The Master of Pharmaceutical Medicine program is developed and delivered in partnership with the pharmaceutical industry and government regulators. The degree provides high-level education in the discovery, pre-clinical and clinical development, evaluation, registration, safety monitoring, reimbursement and medical aspects of medicines used for therapeutic treatment. It offers wide-ranging graduate opportunities in early-stage research and development, clinical trials, regulatory affairs, pharmacovigilance, pharmacoeconomics and medical affairs.

You will develop the skills for key roles in the pharmaceutical industry. Digital resources and webinars cover the latest innovations in drug development and industry trends, and there is potential for internships within the pharmaceutical industry or government. The degree is delivered online, so you can study anywhere in the world.

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Why choose this degree?

With this degree, you will gain advanced disciplinary knowledge and practice related to all aspects of pharmaceutical medicine.

Who should choose this degree?

Scientific and health care professionals wanting to transition into roles in the pharmaceutical industry or those in the industry who want to transition roles or gain promotion.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Clinical Research
  • Pharmacovigilance and Drug Safety
  • Medical Affairs
  • Medical Science Liaison
  • Drug Development
  • Pharmacoeconomics

Entry requirements

The entry criteria are as follows:

  • a 3 year undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline plus relevant industry experience (see below for definition)


  • a 4 year undergraduate degree or higher qualifications in a cognate discipline.

Cognate discipline is an undergraduate degree in one of the following disciplines:

  • biomedical/biological sciences
  • pharmacy
  • nursing
  • veterinary science
  • chemistry/medicinal chemistry
  • medicine
  • other (case-by-case basis)

Relevant experience is defined as:

  • one year full-time equivalent experience in a medical department position at Associate level or above in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry (such as Medical Information Associate, Regulatory Affairs Associate, Pharmacovigilance Associate, Clinical Trials Associate, etc), a contract organisation (eg, clinical research, regulatory, economic evaluation, medical) or a clinical trials unit,


  • one year full-time equivalent position within a relevant government department (such as State or Federal Department of Health, Therapeutic Goods Administration, Office of the Gene Technology Regulator or other relevant regulatory authority).

    Evidence requirements will be a CV plus an employer-provided statement of service in relation to professional experience.

    Consideration of recognition of prior learning will be used for entry to the program based on relevant professional experience or credit transfer to reduce the volume of learning by a maximum of 12 UOC. Students who have completed similar programs from other universities will be reviewed on a case by case basis and in accordance with UNSW policies and procedures including the UNSW "Recognition of Prior Learning Policy" and the "Postgraduate Coursework Credit Transfer and Articulation Guidelines".

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.



2020 Indicative First Year Fee


2020 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree


*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

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