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Information for International students enrolling in postgraduate programmes

Prerequisite for the Master of Clinical Pharmacy (MClinPharm)

The University of Otago regulations state every applicant shall hold the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy (PGDipClinPharm) before being able to enrol for the MClinPharm degree.


All papers have one or two weekend workshops, in New Zealand, which are compulsory to attend. If you do not attend you will not be eligible to complete the paper.


If English is not your first language you will need to provide an English assessment (eg IELTS) approved by the University and an academic transcript describing your previous study.

Do I need to be a pharmacist?

If you want to do the PGCertPharm, PGDipClinPharm or the MClinPharm you need to be resident in New Zealand and be a practising registered pharmacist.

Should I move to NZ to enrol in a postgraduate professional programme?

Only if you can register as a practising pharmacist in New Zealand. Otherwise you may not be eligible to enrol in the programme of study that you would like to do.

Will a postgraduate qualification help me register in New Zealand as a pharmacist?

No. For registration details you need to contact the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand.

Pharmacy Council of New Zealand

What are the costs?

The cost per 30-point paper is approximately NZ$9,125.

Tuition fees and costs for international students (University of Otago)