Master of  Pharmaceutical Industry Practice

Program code: 5703
CRICOS code: 098320G


Pharmacy Aust Cntr Excellence


2 Years full-time


Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

Why study the Master of Pharmaceutical Industry Practice

This program delivers industry-ready graduates to the medicines and devices development sector with a depth of understanding of all aspects relating to the pharmaceutical industry in both drug and device development. Students will gain insight into contemporary industry practice and at the end of the degree will understand the complete life cycle management of a product and how it eventually gets to market. Opportunities are provided for multiple interactions with industry professionals throughout the program of studies. Upon graduation, career opportunities in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology fields are facilitated due to the unique placement and networking opportunities.

This program normally offers a Semester 1 and Semester 2 commencement option. However, the first intake will be from Semester 2, 2019.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    2 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    Pharmacy Aust Cntr Excellence
  • AQF
    Level 9
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria


To enrol in the program, a person must:

  1. hold an approved bachelor degree in science, engineering, medical science, or equivalent; and
  2. have a minimum GPA 5 in their previous degree; and
  3. satisfy the executive dean that, based on the person's academic record and prior work experience, the person is qualified for admission.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ, view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Pharmaceutical Industry Practice are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Pharmaceutical Industry Practice are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Pharmaceutical Industry Practice. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Practicals, placements and internships

Students undertake in excess of 1000 hours of supervised experience in each placement, in one or more areas related to a products life cycle from discovery to post registration surveillance including: discover, chemical processes, formulation, manufacturing, pre-clinical, clinical trials, pharmacovigilance, pharmacoeconomics, regulatory, medical affairs, marketing and biometrics. During placements, students will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge acquired in the first year of the program to a real life setting and see how interactions with various other areas in industry is crucial to managing a successful life cycle of the product.

Students will undertake one or two placements in year two. Alternatively, students may opt for one placement and one independent research project. Placement courses are completed on a full-time basis.

Students may be undertake their placements outside of the Brisbane metropolitan area. In this instance students are required to self-fund their travel, accommodation and daily living expenses,

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Association of Regulatory and Clinical Research Scientists
  • Society for Clinical Research Sites

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $38,896
Indicative fee 2019

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Pharmaceutical Industry Practice for the 2019 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

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All international student applications for the Master of Pharmaceutical Industry Practice can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Master of Pharmaceutical Industry Practice is 5703. You'll need this when applying.

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Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Master of Pharmaceutical Industry Practice is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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