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Graduate Diploma in Pharmacy Management

Course code: 3452 ~ Course abbreviation: PharmMgtDip ~ Total points required: 48 ~ 2 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Pharmacy

Study mode and course location

Off-campus (Parkville - P/T only)

Course description

The Graduate Diploma in Pharmacy Management is designed to equip course participants with the management skills necessary to meet the challenges facing the pharmaceutical industry and the pharmacy profession in a highly competitive environment.

Developed in partnership with the Faculty of Business and Economics, this course provides participants with greater flexibility to exit with a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or continue on a pathway to a Master of Business Administration (MBA). For more information on the MBA see the Business and Economics section of this handbook.

Course objectives

To provide an in-depth and all-encompassing coverage of the key pharmacy management demands.

Credit for prior studies

Credit is assessed by the Faculty for previous learning that is considered equivalent to a Monash University study. Credit transfer may be granted for previous learning in a University or TAFE course, or accredited course offered by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) or overseas equivalents of these. Applicants intending to seek credit for the MBA program are strongly advised to review the MBA credits policy.

Course structure

Graduate Diploma in Pharmacy Management participants complete eight 6 point units, including a minimum six professional track units.

All professional track units are by off-campus learning mode. They can be taken as single non-award units with transferable credit points for future award studies.

MBA units are currently face-to-face, with regular weekly day or evening lectures at Caulfield campus. Students intending to progress to the MBA should consult the Business and Economics section of this handbook.

Course requirements

Professional track units

  • ECX9700 Introduction to health economics
  • ECX9710 Pharmaceutical economics
  • MKF9810 Retailing
  • VCD1101 Pharmacy practice and planning
  • VCD1102 The Australian healthcare and pharmaceutical environment
  • VCD1103 Risk management for health professionals
  • VCD1104 People management in pharmacy

General management units

  • AFG9070 Financial management
  • AFG9071 Introductory accounting*
  • MKX9160 Foundations of marketing *
  • MKX9261 Integrated marketing communication

    * Off-campus units available to Pharmacy Management Program participants as substitutes to core MBA units (MBA9004 and MBA9006).

Assessment is by assignment.

Contact details

Pharmacy enquiries: Postgraduate coursework coordinator, telephone +61 3 9903 9509, email or visit

MBA enquiries: MBA Programs office, telephone +61 3 9903 1166, email: or visit