UNSW Pharmaceutical Medicine

About the UNSW Pharmaceutical Medicine program

The Master of Pharmaceutical Medicine program (program code 9370) is designed for those experienced professionals with advanced knowledge who wish to enter the therapeutics industry (pharmaceutical, biotechnology or medical technology industries) or those who wish to deepen their understanding of their chosen career path. It provides a deep understanding of the principles of therapeutic product development, regulation and use. The program is suitable for people wishing to change career pathways to enter the pharmaceutical industry in areas such as regulatory affairs, medical affairs, pharmacovigilance, clinical trials, health technology assessment, pharmacoeconomics, and clinical pharmacology.

How is the program is delivered?

The program is offered online and will take a minimum of one year full-time equivalent to complete, however most of our students opt to undertake their studies part-time, while continuing to work full-time.
The Master of Pharmaceutical Medicine (program code 9370) will be awarded to students who successfully complete the coursework listed below. The program consists of:

  • six core courses
  • two electives

Within the core courses, there are choices for 3 of the core courses. There are a number of elective courses available for students including an internship course.

How is the Program Structured?

Most students take one course per term. You need to take 8 courses from the following core and elective courses to complete the program (please click on the links to view the Handbook entries):

1. PHAR9101 Introduction to the Therapeutics Industry
2. PHAR9121 Pharmacovigilance
3. PHAR9122 Medical Affairs
4. Regulatory Affairs stream: PHAR9104 Regulatory Affairs OR PHAR9113 International Regulatory Affairs
5. Clinical Trials stream: PHAR9120 Clinical Trials OR PHAR9116 Clinical Trial Management
6. Health Technology Assessment stream: PHAR9114 Health Technology Assessment in Australia OR PHAR9115 Advanced Health Technology Assessment


1. PHAR9111 Pharmaceutics
2. PHAR9117 Cancer Therapeutics
3. PHAR9118 Therapeutics
4. PHAR9124 Pharmaceutical Medicine Internship

5. PHAR9130 Global Regulatory Affairs Leadership (entry restrictions apply – contact Program Authority for further information)

You may elect to take up to one (1) elective from outside the School of Medical Sciences in your final year of study, as approved by the relevant Program Authorities and Course Convenors. Other courses students take include courses in business, management or public health.

The program is flexible and allows you to choose related courses to contribute to a particular area of focus, or choose a wider range of courses that reflect your diverse interests.

Please note that the Master of Pharmaceutical Medicine degree does not qualify you to practice Pharmacy in Australia.

Students enrolled in the Master of Pharmaceutical Medicine (program code 9370) may exit early at the Graduate Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine (program code 5371; 36 UoC) or the Graduate Certificate in Pharmaceutical Medicine (program code 7370; 24 UoC) if you meet the requirements of these degrees.

Please refer to the 2019 Prospectus, Master of Pharmaceutical Medicine Handbook entry or contact the Pharmaceutical Medicine office (pharm.med@unsw.edu.au) for further information.