What you need to enter our Pharmaceutical Medicine Program at UNSW:

A 3 year undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline plus relevant industry experience (see below for definition)


A 4 year undergraduate degree or higher qualifications in a cognate discipline is defined as a degree in one of the following disciplines: 

  • biomedical/biological sciences 
  • pharmacy 
  • nursing
  • veterinary science
  • chemistry/medicinal chemistry
  • medicine
  • other (case-by-case basis)
  • contact the Pharmaceutical Medicine team before applying for further details

What relevant experience do you need?

  • One year full-time equivalent experience in a medical department position at Associate level or above in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry (such as Medical Information Associate, Regulatory Affairs Associate, Pharmacovigilance Associate, Clinical Trials Associate, etc), a contract organisation (eg, clinical research, regulatory, economic evaluation, medical) or a clinical trials unit.


  • One year full-time equivalent position within a relevant government department (such as State or Federal Department of Health, Therapeutic Goods Administration, Office of the Gene Technology Regulator or other relevant regulatory authority). NB: Please note that all applicants will be required to meet the UNSW English Language Requirements. Submit your interest online at UNSW Apply Online to begin the application process.

No, the Master of Pharmaceutical Medicine does not qualify you to practice as a pharmacist in Australia.

Submit your interest online at UNSW Apply Online to begin the application process. The program code is 9370

In your application include copies of your:

  • CV
  • Employer statements of service (including English language competency)
  • Certified copies of your academic qualifications.

Important information:

  • Direct enrolments are not accepted for the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma.
  • All entry to the program is through the Master of Pharmaceutical Medicine (program code 9370), with the Graduate Certificate (program code 7370) and Graduate Diploma (program code 5371) providing early exit options to currently enrolled students only.

The program consists of:

  • six core courses
  • two electives

Within the core courses, there are choices for 2 of the core courses. There are a number of elective courses available for students including an internship course. 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.

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. PHAR9114: Health Technology Assessment
5. Regulatory Affairs stream: PHAR9104 Regulatory Affairs OR PHAR9113 International Regulatory Affairs
6. Clinical Trials stream: PHAR9120 Clinical Trials OR PHAR9116 Clinical Trial Management


7. PHAR9111: Pharmaceutics
8. PHAR9117: Cancer Therapeutics
9. PHAR9118: Therapeutics
10. PHAR9124: Pharmaceutical Medicine Internship
11. PHAR9130: Global Regulatory Affairs Leadership (entry restrictions apply – contact Program Authority for further information)

UNSW has received a maximum score of 5/5 for Excellence in Research for Australia in the field of “pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences”. Our staff conduct research in all areas of pharmaceutical medicine and pharmacology. Some current projects include:

  • The role of the Medical Science Liaison in contributing to Quality Use of Medicines in Australia
  • The impact of the new accelerated regulatory approval pathways on access to medicines in Australia
  • Global authorisation procedures for pharmaceutical medicine products
  • Education in pharmaceutical medicine, pharmacology and personalised medicine
  • Global National Medicine Policies
  • Reproductive health and fertility information availability in medical and clinical information documents for oncology products
  • The role of drug transporters, cancer cell signalling and pharmacokinetics in chemotherapy-induced neuropathy

Students may wish to consider further studies once they have completed their Master of Pharmaceutical Medicine degree. This may be either further coursework or research degrees at UNSW including the following:

  • Master of Business Administration (MBAX; specialisation in medical technology and pharmaceuticals; includes credit for MPharmMed courses)
  • Master of Science by Research
  • Professional Doctorate in Public Health (DrPH)
  • PhD
  • MD

Please contact the Pharmaceutical Medicine team to discuss your options.
Email: pharm.med@unsw.edu.au

elizabeth de somer

"From being a person with a clinical research background, I learned to appreciate the whole system from discovery, to development, regulation and funding of medicines. Once I started at Medicines Australia I was really able to draw on the skills from the UNSW program to see where all the pieces fit in the broader setting of medicines being available to Australian patients.

It was an eye-opener to the wider government policy settings that enable Australian patients to have access to the latest innovations through our publicly funded health care system, and it showed me where Australia fits in the context of the global industry. Again, being part of that influence was exciting."

-   UNSW Medicine alumna Elizabeth de Somer, CEO of Medicines Australia


orin chisholm

“If you are passionate about making a difference in the lives of patients by contributing to the development of cutting-edge medicines, medical technology and cell and gene therapies, then the Master of Pharmaceutical Medicine degree is designed for you! Learn in a collaborative online environment with peers already working in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical technology industry and those wanting to make a difference by entering this industry.

Share your diverse experiences and insights as you learn how medicines and therapeutic products are developed from experts with significant industry, academic, government and policy experience from around the world. Build your network as you are supported in your career aspirations by your faculty and peers. I invite you to join our worldwide student and alumni network as you advance your career in pharmaceutical medicine.”

-   Associate Professor Orin Chisholm, Program Director in Pharmaceutical Medicine


“The Master of Pharmaceutical Medicine program at UNSW is a critical learning component for the pharma/biotech industry in Australia. It is clear that to be most effective staff and leaders in the industry need to understand not only their own disciplines but all disciplines across the life cycle of a medicine.

This can be acquired by on the job training through rotations around various departments but is accelerated by the Masters’ degree at UNSW. A number of outstanding leaders have gone through the programme and with both the multi-national industry in Australia and the Australian biotech industry, this course is an important resource for staff training and development. The course is modular, online and course-based so meets adult learning principles. This is the oldest course in Australia and very well respected both in Australia and overseas.”

-   Adjunct Professor Victoria Elegant, Vice President and Head, Medical, APAC, Amgen