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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.

Break into the pharmaceutical industry with a competitive edge to succeed in your career through the award-winning 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.

You'll gain insight into contemporary industry practice, studying ethics, governance, regulatory, business, health economics, drug design and formulation, manufacturing and packaging, clinical drug development including safety (pharmacovigilance) and biometrics from preclinical (animal research) to post-registration. 

As part of this two-year full-time (or part-time equivalent) degree, you’ll have the option of undertaking placement experiences, research or coursework in your second year, depending on your progress in year one.

If you secure an industry placement, you’ll gain insight into contemporary industry practice. Placements are at least 12 weeks and typically span many fields within the sector, including those in drug discovery or clinical trials, medical and regulatory affairs, or pharmacovigilance.

You’ll be taught by leading educators, who were recently awarded the UQ Teaching and Learning Award for Programs that Value and Enhance Student Employability. Discover how this program uses work-integrated learning to enhance student employability.

With the industry networking opportunities provided throughout the program and unique placement opportunities, you’ll have your foot in the door for a career in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector.

 

Location
Dutton Park
Duration
2 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2025), Semester 2 (28 Jul, 2025)
Program Code
5703
AQF
Level 9
Location
Dutton Park
Fees
A$47200
Duration
2 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2025), Semester 2 (28 Jul, 2025)
Semester dates for 2026 are yet to be confirmed
Program Code
5703
CRICOS Code
098320G
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Benefit from extended placements through our impressive 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.

30 in the world for pharmacy and pharmacology

QS World University Rankings 2024

1 in Queensland for pharmacy and pharmacology

QS World University Rankings 2024

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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 projects are completed on a full-time basis. The School of Pharmacy will organise to find and coordinate the placements for students.

Each placement involves 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 first hand 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

Average annual salary range

Research Associate

$90K-$100K

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Average annual salary range

Medical Manager

$155-$160K

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

To be eligible for entry, you'll need:

  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in science, engineering, medical science, or equivalent, or
  • the Graduate Certificate in Pharmaceutical Industry Practice from UQ
You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 5.0 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.
  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in science, engineering, medical science, or equivalent, or
  • the Graduate Certificate in Pharmaceutical Industry Practice from UQ
You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 5.0 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.

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 (including Paper Edition) - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

PTE Academic - 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.

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Inherent requirements

To complete this degree, you have to meet its inherent requirements by demonstrating essential skills and attributes. Read the inherent requirements before you apply.

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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 Student (GS) requirement.

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Need help meeting the entry requirements?

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

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Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

Approximate yearly cost of tuition (16 units). Your fees will vary according to your selected courses and study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

$8,948

2024

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$8,948

2025

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Approximate yearly cost of full-time tuition (16 units). Your fees will vary according to your study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

AUD $47,200

2024

Fee information for 2025 is not yet available. Fee information displayed is for 2024.

AUD $47,200

2025

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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

HECS-HELP

Domestic places in the Master of Pharmaceutical Industry Practice are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Scholarships

You may be eligible for more than 100 scholarships, including:

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.

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