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2015 will be the last intake of new students into the Master of Pharmacy program.

The Master of Pharmacy at the University of Newcastle will prepare you with the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge to get you on your way to becoming a registered pharmacist.

This two year program has been structured to meet the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) criteria for registration as pharmacists. It is an integrated program consisting of lectures, practicals, tutorials and experiential learning through clinical placements. The program will challenge your existing knowledge gained from your science based degree whilst focusing on material that specifically relates to the knowledge, skills and attributes required as a pharmacist.

As a pharmacist you can be employed in Australia and internationally in many areas including community pharmacies, hospitals, consultancies, the government, the pharmaceutical industry, research and academia.

Explore this page and find out if the Master of Pharmacy is for you, what you will study and the career opportunities it can provide you.

Is it for you?

Are you interested in becoming a pharmacist and have existing qualifications or experience in a science field? Are you confident working independently, carefully and methodically? Do you have effective communication skills and an ability to deal sensitively with clients’ needs?

If this sounds like you and you also have a science related degree (e.g., Bachelor of Biomedical Science), and fulfil the prerequisites  in chemistry, mathematics, physiology, biochemistry/molecular biology and pharmacology, you may be eligible to pursue a career in pharmacy by enrolling in the University of Newcastle’s Master of Pharmacy Program.

As a pharmacist you will work closely with patients, assisting them to manage medications and diseases as well as provide expertise to promote general health. You will counsel patients on the proper use of medications, provide advice on symptoms, the management of common ailments, prepare and formulate medications and provide health education. Pharmacists are also involved in consultation with doctors and other health care providers to ensure appropriate and safe use and prescribing of medication.

If this sounds like a career you would like to pursue, then the Master of Pharmacy may be the program for you. To find out more about what you will study, visit the 'Study' tab.


The University of Newcastle’s Master of Pharmacy is a base for your professional qualification in pharmacy. It will build on your existing knowledge gained from your undergraduate science qualification, preparing you to practice as a pharmacist.

Over two years full-time and six trimesters, you will complete 240 units of study to achieve your Master of Pharmacy. You will be provided with the information to develop a sophisticated understanding of and ability to competently and independently practice as a pharmacist in community, hospital or consultative settings.

Throughout the program you will learn essential competencies required as a pharmacist including dosage form design and the calculations required in the practice of pharmacy, formulation of solid dosage forms and sterile drug products; the stability of drug products and factors influencing the shelf life of products.

You will also acquire comprehensive skills and knowledge in pharmacokinetics, distribution and elimination and how this will affect dosage regimens for individual patients. Further to this you will study:

  • pharmaceutical chemistry
  • human genomics and biomolecular analysis for pharmacy
  • applied pharmacology and basic microbiology/immunology
  • pharmacotherapeutics
  • molecular pathogenesis
  • epidemiology and pharmacoeconomics
  • pharmacy management

The University of Newcastle’s Master of Pharmacy has been recognised by the governing authority as a program that can lead to registration by the Pharmacy Board of Australia (authorised by AHPHA) following the completion of at least 1824 hours as a Pre-registration Pharmacist and successful completion of the Pharmacy Board of Australia examination.

To find out more about where the Master of Pharmacy can lead you visit the ‘Careers’ tab.


The Master of Pharmacy has been structured to focus your learning to develop necessary advanced skills and knowledge to practice as a registered pharmacist.

Pharmacy is more than filling prescriptions. It is a broad and challenging career path and is about promoting health awareness and contributing positively to the health and wellbeing of the community.

As a registered pharmacist you may work in one of the following areas:

Community pharmacists: responsible for supplying and dispensing prescriptions, providing advice on drug selection and usage to health professionals and educating customers on health promotion, disease prevention and the proper use of medicines.

Consultant pharmacists: can be employed by community pharmacies or hospitals, or are self- employed on contract to provide reviews of medications for residential or ambulatory patients or other medication-related services.

Hospital pharmacists: operate as part of a healthcare team and are involved in monitoring medication usage, counselling patients, providing drug information and advice to health professionals and the community, conducting clinical trials and preparing products for patient use. Usually you would have extensive contact with other health professionals and members of the public.

Industrial pharmacists: undertake extensive research into the development, manufacture, testing, analysis and marketing of pharmaceutical and medical products.

In addition to these traditional areas you can also work as a locum or in areas such as the military, law, journalism, academic teaching, research, pharmaceutical policy and in rural and remote areas or overseas.

For more detailed information on eligibility, courses and requirements of the Master of Pharmacy read the ‘Details’ tab.

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