2000 to 2008

2000 to 2008The year 2000 saw the commencement of a three-year, Bachelor of Formulation Science course at the college, which helped bring the total student population at the Parkville campus to around 650. At the end of the year, the first cohort of 135 students completed the new four-year pharmacy program.

The college introduced a three-year Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry in 2003. Later in 2008, the Bachelor of Formulation Science was redeveloped into the Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Students now complete a year of foundation subjects before specialising in Medicinal Chemistry, Formulation Science or Drug Discovery Biology.

In 2005, two new chairs were established. Professor Michael Dooley became the first Chair of Clinical Pharmacy, a position he held jointly with the Directorship of Pharmacy at Bayside Health, and Professor Barrie Finnin became the first Chair of Formulation Science in Australia.

In July 2005, the Minister for Innovation and State and Regional Development, John Brumby, launched construction on a new building as part of a redevelopment that included an upgrade of the Manning Building and extension to the C L Butchers Library. The new building was completed in 2007.

Between 2004 and 2011, faculty enrolments in postgraduate coursework more than doubled, with over 500 students enrolled in 2011. In 2007, the faculty consolidated its postgraduate coursework qualifications to offer a graduate certificate, diploma and masters program in Wound Care, a Master of Clinical Pharmacy, a Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice, for registered pharmacists, and a Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice (Internship). In 2009, it added the Master of Pharmacy Practice.