Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences - 2625

Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Doctorate/PhD

Monash University has a proud tradition of research excellence, and is committed to providing the highest quality of graduate research education.  By undertaking your graduate studies at Monash, you will have the opportunity to be part of our stimulating, supportive and professional research environment. You will also gain a genuine competitive advantage going into the workforce.

Monash Pharmacy produces research that is highly regarded within Australia and worldwide. We have established a strong reputation with industry, both nationally and internationally, and act as a resource for industry and research institutes involved in the pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences. PhD graduates are employed in many areas including the pharmaceutical, manufacturing, biomedical and chemical industry, research institutes, government and military sectors.

A PhD in Pharmacy takes the form of the Monash Doctoral Program – a PhD for the 21st century.

At the core of the program is an extensive, independent research project on an agreed chosen topic, supported by at least two expert academic supervisors. You will also undertake a series of professional development activities or coursework units that equip you with the skills needed to make an impact in academia, industry, government or the wider community. Your study will result in a research thesis which makes a valuable contribution to the current body of knowledge on your chosen topic.

Additional activities in our program that will enhance your research experience include:

(i) An additional Research Experience (one or more of the following):

  • Rotation program – take part inresearch rotations before you select your project and supervisor
  • Interdisciplinary Researcher program – gain expertise in two or more areas
  • Placement program – spend an extended period outside of Monash with a collaborating group
  • Joint Award PhD program – gain a dual badged PhD with at least one year at either The University of Nottingham or The University of Warwick, UK.

(ii) An Advanced Course in Drug Discovery and Development - provides students with a heightened exposure to the broad scope of drug discovery and development.

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At a glance

Course Details

Location
  • On-campus at Malaysia: Full time & part time
  • On-campus at Parkville: Full time & part time
  • Off-campus: Full time & part time
Duration
3-4 years (full time),
6-8 years (part-time)
Start date
Throughout the year
Qualification
Doctor of Philosophy
Course Handbook

A PhD in pharmacy requires you to complete a research thesis (or alternative approved output) of no more than 80,000 words. Research programs are offered in:

  • Drug candidate optimisation
  • Drug discovery biology
  • Drug discovery, disposition and dynamics
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Medicine use and safety

As well as the research component, you will also complete a series of professional development activities or coursework units relevant to your chosen research focus. These activities are designed to provide you with the skills needed to develop your professional skills to support you in your future career.

The PhD program is offered to elite applicants with high academic standing, normally a Master's degree or an honours degree at H1 or H2A level in a relevant discipline.

We also offer two joint PhD degrees with leading UK Universities. For more information visit the Faculty website via the link below.

Our unique doctoral program offers you a range of experiences to enhance your research outcomes and prepare you for a career impacting global health.

Meet Emily Pilkington, a Monash-Warwick joint PhD student, currently researching ways to help people with Type 2 diabetes. Discover why she chose to complete her research here at Monash and how the Monash Doctoral Program is helping prepare Emily for success.

Entry Requirements

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

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)

Qualifications

All applicants must be able to demonstrate a capacity to carry out independent research and have adequate training and ability to pursue the proposed course of study.
See the Section 2.1 of the Graduate Research Handbooks for detailed information.

English requirements

Sound English language skills are required for academic programs at Monash University.
See the Section 2.2 of the Graduate Research Handbooks for detailed information.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Making the application

Future students

Applications for this course can be accepted at anytime.

Applications for this course are submitted via the research degree and scholarship online application form.

Self assess for credit eligibility

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

Fees

Research Training Program (RTP)

This course is supported by the Australian government's Research Training Program (RTP). Under the RTP, domestic students are awarded an RTP Fees Offset which exempts them from tuition fees for the normal duration of the course. This exemption is valid for up to four years for students enrolled in a doctoral program and up to two years for a research master's degree.

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.

Other costs and fees

For information on other study costs and fees, see other study costs.