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University of Auckland

Auckland , North Island ,New Zealand

Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy

This certificate is designed for registered pharmacists working in an interprofessional healthcare environment. It equips pharmacists with advanced skills in the acquisition and evaluation of medicines information and clinical evidence.

It is possible to take a Prescribing specialization in this certificate. Prescribing will teach you the following:

  • Demonstrate comprehensive pharmacotherapeutic knowledge of medicines within their proposed areas of prescribing practice.
  • Access and evaluate relevant clinical information concerning individual patients in order to prescribe safely and effectively.
  • Demonstrate skills in patient assessment, diagnosis, and clinical decision-making to facilitate good prescribing decisions.
  • Demonstrate competence in prescribing practice under supervision.

Campus Information

Grafton Campus

Originally established as the School of Medicine, the Grafton Campus (opposite Auckland Hospital on the boundary of Auckland Domain) houses the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, including a café, health services, and the Philson Library.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Application Process

10 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

The specialisation in Prescribing is designed to provide registered pharmacists with the knowledge and skills to register as a Pharmacist Prescriber with the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand. We advise that the University of Auckland is not involved in the employment of graduates and can make no guarantee of post-qualification registration or employment in New Zealand or any other country.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Pharmacist Prescriber

PSW Opportunity

You can apply for a Post-study Work Visa for up to 3 years.

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Program requirements

  • Entry to the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy is limited to 40 students per year. Entry to the Postgraduate Certificate in Prescribing is limited to 10 students per year. Selection is by academic merit based on your grades.

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in pharmacy at a recognised university (or similar institution). You must also be currently registered as a pharmacist or be enrolled in the New Zealand pharmacist pre-registration programme.

The Prescribing specialisation is only available if you have already completed one year of postgraduate study in clinical pharmacy, such as the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy. You must currently be a New Zealand registered pharmacist with current registration with the New Zealand Pharmacy Council (or be enrolled in the New Zealand pharmacist pre-registration programme).