UNSW Pharmaceutical Medicine

Who the program is for

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.

How the program is delivered

The program is offered online and will take a minimum of one year full-time equivalent to complete, and most of our students opt to undertake their studies part-time.

The Master of Pharmaceutical Medicine (program code 9370) will be awarded to students who successfully complete the coursework identified below. The program consists of:

  • six core courses
  • two electives 

Within the core courses, there are choices for 3 of the core courses. The elective courses are selected from those that are available in the particular session, provided pre-requisite and timetabling constraints are met.

To fulfil the program requirements students must satisfactorily complete six core courses plus two electives, each worth 6 units of credit, totalling 48 units of credit.

Program Structure

8 courses may be taken from the following core and elective courses (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

Up to one (1) elective from outside the School of Medical Sciences may be taken in the final year of study as approved by the relevant Program Authorities and Course Convenors.

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

Please note that the Master of Pharmaceutical Medicine does not qualify graduands to practice as a pharmacist 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 they 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.