Pharmaceutical Science - P2001
A Pharmaceutical Science degree will be your springboard into an exciting career. You’ll learn about the chemistry, biology and technology of medicines and other chemical formulations from researchers at the international forefront of their fields.
You’ll also get lots of time in the lab, working with industry-standard research instrumentation, learning how to improve human health and well-being by researching and developing more reliable, accessible and effective treatments and products. You will develop the knowledge and practical skills critical to the discovery and development of new drugs and therapies leading to exciting careers in research and industry.
The chance to specialise
During the first two years you will develop your understanding of the foundations of pharmaceutical science and of the relationships between the different disciplines and their distinct roles in drug discovery and development. This will prepare you to choose your specialisation from one of the following fields:
- Drug discovery biology: the discovery and understanding of biological drug targets, and their modulation by chemicals and other substances.
- Medicinal chemistry: the principles and techniques behind drug discovery and development
- Formulation science: the invention, manufacture and testing of new products such as pharmaceuticals, food and cosmetics
Be job ready
You will develop specialist knowledge and techniques and your understanding of the application of pharmaceutical methods and professional practices required in the workplace. In your final year you will gain practical skills through a major research project or industry placement and be ready for a career in pharmaceutical research, the biomedical industry and many other fields that require advanced chemical-formulation skills.
Use industry standard instrumentation
You will study with one of the largest and most productive groups of pharmaceutical researchers in Australia, the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and you will graduate having worked in industry-standard facilities, such as our Shimadzu high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) lab.