Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) and Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) / Master of Pharmacy
The Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)/ Master of Pharmacy (P6001) specialist double degree commenced as a five-year, full time degree at the Parkville campus in 2017. The Malaysia campus offers the same new curriculum as a four-year, full time degree, the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) (P3001 version 2), and this is also available at Parkville to students who do not wish to enrol in the fifth (internship/masters) year.
The Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) / Master of Pharmacy Course Education Team welcome all of our new students! If you are enrolling at the Parkville campus for the first time, please review our information slides to ensure you complete all the essential enrolment steps. We look forward to welcoming you!
The Graduate Entry Pathway is attached to our Pharmacy degrees and it allows eligible applicants, with a relevant completed undergraduate degree who meet the certain criteria, the chance to enter third year after completing an intensive summer unit, PHR1001 Bridge to Practice I. Students successful in the summer unit are credited the first two years of the Pharmacy degree and continue from the third year whilst completing an overload unit PHR1101 Bridge to Practice II.
Students enrolled in the new Pharmacy curriculum are enrolled in ‘PHR’ coded units introduced from 2017.
All students enrolled in the five year degree P6001, if successfully completing four years, will be course completed from a BPharm(Hons) degree at the end of the fourth year. This is because students entering the fifth year enter the masters/internship year and must be pre-registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Students can only become pre-registered if they have completed an undergraduate Pharmacy degree.
If a student enrolled in P6001 decides not to complete the fifth and final year, they can simply discontinue the course P6001 after they are course completed from BPharm(Hons) at the end of their fourth year.
International students who are enrolled in the four-year program, who wish to complete the five-year course should transfer to BPharm(Hons)/MPharm code P6001 no later than October of third year. Refer to our transfer information.
Our undergraduate Pharmacy courses are full-time and fixed, and therefore students have a course plan set without choice of electives. There is also a pass by year rule and a pass by semester rule from year two. This means that a fail in the course will add an additional year to the duration of the course and intermission (break from study) will likely be required. Due to projects and placements, particularly in the fourth year of the course, the faculty might make use of alternate semester dates. Overall students should follow the course requirements as stated in the Undergraduate Handbook and plan their study using the relevant course map, as follows:
Student commencement date
2017 - current
For re-enrolment please refer to our re-enrolment information.
Academic staff member
Deputy course director
Profession practice lead
Structure and function of the body lead
Drug disposition and action lead
Comprehensive care lead
Professional experience lead
Inquiry and innovation lead
The Scholars offering is embedded in the Pharmacy degrees and will continue at Parkville as part of our offerings for high-achieving school leavers. Students receive the following: a scholarship (domestic students), an Invitation to an annual networking event with the Dean and key members of the course administration team, an invitation to the regular academic seminars sponsored the Faculty, and recognition at the Faculty’s annual prize giving event. A course requirement is that scholars maintain a distinction average of 70% annually.
Please refer here for principal dates.
Your ability to progress in the Pharmacy course is contingent on you completing experiential placements in community pharmacies, hospitals, and other health care sites.
These experiential placements are conducted on-site in Melbourne. They include a substantial amount of on-the-job learning. They are designed to give you enough authentic practice experience so that you can safely care for patients. They are often the part of the pharmacy course that students rate most highly.
In health profession education programs (like pharmacy, medicine, nursing, etc.) these experiential placements are not only a University requirement. They are also a requirement for registration as a pharmacist in Australia. This means that the Faculty does not have much flexibility around the completion of these placement activities, particularly in the later years of the course.
If you are not able to be in Melbourne, you cannot complete your experiential placements. Not completing these experiential placements may then impact on your progression to either future years of the course or registration as an intern pharmacist.
A full explanation of how placements may impact course progression for each year level can be found here.