The Master of Pharmacy program's focus is on providing the skills necessary to practice as a pharmacist. It also contains two elective courses allowing you to further tailor the program to suit your particular interests, and work in areas such as the pharmaceutical industry, community pharmacies and hospital pharmacies.
Registered pharmacists work in three traditional areas of employment: pharmaceutics, community-practice-based pharmacy, hospital-based pharmacy.
Pharmacists are employed in Australia and internationally in many areas including community pharmacies, hospitals, consultancies, the government, the pharmaceutical industry, research and academia.
What will you study?
The Master of Pharmacy program at the University of Newcastle was the first program of its type in Australia. Since commencing in 2004, the program has graduated 111 students and graduates of the program have gained employment in hospital and community pharmacies around Australia. The integrated program consists of lectures, practicals, tutorials and experiential learning through clinical placements. Courses delivered build upon the knowledge base gained from your previous undergraduate coursework and focus on material that specifically relates to the knowledge, skills and attributes that are required as a pharmacist. The program contains two elective courses, allowing you to further tailor the program to suit your particular interests.
The University of Newcastle, School of Biomedical Sciences and its Master of Pharmacy Program are accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council Inc (APC).
Is pharmacy for you?
Pharmacists are one of the most accessible health professionals and work closely with patients to assist them with managing their medicines and disease states as well as promoting health and improving quality of life. The role of the pharmacist encompasses counselling patients on the best use of medications, providing advice on symptoms, the management of common ailments, preparing and formulating medications and providing health education. Pharmacists are also involved in consultation with doctors and other health care providers to ensure appropriate use and prescribing of medication.
Pharmacy is intended to build on the knowledge base gained from previous undergraduate coursework studies. Applicants with a major in the biomedical sciences can use the program to gain entry into the pharmacy profession.
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