Postgraduate

Master of Pharmacy

This course provides advanced study in the areas of pharmacy practice, clinical pharmacy, pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry, pharmacotherapy and health systems, and includes practical training.

Careers and further study

Take your studies to a new level with a postgraduate degree and discover what career opportunities lie ahead.

Career Pathways

What career paths are there for pharmacists?

Community Pharmacy
The most visible face of pharmacy is the community pharmacy. Community pharmacists are often the first point of contact for members of the community who need health advice or someone to talk to about their health concerns. This role as a primary health care provider carries a lot of responsibility as decisions need to be made about the best plan of action for your patient and whether referral to another health care professional is warranted. This responsibility requires not only sound professional judgement but also good communication skills. A pharmacist needs to be a good, empathetic listener and be able to communicate complex scenarios in a way that helps members of the general public understands their health issues and the various treatment options that may be available to them. This puts pharmacists in a position of trust and allows them to develop strong and often very long lasting professional relationships with their patients. For many pharmacists, this is one of the most rewarding aspects of their profession. There are also new roles evolving all the time for the community pharmacist that you may not be aware of.

Hospital Pharmacy
A small army of pharmacists are an integral part of the health care team in hospitals, working together with doctors, nurses, and specialists to ensure optimum care for every patient. Often pharmacists become involved in clinical trials conducted in the hospital to evaluate the worth of a new therapeutic agent, or in a hospital based research to look for new and better ways to manage patients and their medications. Hospital pharmacists may also specialise in particular area of health care (for example oncology and infectious diseases) and become expert in the pharmaceutical management of what are often very difficult and complex health conditions. They also need to be excellent communicators, not only in their interactions with the patients on the wards, but also in their role as a member of an inter-professional health care team.

Consultant Pharmacy
These pharmacists work in general practice alongside general practitioners to review a patient's medications to optimise their therapy - this may occur in the home or at aged care and special needs facilities. All too often a patient becomes ill because their medications are not being taken correctly and this leads to a significant number of hospital admissions. Pharmacists have a role in preventing these unnecessary and unfortunate occurrences and in improving health outcomes.

Other careers for pharmacists
Many other career paths are also open to pharmacy graduates; some graduates work for pharmaceutical companies in the areas of marketing, regulatory control, clinical trial co-ordination, manufacturing, quality assurance or research in drug design and development; others become involved with government organisations or opt for a career in academia and research. With a sound scientific and clinical education, there are a wide range of options to suit individual interests and career aspirations.
What career paths are there for pharmacists?

Community Pharmacy
The most visible face of pharmacy is the community pharmacy. Community pharmacists are often the first point of contact for members of the community who need health advice or someone to talk to about their health concerns. This role as a primary health care provider carries a lot of responsibility as decisions need to be made about the best plan of action for your patient and whether referral to another health care professional is warranted. This responsibility requires not only sound professional judgement but also good communication skills. A pharmacist needs to be a good, empathetic listener and be able to communicate complex scenarios in a way that helps members of the general public understands their health issues and the various treatment options that may be available to them. This puts pharmacists in a position of trust and allows them to develop strong and often very long lasting professional relationships with their patients. For many pharmacists, this is one of the most rewarding aspects of their profession. There are also new roles evolving all the time for the community pharmacist that you may not be aware of.

Hospital Pharmacy
A small army of pharmacists are an integral part of the health care team in hospitals, working together with doctors, nurses, and specialists to ensure optimum care for every patient. Often pharmacists become involved in clinical trials conducted in the hospital to evaluate the worth of a new therapeutic agent, or in a hospital based research to look for new and better ways to manage patients and their medications. Hospital pharmacists may also specialise in particular area of health care (for example oncology and infectious diseases) and become expert in the pharmaceutical management of what are often very difficult and complex health conditions. They also need to be excellent communicators, not only in their interactions with the patients on the wards, but also in their role as a member of an inter-professional health care team.

Consultant Pharmacy
These pharmacists work in general practice alongside general practitioners to review a patient's medications to optimise their therapy - this may occur in the home or at aged care and special needs facilities. All too often a patient becomes ill because their medications are not being taken correctly and this leads to a significant number of hospital admissions. Pharmacists have a role in preventing these unnecessary and unfortunate occurrences and in improving health outcomes.

Other careers for pharmacists
Many other career paths are also open to pharmacy graduates; some graduates work for pharmaceutical companies in the areas of marketing, regulatory control, clinical trial co-ordination, manufacturing, quality assurance or research in drug design and development; others become involved with government organisations or opt for a career in academia and research. With a sound scientific and clinical education, there are a wide range of options to suit individual interests and career aspirations.
This course could lead to these

Career Opportunities

Further Study

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this course. For fee type definitions and further assistance, see the Fee Calculator Help page. You can also search our database for scholarships that are relevant to you or this course.

Domestic Fees

Postgraduate – Commonwealth supported students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
120
Average Annual Fee - 2019
$8,934.00
Typical Fee Range - 2019
$6,566.00 - $10,958.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

RELEVANT SCHOLARSHIP

Rural placement scholarships

UWA receives funding from the Pharmacy Guild of Australia to support students undertaking rural placement during the course. 

Learn more about the rural pharmacy scholarship scheme.

