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Postgraduate Certificate in Pharmacy (PGCertPharm)

This course is available

On-Campus, Online

Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


0.5 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


University of Otago


The Postgraduate Certificate in Pharmacy (PGCertPharm) can be taken as either a non-endorsed or endorsed programme. The endorsed options are Medicines Management or Social Pharmacy. The endorsed certificate serves as an introduction to advanced level papers. The non-endorsed certificate is an introduction to research by way of a small research experience in the pharmaceutical sciences, clinical pharmacy, social pharmacy or biopharmaceutics.

The postgraduate certificate is intended for practising pharmacists who wish to extend their knowledge and skills by way of postgraduate study.

Students wishing to advance to the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy (PGDipClinPharm) should obtain an endorsement in Medicines Optimisation. Practising as a registered pharmacist is a requirement.

For students wishing to complete a PGCertPharm research programme, you should first contact the Postgraduate Administrator to arrange a suitable project and supervisor.

You will then need to complete the online process to apply for the PGCertPharm programme and once you have been admitted to the programme select your papers.

Endorsed Option

Medicines Optimisation

PHCY 510 Evidence-Based Practice

PHCY 511 Patient-Centred Care

This endorsement for the Postgraduate Certificate in Pharmacy (PGCertPharm) is also available through Distance Learning.

Entry criteria

Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences).

Every applicant for the certificate shall

  • be a Pharmacy graduate or hold a health professional qualification acceptable to the Board of Studies in Pharmacy; and
  • present evidence of ability for advanced level academic study

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic module) (including IELTS Online) - Overall score of 6.5, no individual band below 6.0.
  • TOEFL iBT - Overall score of 90 and a writing score of 21.
  • C1 Advanced (previously Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)) & (previously Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE)) - Overall score of 176 (with no individual band below 169).
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic - Overall score of 58 with no communicative skills score below 50.
  • Language Cert - International ESOL: C1 Expert (LRWS) with a high pass overall and no less than a pass in each skill OR C2 Mastery (LRWS) with a pass overall and no less than a pass in each skill.
  • NZCEL - NZCEL 5 Academic endorsement
  • English New Zealand's Accredited Pathway Assessment - Assessment Level 3 (with no skill lower than Level 2).
  • APIEL Advanced Placement International English Language Examination - Grade 4 or higher.

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