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Start date
February
July

Duration
1.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code
IMCM

Fees
2018: AUD$ 30,400 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [7.0]
  • IELTS reading [7.0]
  • IELTS writing [7.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
NOTREQ

Key features

  • With a 98% employment rate, UniSA is ranked in the top three universities nationally for graduate employment in the field of pharmacy1.
  • Take a leading role in drug product selection and communicating drug information to patients and health professionals.
  • Effectively monitor a patients’ therapy and critically evaluate clinical research.
  • UniSA is one of four universities in Australia to be a member of the prestigious National Alliance for Pharmacy Education.
  • Be mentored and supported by practicing pharmacists and academics.
  • Learn from well above world-class researchers in Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences2.
  • Benefit from our strong industry links and affiliation with the Sansom Institute for Health Research and the Centre for Cancer Biology.
  • Benefit from over 50 years’ experience in pharmacy education.
  • Learn at your own pace with flexible and part-time study options.
  • Use this qualification as a pathway to further study, including Masters by Research and doctoral study.

1 2018 Good Universities Guide
2 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Snapshot

Snapshot

This master degree is designed to improve and extend the skills of registered pharmacists to provide specialist pharmaceutical services.

Graduates will be qualified to:

  • take a leading role in the area of drug product selection for individual patients
  • provide specialist drug information and education programs to patients and healthcare providers
  • monitor a patient’s therapy
  • critically evaluate clinical research

There are a range of flexible study options, allowing you to fit study in among your work and other life commitments. You will study most of your degree online with the help of our 24/7 online resources and dedicated online support staff, and will come on campus to complete compulsory workshops.

It is not available to international students studying in Australia under a student visa and can only be studied from your home country.

Why Master of Clinical Pharmacy

Why this Degree

Graduating with a postgraduate qualification will set you apart from the crowd, ensuring you have a competitive edge and are well-placed for a career in industry, research or further postgraduate study. 

Our teaching staff are renowned researchers, so you will be learning from leading academics; and our affiliation with the Sansom Institute for Health Research and the Centre for Cancer Biology provides valuable networking opportunities and resources. As Australia’s university of enterprise:

  • we are the largest university in South Australia with more than 31,000 students
  • we are ranked 26th in the world’s top 50 under 501

Our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented in South Australia. In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia evaluation, 97 per cent of our assessed research was rated world-class or above.

We are fast becoming a renowned centre of innovation and enterprise in the sectors that will drive Australia's future, including health and biomedicine. It’s a very good time to choose UniSA for your postgraduate study.

12017 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50

Real-world connections

Our affiliation with the Sansom Institute for Health Research brings together internationally-recognised research across a range of health sectors. We also have strong industry links the Centre for Cancer Biology. These affiliations provide students with valuable networking opportunities and industry contacts.

We host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Your career

You will be able to take a leading role in the decision-making process of drug product selection for individual patients, provide specialist drug information and education programs to patients and healthcare providers, effectively monitor a patient’s therapy, and critically evaluate clinical research.

With new drug developments and enhanced therapeutic developments pharmacists have more career options than ever before. In fact, long-term career prospects in Australia are expected to experience very strong growth1, which is great news for graduates. 

To be successful you will need to be meticulous, accurate and results-driven. You will be dealing directly with patients, so exceptional communication skills are also vital.

Graduates often work in:

  • hospitals
  • clinical environments
  • community pharmacy practice
  • academia

This advanced qualification means you will be qualified to work in a wide variety of roles. You may be involved in:

  • drug selection for individual patients
  • specialist drug information and education programs
  • drug therapy
  • clinical research

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

Industry facts

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Employment for pharmacists in Australia is projected to increase by 5,000 (20 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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To November 2020, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia - an increase of 250,200 jobs1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

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Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

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Specific fields of education with good employment outcomes foruniversity graduates in Australia in 2015 includes pharmacy (74.3 per cent of graduates find full-time emplyoment within four months)1.

1NCVER, Government-Funded Student Outcomes; GCA, Graduate Destinations, unpublished data; GCA, GradStats, 2015

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Employment as a pharmacy sales assistant in Australia is projected to increase by 8,300 (20.4 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This master degree will equip you with the knowledge, skills and practical expertise needed to provide specialist pharmaceutical services in a range of clinical environments.

You will develop the skills to:

  • take a leading role in the area of drug product selection for individual patients
  • provide specialist drug information and education programs to patients and healthcare providers
  • monitor a patient’s therapy
  • critically evaluate clinical research

As part of your degree you will study:

  • clinical pharmacy practice
  • epidemiological concepts
  • pharmacotherapeutics
  • research methodologies
  • practical application of clinical pharmacy skills

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • oral presentations
  • quizzes
  • patient case presentations
  • reports
  • assignments

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Applied Clinical Pharmacy PHAR 5057 4.5
Introductory Epidemiology HLTH 5131 4.5
Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics (Mental Health) PHAR 5056 4.5
Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics (Diabetes) PHAR 5055 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics 1 PHAR 5043 4.5
Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics 2 PHAR 5044 4.5
Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics 3A PHAR 5053 4.5
Research Methods and Biostatistics MATH 5028 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Medicine Management Clerkship PHAR 5050 9 Rule(s): 3
Clinical Pharmacy Research Project PHAR 5054 9

My main clinical and research interests are in the fields of pharmacy practice, neurological and geriatric pharmacotherapy. I look forward assisting you with your studies.

Mr Stefan Kowalski

Program Director

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City East campus

City East boasts impressive facilities such as purpose-built facilities, health clinics and a fitness centre, open to students and the public. It’s right in the heart of the CBD and adjacent to bustling Rundle Street, with some of Adelaide’s best dining and shopping experiences. Explore City East >

Your study experience

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist.

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

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How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • check the Postgraduate Health Science Closing Dates page for application closing dates
  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

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