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Master of Clinical Pharmacy

Course code: 3454 ~ Course abbreviation: MClinPharm ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 2 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Pharmacy

Study mode and course location

Multimode (Parkville - P/T only)

Course description

The course is designed to enable students to establish skills in evidence-based practice, quality use of medicine, practice-based research, and the provision of clinical pharmacy services at a high level.

Course objectives

Upon completion of the Master of Clinical Pharmacy, graduates will be able to: provide clinical pharmacy services at a high level; use evidence based principles to guide clinical practice; appreciate concepts in biotechnology and their application to contemporary practice; critically evaluate literature to develop research proposals; undertake practice-based research projects

Credit for prior studies

Successful applicants who have commenced or completed other postgraduate programs in clinical pharmacy may apply for credit for relevant prior studies. Credit will be determined on an individual basis after a review of units completed, course documentation and marks achieved.

Course structure

The 48 credit point program is conducted mainly online and via off-campus learning. There is a small component of on-campus teaching however this is supported by online resources. Areas of study include biostatistics, epidemiology, theory and practice of evidence-based medicine, interpretation of clinical data and pharmacotherapy and clinical research.

Great importance is placed on active student participation in seminar presentations and discussion groups, and student performance is closely monitored. Each student will complete a four-week speciality rotation with an experienced clinical preceptor and will carry out a small practice-based research project. Students must arrange the necessary time release from their employer to complete the placement and research project.

Course requirements

Students must complete the following units:

  • ECX9720 Introduction to epidemiology and biostatistics
  • VCG5011 Evidence-based practice
  • VCG5021 Patient data and pharmacotherapy I
  • VCG5022 Patient data and pharmacotherapy II
  • VCG6011 Specialty clinical placement
  • VCG6012 Journal club
  • VCG6013 Clinical research I
  • VCG6021 Clinical research II
  • VCG6022 Patient data and pharmacotherapy III
  • VCG6023 Clinical research III

Assessment is by assignments, presentations, online activities, completion of a placement, and submission of a research project.

Contact details

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