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Master of Pharmacy

The Master of Pharmacy is a two-year postgraduate degree by coursework with a full-time study load. If you already hold a university degree, this course provides you with the academic qualification needed to begin the registration process to become a pharmacist.

With a strong practical focus, the Master of Pharmacy is designed to deliver graduates advanced clinical skills, ready for prominent roles in all aspects of the profession and for leadership in the use of innovative evidence-based practice.

The course offers a mix of lectures, tutorials, labs, small group work, problem-based learning and clinical placements which develop valuable practical skills and experience.


Master of Pharmacy

These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2014 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Coursework Policy 2014, the Resolutions of the Faculty, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended) and the Academic Board policies on Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism. Up to date versions of all such documents are available from the Policy Register:

Course resolutions

1 Course codes


Course title


Master of Pharmacy

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for this course is full time only.

3 Master's type

The master's degree in these resolutions is a professional master's course, as defined by the Coursework Rule.

4 Admission to candidature

Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit, according to the following admissions criteria.
To be eligible for admission to the degree, an applicant must:
have a prior bachelor’s degree
meet the minimum requirement for Grade Point Average (GPA) OR the Graduate Australian Medical Admissions Test (GAMSAT) OR the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
meet a minimum of 42 out of 54 credit points, or equivalent, in seven prerequisite subjects (chemistry, pharmacology, physiology, human biology, biochemistry, calculus, statistics) at university level
have English language proficiency (if relevant).

5 Requirements for award

The units of study that may be taken for the course are set out in the Units of Study table for the Master of Pharmacy.
To qualify for the award of the Master of Pharmacy a candidate must complete a prescribed course of 96 credit points of units of study.

6 Additional requirements prior to commencing clinical placements

Information about the procedures for gaining clearance for clinical placements will be provided after enrolment.
Student clearance for clinical placements
The New South Wales Department of Health requires that all students obtain clearance in order to undertake clinical placements. This involves a criminal record check according to NSW Health policy.
Prohibited employment declaration
All students should complete a prohibited employment declaration as required by the NSW Commission for Children and Young People.
All students must have evidence of vaccinations and immunisation against certain infectious diseases prior to undertaking clinical placements. The requirements are consistent with Australian public health policy and NSW Health guidelines.

7 Progression rules

Candidates can enrol in the course with 12 credit points of prerequisite subjects outstanding as long as these units of study are completed by the start of semester 2 of the first year of the Master of Pharmacy.
Except with the permission of the Dean, candidates may not take second year units of study until they have gained credit for all 48 credit points in first year units of study.
Candidates who fail only one unit of study in the first year and who have an annual average mark (AAM) >60 for first year, may apply to the Dean for a prerequisite waiver which would allow enrolment in the full complement of second year units of study in addition to the failed unit of study.

8 Transitional provisions

These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2017 and students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2017 who elect to proceed under these resolutions.
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January, 2017 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that requirements are completed by 1 January, 2020. The Faculty may specify a later date for completion or specify alternative requirements for completion of candidatures that extend beyond this time.