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Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2016 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

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Managing faculty

Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Kirstie Galbraith

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Course type

Single degree
Master's by coursework

Standard duration

4 years PT

Part-time study only. This course is normally completed in two-three years. Students have a maximum of four years to complete.

Mode and location

Off-campus (Parkville)


Master of Pharmacy Practice


  • This course is not available to international students who are holders of an Australian student visa, for study onshore in Australia. However holders of some other categories of Australian visas living in Australia, and students studying off-campus by distance learning (where this option is available) and living outside of Australia, may be eligible for this course.
  • International students located in Australia wishing to study this course must be registered as a pharmacist in Australia and have the appropriate visa to allow part-time study. All other international students are only able to study this course in their country of residence.


This course is designed to enable students to develop a deep and more specialised range of attributes than those able to be acquired in the undergraduate pharmacy program. Students will be able to select units related to various advanced areas of pharmacy practice, for example aspects of clinical practice, wound care, and health economics.

It is envisaged that students will articulate into this course from 3468 Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice or 3460 Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice (Internship) to further their professional development, however, direct entry is also an option for registered pharmacists.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be capable of:

  • demonstrating an advanced level of clinical, personal and professional skills that form the basis of pharmacy practice
  • demonstrating an advanced level of critical analysis, problem solving, decision making and professional communication related to provision of pharmacy services
  • demonstrating an advanced level of problem-solving skills and application of professional judgement in patient care
  • demonstrating leadership and innovation in day-to-day pharmacy practice situations
  • using evidence-based principles to guide their practice
  • critically evaluating literature to guide patient care.

Maximum credit allowed

24 credit points


Students who choose the elective unit PGP5015 (Geriatric pharmacy practice) are required to undertake patient medication history interviews and medication reviews in the student's workplace. Home Medicines Review are to be conducted under the supervision of an accredited consultant pharmacist or hospital outreach pharmacist (assistance is available with organising this for students located in Victoria if the student does not have access to a suitably experienced pharmacist).

Professional recognition

Successful completion of PGP5015 (Geriatric pharmacy practice) is recognised by the Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy (AACP) for Stage 1 of the training program for accreditation of pharmacists to deliver Commonwealth-funded Medication Management Reviews.


This course consists of two 6-point core units and 36 points of elective units.


Students must complete the following core units:

plus 36 points from the following electives:

  • ECC5970 Introduction to health economics*
  • ECC5971 Pharmaceutical economics*
  • ECC5973 Economic evaluation in healthcare*
  • ECC5975 Principles of health economics for developing countries*
  • MPH5020 Introduction to epidemiology and biostatistics*
  • PGC5002 Patient data and pharmacotherapy 1**
  • PGC5003 Patient data and pharmacotherapy 2** or PGC5010 Infectious diseases pharmacotherapy
  • PGC5004 Patient data and pharmacotherapy 3**
  • PGC5005 Journal club
  • PGC5007 Introduction to clinical research
  • PGP5013 Dermatology
  • PGP5014 Clinical educator preparation
  • PGP5015 Geriatric pharmacy practice
  • PGP5016 Geriatric disease state management
  • PGP5017 Mental health
  • PGP5018 Palliative Care
  • PGW5101 Biology of wound healing
  • PGW5102 Wound assessment
  • PGW5103 Wound dressings
  • PGW5104 Management of acute wounds
  • PGW5105 Management of chronic wounds
  • PGW5106 Systemic medication and wound healing
  • up to 12 credit points of complementary units.

* Students cannot undertake more than 12 points of these units.

** Enrolment into this elective is subject to approval. Students are also required to be working in an Australian hospital clinical setting.

Alternative exit(s)

Students wishing to exit this course early may apply to graduate with one of the following, provided they have satisfied the requirements for that award:

  • 3460 Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice (Internship)
  • 3468 Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice
  • 3470 Graduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy.