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Clinical Pharmacy

Up-skill and move with a fast-changing industry with flexible online study.

With community pharmacy in Australia undergoing a transition, more pharmacists are moving into clinical environments – either alongside general practitioners or running chronic disease management programs.

These new roles, with more patient-focused primary care, require community pharmacists to have robust clinical knowledge and an understanding of pharmacotherapeutics at an advanced level.

While upgrading your qualifications, you’ll meet the evolving health industry needs for better patient-focused care, and maintain a healthy work, life and study balance.

Course Options

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy

0.5 year min, 1.5 years max
Online

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Graduate Diploma of Clinical Pharmacy

1 year min, 3 years max
Online

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Master of Clinical Pharmacy

1.5 years min, 4 years max
Online

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Study online at your own pace, and to suit your work commitments.

Learn contemporary evidence-based practice, applied to hospital and community pharmacy settings.

Become a leader in medications management and medication safety.

Study options

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy

Broaden your career options and become more self-assured with the four unit Graduate Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy. This fully-online, distance learning course will equip you with the latest knowledge and skills in Pharmacotherapeutics and Quality Improvement related project management.

Graduate Diploma of Clinical Pharmacy

This course provides an opportunity for registered pharmacists, particularly those from rural and remote areas, to develop clinical pharmacy skills and qualifications in clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice research.

Master of Clinical Pharmacy

The Master of Clinical Pharmacy will enhance your ability as a registered pharmacist, to contribute to the quality use of medicines and to improve your critical analysis and clinical decision-making skills. You will undertake a practice-based research project providing you with the opportunity to conduct truly transformative research under the guidance of staff from UMORE.

Course breakdown

The University of Tasmania offers a range of exit points for people studying clinical pharmacy. Combined with online study it allows for the most flexibility so you can juggle work and life commitments successfully.

These courses provide pathways towards Higher Research Degrees.

1

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy

50 credit points

Core units
12.5 credit points

  • Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics I

Then select three from the following:

  • Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics II
  • Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics III
  • Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics IV
  • Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics V
  • Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics VI

2

Graduate Diploma of Clinical Pharmacy

75 credit points

Core units
75 credit points

Complete all the units listed as core and electives in the Graduate Certificate for a total of 6 units.

3

Master of Clinical Pharmacy

150 credit points

Core units
150 credit points

Complete all units covering the topics listed in the Graduate Diploma.

Research units
50 credit points
You will undertake a research project of your choice in the area of:

  • Clinical pharmacy, or;
  • Pharmacy practice

Students must undertake all Research Thesis units to complete their research thesis.

Career outcomes


The healthcare industry is expected to grow by over 15 percent over the next five years*. Pharmacy practice is changing with time. Pharmacists are becoming more involved in day to day management of complex diseases including:

  • working as clinical consultants managing drug therapy regimens
  • providing leadership in clinical trials and research in pharmaceutical industry and healthcare organisations
  • providing professional clinical services within community pharmacy setting

Completion of the Master of Clinical Pharmacy can also prepare you for enrolment in a Research Higher Degree.

*Australian Bureau of Statistics data

Pharmacist employment growth

3.1%

five years to 2024

Median pay for full-time employee

$1,862

Five years to 2024

Government expenditure on healthcare

57.2%

increase, 10 years to 2017

Study Experiences

The right dose of study and work

For Raymond Li the University of Tasmania’s Master of Clinical Pharmacy was a great way to enhance his expertise and contribute to pharmacy research- all while studying online.

Find out more about Raymond's study experience

Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses. You'll find the requirements on our individual course pages. These can be accessed from Course Options, which is located at the top of this page.

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you're not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Credit for prior learning

The University of Tasmania aims to provide you with credit for approved prior study or equivalent professional experience which exceeds standard entrance requirements for courses. For more information please visit Recognition for Prior Learning.

English language requirements

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is not the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. For more information, please visit International Future Students.