UNSW Pharmaceutical Medicine

Commencing students

Welcome to our commencing students!

We strongly recommend reviewing the Online Orientation for Medicine Postgraduate Coursework Students - this website will provide information to get you started with your studies at UNSW Sydney.

UNSW ID number

Your zID is a unique 7 digit number used for identification across UNSW systems. If you have previously studied at UNSW (e.g. as an undergraduate student) then you will use the same zID again.

If you are studying at UNSW for the first time, you will need to confirm your identity and set your zPass (i.e. an associated password for your UNSW zID). To do this, please go to the UNSW Identity Manager page and click the "New to UNSW? Start Here" button. Students commencing their studies should enter program code 9370 under "New Applicants/Students".

Student email

Communication with Pharmaceutical Medicine students throughout the year is made via email. Students are expected to check their student emails on a regular basis.
Student emails can be accessed online via the UNSW Cloud Email page.

Students may wish to have their emails forwarded to a regularly monitored address. Information about email forwarding may be found at the Cloud Email forwarding info page.


Pharmaceutical Medicine students are expected to check the UNSW online learning platform, Moodle, on a regular basis during term. Major communications to students relating directly to courses will be made through Moodle.
Click here to access Moodle.

Key dates for 2019

  • O-Week: Monday 11-15 February 2019
  • Enrolment deadline: Sunday 24 February 2019
  • Census date (last day to discontinue Semester 1 courses without academic penalty and financial liability): Sunday 17 March 2019
  • Teaching period: Monday 18 February to Wednesday 1 May 2019

More key dates for UNSW can be found here:

Courses offered

Term 1 

Term 2

Term 3

Pharmaceutical Medicine Internship

PHAR9124 Pharmaceutical Medicine Internship is available in all terms. You MUST contact the Program Authority before enrolment. 

Program transfer

Students who wish to graduate with a Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate must complete parts 1, 2 and 3 of the Application For Postgraduate Internal Program Transfer Form.
The form should be completed only when you are eligible for graduation.  Please submit the form electronically to the Pharmaceutical Medicine Unit for approval by the Program Authority and further processing.
For application deadlines, please click here. For more information, please see the UNSW Current Students - Postgraduate Program Transfer page.

Program leave

Students wishing to take time off from their studies temporarily (i.e. intending to return to complete their studies at a later date) must apply for Program Leave through myUNSW. This notifies UNSW officially that you will be returning to your studies at a later date. If you do not apply for Program Leave, your enrolment will lapse.

Students are able to take Program Leave for no more than three terms in total during their program.

Information about how to apply for Program Leave may be found here:


Please find the 2019 fees below:
AUD$3,420 per 6 Unit course
AUD$27,360 total cost of program

International students
AUD$3,810 per 6 unit course
AUD$30,480 total cost of program

Please note that fees will vary on a year-to-year basis. Total program costs are calculated based on a full time load (i.e. completion of the Master of Pharmaceutical Medicine within one year).

For further information about fees and payment, please see the Student Financials page or contact Student Financials directly via email: fees@unsw.edu.au.

Non-award Enrolment

The Pharmaceutical Medicine program accepts non-award enrolments for all courses except PHAR9124.
Applications for non-award enrolments can be made on the form available here

Useful Links

Please contact us if there is any other information you would like added to this page.
Last updated Wednesday 21 November 2018

November 2018

The Pharmaceutical Medicine team delivered a very successful 1-day Law Masterclass entitled: Therapeutic Good Regulation in Australia: the Challenge of Change

September 2018

Students of Pharmaceutical Medicine program took a trip to the Therapeutic Goods Administration office in Canberra on 13-14 September 2018, where they attended a series of talks and connected with their peers.

June 2018

UNSW Medicine alumna Elizabeth de Somer has been appointed CEO of Medicines Australia.

View the full story here

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November 2017

Dr Chisholm has won the TOPRA Award for Excellence in Regulatory Affairs Education for 2017.

October 2017

Congratulations to Dr Orin Chisholm for her nomination for the award in Excellence in Regulatory Affairs Education from The Organisation for Professionals in Regulatory Affairs (TOPRA).

TOPRA is based in the UK and is an international professional membership organisation for individuals who work in healthcare regulatory affairs. The organisation enables connections and promotes excellence across the healthcare regulatory affairs profession. The winners will be announced at this year’s ceremony which will be held at the Waldorf Hilton in London on 8 November 2017.

September 2017

Very satisfied participants after our 2-day Pharmaceutical Medicine training program for pharmacists from Shandong Province, China.

Students enjoying a tour of the TGA laboratories.

December 2016

Please see the highlights reel from the day below.


Best wishes to you all from the Pharmaceutical Medicine team for the holiday period and the new year!

September 2016

Members of the 2016 Pharmaceutical Medicine cohort recently took a trip to the Therapeutic Goods Administration offices in Canberra, where they met members of staff and connected with their peers.

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May 2015

Dr Chisholm and Jan Cooper attended a very successful ARCS Conference at Randwick Racecourse on 5 - 7 May.  

April 2014

Dr Chisholm & Jan Cooper attended the Pharmaceutical Sciences World Congress in Melbourne from 13 – 16 April

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June 2013

Dr Chisholm and Jan Cooper had a very successful time at the ARCS Conference in Sydney on 5 and 6 June.

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April 2013

Dr Chisholm hosted a delegation from the Shaanxi Institute for Food and Drug Control, People’s Republic of China, discussing the regulation of medicines in Australia. Another very successful Weekend School was held at the UNSW campus on 13 and 14 April.

March 2013

Dr Chisholm outlined the Pharmaceutical Medicine and Drug Development programs in the recent edition of “The Source”, a publication by ARCS Australia Ltd, the professional development association for individuals involved in the development of therapeutic products.