Clinical Pharmacy - P6002

Clinical Pharmacy

Expert master degree

Equip yourself to become a leader in the profession with the Master of Clinical Pharmacy.

Clinical pharmacy no longer happens only in hospitals. With the growth of patient-centred care, clinical pharmacy is being practiced in a wide variety of healthcare settings.

You will have the option of completing the course through either:

  • the coursework stream OR
  • the coursework and research stream.

In the coursework stream you’ll be able to select units to suit your interest and career aspirations. These studies cover aspects of pharmacy practice, clinical pharmacy, health-care related economics and wound care.

If you're a pharmacist looking to include a practice-based research project in your study, the coursework and research stream will help you gain specialist clinical knowledge in addition to advanced skills in research and clinical pharmacy practice.

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At a glance

Course Details

Location
  • Off-campus: Part time
Duration
2 or 3 years (part time) depending on prior qualifications
Start date
Semester one (February), Semester two (July)
Qualification
Master of Clinical Pharmacy
Course Handbook

The Master of Clinical Pharmacy is an off-campus, coursework-based degree, flexible enough to fit into any pharmacist's professional development plan. The course is designed to enable you to advance your skills in the provision of clinical pharmacy services to patients with complex clinical needs, with a focus on evidence based practice and quality use of medicine.  The learning experience is both student-driven and patient-focused.

Study areas

Clinical pharmacy practice is the practice of pharmacy as part of a multidisciplinary healthcare team directed at achieving Quality Use of Medicine.

This may include:

  • participation in the management of individual patients
  • application of the best available evidence in daily clinical practice
  • contribution of clinical knowledge and skills to the healthcare team
  • identification and reduction in risks associated with medicines use
  • involvement in the education of patients, careers, and other health professionals and
  • involvement in research.

Alternative qualifications

Whilst all students will be enrolled in the Master of Clinical Pharmacy, you may exit the course early and apply to graduate with one of the following awards provided you meet all the requirements:

  • Graduate Certificate of Clinical Pharmacy: You'll need to successfully complete a minimum of 24 credit points of study
  • Graduate Diploma of Clinical Pharmacy: You'll need to successfully complete a minimum of 48 credit points

You may be able to receive some credit for prior learning, please contact the faculty for more information.

If you decide to exit this course early with an alternative qualification, you will need to discontinue from this course. You may be eligible to receive credits for the units you have completed if you are re-admitted to this course or apply for another graduate degree at Monash University.

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)

Qualifications

Depending upon your prior qualifications and experience you will be eligible for entry credit which reduces the duration.

Entry Level 1:
Duration: 3 - 5 years part-time (72 points to complete)

An Australian undergraduate degree or equivalent in Pharmacy AND registration as a pharmacist.

Entry Level 2:
Duration: 2 - 4 years part-time (48 points to complete)

An Australian undergraduate honours degree or equivalent in Pharmacy AND registration as a pharmacist.

International students located in Australia wishing to study this course must hold professional registration to practice in Australia AND have the appropriate visa to allow part-time study. All other international students are only able to study this course in their country of residence. Students located outside Australia must also hold professional registration to practice in their country of residence.

Maximum duration

This course can be completed over a maximum of 5 years, during which you must be continuously enrolled. Contact the faculty for more information.

Credit for prior learning

You may be able to receive recognition for some of your prior learning. Factors we take into account when assessing credit include:

  • whether you have a graduate qualification (e.g. graduate certificate);
  • if so, which graduate units you’ve completed;
  • which stream of the degree you are undertaking (coursework + research or coursework only).

If you have any questions about your pathway, including how much credit you may be eligible for, we encourage you to call us on +61 3 9903 9639 or email pharmacy.postgrad@monash.edu

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Extra Requirements

When completing the online admissions application, you'll need to provide:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV), comprehensive and current employment history, including clinical experience and two referees, who can be contacted over the application period
  • Personal statement, 250-500 words, outlining purpose and goals for applying for the course
  • Academic transcripts (as evidence of completion of a bachelor degree)
  • Proof of residency status (copy of birth certificate, passport or visa)
  • Proof of professional registration
  • Proof of employment (letter HR department)
  • Proof of English language proficiency (if applicable)

You can apply for credit using the online credit application tool.

English requirements

  • IELTS (Academic): 7.0 overall (no band lower than 7.0); or
  • TOEFL Internet-based test: score of 98 overall with minimum scores: Writing: 27, Listening: 24, Reading: 24 and Speaking: 23; or
  • TOEFL Paper-based test: 587 with a TWE of 5; or
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): minimum test score of 65 overall (No PTE communicative skills score below 65); or
  • Equivalent approved English test.

The course is structured in 2 parts:

  • Part A: Core master’s studies and
  • Part B: Advanced studies

All students complete both Part A and Part B.

  • Students admitted at entry level 1 complete 72 points, comprising Part A (18 points) and Part B (54 points)
  • Students admitted at entry level 2 complete 48 points, comprising Part A (18 points) and Part B (30 points)

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash using course code P6002

Apply

Semester two (July)

Apply directly to Monash using course code P6002

Apply

Check the extra requirements details above for additional supporting documentation you must provide with your application.

Current Monash students

You may apply to transfer from another Monash course. Transfers are a competitive process. You may apply mid-year for available courses however consideration will be given as to whether you will be able to follow your course progression.

Please note that if you apply for a course transfer, you should still enrol in your current course as if you were continuing so as not to jeopardise your enrolment in the Faculty if your transfer application is unsuccessful. More about Course Transfer...

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page

Fees

Fees are subject to change annually.

Full fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.

A$27,900

Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.

Scholarships

We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other costs and fees

For information on other study costs and fees, see other study costs.