Clinical Pharmacy - P6002

Clinical Pharmacy

Master degree

New in 2017, the Master of Clinical Pharmacy consolidates units from the two master’s-level pharmacy courses that were previously offered: the Master of Clinical Pharmacy and the Master of Pharmacy Practice. You may also exit this course early with a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma of Clinical Pharmacy.

Equip yourself to become a leader in the profession with the Master of Clinical Pharmacy.

Our new course structure acknowledges a shift in the way pharmacy is practiced: clinical pharmacy no longer happens only in hospitals. With the growth of patient-centred care, clinical pharmacy is being practiced in a wide variety of healthcare settings.

You will have the option of completing the course through either:

  • the coursework stream OR
  • the coursework and research stream.

All of the subject areas covered within the Master of Pharmacy Practice are still available, but now you’ll be able to study them in the coursework-only stream. In the coursework stream you’ll be able to select units to suit your interest and career aspirations. These studies cover aspects  of pharmacy practice, clinical pharmacy, health-care related economics and wound care.

If you're a pharmacist looking to include a practice-based research project in your study, the coursework and research stream will help you gain specialist clinical knowledge in addition to advanced skills in research and clinical pharmacy practice.

At a glance

Course Details

Location(s): Off-campus: Part time
Duration: 1-1.5 years (full time), 2-5 years (part time) depending on prior qualifications
Start date: First Semester (February), Second Semester (July)
Qualification: Master of Clinical Pharmacy

The Master of Clinical Pharmacy is an off-campus, coursework-based degree, flexible enough to fit into any pharmacist's professional development plan. The course is designed to enable you to advance your skills in the provision of clinical pharmacy services to patients with complex clinical needs, with a focus on evidence based practice and quality use of medicine.  The learning experience is both student-driven and patient-focused.

Study areas

Clinical pharmacy practice is the practice of pharmacy as part of a multidisciplinary healthcare team directed at achieving Quality Use of Medicine.

This may include:

  • participation in the management of individual patients
  • application of the best available evidence in daily clinical practice
  • contribution of clinical knowledge and skills to the healthcare team
  • identification and reduction in risks associated with medicines use
  • involvement in the education of patients, careers, and other health professionals and
  • involvement in research.

Alternative qualifications

Whilst all students will be enrolled in the Master of Clinical Pharmacy, you may exit the course early and apply to graduate with one of the following awards provided you meet all the requirements:

  • Graduate Certificate of Clinical Pharmacy: You'll need to complete a minimum of 24 credit points (6 months full time study)
  • Graduate Diploma of Clinical Pharmacy: You'll need to complete a minimum of 48 credit points (1 year full time study)

You may be able to receive some credit for prior learning, please contact the faculty for more information.

If you decide to graduate early, you will need to discontinue from this course. You may be eligible to receive credits for the units you have completed if you are re-admitted to this course or apply for another graduate degree at Monash University.

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Equivalent Australian Year 12

Making the application


Fees are subject to change annually.

Full fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.


Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.


We offer over 200 types of scholarships, valued at up to $70,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

The course is structured in 2 parts:

  • Part A: Core master’s studies and
  • Part B: Advanced studies

All students complete both Part A and Part B.

  • Students admitted at entry level 1 complete 72 points, comprising Part A (18 points) and Part B (54 points)
  • Students admitted at entry level 2 complete 48 points, comprising Part A (18 points) and Part B (30 points)

You will also be able to exit the course early and apply to graduate with a Graduate Certificate of Clinical Pharmacy or a Graduate Diploma of Clinical Pharmacy once you have satisfied requirements for the award.