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Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy (PGDipClinPharm)

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The Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy (PGDipClinPharm) provides advanced education in clinical pharmacy for registered pharmacists who are practising in various professional environments such as community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry. It can be used as a foundation to proceed to the Master of Clinical Pharmacy degree.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy (PGDipClinPharm) is also available through Distance Learning.

Information for new applicants

The Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy is intended for students who have earned a Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) degree and wish to extend their knowledge by way of postgraduate study.

Practising as a registered pharmacist is a prerequisite.

Students who have first completed the PGCertPharm (endorsed in Medicines Management) need to complete two further papers. During the application process please request a cross-credit of papers completed during the Postgraduate Certificate in Pharmacy (PGCertPharm) programme.

Students enrolling directly into the PGDipClinPharm will need to select the first two of four papers required. The PHCY 510 paper is a prerequisite for the programme and therefore is required to be completed first.

You will then need to complete the online process to apply for the PGDipClinPharm programme and once you have been admitted to the programme select your papers.
View further information on Enrolment at Otago.


Postgraduate Administrator

Postal Address:
Postgraduate Administrator
School of Pharmacy
University of Otago
PO Box 56, Dunedin 9054

Tel 64 3 479 7275
Fax 64 3 479 7034

Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy (PGDipClinPharm)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences).
    2. Every applicant shall hold the degree of Bachelor of Pharmacy or Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours, or have an equivalent qualification or experience acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences); and be registered for practice as a pharmacist in the country of residence.

  2. Structure of the Programme

    1. The diploma may be achieved by passing PHCY 510 and PHCY 511, or having completed a PGCertPharm (Medicines Management), and both PHCY 520 and PHCY 521.
      Note: A total of 30 points of papers listed in the Schedules to either the Master of Health Sciences MHealSc or Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Health Care (PGDipPHC) may be substituted for PHCY 521 with permission of the Dean of Pharmacy.
    2. A candidate who has completed the requirements for a Postgraduate Certificate in Pharmacy shall be credited with those papers in the programme for the diploma which have been previously passed for the certificate.
      (i) Students should normally enrol initially for the Postgraduate Certificate programme before proceeding to the diploma.
      (ii) PHCY 525 is a prerequisite for PHCY 512.
    3. With the permission of the Dean of Pharmacy, candidates may substitute related papers of other subjects, or other approved postgraduate qualifications in Pharmacy, for PHCY 521.

  3. Terms Requirements

    1. No candidate shall be eligible to sit a paper in a final examination without having gained terms in that paper.
    2. A candidate gains terms in a paper by satisfactorily demonstrating the acquisition of sufficient knowledge and skills, by attendance at classes, and by performance in a professional manner of such practice/clinical and other work as the School of Pharmacy may require.
    3. A candidate who fails to gain terms in any paper will, if other regulations have been met, be required to repeat the whole of that paper.
    4. Terms granted in any paper shall normally be for the year only.

  4. Duration of the Programme

    A candidate may complete the programme after the equivalent of one year of full-time study and shall normally be required to complete within four years of part-time study.

  5. Special Examinations

    A candidate who obtains a D grade in a paper may be permitted to sit a special examination for that paper. Any candidate who has obtained an E grade in a paper will not normally be admitted to a special examination in that paper but may be offered an opportunity to repeat the paper.

  6. Level of Award of the Diploma

    The diploma may be awarded with distinction or with credit.

  7. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

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Regulations on this page are taken from the 2024 Calendar and supplementary material.

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