Pharmacy - P3001

Pharmacy

Bachelor degree (honours)

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. This means that you’ll learn from experienced pharmacists and researchers and have access to some of the country's best-equipped facilities at our Parkville campus. We make sure our pharmacy students get plenty of practice accessing, assessing, and communicating medicines information to patients and to other health providers.

Should I enrol in the BPharm(Hons) or BPharm(Hons)/MPharm?

If you are an international student who anticipates practicing pharmacy outside of Australia, you may find that the master’s component of our program is surplus to your home country’s registration requirements. In that case, you may wish to enrol in the BPharm(Hons).

If you are an international student who wants to become a registered pharmacist in Australia, we recommend that you apply to our BPharm(Hons)/MPharm. The program takes the same amount of time as what it would typically take to register as a pharmacist in Australia, but instead you’ll graduate with a master as well as a bachelor.

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 about primary health care, medicines information, and patient-focused pharmacy services.

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At a glance

Subject prerequisites

English Maths Sciences / Other
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Course Details

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

Flexible course options

The BPharm(Hons) is also offered at Monash University Malaysia and these students may have the opportunity to transfer to our pharmacy course in Australia after the completion of the first or second year. There is also the opportunity to complete a one-semester exchange during the degree.

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.

Graduate Entry Pharmacy explained

Do you have a degree in biomedical science, health science, pharmaceutical science, or science? Investigate fast tracking your career with graduate entry into the third year of our pharmacy degree!

Why you should become a pharmacist

Pharmacy is not just about dispensing medicines in a corner pharmacy. Find out why you should become a pharmacist.

"I’m currently working as a Clinical Pharmacist on the Cockatoo ward which has a number of different specialties including gastroenterology, neurology and endocrinology. I work closely with doctors and nurses to provide great care to all our kids and especially love working with my patients who’ve received liver transplants to make sure they have the best outcomes." …

Why become a pharmacist?

There are so many career opportunities in pharmacy that can provide you a rewarding career and flexible lifestyle. Find out more!

"Visiting patients at home to assess their medication management, I work with them to implement strategies to improve their health and independence. My team includes pharmacists, nurses, social workers, physiotherapists and occupational therapists and it has taken my career in an exciting direction that I never expected." Brigid McInerney, Outreach Pharmacist, Royal M…

Hospital & Clinical Pharmacy

Pharmacy is not just about dispensing medicines in a corner pharmacy. Find out why you should become a pharmacist

"When you're a pharmacist in the military, no two days are the same. Our team is responsible for the medical logistics of getting a field hospital out onto deployment and back again. We need to make sure that the team has all the medical equipment it needs, straight away" - Captain Wendy Lang, Pharmaceutical Officer, 2nd Health Support Battalion, Gallipoli Barracks, A…

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. VCE VET studies will be considered. Studies must have been completed no more than 10 years prior to admission.

Relevant work experience is only used in fine-tuning selection.

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

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: Preference is given to applicants who have completed the equivalent of a full year of study in an undergraduate degree (e.g. science or biomedical science). A high level of academic achievement at tertiary level is required. Prerequisite studies in Chemistry, English and Mathematics can be met at either the VCE or tertiary level. Applicants with a completed Bachelor level degree in a science-related discipline may apply for the graduate entry pathway which allows direct entry into the third year of the course after completion of a summer intensive unit.

Other: Studies at Monash College (other than MUFY) are not suitable for entry into Pharmacy.

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

Relevant work experience is only used in fine-tuning selection.

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. VCE VET studies will be considered. Studies must have been completed no more than 10 years prior to admission.

Relevant work experience is only used in fine-tuning selection.

Alternative qualifications and prerequisites

For other domestic and international qualification entry requirements and scores for this course based on your prior studies, use the study credit and admissions eligibility search.

English entry 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

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Extra Requirements

Extra requirements for international applicants:

Students must obtain a Police Check (annual requirement) and a Working With Children check prior to enrolment. On enrolment a medical certificate specifying the student's current health and immunisation status is required.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash

Semester two (July)

This course is not available for Second Semester (July) entry.

Enrolment considerations:

Successful applicants will be required to complete a police check, Working With Children Check (WWCC), and to provide a signed form from a General Practitioner that they have been immunised and have proof of serological status before commencing their professional experience placements.

For applications Direct to Monash

Apply directly to Monash with this course code: P3001

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$44,500

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.

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: 082370F

With a specialist course at Monash you begin study in your area of interest from day one. If you have a specific career goal or more specific field of study firmly in your sights, this may be the option for you. These courses are designed to ensure you have the right combination of skills needed for your professional field.

The course develops through the four themes, the first three being enabling science, pharmaceutics and pharmacy practice which come together in the fourth, integrated therapeutics.

Partner with another course

Double degree courses allow you to study towards two different degrees at the same time, and graduate with two separate qualifications. And because a required subject in one course can count as an elective in the other, our double degrees take up to two years less than if you studied for the two degrees separately.