Skip to content | Change text size

print version

Monash University

Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Managing facultyPharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Abbreviated titleMPharmPrac
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 4 years PT
Study mode and locationOff-campus (Parkville)
Contact details

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Kay Stewart Laura Dean


  • This course is not available to international student visa holders.
  • Students can take up to four years to complete this course.


The Master of Pharmacy Practice 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 the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice and internship courses to further their professional development.


The objectives of the Master of Pharmacy Practice are:

  • to provide a knowledge base for advanced practice in a variety of pharmacy practice areas
  • to develop skills in critical literature evaluation
  • to further develop written and oral communication skills.

Upon completion of the course, graduates will be able to:

  • undertake advanced practice roles in selected areas
  • critically evaluate literature
  • use evidence-based principles to guide practice.

Credit for prior studies

Students may be granted credit for the following units taken as part of the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice or the Master of Clinical Pharmacy:

  • VCP5011 Applied pharmacy practice I
  • VCP5012 Applied pharmacy practice II
  • VCG5022 Patient Data and Pharmacotherapy II
  • VCG6012 Journal Club
  • VCG6022 Patient Data and Pharmacotherapy III

Recognition of prior learning

No more than 25 per cent of the requirements for the award will normally be granted for credit based on the recognition of prior learning undertaken in the last five years. All applications for credit will be considered on an individual basis by the faculty.

Professional recognition

Successful completion of VCP5015 (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.


Students complete one core 6 credit point unit and 42 credit points of elective units.


Core unit


  • ECX9700 Introduction to health economics
  • ECX9710 Pharmaceutical economics
  • ECX9720 Introduction to epidemiology and biostatistics
  • ECX9730 Economic evaluation in healthcare
  • ECX9750 Principles of health economics for developing countries
  • VCG5021 Patient data and pharmacotherapy 1**
  • VCG5022 Patient Data and Pharmacotherapy II**
  • VCG6012 Journal Club
  • VCG6022 Patient Data and Pharmacotherapy III**
  • VCP5011 Applied pharmacy practice I*
  • VCP5012 Applied pharmacy practice II*
  • VCP5013 Dermatology
  • VCP5015 Geriatric pharmacy practice
  • VCP5016 Geriatric disease state management
  • VCP5017 Mental health
  • VCW1101 Biology of wound healing
  • VCW1102 Wound assessment
  • VCW1103 Wound dressings
  • VCW1104 Management of acute wounds
  • VCW1105 Management of chronic wounds
  • VCW1106 Systemic medication and wound healing

* These units are usually granted as credit to eligible students.

** Enrolment into these electives are subject to approval as students are required to be working in an Australian clinical hospital setting.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may exit with a Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice if they have met the requirements for that course.


Master of Pharmacy Practice