MG-PHARM v.1 Master of Pharmacy
Course CRICOS Code: 068621J
Registered full-time Duration: 2 Years
Master Degrees (Coursework) prepare students to apply advanced knowledge for professional practice, scholarship and further learning corresponding to AQF level 9 qualifications.
The Master of Pharmacy is a Graduate Entry Master (GEM) course designed to enable the student, through diligent study and application, to become a compounding and pharmacotherapeutic expert. Theory is comprehensive and includes chemical, biological, physiological, pharmaceutical and pharmacotherapeutics units. The course comprises 25 units, which include practical learning activities and research. Students undertake community pharmacy and hospital placements, where students are supervised by a practising pharmacist, to develop skills in the clinical setting.
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.
Graduates are highly employable. They may seek a career in healthcare working in the fields of community, hospital or consultancy pharmacy. Graduates may also develop a career in the pharmaceutical industry which employs pharmacists in a number of areas including research roles in the development of medicines, production of pharmaceuticals, quality assurance, regulatory affairs, marketing and drug information. They may also work for the State or Federal Government in regulatory and policy roles.
Additional Course Expenses
Students are expected to purchase a number of textbooks and other essential study materials. Students will require a laboratory coat and safety glasses. Students will be required to purchase a uniform to wear whilst participating in course-related fieldwork, clinical and placement-related activities. Students will be required to complete a Senior First Aid qualification prior to undertaking placements in the second year of the course.
Course Entry and Completion Details
Applicants for a Master Degree (Coursework) are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards; details are provided at http://futurestudents.curtin.edu.au. Subject to the duration of the course applicants usually require a Bachelor Degree or equivalent (and may require relevant work experience), Bachelor Honours Degree, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma. Any specific course entry and completion requirements must also be met.
Applicants require a relevant Bachelor degree or higher, and a history of above-average grades. The Bachelor degree may be a qualification in Pharmacy assessed by the Australian Pharmacy Council as equivalent to an Australian Bachelor of Pharmacy OR must include evidence of the following five (5) prerequisites: (i) Mathematics (Advanced Mathematics at senior secondary school level is also acceptable) or Physics AND (ii) Statistics or Research Methods with evidence of a Statistics component or Epidemiology AND (iii) Chemistry AND (iv) Biochemistry AND (v) Physiology or Pathophysiology or a related discipline. For international students, English language competency equivalent to an IELTS score of 7.0 overall, with no band lower than 7.0, is required.
Credit for Recognised Learning
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 http://futurestudents.curtin.edu.au.
Pathway to Further Study
Graduates may qualify for entry to Doctoral degrees. For further details, see the Graduate Research School website http://research.curtin.edu.au/postgraduate-research/future-research-students/entry-requirements/
Course Entry/Completion Note
Applicants for this course should refer to the fieldwork link on the Faculty of Health Sciences website for information regarding the mandatory health and legal checks.
Master Degrees (Coursework) contain a series of units in a specialised area of study which may include compulsory (core), optional or elective units to cater for student preferences. They may also contain a range of majors/streams for students to choose from.
The course is composed of twenty-five units, which include practical learning acitivities 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 requires successful completion of three units introducing important concepts in pharmaceutical science, pharmaceutical chemistry and pharmaceutical practice. The introductory units are completed in an intensive six-week training program in trimester one, involving 30 hours weekly contact and continuous assessment. The remaining nine first year units are completed during trimesters two and three (which correspond to semesters one and two). Five units are completed in trimester two and four units in trimester three. A community pharmacy placement, where students are supervised by a practising pharmacist, to develop skills in the clinical setting, must be completed prior to undertaking the remaining eleven second year units (five in each trimester, with a placement in the final trimester). Students will also complete a hospital placement and develop further research skills. 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.
Course Learning Outcomes
A graduate of this course can:
1. apply extensive knowledge and expertise in the area of pharmacy and contribute to evidence based practice through scholarship
2. think creatively, critically and reflectively to generate innovative solutions for decision making in the provision of pharmaceutical services
3. access and critically analyse and synthesis information drawn from relevant sources
4. communicate effectively as a pharmacist with clients, colleagues, staff, other health care professionals and the general public in ways appropriate to the audience or situation
5. use current technologies applicable to pharmacy
6. demonstrate skills necessary for lifelong learning and contribute to the development of others
7. provide pharmaceutical services with sensitivity to political, social, cultural, geographical, technological and global influences
8. demonstrate understanding of cultural diversity, including Indigenous issues, and multiculturalism
9. work and collaborate effectively in a team and develop leadership skills in an ethical and professional manner
Duration and Availability
This fee-paying course is offered over six study periods on a full-time basis and is of two years' duration. Bentley campus will offer one intake annually in January.
Location and delivery Mode
|Year||Location||Period||All*||Internal||Partially Online Internal^||External||Fully Online#|
|2017||Bentley Campus||Study Period 1||Y|
|2017||Bentley Campus||Study Period 1||Y|
The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.
* The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.
^ Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.
# Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.
|Year 1 Study Period 1|
|PHAR5003||v.1||Principles of Pharmaceutics||11.0||25.0|
|CHEM5005||v.1||Introduction to Pharmaceutical Chemistry||5.5||12.5|
|PHAR5004||v.1||Principles of Pharmacy Practice||6.0||12.5|
|Year 1 Semester 1|
|PHRM5000||v.1||Applied Pharmacology for Pharmacists||5.0||25.0|
|CHEM5006||v.1||Principles of Drug Formulation||5.0||25.0|
|PHAR5005||v.1||Applied Pharmacy Practice 1||3.0||12.5|
|IMED5000||v.1||Primary Care in Community Pharmacy||3.0||12.5|
|PHRM5003||v.1||Principles of Pharmacokinetics and Toxicology||4.0||25.0|
|Year 1 Semester 2|
|IMED5001||v.1||Principles of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy||6.0||25.0|
|PHRM5001||v.1||Advanced Pharmacology for Pharmacists||5.0||25.0|
|MEDI5000||v.1||Principles of Drug Delivery||4.0||25.0|
|PHAR5006||v.1||Applied Pharmacy Practice 2||3.0||25.0|
|Year 2 Study Period 1|
|PHRM6000||v.1||Introduction to Pharmacological Research||5.0||12.5|
|PHRM6001||v.1||Community Pharmacy Practice||225.0||50.0|
|PHRM6005||v.1||Clinical Pharmacy Practice||150.0||37.5|
|Year 2 Semester 1|
|IMED6001||v.1||Applied Pharmacotherapy 1||3.0||25.0|
|IMED6000||v.1||Principles of Pharmacotherapy||5.0||25.0|
|PHAR6002||v.1||Advanced Pharmacy Practice 1||4.0||25.0|
|MEDI6000||v.1||Principles of Medicinal Chemistry||3.5||12.5|
|Year 2 Semester 2|
|PHAR6003||v.1||Advanced Pharmacy Practice 2||3.0||25.0|
|IMED6002||v.1||Applied Pharmacotherapy 2||5.0||25.0|
|PHRM6003||v.1||Evidence Based Complementary Medicine||2.0||12.5|
|PHRM6006||v.1||Disseminating Pharmacological Research||3.0||25.0|
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