Pharmacy - P3001

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 2020 we were named #2 in the world for pharmacy and pharmacology in the QS World University Rankings by Subject. Only Oxford ranks 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?

Domestic students: If you are a domestic student who wishes to initially commit to four years of study instead of five, you may want to enrol in the BPharm(Hons) in the first instance. You can choose to switch your enrolment to the BPharm(Hons)/MPharm at any time in your degree; note that this fifth year of study, which includes a paid internship, is required to register to practice as a pharmacist in Australia.

International students: 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). You can choose to switch your enrolment to the BPharm(Hons)/MPharm at any time in your degree.

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.

Enhance your studies with an international experience

Pharmacy is a global profession and we want you to experience that in your degree. As part of our program, you can apply for exchange opportunities to our Malaysia campus. You can also apply to complete projects and placements in the US, the UK and a number of developing countries. We work closely with preferred partners to ensure that our international activities are interesting and ethical.

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At a glance

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.

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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…

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"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

Entry Requirements (International students)

You need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this course.

At the time of enrolment in a course at Monash University, you must be at least 17 years of age.

View all minimum age requirements.

All Monash undergraduate courses require you to have successfully completed a minimum of an Australian Year 12 qualification (or equivalent) and achieve the required academic entry score. Most Monash faculties generally use your most recent studies for admission however other guidelines may apply where your prior qualification may be considered.

Entry requirements for each qualification level are as follows:

All Monash undergraduate courses require you to satisfy English entry requirements in one of the following ways:

If you do not meet the above English proficiency test scores, consider Monash English Bridging. Some Monash courses however do not accept Monash English Bridging.

The English measures outlined above must be completed within 2 years prior to the Monash course commencement date (other time limitations may apply as outlined in the Monash University Procedure). If you have completed several measures of English proficiency over a period of time, the highest valid measure will be accepted.

Monash University reserve the right to ask students to complete an English proficiency test to meet English course requirements upon request.

Further information can be located at English language requirements.

All Monash University undergraduate courses require you to have previously studied and achieved required Australian level standards in certain specific subject known as prerequisite subjects.

You must satisfy the following prerequisite subject requirements for this course:

Meeting prerequisite subject requirements from other international qualifications:

You can still meet the above prerequisite subject requirements if you have completed other international qualifications. These subjects will be assessed on a case by case basis when you apply.

Extra requirements

Alternative pathways

If you don't satisfy the requirements for direct entry consider these pathway options.

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.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash using course code P3001

Apply

Semester two (July)

This course is not available for Semester two (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 fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

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