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Master of Pharmaceutical Industry Practice

Overview

Break into the pharmaceutical industry by getting the competitive edge to succeed in your career through a Master of Pharmaceutical Industry Practice.

This program will provide you with industry-ready skills to support a career in the medicines and devices development sector. Through the program, you'll develop a depth of understanding of all aspects relating to the pharmaceutical industry in both drug and device development.

You'll gain insight into contemporary industry practice and at the end of the two-year full-time (or part-time equivalent) degree, you'll understand the complete life cycle management of a product and how it eventually gets to market.

You'll undertake more than 1000 hours of supervised experience, in one or more areas related to a product’s life cycle from discovery to post registration surveillance, including discovery, chemical processes, formulation, manufacturing, preclinical, clinical trials, pharmacovigilance, pharmacoeconomics, regulatory, medical affairs, marketing and biometrics.

You'll undertake one or two placements in your second year, or opt for one placement and one independent research project. Placement courses are completed on a full-time basis.

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 through the unique placement and networking opportunities.

Location
Pharmacy Aust Cntr Excellence
Duration
2 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
Program Code
5703
AQF
Level 9
Location
Pharmacy Aust Cntr Excellence
Fees
A$41040 (indicative per year)
Duration
2 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
Program Code
5703
CRICOS Code
098320G
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Benefit from extended placements through our extensive national and global partnership network.
  • Learn from award-winning lecturers and internationally renowned researchers.
  • Join the highest ranked Australian university for research impact in pharmacy and pharmacology.
  • Learn the stages of drug or device development and the lifecycle management process, from understanding how need drives the discovery process, through pre-clinical development to post-registration surveillance.

31 in the world for pharmacy and pharmacology

QS World University Rankings 2020

1 in Queensland for pharmacy and pharmacology

QS World University Rankings 2020

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Work placements
  • Online study
  • Research experience
  • Fieldwork
  • Seminars
  • Studios

Placements and work experience

Students can undertake up to two placements in year two. Alternatively, students may opt for one placement and one independent research project. Placements and independent research project are completed on a full-time basis. The School of Pharmacy will organise to find and coordinate the placements for students.

Each placement involves in excess extensive hours of supervised experience in the medical technologies and pharmaceutical (MTP) sector. Placements can be in any area related to a product's life cycle, from discovery to post-registration surveillance, including: drug discovery, 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 to a real-life setting and experience firsthand how interactions between the various areas within industry are crucial to successfully managing the life cycle of the product and ultimately, product registration.

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

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Drug Design and Formulation
  • Pre-Clinical Drug Development
  • Post-registration Life Cycle Management
  • Device Development, Drug Manufacturing, Regulatory Affairs and Governance

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Preclinical research lead
  • Quality control chemist
  • Clinical trials coordinator
  • Clinical research project manager
  • Regulatory affairs manager
  • Pharmaceutical production operator
  • Medical marketing associate
  • Drug and device safety assessor
  • Medical affairs/medical science liaison
  • Drug safety manager

Graduate salary

Pharmacy (postgraduate)

$92K–$109K

compared.edu.au

Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

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

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

To enrol in the program, a person must:

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

The minimum GPA to be considered for admission into this program is 5.0.

Prerequisites

To enrol in the program, a person must:

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

The minimum GPA to be considered for admission into this program is 5.0.

English language requirements

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

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the academic or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisites, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Additional application information

Whilst the program can be completed on a part-time basis, the placements and independent research project are completed on a full-time basis.

The number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for Semester 2 commencement are limited and selection is highly competitive. There will be no separate application process for CSPs and all eligible candidates will be automatically considered. Please be aware not all applicants will be successful. Applicants who are unsuccessful in securing a CSP offer may still be offered a place in the program as a full-fee paying student.

Selection for CSPs is managed by the School of Pharmacy and based purely on academic merit (e.g. past academic performance, level of qualifications).

Student visas

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 (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

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

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

AUD $41,040

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Pharmaceutical Industry Practice for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (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.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

FEE-HELP

Domestic students who are accepted into the Master of Pharmaceutical Industry Practice pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Learn more about FEE-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $29,920

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Pharmaceutical Industry Practice at 2020 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

The average fee would be less for part-time study. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value and the time you take to complete this program.

Fees may be higher in later years as all fees are reviewed annually.

A limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are offered for this program on the basis of academic merit. Once all CSPs have been exhausted, offers may be made on a tuition fee paying basis.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

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