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Program Code 11536
Graduate Level Postgraduate
Locations
  • Newcastle (Callaghan)
UAC Code UAC Website
CRICOS Code 059875F
Contributing Schools and Faculties
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Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Face to Face On Campus.
Program Enrolment Checklist
Additional Documents
Further Information

Master of Pharmacy FAQ

AHPRA Letter Regarding Registration

The links provided under "Further Information" are to be read in addition to the approved program documentation, detailed below.

Description

Pharmacists are one of the most accessible health professionals and work closely with patients to assist them with managing their medicines and disease states as well as promoting health and improving quality of life. The role of the pharmacist encompasses counselling patients on the best use of medications, providing advice on symptoms, the management of common ailments, preparing and formulating medications and providing health education. The Pharmacy program is intended to build on the knowledge base gained from previous undergraduate coursework studies.

Why study with us?

The Master of Pharmacy program at the University of Newcastle was the first program of its type in Australia. The integrated program consists of lectures, practicals, tutorials and experiential learning through clinical placements.

Career Opportunities

Graduates with either a biomedical or a science degree or other relevant degree with majors in health or medical sciences, could seek entry into the program. The program’s focus is on material that specifically provides the skills required to practice as a pharmacist and contains two elective courses allowing students to further tailor the program to suit their particular interests, and work in areas including the pharmaceutical industry, community pharmacy and hospital pharmacy.

Registered pharmacists working in each of the 3 traditional areas of employment of pharmacists: pharmaceutics, community-practice-based pharmacy, hospital-based pharmacy.

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages alongside their primary program unless they can complete both programs within the duration of their primary program CoE. For more information please contact the ESOS Student Compliance Unit ESOS@newcastle.edu.au.

Admission Requirements

a) Bachelor Degree with specified prerequisites

b) Provide satisfactory evidence of successful completion in the following courses at a tertiary level

The completion of all prerequisites is mandatory and must have been completed within the last ten years.

Essential pre-requsites:

  • Chemistry equivalent to a minimum of 20 units
  • Mathematics equivalent to a minimum of 10 units
  • Physiology equivalent to a minimum of 10 units
  • Biochemistry/Molecular Biology equivalent to a minimum of 10 units
  • Pharmacology equivalent to a minimum of 10 units

Desirable pre-requsites:

  • Microbiology equivalent to a minimum of 10 units
  • Statisitics equivalent to a minimum of 10 units

Course or discipline requirements can be satisfied by studies deemed by the Head of School to be equivalent. If an applicant believes they have suitable equivalent qualifications and/or experience to those identified above, they are encouraged to apply online through UAC and if further information is required to evidence content of prerequisite(s) completed, may be asked to provide further information to the university for consideration.

Successful completion of the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Newcastle satisfies the entry requirements.

c) Pharmacists are required to possess a high level of communication skills in English. This competency is specifically evaluated by the registering authorities prior to registration. In view of the large number of placements during the program, proficiency in English must be a prerequisite for entry as per the University IELTS standard.

Please be aware that the current standard English language competency for registration as a practitioner in your discipline in most states of Australia is IELTS 7.5.

Selection Criteria

NSW Health Immunization requirements

Credit Transfer

The Master of Pharmacy program is designed as a primary qualification in the profession of pharmacy and credit will not be granted for previous studies undertaken in any undergraduate program including pharmacy or related programs. Credit for elective courses will only be granted for courses undertaken at 6000 level.

The integrated sequential nature of the program also means that credit for any related postgraduate studies will not normally be considered. In exceptional circumstances, however, provision for specified credit for previous postgraduate studies will be considered.

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to new program go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on How to apply for credit.

Practical Experience

Clinical skills work/professional placements are a compulsory component of this program.

Professional Accreditation

The program is designed as a basis for professional qualification in pharmacy. In order to be registered as a pharmacist in NSW the qualification held must be approved by the Pharmacy Board of NSW. The current legislation requires an approved University course in pharmacy plus a subsequent period of 1824 hours as a pre-registration pharmacist. The program is a 6 trimester (equivalent to 3 years of academic studies) post graduate program with prerequisites equivalent to a year of prescribed study. This arrangement ensures that a graduate from the pharmacy program will have completed at least the equivalent of 6 years of tertiary study. In 2005 NSW legislation was amended to recognize graduates for the MPharm program at the University of Newcastle as a program that can lead to registration as a pharmacist in NSW, following completion of at least 1824 hours as a Pre-registration Pharmacist and sucessful completion of the Pharmacy Board of Australia examination.

International Students

Entry into the M Pharm program is open to International students who have completed an undergraduate degree in either Biomedical Sciences; Health Sciences; Science with a major in physiology, pharmacology or biotechnology; or an Applied Science degree with a major in Medical Laboratory Science. In addition to completion of their undergraduate degree, students will be expected to have completed all the required pre-requisites for the program. International students will be required to be proficient in English, as determined by the University IELTS standard. In 2008, after full accreditation is obtained from the Australian Pharmacy Council Inc, accreditation will be sought from key jurisdictions in Asia, Middle East and North America to allow the International students to return to their home country to undertake any required pre-registration training.

