Master of Pharmacy in Australia

Master of Pharmacy in Australia

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Kanti KhadkaWed Sep 15 2021

Master of pharmacy in Australia is a one to three years course which provides knowledge to students about different aspects of prescription medicines, their effects on human beings, and the creation of the medication. 

The total cost of finishing a master's degree in pharmacy ranges from A$ 40k to A$ 100k. 

In Australia, after earning a master's degree in pharmacy, there are several opportunities in pharmaceutical research, development, and manufacture. Graduates of this program earn an average of A$ 60,000. 

To complete the program, students have to take different courses based on their intended field of specialization. A research-based program requires a final research project for graduation. Some universities also provide pharmaceutical placement after graduation.

Why select Australia for Master of Pharmacy?

  • There are several specializations available for master of pharmacy such as Pharmaceutical industrial practice, clinical pharmacy, pharmacy informatics, community pharmacy, pharmacology, etc.

  • Work-based internship opportunities and practical learning opportunities

  • Master of pharmacy in Australia is offered by several top universities ranking within the top 100 in the world ranking

  • Highly revered research laboratories

  • Plenty of job opportunities after the completion of the course

  • A multitude of scholarships for high achieving students and a research-based program

Top universities for Master of Pharmacy in Australia 

Master of Pharmacy in Australia is provided as a broad course where students can select their intended field of specialization while there are some programs offered at different universities that focus on a particular part of pharmacy such as clinical pharmacy, pharmaceutical industry practice, etc. 

Some of the programs are course-based whereas some are research-based. There are also several universities that mandate work components for awarding the program. The universities in the table below are ranked according to QS ranking of universities worldwide for 2022

Rank

University

Program

Fee per year

Course Duration

38

University of Sydney

Master of Pharmacy

A$ 40,500

2 years

47

University of Queensland

Master of Clinical Pharmacy

A$ 48,160

1 year

Master of Pharmaceutical Industry Practice

A$ 41,936

2 years

93

The University of Western Australia

Master of Pharmacy

A$ 40,400

2 years

133

University of Technology Sydney

Master of Pharmacy

A$ 45,360

2 years

Master of Pharmacy(International)

A$ 49,140

3 years

194

Curtin University

Masters by Coursework (Graduate Entry)

A$ 38,800

2 years

290

Griffith University

Master of Pharmacy

A$ 36,500

2-2.5 years

326

University of South Australia

Master of Clinical Pharmacy

A$ 33,600

1.5 years

303

University of Tasmania

Master of Pharmacy

A$ 36,200

1-2 years

Master of Pharmaceutical Science

A$ 32,950

2 years

Master of Clinical Pharmacy

A$ 29,950

1.5 years

436

University of Canberra

Master of Pharmacy

A$ 38,500

2 years

General Requirements for Master of Pharmacy in Australia

University of Tasmania

  • A master’s degree with research on relevant field or a bachelor’s degree with professional experience or published paper

  • For proof of English language proficiency any of the following is required:

    • IELTS score with 7.0 overall and at least 6.5 in all bands

    • TOEFL score with 94 overall and minimum of 24 in speaking and writing and 20 in listening and speaking

    • PTE score of 65 overall and at least 58 in all sections

Monash University

  • A bachelor's degree in a relevant field (biomedical science. Pharmaceutical science, biomedical engineering, etc.) with at least 60% marks

  • IELTS score of at least 6.5 overall and at least 6 in each band or TOEFL score of 79 overall and at least 21 in writing, 18 in speaking, 12 in listening, and 13 in reading or PTE score of 58 overall and no less than 50 in each sub-bands

University of Canberra

  • Bachelor’s degree in any field with at least one subject in biochemistry, chemistry, anatomy microbiology, and physiology, and pharmacology.

  • IELTS score of 7.0 overall and in each band or TOEFL score of overall 94 with 24 in reading and listening, 23 in speaking, and 27 in writing or PTE score of 65 overall and each band.

Scholarships and financial aids for Master of Pharmacy in Australia

Most Australian institutions also provide scholarships to overseas students. Some of these scholarships are financed by outside sources, while others are funded by the institution. These awards range in value from a few thousand dollars per year to a full tuition waiver. Some of the Master of Pharmacy scholarships are mentioned below:

University

Scholarship

Amount

University of Tasmania

Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS)

A$28,597 per year for 2 years

Monash University

Monash University International Merit Scholarship

A$ 10,000 per year during the course of study

University of Technology Sydney

UTS Vice-Chancellor’s International Postgraduate Coursework Scholarship

Full tuition fee

Griffith University

International Student Academic Merit Scholarship

20% of the tuition fee during the entire course

Griffith Remarkable Scholarship

50% of the tuition fee during the entire course

International Student Academic Merit Scholarship

25% of the tuition fee during the entire course

How to apply for Master of Pharmacy in Australia?

Applying for Australian universities is a straightforward process. The steps involved are generalized as follow:

  • Taking a required test for English language proficiency (It is preferable to take these tests before starting the application process)

  • Browsing the universities and selecting the desired course (Also, make sure that you meet the eligibility requirement for the course)

  • Submitting the application form

  • Providing the documents asked during or after the submission of the online application.

Common documents required for application are:

  • Transcripts in English (If the transcript is provided in other languages, certified translation of the transcript is required)

  • Proof of English language proficiency provided directly by the testing agency to the university

  • Letter of recommendations if asked

  • Statement of purpose or essay

  • Updated CV (Mentioning the relevant work experience if required)

When to apply for admission into Australian universities?

The Australian school system's academic year begins in February. Most universities, on the other hand, have two intakes: February and July. The primary admission is in February when the majority of the courses are offered, and the secondary intake is in July. 

Depending on the availability of the course, the student should choose which intake to target. Only a few universities have a third intake. 

The candidate should begin the application process six months before the semester begins to give enough time for visa processing and travel to Australia.

Internship opportunities during Master of Pharmacy in Australia

Several universities provide internship programs for Master of Pharmacy by acting as a mediator between the recruiters and students. This provides opportunities for gaining practical experience. 

Some universities also have mandatory work components in their program which must be completed in order to graduate from the program. The number of hours of work in professional settings is fixed by the universities. 

This gives a huge chance to students to use their theoretical knowledge and helps to kick start their career in pharmacy.

Career outcome after studying Master of Pharmacy in Australia

After completing the Master of Pharmacy, graduates may find employment in pharmaceutical industries, hospitals, sales, research laboratories, colleges, etc depending upon their specialization. 

The average salary of the graduates of the Master of pharmacy in Australia is A$ 60,000. Common roles of the graduates are:

  • Pre-clinical research head

  • Quality manager

  • Pharmaceutical production in charge

  • Project manager (Clinical research)

  • Research pharmacist

  • Clinical team head

  • Researcher

  • Specialist pharmacist

The following table shows the common role of graduates of the master of pharmacy in Australia and the average salary for the role.

Master of Pharmacy Job Position

Average Salary per year in AUD

Production Manager

A$ 118,082

Sales support specialist

A$ 49,167

Quality controller (Technician)

A$ 59,039

Assistant Pharmacist

A$ 82,000

Clinical Pharmacist

A$ 117,000

Hospital Pharmacy Technician

A$ 92,300

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Lead

A$ 218,000

Pharmaceutical Quality Auditor

A$ 129,000

Pharmaceutical Sales Representative

A$ 78,900

Pharmacy Manager

A$ 164,0

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