Pharmacy - P6001

Pharmacy

Bachelor degree/Master degree

The world needs pharmacists. As the experts on medicines and the way they interact with the body, pharmacists play a vital role in improving the health of their communities. As the global population grows and ages, and as medicines become more complex, the need for pharmacists intensifies.

In 2017 we were named #2 in the world for pharmacy and pharmacology in the QS World University Rankings by Subject. Only Harvard ranked higher. In part, this is because we believe the world doesn’t just deserve more pharmacists; it deserves better pharmacists. We’ve launched the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) / Master of Pharmacy to ensure our graduates go out into the world equipped with a higher level of learning.

Same duration, higher qualification

The pathway to registration as a pharmacist in Australia generally takes five years. Traditionally, this has been structured as a four-year bachelor degree plus a one-year internship. Our BPharm(Hons)/ MPharm takes the same amount of time but instead you’ll graduate with a master as well as a bachelor. This course has all the required accreditations from the Australian Pharmacy Council.

The fifth year of the course combines a year of supervised practice (which is paid), with intern studies (Intern Training Program and Intern Foundation Program). This intensive combination of learning and working prepares you for registration as a pharmacist. It will be your responsibility to arrange the internship and ensure you have faculty approval.

Focus on the skills you need to make a difference

Our course ensures you have a thorough grasp of the underlying scientific disciplines – chemistry, biology, pharmacology and so on. But it also focuses on the key soft skills that make the difference between a good pharmacist and a great one. You’ll step up your skills through work placements in community pharmacies, hospitals, and other environments, practicing these skills while learning from some of Australia’s best pharmacists.

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At a glance

Subject prerequisites

English Maths Sciences / Other
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Course Details

Location
  • On-campus at Parkville: Full time
Duration 5 years (full time)
Start date First Semester (February)
Qualification Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours), Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) (Scholars Program), Master of Pharmacy
Course Handbook

Scholars program

We acknowledge very high-achieving students by offering access to our Scholars Program. This provides exclusive learning opportunities, including:

  • extra academic and professional mentoring from pharmacy graduates
  • leadership training through the ambassador program
  • a Dean's scholarship (domestic students only).

Please note that the BPharm(Hons)/ MPharm Scholars Program has a different VTAC code than the standard BPharm(Hons)/ MPharm. We encourage you to apply for both courses rather than just the Scholars Program to ensure you don’t miss your chance of receiving an offer.

Fully government subsidised

For Australian students, the entire program is subsidised by the government so fees are lower. In the event of any change to the Commonwealth Government policy to restrict access to CSP for graduate study, then full domestic fees will apply to the Masters component of the course.

Requirements to undertake your Student Experiential Placements (StEPs)

One of the key components of the course is to complete Student Experiential Placements (StEPs). Note that police and working with children checks are required prior to undertaking your placements.

Combined Bachelor/Master of Pharmacy

Learn about Australia’s first combined Bachelor/Master of Pharmacy and how it will prepare you as a pharmacist of the future.

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Why you should become a pharmacist

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Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (International students)

Qualifications

Equivalent Australian Year 12

Subject prerequisites

All applicants must satisfy the following prerequisites or their equivalents.

Australian VCE subjects

English
Units 3 & 4: a study score of at least 35 in English (EAL) or 30 in English other than EAL

Maths
Units 3 & 4: a study score of at least 25 in Mathematical Methods (Any) or Specialist Mathematics

Sciences/Other
Units 3 & 4: a study score of at least 25 in Chemistry

IB subjects

English
At least 5 in English SL or 4 in English HL or 6 in English B SL or 5 in English B HL

Maths
At least 4 in Mathematics SL or 3 in Mathematics HL or 3 in Further Mathematics HL

Sciences/Other
At least 4 in Chemistry SL or 3 in Chemistry HL

All applicants must satisfy the equivalence of the VCE subject prerequisites. Studies must have been completed no more than 10 years prior to admission.

VET: Due to strong competition for places, Certificate IV or Diploma graduates are unlikely to be offered a place. VCE VET studies will be considered.

Entire academic record: This course uses the entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Applicants will not be admitted to this course solely on the basis of a VET qualification.

University: As a minimum, the faculty requires you to have completed the equivalent of a full year of study in an undergraduate degree (e.g. science or biomedical science) with a distinction average (70% minimum) across all subjects. You should keep in mind that competition for places is often strong, and you might need a higher average grade. Prerequisite studies in Chemistry, English and Mathematics can be met at either the VCE or tertiary level.

All applicants must satisfy the equivalence of the VCE subject prerequisites. Studies must have been completed no more than 10 years prior to admission.

Entire academic record: This course uses the entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Multiple pathways to this course

Applicants who have successfully completed Year 12 are eligible to apply for this course.

Applicants with no formal secondary or tertiary qualifications are not eligible to apply for this course. This course uses the entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

There are many ways to gain entry to a course at Monash. If you don't meet our entry requirements, there are pathways to help. More about alternative pathways...

Additionally, we recognise that some applicants may have experienced difficulties that have disadvantaged them when applying for university. We offer a range of special admissions schemes that may help you gain entry to your chosen course.More about special admissions schemes...

All applicants must satisfy the equivalence of the VCE subject prerequisites. Studies must have been completed no more than 10 years prior to admission.

Alternative qualifications and prerequisites

For other domestic and international qualification entry requirements and scores for this course use the study credit and admissions eligibility search.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Extra Requirements

Level C
IELTS: 7.0 overall (no band lower than 6.5) TOEFL Paper-based test: 587 with a TWE of 4.5 TOEFL Internet-based test: score of 94 overall with minimum scores: Writing: 24, Listening: 20, Reading: 19 and Speaking: 20 Equivalent approved English test

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)
Current VCE or IB students studying in Victoria should apply online through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre.

For applications Direct to Monash

Apply directly to Monash with this course code: P6001

Current Monash students

You may apply to transfer from another Monash course. Transfers are a competitive process. You may apply mid-year for available courses however consideration will be given as to whether you will be able to follow your course progression.

Please note that if you apply for a course transfer, you should still enrol in your current course as if you were continuing so as not to jeopardise your enrolment in the Faculty if your transfer application is unsuccessful. More about Course Transfer...

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page

Fees

Fees are subject to change annually.

International fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.

A$42,800

Scholarships

We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Enrolment Obligations

International students enrolling in a CRICOS-registered course can study no more than one third (33%) of their course by distance and/or online learning. Students must enrol in at least one unit that is not by distance and/or online in each compulsory study period unless the student is completing the last unit of their course. See standard 8.19 and 8.20 of National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018.

CRICOS code: 089709E

The course develops through the six themes, the first three being Structure and Function of the Body, Drug Structure, Disposition and Action, and Professional Practice, which come together in the final three themes, Comprehensive Care, Inquiry and Innovation and Professional Experience respectively.  This course will develop the relevant practical and analytical skills you require for pharmacy practice, as well as your generic skills such as oral and written communication, critical thinking, inquiry, learning for life, numeracy and information literacy and leadership.