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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), the Academic Honesty in Coursework Policy 2015 and the Academic Honesty Procedures 2016. 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 Policy.

4 Admission to candidature

Available places may 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 36 out of 48 credit points, or equivalent, in six prerequisite subjects (chemistry, pharmacology, physiology, biochemistry, calculus, statistics) at university level or equivalent
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 end 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, 2019 and students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2019 who elect to proceed under these resolutions.
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January, 2019 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, 2022. The Faculty may specify a later date for completion or specify alternative requirements for completion of candidatures that extend beyond this time.