may be required.

Additional Admission Requirements

Students undertaking the Master of Pharmacy (Research) may be required to undergo a Police Record Check prior to undertaking clinical research. Those students are also required to present current immunisation records prior to commencing clinical research. Acknowledgement of the principles of ethical conduct and patient's privacy within the healthcare setting are sought from such students. Healthcare institutions will require students to abide by their guidelines for conduct within their environments.

Assumed Knowledge


Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

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


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Master of Pharmacy (Research) M Pharm(Rsch)

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

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

Professional Accreditation

A higher degree by research in a specific area of Pharmacy is recognised as a means of achieving credit towards professional specialisation.

*This course does not fulfil the academic requirements towards entry-level Pharmacy registration in Australia.

Course Duration

Standard: 4 semesters full-time or equivalent.




  • 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

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