Special Needs

The Faculty accepts that it is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations for students with special needs, in liaison with the Student Support Unit, which offers practical assistance and advice to students with a disability or chronic illness. The Faculty will seek advice from the Student Support Unit as to what constitutes “reasonable accommodations” under Anti-Discrimination legislation.

Additional Information

Those wishing to Exit the Master of Pharmacy program may be eligible for the Graduate Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science. To qualify for the award of Graduate Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science a candidates shall be enrolled in the Master of Pharmacy and pass a program of study approved by the Academic Senate totalling a minimum of 120 units.

Requirements and Structure

Two years full-time. This program requires the completion of 240 units over 6 trimesters. The program is not offered on a part-time basis. Applications open in approximately August/September for the following year. There is no mid-year intake. The program has 20 units of electives. Electives must be taken in Trimester 3 and Trimester 6. Students successfully completing the first 3 trimesters of the program (120 units) will be eligible to apply for award of the terminating exit degree: Graduate Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science.

Course Information

Code Name Availability Units
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation.
PHAR6111 Pharmacy Practice 1
National Police Check, Working with Children & Young People Declaration, Current NSW Health Immunization Record, Patient Confid Form and First Aid Cert.
Not currently offered 10 units
PHAR6112 Pharmaceutics 1 Not currently offered 10 units
PHAR6113 Pharmacokinetics Not currently offered 10 units
PHAR6114 Pharmaceutical Chemistry Not currently offered 10 units
PHAR6121 Pharmacy Practice 2
Prior successful completion of PHAR6111. National Police Check, Working with Children & Young People Declaration, Current NSW Health Immunization Record, Patient Confid Form and First Aid Cert.
Trimester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units
PHAR6122 Pharmaceutics 2 Trimester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units
PHAR6123 Human Genomics and Biomolecular Analysis for Pharmacy Trimester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units
PHAR6124 Applied Pharmacology and Basic Microbiology/Immunology Trimester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units
PHAR6131 Pharmacy Practice 3
Prior successful completion of PHAR6121. National Police Check, Working with Children & Young People Declaration, Current NSW Health Immunization Record, Patient Confid Form and First Aid Cert.
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units
PHAR6132 Pharmaceutics 3 Trimester 3 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units
PHAR6133 Pharmacotherapeutics 1
National Police Check, Working with Children and Young People Declaration, Current NSW Health Immunization Record, Patient Confidentiality Form and First Aid Certificate.
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units
PHAR6211 Pharmacy Practice 4
Prior successful completion of PHAR6131. National Police Check, Working with Children & Young People Declaration, Current NSW Health Immunization Record, Patient Confid Form and First Aid Cert.
Not currently offered 10 units
PHAR6212 Pharmacotherapeutics 2
Prior successful completion of PHAR6131. National Police Check, Working with Children & Young People Declaration, Current NSW Health Immunization Record, Patient Confid Form and First Aid Cert.
Not currently offered 10 units
PHAR6213 Molecular Pathogenesis Not currently offered 10 units
PHAR6214 Epidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics Not currently offered 10 units
PHAR6221 Pharmacy Practice 5
Prior successful completion of PHAR6211 and PHAR6212. Nat Police Check, Working w Children & Young People Declaration, Current NSW Health Immunization Record, Patient Confid Form and First Aid Cert.
Trimester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units
PHAR6222 Pharmacotherapeutics 3
Prior successful completion of PHAR6211 and PHAR6212.
Trimester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units
PHAR6223 Pharmacotherapeutics 4
Prior successful completion of PHAR6131 & PHAR6212. National Police Check, Working w Children & Young People Declaration, Current NSW Health Immunization Record, Patient Confid Form and First Aid Cert
Trimester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units
PHAR6224 Pharmacy Management Trimester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units
PHAR6231 Pharmacy Practice 6
Prior successful completion of PHAR6221 & PHAR6212. National Police Check, Working w Children & Young People Declaration, Current NSW Health Immunization Record, Patient Confid Form and First Aid Cert
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units
PHAR6232 Pharmacotherapeutics 5
Prior successful completion of PHAR6211 & PHAR6212. National Police Check, Working w Children & Young People Declaration, Current NSW Health Immunization Record, Patient Confid Form and First Aid Cert
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units
PHAR6233 Pharmacotherapeutics 6
Prior successful completion of PHAR6211 and PHAR6223. NPC, Working with Children and Young People Declaration, Current NSW Health Immunization Record, Patient Confidentiality Form and First Aid Cert.
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units

Electives

Choose 20 units outside core or compulsory courses for this program.