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If you’re interested in studying biomedical science, then you’ll be combining biology and medicine to understand and improve health. An interdisciplinary field, you’ll explore several key areas of study. Our Department teaches the Pharmacology units.

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What is pharmacology?

Pharmacology is the study of the effects of drugs on living organisms. You’ll learn how drugs - whether natural or synthetic - affect biological systems. You’ll also gain an understanding of how drugs can be used to treat specific diseases, and how new therapeutics are developed.

Why should I study pharmacology?

Knowledge about the ways in which drugs produce their effects is becoming increasingly important as the use and abuse of drugs becomes more widespread in our society. Understanding pharmacology and pharmacological concepts is fundamental to the safe and effective use of medicines by health professionals. This field is also central to the identification of new therapeutic targets and enhances our understanding of human physiology.

Studying pharmacology provides a foundation for a career in drug discovery and development either as part of a research program in a university or research institute, within the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries or in government regulatory bodies. In addition, studying pharmacology will be of benefit to those wishing to undertake graduate studies in a range of health profession courses.

What will I learn about?

  • Principles of drug action
  • Drugs in health and disease
  • Drugs and society
  • Neuro and endocrine pharmacology
  • Modern drug development
  • Pharmacology Research in Action

Find out everything you need to know about studying Pharmacology at Monash, including specific subject units, how they can be combined to complete a Major or Minor sequence of study, and where successful completion of this study area will count towards meeting the requirements of a particular degree by reading the Handbook entries below.

Read the Pharmacology Handbook entries

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Degree options

Whatever area of study in biomedical science it is that interests you, you can choose to study it as part of a single degree, or in combination with a second degree, or as part of a postgraduate qualification. Explore these options below.

Bachelor of Science

As part of your Bachelor of Science, you can undertake a Major (48 credit points) or a minor (24 credit points) in Developmental Biology.

For full details on entry requirements, fees, and to apply online, visit the Domestic and International sites of Study at Monash, and to understand the full requirements of this course, visit the Handbook.

Domestic International Handbook

Bachelor of Biomedical Science

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science gives you the flexibility to tailor your studies to fit your specific interests. Use your eight elective units to gain more detailed knowledge in one of the key biomedical science areas or broaden your knowledge by studying a unit from other faculties. You can even complete a Major or Minor from an area of study outside of biomedical sciences – for example, by studying a language or finance.

Our Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Scholars) program recognises your achievements as a high performing student gives you access to a mentoring and a range of activities designed to nurture your potential.

For full details on entry requirements, fees, and to apply online, visit the Domestic and International sites of Study at Monash, and to understand the full requirements of this course, visit the Handbook.

Domestic International Handbook

Scholars Program (Domestic only)

Completing an Honours year

A further one-year Honours program is available to outstanding students in the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Biomedical Science degrees. In each case, students will complete a biomedical science research project Visit our Honours pages to find everything you need to know about undertaking an Honours year in a biomedical science discipline at Monash.

Honours in Biomedical Science

Keep your options open and pursue another passion by combining your Bachelor of Biomedical Science with a degree from another discipline. By doing so, you’ll develop expertise in another area of study which can broaden your career options once you graduate.

For full details on entry requirements, fees, and to apply online, visit the Domestic and International sites of Study at Monash, and to understand the full requirements of this course, visit the Handbook.

Bachelor of Commerce/ Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Domestic International Handbook

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Domestic International Handbook

Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Domestic International Handbook

Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Domestic International Handbook

Master of Biomedical and Health Science

Discover how to conduct and commercialise your research with the Master of Biomedical and Health Science, and gain a highly sought-after professional skillset that can be applied in research and industry.

Master of Biomedical and Health Science

PhD/Doctoral Program

The Monash Biomedicine Graduate Program is one of Australia’s premier research training programs in biomedical science. We offer world-class PhD training to our students through the Monash BDI. It is a PhD designed to prepare graduates with the skills and capabilities sought by employers, giving you a competitive edge in an ever-evolving employment market.

Monash Biomedicine Graduate Program

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