UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Master of Pharmacy (coursework) (extended)

This course provides advanced study in the areas of pharmacy practice, clinical pharmacy, pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry, pharmacotherapy and health systems, and includes practical training in community and hospital pharmacy.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleMaster of Pharmacy (coursework) (extended)
Award abbreviationMPharm
Course code51500
Course typemaster's by coursework (extended)
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
CRICOS code051547J
Intake periodsBeginning of year only
Attendance typefull- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
ArticulationThe Master of Pharmacy has the following exit award: 51310 Graduate Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science (60 points) (60 points)
Credit points required120
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Professional accreditationMaster of Pharmacy (coursework) (extended) is accredited by: Australian Pharmacy Council.
Standard course duration2 years
Time limit6 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typeCommonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Assistant Professor Liza Seubert

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Take all units (120 points):

S1PHCY5601Introduction to Pharmacy Practice
S2PHCY5602Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacotherapy 1
S2PHCY5603Applied Pharmacotherapy
S2PHCY5605Clinical Science for Pharmacy I
S1PHCY5606Foundations of Clinical Science
S1PHCY5609Current Developments in Nutrition, Health and Biotechnology
S1PHCY5610Physical Pharmacy and Biopharmaceutics
S2PHCY5611Medicinal Product Formulation
S1PHCY5612Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacotherapy 2
S2PHCY5613Pharmacy Management and Pharmacoeconomics
S2PHCY5614Pharmacy Research Project (12 points)
NSPHCY5615Pharmacy Placement I (12 points)
NSPHCY5616Pharmacy Placement II (12 points)
S1PHCY5617Clinical Science for Pharmacy II
S1PHCY5618Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Analysis
S2PHCY5619Medicinal Chemistry for Pharmacy
S1PUBH5763Leadership and Management of Health Services

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.



Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3.(1) To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

(2) Applicants with qualifications from overseas institutions where English is not the medium of instruction must provide evidence of English language competence.

(3) Applicants presenting with the IELTS Academic require an overall score of at least 7.5 and no band less than 7.0 at the time of application.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a bachelor's degree or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;


(b) the equivalent of a UWA grade point average (GPA) of at least 5.0;


(c) demonstrated adequate knowledge of each of the following at tertiary level: physiology and anatomy, biochemistry, molecular biology, chemistry, and either mathematics or statistics.

(3) Students must possess a current Australian National Police Certificate, or equivalent certification, indicating no criminal conviction. Currency of a National Police Certificate is 12 months.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on—

(a) the admission requirements under Rule 4;


(b) an interview in which eligible applicants will be assessed based on the personal qualities considered desirable in pharmacists, with invitation to attend the interview based on Rule 4.(2), in alignment with the interview quota for the year;


(c) the intake quota for that year;


(d) equal weighting of the GPA and interview.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) This course has the following exit award:

  • 51310 Graduate Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science (60 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Pharmacy course before completing it, but successfully completes all the units offered in the first academic year of the Masters of Pharmacy (51500) course (to a total value of 60pts), may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 120 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. Subject to Rule 2.(3). a student who does not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which they are enrolled, or who fails the same unit twice, will not have made satisfactory progress.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10. Unless the Faculty determines otherwise in exceptional circumstances—

(a) the Faculty will assign a progress status of 'On Probation' to a student who has failed to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 but has been permitted to re-enrol in recognition of exceptional circumstances;

(b) the Faculty will assign a progress status of 'Suspended' to a student who has failed to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 for the first time;

(c) the Faculty will assign a progress status of 'Excluded' to a student who has failed to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 for the second time.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent in—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;


(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules

Supplementary assessment

13. Academic Council has granted permission for an opportunity for supplementary assessment to be granted to a student who—

(a) obtains a mark of 45 to 49 inclusive in any of the following units:

PHCY5601 Introduction to Pharmacy Practice

PHCY5618 Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Analysis

PHCY5610 Physical Pharmacy and Biopharmaceutics

PHCY5606 Foundations of Clinical Science; or

(b) obtains a mark of 45 to 49 inclusive in PHCY5613 Pharmacy Management and Pharmacoeconomics or PHCY5603 Applied Pharmacotherapy and has completed all other requirements of the course.

Professional work experience

14. A minimum of 75 hours of approved work experience must be completed prior to trimester 3 (NSTP) as outlined in unit PHCY5000 Professional Work Experience.