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The program requires completion of 54 units of study comprising 36 core units that provide the basic skills for clinical pharmacy practice, followed by intensive pharmacotherapeutics/medication management instruction. The final 18 units of the program comprise a choice of electives involving practical application of clinical pharmacy skills in a practice environment, research skills, critical thinking, epidemiology, evidence based medicine or negotiated study.

Program Structure
Course nameArea and cat no.UnitsReference
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Advanced Pharmacy PracticePHAR 50424.5
Social and Ethical Issues in HealthPHAR 50514.5
Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics 1PHAR 50434.5
Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics 2PHAR 50444.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics 3PHAR 50459
Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics 4PHAR 50469
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Students must select 18 units from the following courses:
Research Methods and BiostatisticsMATH 50284.5
Medicine Management ClerkshipPHAR 50509 Rule(s): 5
Allied Health Evidence Based Theory and PracticeREHB 51029
Critical Thinking and Reasoning in HealthHLTH 51414.5
Introductory EpidemiologyHLTH 51314.5
Negotiated Study 1HHLTH 51454.5
Negotiated Study 2HHLTH 51464.5
Negotiated Study 3HHLTH 51474.5


  1. Credit for previous studies or exemption from work within courses may be granted in accordance with University policy. Maximum credit allowed is normally one-third of the total units of the program.
  2. Graduates of the University of South Australia's Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice or Graduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy will be granted full credit towards the Master of Clinical Pharmacy for courses completed in the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma award.
  3. Students are required to satisfy the standards of dress and behavior prescribed by institutions in which any professional placements are undertaken. Failure to satisfy such requirements may prevent a student from completing the program.
  4. Academic performance will be monitored by the Program Management Committee. Students must achieve an average mark of 55% (P1) in their courses to be allowed to continue their enrolment in the program. This will be measured after the first three courses and continuously thereafter.
  5. Unless able to demonstrate proven extensive experience in clinical pharmacy practice, students will be expected to enroll in PHAR 5050 Medicine Management Clerkship.
  6. The program is only available by external delivery, but requires attendance at compulsory workshops held in Adelaide or Singapore (depending on numbers).


  1. The program aims to produce clinical pharmacists capable of providing specialist pharmaceutical services in hospitals and other clinical environments, thereby enhancing the quality use of medicines. The program builds on skills of practice developed as an undergraduate student and is therefore not a pathway to registration as a pharmacist in Australia.

Program director(s)

Mr Stefan Kowalski

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