Master of Pharmacy

Program code


Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





2 to 2.5 years FT accelerated
5 years part-time

Credit points


Indicative fee

$8,000.00* per year (more)
* 2022 indicative annual CSP fee

Admission requirements

  • Related Bachelor degree (5.0 GPA) or higher


Commencing in

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2

Next start date

Trimester 2, 2022 (more)

Applications close

Monday, 4 July 2022

About this program

This program builds on the strong science foundation that students developed in their undergraduate science or health science degree to provide advanced studies in pharmaceutical science, professional and clinical pharmacy practice and pharmacy research. It provides you with a broad range of lectures, group and self-directed learning activities, practical competence-development simulations, inter-professional learning and clinical placements to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to undertake an internship program.

While there are a number of accredited internship program providers, there are steps to be met (including provisional registration with the Pharmacy Board of Australia) before your internship can commence. Please see more complete information on the pathway to registration at this link: Internships

Attendance information

The Master of Pharmacy is offered full-time and part-time on-campus at the Gold Coast campus.

Students commencing in Trimester 1 may undertake an accelerated pathway enabling completion of the program in 2 years, full-time. While students commencing in Trimester 2 may undertake an accelerated pathway enabling completion of the program in 2.5 years, full-time.

Students who undertake the accelerated pathway will be required to study full-time, including taking some compulsory courses in Trimester 3.

As a full-time student, you will generally attend 18 hours of scheduled classes per week throughout the trimester. Classes may be scheduled during the day and evening throughout the week. Some courses commencing from Year 1/Trimester 2 of this program will extend beyond the standard 13-week teaching trimester (i.e. extending later than the standard 13-week trimester in Year 1/Trimester 2 and commencing earlier in Year 2/Trimester 1). Exact dates over which these intended courses will run will be published on a trimester-by-trimester basis within the University timetable.

Students will be required to complete a minimum of eleven weeks of full-time professional placements (392 hours) throughout the duration of the program.

A student who has discontinued enrolment in the Master of Pharmacy program and who is not on leave of absence is required to seek approval for readmission to the program from the Head, School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences (or nominee) and the Dean. Readmission to the program is not guaranteed and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Studying amid COVID-19

The University's Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination or Testing policy is under review and consultation and will be suspended from 14/4/2022. Please visit Studying amid COVID-19 for more information.

Student Income Support

To be classed as a full-time student, you are required to enrol in a minimum number of credit points each standard study period. The minimum credit points for full-time enrolment in this program is 30 credit points.

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 are deemed standard study periods. As Trimester 3 is a non-standard study period, continuing students moving from one year to the next will not be required to study during this trimester to be eligible for student income support.

Domestic students who commence in Trimester 3 may be eligible for student income support from the onset of study provided they are enrolled full-time in this study period.

Please refer to the Australian Government website for more details.

Work-integrated learning

Work-integrated learning activities (professional placements) integrate theoretical learning with its application in the workplace. The inclusion of work-integrated learning activities in the degree program demonstrates Griffith's commitment to preparing its graduates for success in their working life.

In this program you will spend time in the work/professional environment undertaking placements at various locations. Placements may be outside of the Brisbane metropolitan/Gold Coast area including northern New South Wales and (by negotiation) interstate or overseas. Total work placement (hours): 315.

My career opportunities

The programs focus on producing pharmacy graduates committed to lifelong learning who, having a sufficient understanding of the principles and techniques of pharmaceutical, clinical and social sciences, and after appropriate pre-registration training, may communicate and deliver pharmaceutical care in community and hospital settings and take professional responsibility for the manufacture and testing of pharmaceutical products.

Program accreditation

The Master of Pharmacy is accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council.

Professional recognition

Graduates of this program will be eligible to apply for registration with the Pharmacy Board of Australia (via the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency) subject to meeting any additional requirements that may be stipulated by the Pharmacy Board of Australia. As these requirements may change from time to time, students should contact the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency to confirm registration requirements.

Professional Practice requirements

There are placements associated with this program and before undertaking professional experience placements, all students in this program are required to have completed the following by the end of their first trimester of study:

  • Vaccinations and Health Tests
  • Licenses and Certificates
  • Online Training
  • Health Placement Requirements

Students should refer to the checklist of professional practice requirements for their Health discipline on the Fit for Professional Practice website for full details of the requirements regarding professional placement to ensure that they meet eligibility for placement.

Commonwealth supported students

  • The fee is indicative of an annual full-time load (80 credit points) in a program categorized to one of the Australian Government's broad discipline areas (student contribution bands). A student's actual annual fee may vary in accordance with his or her choice of majors and electives. The Australian Government sets student contribution amounts on an annual basis.
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Fee-paying postgraduate (domestic) students

Indicative annual tuition fee

The indicative annual tuition fee is calculated based on a standard full-time study load which is usually 80 credit points.

The indicative annual tuition fee is based on current conditions and available data and should only be used as a guide. These fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.

Tuition fees
  • A fee-paying postgraduate student pays tuition fees.
  • Students are liable for tuition fees for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
  • The tuition fee for students who commence their program prior to 2014 is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student commenced the program.
  • The tuition fee for students who commence their program from 2014 onwards is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student is enrolled.
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Program fees for the Master of Pharmacy (5661)

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Tuition fees for your degree program
Changing programs

If a postgraduate student changes to a different program they will be subject to the approved program fee for the trimester in which they are enrolled.

Further information

Additional fee information

This postgraduate program has Commonwealth Supported Places. If you are eligible, the Australian Government will contribute to the cost of this program but you will also be required to make a contribution.

Quotas are applied for admission to the Commonwealth Supported Places. Where demand exceeds the number of available places and all places have been filled for the current admission period, applicants who meet minimum program entry requirements may be eligible for a Fee-Paying Postgraduate place if such places are available.

This program has been approved by the Australian Government for student income support (for example, Youth Allowance and Austudy). Students should contact Centrelink for more information about their eligibility for student income support payments.