Graduate entry pharmacy
Our Graduate Entry Pharmacy program offers applicants who hold relevant science-based bachelor degrees accelerated entry into third year of our Bachelor of Pharmacy/Master of Pharmacy. In just three years, you will gain an additional two degrees.
The world needs pharmacists. They are vital parts of frontline healthcare teams, with a deep understanding of medicines and the way they interact with the body that enables them to help patients live healthier, more fulfilling lives.
Graduate Entry Pharmacy explained
If you enter our pharmacy degree via the graduate entry pathway, you will complete a pass/fail unit that runs for 6.5 weeks and must be passed in order to receive credit for the first two years of the degree. The unit is run in the summer semester (commencing early January). Upon successfully completing the summer unit you will enter the third year of the course.
To become a registered pharmacist in Australia, you’ll need to complete the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) and complete a 48-week paid internship year. This involves working with an experienced pharmacist in a pharmacy setting. Alongside the internship itself you must also compete an intern training program, such as the Monash Intern Training Program. You can then apply for registration as a pharmacist once you have met the Pharmacy Board of Australia requirements.
The Bachelor of Pharmacy(Hons)/Master of Pharmacy incorporates both the internship and Monash Intern Training Program, plus some higher level Masters units in the final year of the degree (technically the third and final year for graduate entry students).
You may be eligible for graduate entry if you have a minimum distinction average of 70% (or equivalent) and have graduated from a relevant degree in the last ten years. Relevant degrees include:
- Bachelor of Biomedicine
- Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Bachelor of Science
If you’ve graduated with a Bachelor of Science, we’ll take into account the number of relevant subjects you’ve completed. The units completed in the degree should be appropriate and science based. If a number of electives have been completed in arts, for instance, there may not be enough relevancy for consideration.
Concerning pre-requisite subjects, please review the following points:
1. Must-have pre-requisites include Chemistry, Higher Level Maths, English and Physiology.
2. Along with tertiary units, we can accept the required pre-requisites Chemistry and Higher Level Maths from Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or secondary school equivalents.
3. At least one Physiology unit must be studied at a tertiary level.*
4. English can be met if it was the language of instruction for your degree
5. Other recommended but not required pre-requisites include Biochemistry and Pharmacology.
- *The physiology unit studied should have similar course structure and outcomes to one of the following Monash units:
- BMS2031 - Body systems
- PHY2042 - Body systems physiology
- DEV2022 - Human anatomy and development: Tissues and body systems
The study of plant physiology will not meet the requirements. The faculty reserves the right to determine whether requirements are met.
In order to undertake your professional experience placements, you will also need to complete working with children checks, police checks and meet immunisation requirements.
Further questions about entry requirements? See our frequently asked questions.
What are my chances of getting in?
If you’ve met the minimum average of 70% (distinction or equivalent) in one of the above degrees, we encourage you to apply.
Domestic students can only apply into the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)/Master of Pharmacy pathway, but have the opportunity to later opt out of the Masters component and graduate with the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) only. Although, the 48-week internship and the other Pharmacy Board of Australia requirements are still necessary to register as a pharmacist in Australia.
International students can choose to apply to the graduate entry pathway of either the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) or the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)/Master of Pharmacy.
International students are encouraged to check if the 48-week internship is surplus to the registration requirements of their home country in order to decide on a course duration.
The pharmacy internship allows our students to gain valuable work experience and gain a salary at the same time.