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C04252v2 Master of Pharmacy

Award(s): Master of Pharmacy (MPharm)
UAC code: 940900(Calendar B Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 074915M
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 120
Course EFTSL: 2.5
Location: City campus

Overview
Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Applications
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Professional recognition
Other information

Overview

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, 96014 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 for eligible students. On-campus learning takes place in the Graduate School of Health's state-of-the-art education and research facility, which opened in 2015.

Course aims

The course aims to prepare graduates to be registered pharmacists who can succeed in expanded roles in emerging professional environments, and within changing medical, social, political and regulatory contexts. This is achieved by going beyond traditional educational models so students engage in self-directed and problem-based learning to develop leadership skills, gain experience with emerging technologies, and build a network of internationally recognised researchers, teachers and pharmacists.

Career options

Career options include: community pharmacy; professional pharmacy services; hospital 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.

Course intended learning outcomes

.01 Demonstrate safe and competent operational, interpersonal and clinical skills for the benefit and care of patients and the wider community.
.02 Reflect on knowledge, attitudes and skills acquired for the evaluation and integration of emerging evidence into practice, promoting the growth of personal and professional learning and the education of others.
.03 Analyse and synthesise knowledge of health science concepts and theory, and apply skills of scientific research and clinical reasoning to support decision-making in pharmacy practice.
.04 Engage in team undertakings adopting a range of roles in diverse teams, building cohesion and maximising team contributions.
.05 Demonstrate sound, ethical, compassionate and respectful patient-focussed care, taking responsibility for personal health and wellbeing.
.06 Capably communicate to patients, their families, carers and members of the health care team, contribute to wider health education and promotion, choosing and adapting communication modes to address cultural and linguistic diversity.
.07 Integrate into daily practice knowledge of health systems and concerns in national and global communities, with awareness of the social and cultural contexts of health to meet the diverse needs of individuals and communities.
.08 Represent pharmacy perspectives in multidisciplinary environments, and optimise patient outcomes through self-awareness and acknowledgement of the contributions of other health care disciplines.
.09 Demonstrate respect and value for diverse ways of knowing, being and doing, in particular recognising the diversity of Indigenous Australians while critically reflecting upon the impact of ongoing colonisation and its pervasive discourse on their health and wellbeing, and integrating this knowledge into practice.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Entry is competitive and assessment is based on grade point average (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:

  • one pharmacology subject
  • two chemistry subjects
  • one biochemistry subject
  • one human physiology subject, and
  • one mathematics or statistics subject.

For prerequisite checking, students must provide a copy of the subject or unit descriptions from the university handbook (or equivalent) of the university where they completed the subjects. If students are unsure whether the previous study meets prerequisite requirements, they can submit the subject outlines for pre-assessment via email.

Selected applicants are required to undertake a short interview with a panel. Applicants are assessed in the areas of communication skills, interpersonal skills, interest in pharmacy, and commitment to pharmacy as a career.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: minimum 7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in each subtest; or TOEFL: internet based: minimum 94 overall with a minimum score of 24 for reading and listening, 23 for speaking and 27 for writing; PTE Academic: minimum 65 overall with a minimum score of 65 in each subtest.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

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.

For further information, refer to the following standards:

  • Pharmacy English Language Skills Registration Standard
  • Pharmacy Implementation of the 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.

Applications

Local students

Domestic applicants apply via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or directly at an information session (see how to apply for further information).

Applications should include a certified copy of any relevant academic transcript(s), subject outlines, and any other relevant supporting documentation.

International students

International applicants apply via UTS: International.

Course duration and attendance

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.

Course structure

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.

Course completion requirements

STM90755 Core stream (Pharmacy) 108cp
CBK90641 Electives (Pharmacy) 12cp
Total 120cp

Course program

A typical course program is provided below.

Year 1
Calendar B Autumn session
96001 Introduction to Pharmacy   6cp
96002 Concepts in Pharmaceutical Sciences   6cp
96003 Pharmaceutics   6cp
96004 Professional Services 1   6cp
96015 Clinical Practice 1   6cp
Calendar B Spring session
96005 Professional Services 2   6cp
96006 Integrated Therapeutics 1   6cp
96007 Drug Disposition   6cp
96008 Evidence-based Practice   6cp
96024 Clinical Practice 2   6cp
Summer session
96025 Clinical Practice 3   6cp
Year 2
Calendar B Autumn session
96009 Professional Services 3   6cp
96010 Integrated Therapeutics 2   6cp
96011 Primary Health Care   6cp
96017 Clinical Practice 4   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Calendar B Spring session
96012 Professional Services 4   6cp
96013 Integrated Therapeutics 3   6cp
96014 Molecule to Market   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp

Professional recognition

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.

Other information

Register to attend an information session and/or contact:
UTS: Pharmacy
email gsh.future@uts.edu.au
telephone +61 2 9514 1448