Curtin University

Master of Pharmacy

Curtin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00301J

The Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) is a Graduate Entry Master (GEM) course to enable the students with a relevant Bachelor degree to complete training to become a pre-registered pharmacist. MPharm graduates who complete one year of supervised practice and meet other requirements of The Pharmacy Board of Australia are eligible to register as a pharmacist to practise in Australia. The MPharm course is comprehensive and includes chemical, biological, physiological, pharmaceutical and pharmacotherapeutics units. The course comprises 21 units, which include learning activities and research. Students also undertake community pharmacy and hospital placements, where students are supervised by a practising pharmacist, to develop skills in the clinical setting.

Designed for

Those seeking career opportunities in hospital and community pharmacy, research, industry, government and academia, and in the provision of specialised services such as home medication reviews and diabetes education


Detailed information about the course structure is available through official Curtin pages:


  • The course comprises 21 units, which include practical learning activities and research. Students complete study period one in addition to two usual semesters each year. Study period one in the first year of the course, an intensive six-week training program involving 15 hours weekly contact and continuous assessment, requires successful completion of two units introducing important concepts in pharmaceutical chemistry and pharmacy practice. Four units are completed in semester one and four units in semester two. Second year commences with a community pharmacy placement in study period one, where students are supervised by a practising pharmacist. This is followed by four units in each of semesters one and two and a hospital pharmacy placement in the final study period. Students will also develop further research skills through a project during second year. Throughout this course, students use high-quality laboratories and facilities designed to enhance teaching and aid the development of essential practical skills. The school laboratories include a model dispensary, a manufacturing laboratory, an asepsis suite and laboratories for microbiological, chemical and pharmacological practical classes.

Standard entry requirements

Please refer to for further information on entry to this course.


Graduates are eligible to apply for provisional registration as a pharmacist with the Pharmacy Board of Australia. A further period of 1824 hours of supervised practice is required in order to be eligible for general registration as a pharmacist.

Study pathways

Applications for credit towards a course are assessed on an individual basis. Credit reduces the amount of learning required to complete the course and may be granted for formal education qualifications, non-formal learning from non-award programs of study and informal learning through work experiences. Further information can be found at

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Curtin Perth No
  • Full-time : 2 years

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