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The University of Queensland

Brisbane , Queensland ,Australia

Master of Pharmaceutical Industry Practice (MPharmIndPrac)

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 1,000 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.

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.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 28

Application Process


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

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

PSW Opportunity

2 years of Post-Study Work (PSW) rights to international students post completion of their respective Postgraduate.


Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

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.