Pharmacy course titles & honours awards

Pharmacy Degree Titles and Awards

The undergraduate Pharmacy courses at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences have been amended over the years for a variety of reasons. Depending on the offer accepted by the student and the commencement year for the course, the degree title and level may be different.

Pharmacy Undergraduate Courses from 2009

Commencement year

Course code

Degree Title

Meritorious Honours awarded

Australian Qualifications Framework Approved Level

2009 - 2014

2628

Bachelor of Pharmacy

Yes (if Honours Weighted Average (HWA) is above 70)

AQF 7

2009-2014

2630

Bachelor of Pharmacy and Bachelor of Commerce

Yes – for the Pharmacy component of the degree (if HWA is above 70)

AQF 7

2013 - 2014

3478

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Scholars Program)

Yes (if HWA is above 70)

AQF 7

2015 only

3481

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) (Scholars Program)

Yes (if HWA is above 70)

AQF 8

2015 ongoing

From 2017 note:

(offered at Malaysia campus and International students at Parkville only. There are curriculum changes and Scholars will not be offered with this course code)

P3001

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) or

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) (Scholars Program)

Yes (if HWA is above 70)

AQF 8

2017

P6001

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) /Master of Pharmacy or

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) (Scholars Program) /Master of Pharmacy

Yes – for the undergraduate component of the degree (if HWA is above 70)

AQF 8 and AQF 9

Students unsure about their course of study should check their offer or Monash portal for their course code.

Graduate Entry Pathway

The majority of students enter our undergraduate courses from year 12. However, from 2014 the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences offered a new Graduate Entry pathway enabling students with a completed relevant tertiary degree and who fulfilled the selection criteria to enter the third year of the Pharmacy course after completing a summer bridging program. Students entering this pathway from 2014 commenced Bachelor of Pharmacy (2628). Students entering from 2015 commenced Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) (P3001). Students who enter from 2019 will commence Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) /Master of Pharmacy (P6001).

Meritorious honours

All of the Pharmacy courses listed above (2628, 2630, 3478, 3481, P3001 and P6001) award honours for meritorious performance in the four years of the undergraduate course. Award level is calculated on the basis of an Honours Weighted Average (HWA) mark. The meritorious honours grade ranges are as follows:

  • H1:   80 per cent < 100 per cent
  • H2A: 75 per cent < 79 per cent
  • H2B: 70 per cent < 74 per cent

Calculating the Honours Weighted Average

The Bachelor of Pharmacy with honours award is calculated on the academic performance of students enrolled over their four years of candidature.

For courses 2628,2630,3478,3481,P3001 (version 1 ending 2017) the honours score is calculated by averaging all student results, with the exception of the third year elective and the placement unit (PAC4371), which are excluded from the calculation.

The Board of Examiners of the faculty determines the recipients awarded the degree of Bachelor of Pharmacy with honours (Grade of H1, H2A, or H2B) which entitles the student to graduate with and to use thereafter the post-nominal of BPharm (Hons).

The Honours Weighted Average (HWA) is different from the University Weighted Average Mark (WAM) and the Grade Point Average (GPA) that appears on your academic transcript.

For students in the Graduate Entry Pathway the distinction average achieved for entry into the course is not used in HWA calculations. The summer unit PAC1001 is not included as there is not a mark published.

Note: The honours calculations/formula is also used to determine the Year Level and Gold Medal winners in all undergraduate courses, despite in-course honours only being available for the undergraduate Pharmacy courses. See the Prize Giving policy for details.

Advanced standing or credit unit calculation

Adjustments are made for students who have been granted advanced standing or credit for individual units or for an entire year level. The score for that year of the course will be:

  • the average of the results achieved in the other units (for missing individual units) or
  • the average of the results achieved in the other years (for an entire year level)

Graduate Entry Pathway students will have years 3 and 4 averaged to determine the HWA for years 1 and 2. Examples of various calculations (PDF, 0.15 MB) are available including an explanation of failed unit calculations.