Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
The Master of Pharmacy is an accredited two-year, graduate-entry degree leading to eligibility for registration as a pharmacist. Innovative and practice-based in approach, the course builds on students' strong scientific foundation to provide specialist, comprehensive knowledge relevant to contemporary pharmacy practice. In addition to the pharmaceutical sciences, this includes professional pharmacy services, integrated therapeutics and the unique capstone subject, Molecule to Market, led by industry leader Adjunct Professor John Montgomery. Two elective subjects provide students with the opportunity to individualise their studies with their choice of any available postgraduate subject offered at UTS. Developed by leading pharmacy academics and our expert educational designer, the course's subject matter is delivered in an integrated, student-focused manner, making use of cutting-edge technologies and strong links with the pharmacy profession. Expert guest lecturers and practitioner teachers are utilised throughout the course to ensure relevance and real-world application of content. Students undertake clinical practice in a wide variety of settings sourced by UTS throughout the degree. This includes a guaranteed hospital pharmacy placement. On-campus learning takes place in the Graduate School of Health's state-of-the-art education and research facility, which opened in 2015. Career options include: community pharmacy; professional pharmacy services; hospital/clinical pharmacy; drug research, design and development; professional roles in pharmaceutical industry; primary health care; consultancy; education; government and policy; the armed forces; and non-profit organisations.
Students who have completed an undergraduate science or related bachelor degree and wish to enter the healthcare profession as a pharmacist
This course comprises a total of 120 credit points. Students undertake a total of 16 6-credit-point subjects and four 6-credit-point clinical subjects. The course is an intensive two-year, full-time degree which is equivalent to a three-year degree. In addition to coursework during sessions, students are required to undertake weekly clinical placements during session and block clinical placements during mid-session breaks.
Standard entry requirements
- UTS recognised bachelor degree, or equivalent, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies. Entry is competitive and assessment is based on GPA. Applicants must have also completed the following subjects at a tertiary level within the last 10 years and must provide relevant subject outlines with their application: 1 pharmacology subject
- 2 chemistry subjects
- 1 biochemistry subject
- 1 human physiology subject, and 1 mathematics or statistics subject. The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 7.5 overall with a 7.0 in each subtest
- Or TOEFL: paper based: 610-633 overall with TWE of 5.0, internet based: 102-109 overall with a score of 24 for reading and listening, 23 for speaking and 27 for writing
- PTE: 73-78 overall with a 65 in each subtest
- Or CAE: 191-199.
The Master of Pharmacy is fully accredited without conditions by the Australian Pharmacy Council and approved by the Pharmacy Board of Australia as a qualification leading to registration as a pharmacist in Australia. Upon completion of the degree, graduates must complete a compulsory pre-registration training period and Intern Training Program in order to be eligible for registration.
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Shortlisted applicants who meet the entry requirements receive a conditional offer and are required to sit an interview. Upon graduation, international students intending to apply for provisional registration with the Pharmacy Board of Australia must meet the Pharmacy English Language Skills Registration Standard. Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.