This graduate entry master course enables science graduates to become registered pharmacists. It will provide you with a comprehensive theoretical base, including chemical, biological, physiological, pharmaceutical and pharmacotherapeutics studies.
In this course you’ll complete two additional study periods over the summer period, as well as two usual semesters each year. The first study period is an intensive six-week training program involving 30 hours weekly contact and continuous assessment. In this period you’ll be introduced to important concepts in pharmaceutics, pharmaceutical chemistry and pharmaceutical practice.
The rest of your first year will focus on pharmaceutical science, pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmacology and pharmaceutical practice. At the end of your first year you’ll complete a community pharmacy placement under the supervision of a practicing pharmacist to develop skills in the clinical setting.
In your second year you’ll focus on pharmacotherapy and develop research skills. You’ll also complete a hospital placement to cement your practical skills.
Australian & NZ Students
A relevant bachelor degree or equivalent with a history of above average grades. You will need to have completed at least one tertiary unit in mathematics, statistics, chemistry, biochemistry, (microbiology is desirable), human biology and physiology.
Minimum English language entry requirements:
IELTS ACADEMIC (INTERNATIONAL ENGLISH LANGUAGE TESTING SYSTEM)
YEAR 1 STUDY PERIOD 1
Principles of Pharmaceutics
Introduction to Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Principles of Pharmacy Practice
YEAR 1 SEMESTER 1
Applied Pharmacology for Pharmacists
Principles of Drug Formulation
Applied Pharmacy Practice 1
Primary Care in Community Pharmacy
Principles of Pharmacokinetics and Toxicology
YEAR 1 SEMESTER 2
Principles of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
Advanced Pharmacology for Pharmacists
Principles of Drug Delivery
Applied Pharmacy Practice 2
YEAR 2 STUDY PERIOD 1
Introduction to Pharmacological Research
Community Pharmacy Practice
Clinical Pharmacy Practice
YEAR 2 SEMESTER 1
Applied Pharmacotherapy 1
Principles of Pharmacotherapy
Advanced Pharmacy Practice 1
Principles of Medicinal Chemistry
YEAR 2 SEMESTER 2
Advanced Pharmacy Practice 2
Applied Pharmacotherapy 2
Evidence Based Complementary Medicine
Disseminating Pharmacological Research
Graduates are both highly employable and sought after. As a graduate, you may seek a career in health care working in the fields of community, hospital or consult pharmacy.
The role of the pharmacist within community pharmacy has expanded to include assisting patients with the management of their chronic diseases, such as obesity, asthma and diabetes. In the future, pharmacists in the primary care setting are going to become increasingly involved in the care of patients through multidisciplinary teams. The setting of practice of pharmacy will expand from the community pharmacist to include medical clinics and the patient’s home. The role of pharmacists as prescribers is currently under investigation.
Within hospitals, pharmacists provide a diverse range of services from drug distribution and dispensing, provision of drug information and education, through to ward-based clinical pharmacy services where they participate in patient care as part of a team.
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