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Master of Clinical Pharmacy (MClinPharm)

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The Master of Clinical Pharmacy (MClinPharm) degree comprises both advanced-level taught papers and a research component and is designed for registered pharmacists working in professional areas such as community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy and industrial pharmacy who require advanced level knowledge and research skills to progress their careers.

The Master of Clinical Pharmacy (MClinPharm) is also available through Distance Learning.

Information for new applicants

The Master of Clinical Pharmacy is intended for students who have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy (PGDipClinPharm) and wish to advance to a higher postgraduate level with a research component.

It is important to make contact with the Associate Dean Research and Postgraduate (for Pharmacy) to discuss research options before embarking on the programme. The first year of the programme is taught papers, and the second year is the research component.

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


Postgraduate and Research Administrator  
School of Pharmacy

Postal address:
School of Pharmacy
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054

Tel +64 3 479 5129
Fax +64 3 479 7034

Regulations for the Degree of Master of Clinical Pharmacy (MClinPharm)

  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 Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy 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 degree may be achieved by passing an approved Research Methods paper (30 points) and submitting a thesis (90 points).
    2. A candidate shall, before beginning the programme of study, secure the approval of the Dean of Pharmacy (or appropriate delegate) for the subject and supervisors of the thesis.
  3. 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.

  4. Examination of the Thesis

    1. The Dean of Pharmacy (or nominee) shall appoint a Convener of Examiners to oversee each thesis examination.
    2. The thesis shall be assessed by at least two examiners, at least one of whom shall be external to the University.
    3. The candidate's supervisor shall not be an examiner but may make a report on the work of the candidate to the Convener of Examiners.
    4. Each examiner shall supply a written report on the thesis and recommend a mark and grade on the basis of the thesis as submitted, and an overall result selected from the options specified in clause (e) below.
    5. The examiners may recommend that a thesis:
      1. be accepted without requiring amendments;
      2. be accepted subject to minor corrections made at the discretion and to the satisfaction of the Convener of Examiners;
      3. does not meet the criteria for the award of the degree, but may be revised and resubmitted for examination;
      4. does not meet the criteria for the award of the degree, and should be rejected without right of resubmission.
    6. Amendments (regulation 4(e)(ii)) and revisions (regulation 4(e)(iii)) shall be completed by a specified date to be determined by the Convener of Examiners, in accordance with established procedures.
    7. A candidate shall be permitted to revise and resubmit a thesis for examination once only.
    8. If a revised and resubmitted thesis is finally accepted, the result shall be either 'Pass' or 'Fail' (i.e. ungraded) and without eligibility for the award of the degree with distinction or credit.
    9. Where examiners cannot agree on a result, the Convener of Examiners shall engage in established mediation procedures, and if unresolvable, so report to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) or nominee who shall arrive at a decision after consulting a referee who should normally be external to the University.
  5. Level of Award of the Degree

    The degree may be awarded with distinction or with credit.

  6. 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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