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Monash University Handbook 2011 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)4 years PT
Study mode and locationOff-campus (Parkville)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Course coordinator

Kirstie Galbraith Laura Dean


  • 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.


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 this course are to:

  • provide a knowledge base for advanced practice in a variety of pharmacy practice areas
  • develop skills in critical literature evaluation
  • 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 (Internship):

  • PGP5011 Applied pharmacy practice I
  • PGP5012 Applied pharmacy practice II

Maximum credit allowed

24 credit points

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.


PGP5015 (Geriatric pharmacy practice) requires students to undertake patient medication history interviews and medication reviews, to be conducted in student's workplace. Home Medicines Review is 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.


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*
  • PGC5002 Patient data and pharmacotherapy I**
  • PGC6003 Patient data and pharmacotherapy II** or PGC6010 Infectious diseases pharmacotherapy
  • PGC6005 Journal club
  • PGC6004 Patient data and pharmacotherapy III**
  • PGC6007 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
  • PGW1101 Biology of wound healing
  • PGW1102 Wound assessment
  • PGW1103 Wound dressings
  • PGW1104 Management of acute wounds
  • PGW1105 Management of chronic wounds
  • PGW5106 Systemic medication and wound healing

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

** 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