Taught course


University of Otago · Division of Health Sciences

Entry requirements

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

If your first language is not English you need to meet our English language requirements as follows: IELTS score of 6.5 in the academic module (with no individual band below 6.0); we also accept a number of other English language tests. Due to COVID-19, we currently accept Duolingo English Test (DET), IELTS Indicator Test, and TOEFL iBT Special home Edition.

Don’t meet the English language requirements? The University of Otago Language Centre "English for Otago" programme offers a pathway for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students to meet the English language requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate study.

Months of entry


Course content

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

Information for international students

Otago offers students an unrivalled campus experience and a vibrant, social student culture. The majority of Otago’s 21,000 students live, work and play in Dunedin - New Zealand’s only true university city. Otago is home to over 3,000 students, from over 100 countries.

Fees and funding

International students
NZ $21,348

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert(Pharm)
    full time
    6 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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