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Course rules


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 admission 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 Unit 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 Time Limits

A student must complete all the requirements for a master's degree within four calendar years of first enrolment.
All time limits include any period(s) of suspension.

7 Credit for previous study

For units of study offered by the Sydney Pharmacy School, credit will not usually be granted for recognised prior learning older than five years at the time of first enrolment in the unit or course for which credit is sought. For other units of study credit transfer is subject to the provisions of the Coursework Policy.

8 Attendance requirements

Students are required to be in attendance at the correct time and place of any formal or informal examinations. Non attendance on any grounds insufficient to claim special consideration will result in the forfeiture of marks associated with the assessment. Participation in a minimum number of assessment items may be included in the requirements specified for a unit of study.
Students are expected to attend a minimum of 85% of compulsory activities for a unit of study, unless granted exemption by the relevant delegated authority. The relevant delegated authority most concerned may determine that a student fails a unit of study because of inadequate attendance. Alternatively, at their discretion, they may set additional assessment items where attendance is lower than 90%.

9 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 Ministry 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.
Immunisation 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.

10 Re-assessment

Re-assessment may be permitted if students in their final year fail a single compulsory assessment resulting in a grade of fail in only that unit of study, preventing them from completing the degree that year. A grade of 50 Pass is the maximum grade a student can achieve if they pass the re-assessment.
The re-assessment will be in the form determined by the School. This may include one or more of the following, or other tasks as specified by the School:
supplementary examinations
additional placements
laboratory sessions
Re-assessments for final year students will be conducted during the Replacement Exam period at the end of semester two.
Final year students who do not meet the requirements of 10(1) will not be permitted to undertake re-assessments and must re-enrol in, and successfully complete, the failed units of study.
Students enrolled in Master of Pharmacy second year units of study may be permitted re-assessment for one compulsory assessment in the first semester provided that:
they have not failed more than one compulsory assessment in semester one; and
they have met the School attendance requirements.
Supplementary assessments related to 10(4) will be offered to eligible students at the end of semester one.
Students who pass the supplementary assessment for 10(4) will receive:
a pass grade and mark of 50 for that assessment; or
a pass grade and mark of 50 for the whole unit of study if the assessment is [greater than or equal to] 50% of the available marks for the unit of study.
Students who have been approved for special consideration may be allowed to sit the exam or submit the required work at a negotiated date that should not be longer than the period of incapacitation, and in any case normally not longer than 3 months after the original examination or submission date. After this time the student will be considered to have discontinued with permission. Marks will be awarded at full value for re-assessment where special consideration is approved.

11 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 Head of School and 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) [greater than or equal to] 60 for first year, may apply to the Head of School and 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.

12 Transitional provisions

These resolutions apply to all students enrolled in the Master of Pharmacy from 1 January 2020.