School of Pharmacy


Postgraduate study

The School of Pharmacy introduced a new suite of postgraduate qualifications in clinical pharmacy in 2012, which were replaced the current qualifications in pharmacy practice. The programmes have been designed to allow students living anywhere in New Zealand to enroll. Most of the material is presented on-line and is supplemented by face-to-face weekend workshops for some courses.

Students can also enroll in programmes in Pharmaceutical Sciences through the Health Sciences suite of programmes or apply to complete a research degree. Research topics are available across the three divisions of the school: Division of Pharmacy PracticeDivision of Pharmaceutics and Division of Pharmacotherapy.

With the recent announcement that Cabinet has approved the drafting of regulations under the Medicines Act 1981 and Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 to enable pharmacists who have undertaken accredited postgraduate training in prescribing to become designated prescribers, the Universities of Auckland and Otago now welcome enquiries from pharmacists who wish to be considered for entry to the programme.

Postgraduate programmes offered by the School of Pharmacy


All postgraduate programmes are designated as '700 level' courses, which have several distinctive features. They are centred in a culture of research and theory, designed to extend prior knowledge and skill in both breadth and depth and to promote deep learning. More importantly, they place upon the student the major responsibility for:

  • critically evaluating evidence, findings and discussions in the literature
  • applying knowledge and skill to new situations.

Students are expected to engage in active tutorial and workshop sessions, to lead on selected topics and to bring forward their queries and relevant practice experience.

Postgraduate courses offered by the School of Pharmacy

Admissions and enrolment information

In order to undertake postgraduate study, you must complete all the admission requirements, which includes providing all the necessary documents.

For more information go to a step by step guide to applications, admission and enrolment.

Māori and Pacific professionals preparing for postgraduate study

If you are a student with Māori or Pacific ancestry, PG Poutama STEPPS is a set of online tools designed specifically for you.  The online tools help you as you prepare for postgraduate study in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences (FMHS) at the University of Auckland.

Or you can access the full PG Poutama STEPPS website and Preparation Tools by visiting our website PG Poutama STEPPS.