RELEVANT SCHOLARSHIP

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.
International Fees

Postgraduate – onshore students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
120
Total Course Fee - 2018
$95,200.00
Total Course Fee - 2019
$95,200.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

If you’re interested in furthering your career by studying this postgraduate degree, find out the admission details below.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—
(a) a bachelor's degree or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;
and
(b) the equivalent of a UWA grade point average (GPA) of at least 5.0;
and
(c) demonstrated adequate knowledge of each of the following: chemistry (at year 12 or tertiary level), mathematics (year 12 or tertiary level mathematics or statistics), microbiology (at tertiary level) and pharmacology (at tertiary level);
and
(d) a current Australian National Police Certificate, or equivalent certification, indicating no criminal convictions. The currency of a National Police Certificate is 12 months.
ADMISSION INFORMATION

Entry to a professional degree

The professional degrees of medicine, dentistry, podiatric medicine and pharmacy are offered at postgraduate level only. For application information relating to these degrees, visit our admissions page.

 

ADMISSION INFORMATION

Ranking and Selection Process

Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on—
(a) the admission requirements under Rule 4;
and
(b) an interview in which eligible applicants will be assessed based on the personal qualities considered desirable in pharmacists, with invitation to attend the interview based on Rule 4, in alignment with the interview quota for the year;
and
(c) the intake quota for that year;
and
(d) equal weighting of the GPA and interview.
PREREQUISITE SUBJECT REQUIREMENTS

Further admissions information

To be eligible to enrol in the Master of Pharmacy Program, you will need to have successfully completed units in either Year 12 or your undergraduate degree that fulfill our prerequisite requirements.

PREREQUISITE SUBJECT REQUIREMENTS

If you have completed, or are currently undertaking, a degree at any university, including UWA, you must ensure you have successfully completed at least one unit from each of the topics listed in the prerequisite areas detailed below regardless of your major(s). These units can form part of your major or be added in as complementary, broadening or elective units.

In 2018, a new curriculum was introduced for the Master of Pharmacy program and this resulted in changes to the prerequisite requirements. The new prerequisite requirements for the course have been listed below to assist you to determine your eligibility to apply.

To provide further guidance, we have provided example of units at UWA which meet the prerequisite requirements at the tertiary level. These are examples only which contain the content best suited to the Master of Pharmacy. It is not essential that you complete these exact units in each topic area, as we will accept other units completed. If you are studying at another university, you will need to complete a unit with similar content.

  • Chemistry – Year 12 ATAR Chemistry is accepted, or a tertiary chemistry unit, for example Introductory Chemistry (CHEM1003)
  • Mathematics OR Statistics – Year 12 ATAR Mathematics is accepted, or a tertiary mathematics or statistics unit, for example Mathematics Fundamentals (MATH1720) or Statistics for Science (STAT1400)
  • Microbiology – for example Introductory Microbiology (MICR2208) or Infectious Diseases and Immunology (MICR2209)
  • Pharmacology – for example Foundations of Pharmacology (PHAR2210) note: Drugs that Changed the World (PHAR1101) does not qualify as a prerequisite unit for Pharmacology

*These are examples only; you can complete other units.

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

Prerequisite checklist

Before you submit your application, complete our checklist to ensure you have fulfilled the prerequisite requirements.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

How to apply

Ready to apply for this postgraduate course? Follow the steps and you’ll be on your way to joining us at UWA.

Course details

This program provides a direct pathway to a professional postgraduate qualification in Pharmacy for registration as a pharmacist in this country. The Australian government predicts strong employment growth for pharmacists over the coming years, partly due to the expanding role of pharmacists in healthcare delivery.

About The Course

This master's degree course provides advanced study in the areas of pharmacy practice, clinical pharmacy, pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry, pharmacotherapy and health systems, and includes practical training in community and hospital pharmacy.


Master of Pharmacy

Quick Details

Status
  • Available 2019
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • This course begins on 22 January 2020. This course works on a Trimester basis.
Weekly contact time
  • The estimated time commitment for a standard full-time enrolment is approximately 46 hours per week (over 13 weeks) which includes contact hours, personal study and examinations.
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 51500
CRICOS code
  • 051547J
Master of Pharmacy
Status
  • Available 2019
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • This course begins on 22 January 2020. This course works on a Trimester basis.
Weekly contact time
  • The estimated time commitment for a standard full-time enrolment is approximately 46 hours per week (over 13 weeks) which includes contact hours, personal study and examinations.
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 51500
CRICOS code
  • 051547J
Full time/part time duration
  • 2 years (6 trimesters)
Degrees course is available in
  • Master of Pharmacy
Course information evening

05 Sept: Postgraduate opportunities in Biomedical Science

Come join us for an insightful information session to discover where a UWA postgraduate degree in Pharmacy, Infectious Diseases or Pathology can take you. You’ll hear from academics, current students and alumni about the exciting course offerings and first-hand experiences studying these in-demand pathways.  
Course information evening

Come join us for an insightful information session to discover where a UWA postgraduate degree in Pharmacy, Infectious Diseases or Pathology can take you. You’ll hear from academics, current students and alumni about the exciting course offerings and first-hand experiences studying these in-demand pathways.  

A UWA postgraduate degree makes you stand out from the crowd. It prepares you to go further in your chosen field, allows you to pursue your specific interests, and learn from passionate experts to enable you to work at a local, national or international level.    

The information session will be followed by networking and light refreshments where you can ask questions and speak one-on-one with academics, current students and alumni.  

Courses that will be highlighted include:

Master of Pharmacy
Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases
Master of Infectious Diseases
Master of Pathology
Master of Clinical Pathology 

Date: Thursday 5 September 2019
Time: 5.30-7.00pm
Location: Fox Lecture Theatre, UWA Campus 

Click here to register.


Student Experience

Janesha Rangi

Student Experience
Janesha Rangi
HEAR FROM A GRADUATING STUDENT

Master of Pharmacy graduate Hayley May Sach

Course Accreditation

The Master of Pharmacy is fully accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council. Graduates are eligible to register to practise as a pharmacist in Australia and New Zealand after completion of an internship in a community or hospital pharmacy.

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