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Program Code 11536
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
  • Newcastle (Callaghan)
CRICOS Code 059875F
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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.


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 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.
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.
You will be equipped to provide a vital primary health care role as you counsel people on the best use and management of medications, provide advice on the symptoms and management of common ailments, prepare and formulate medications and educate the community on a wide range of health and well-being matters.
At the University of Newcastle, you will use innovative and state-of-the art educational technology to supplement your face-to-face lectures, tutorials and experiential learning, through clinical placements and simulated learning environments.
Throughout your studies we’ll provide you with the opportunity to develop outstanding research capabilities. As a student at a research intensive university, you’ll be under the guidance of our experienced academic staff who are world leaders in their respective fields.
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.
The Master of Pharmacy is a two year (6 trimester) degree and will set you on your way to becoming a registered pharmacist.
This program has been granted accreditation by the Australian Pharmacy Council. For information regarding the approval status of the program, please refer to the Pharmacy Board of Australia.

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

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor Degree (AQF level 7 or 8) with specified prerequisites
  • Provide satisfactory evidence of successful completion in the following courses at a tertiary level. The completion of all prerequisites within the last ten years is mandatory.

Essential prerequisites:

  • 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

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, they are encouraged to apply through UAC. If further information is required they may be asked to provide information to the university for consideration.

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

Post-Admission Requirements

  • First Aid Certificate (FAC):

    WorkCover approved First Aid Certificate.

  • Police Certificate - International (PCI):

    Police Certificates from all previous countries of residence (translated into English and certified as a true copy).

  • NSW Health Verification Requirements (NSWH):


Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at

Pharmacists are required to possess a high level English of communication skills and is specifically evaluated by the registering authorities prior to registration. The English language competency is an Academic IELTS Test score of 7.5 (with no subtest score less than 7), or an overall pass in the Occupational English Test (OET) with grades A or B only in each of the four component. The Pharmacy Board of Australia requires that an applicant who is an international student seeking registration as a pharmacist must have achieved an IELTS overall total score of 7.5 with a minimum score of 7 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking) or an overall pass in the OET with grades A or B only in each of the four components.

Credit Transfer

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 the new program, go to and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

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.

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

Compulsory Industrial Experience/Placement

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. This program has been granted accreditation by the Australian Pharmacy Council. For information regarding the approval status of the program, please refer to the Pharmacy Board of Australia.

To obtain registration as a Pharmacist in Australia, the Pharmacy Board of Australia and the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency requires completion of an approved University program in pharmacy plus a subsequent period of 1824 hours as a intern pharmacist. The program is a 6 trimester (equivalent full time volume of learning of 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.

International Students

Entry into the M Pharm program is open to International students who have completed an undergraduate degree in either Biomedical Science; 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.

Special Needs

Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit for more information.

Students who have impaired function in their hands or arms, or a visual impairment, will have difficulty pursuing this program. It is highly advisable for any prospective student with such a disability to contact the Faculty to discuss the issue.

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

Requirements and Structure

This program requires the completion of 240 units over 6 trimesters. In addition to the 220 units of PHAR6000 level courses listed below, students will also be required to enrol in and successfully complete PHAR4104A and PHAR4104B.

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. There will be no further intake into this program commencing 2016. 2015 is the final year of intake into the Master of Pharmacy.

Transition Arrangements

Students enrolled prior to 2015 will undertake the current MPharm program.

There will be no further intake into the Master of Pharmacy program commencing 2016. 2015 is the final year of intake into the MPharm program.

Compulsory Program Requirements – Review of Progress

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students must satisfactorily complete the following courses in order to progress in their program.

Course Information

Master of Pharmacy CORE

M Pharmacy CORE: Choose 240 units from M Pharmacy CORE.

Code Name Availability Units
PHAR6111 Pharmacy Practice 1 Trimester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
PHAR6112 Pharmaceutics 1 Trimester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
PHAR6113 Pharmacokinetics Trimester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
PHAR6114 Pharmaceutical Chemistry Trimester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
PHAR6121 Pharmacy Practice 2 Trimester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
PHAR6122 Pharmaceutics 2 Trimester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
PHAR6123 Human Genomics and Biomolecular Analysis for Pharmacy Trimester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
PHAR6124 Applied Pharmacology and Basic Microbiology/Immunology Trimester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
PHAR6131 Pharmacy Practice 3 Not currently offered 10 units
PHAR6132 Pharmaceutics 3 Not currently offered 10 units
PHAR6133 Pharmacotherapeutics 1 Not currently offered 10 units
PHAR6211 Pharmacy Practice 4 Trimester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
PHAR6212 Pharmacotherapeutics 2 Trimester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
PHAR6213 Molecular Pathogenesis Trimester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
PHAR6214 Epidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics Trimester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
PHAR6221 Pharmacy Practice 5 Trimester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
PHAR6222 Pharmacotherapeutics 3 Trimester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
PHAR6223 Pharmacotherapeutics 4 Trimester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
PHAR6224 Pharmacy Management Trimester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
PHAR6231 Pharmacy Practice 6 Trimester 3 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
PHAR6232 Pharmacotherapeutics 5 Trimester 3 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
PHAR6233 Pharmacotherapeutics 6 Trimester 3 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
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