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The University of Sydney( UniSyd)

Camperdown , New South Wales ,Australia

Master of Philosophy (Pharmacy) (2020 entry)

Research conducted at the Sydney Pharmacy School covers a broad spectrum of pharmaceutical and clinical sciences around five key themes: cancer; cardiovascular and diabetes; health services and patient safety; mental health; and respiratory diseases. This course can be studied full or part time and is awarded on the successful examination of a thesis based on original research.

Our internationally-renowned researchers are experts in a broad spectrum of pharmaceutical and clinical sciences, including:

the design, synthesis, testing and mechanism of action of drugs
studies on advanced drug delivery
investigation of the fate of drugs in humans including pharmacogenomics and other aspects of drug disposition
research on the clinical and sociological aspects of pharmacy and health services research.
Some current research topics relate to:

calcium regulation and cell signalling
cancer and anti-cancer agents
photobiology of drugs and pollutants
radiopharmaceutical agents
formulation and delivery of proteins and drugs
pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics
pharmaceutical powders
quality use of medicines
various issues relating to community pharmacy practice.

Research areas
The degree of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) at the Sydney Pharmacy School will allow you to pursue research from one of a number of fields in which the school has expertise.

Research at Sydney Pharmacy School is centred around the five themes of cancer, cardiovascular and diabetes, health services and patient safety, mental health and respiratory disease, closely reflecting the Australian Government's national health priorities.

Research at the school recognises the complexity of managing chronic disease states and so our research extends from drug discovery, development and delivery to patient counselling and education with a high level of focus on collaboration.

Campus Information


Our biggest campus is 72 hectares of state-of-the-art teaching and learning technology, including six libraries, art galleries, historical museums, perfectly manicured lawns, and the following faculties and schools:


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Application Process

COE Process
5 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Our Careers and Employability Office, dedicated to business students, offers a range of opportunities to explore your career options, plan your career, develop your skills, and network with recruiters and employers.

Our Careers and Employability Office offers a specialised career service to students across all of our degree programs. We are committed to helping you achieve your career aspirations and equipping you with the skills to thrive in your career.

Our career services will help you:

plan your career
develop your career decision making skills
tailor your resume and job applications
engage in experiential recruitment activities such as mock interviews and assessment centres
connect with top graduate recruiters and corporate partners through our programs.
We also offer the award-winning free Job Smart program, which enables international students to gain the skills and professional experience to gain employment when they graduate.

Business School students who engage early with career exploration, professional skill development and industry connections are best equipped to make their mark in today's complex and changing professional world.

Getting career ready with the Careers and Employability Office
Students explain how the Careers and Employability Office can help you get career ready throughout your studies.

Start planning your career now
We recommend that you begin your career-planning journey before you enrol and start your degree. Visit the below resources to discover your career options and help you choose the right subjects. 

Graduate Careers Australia provide detailed careers information and profiles across most areas including accounting, consultancy, government, human resources, IT, marketing, and international relations.
MyFuture assists school leavers with exploring career opportunities and different industries. Visit MyFuture to help you narrow down which majors you wish to study at the Business School.
Visit the Careers and Employabilty Office once you enrol. We’re located in the Careers and Student Experience Lounge, Basement Level, Abercrombie Building.

Career Pathways
Upon graduating, the degree will allow you to pursue research from one of a number of fields in which the school has expertise.

In addition, you can use this program as a foundation for the Doctor of Philosophy (Pharmacy).

PSW Opportunity

  • 2 year Post Study Work Visa Opportunity

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

You must have completed the requirements for a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney or other approved institution, in a subject area related to the proposed course of advanced study and research, with:

a bachelor's degree with first or upper second class Honours, or a qualification deemed to be equivalent; or
a result of at least a Credit grade in the highest relevant unit of study.
These criteria constitute the minimum requirements for eligibility and do not guarantee admission. That remains at the discretion of the Associate Dean (HDR) for a given Faculty.

TOEFL - IBT score - A minimum result of 85 overall including a minimum result of 17 in Reading, Listening and Speaking and 19 in Writing

IELTS score - A minimum result of 6.5 overall and a minimum result of 6.0 in each band

TOEFL - PBT score -  A minimum result of 565 overall including a minimum result of 4.5 in Writing

Pearsons Test of English -  A minimum result of 61 overall and a minimum result of 54 in each band