Pharmacy - P6001

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. 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. The BPharm(Hons) and Intern Training Program components of the program are accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council and approved by PharmBA.

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.

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

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.

Graduate Entry Pharmacy

Graduate Entry Pharmacy is for those of you who choose to study a more general science degree after high school, or didn’t meet our pharmacy course requirements at the end of Year 12. You’ll commence into third year of our Bachelor of Pharmacy/Master of Pharmacy program, eligible for registration as a pharmacist in just three years, including a paid internship.

For more information on Graduate Entry Pharmacy, including eligibility requirements, visit this page: https://www.monash.edu/pharm/future/courses/pharmacy/grad-pharmacy

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Student Experiential Placements (StEPs)

Our students spend up to 110 days on placement across the course of their degree. Find out why, and how we're preparing them to get the most out of it.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements (Domestic students)

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

Qualifications

Equivalent Australian Year 12

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.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

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.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Applications for on campus studies should be made online through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre

Apply through VTAC

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.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

The average annual student contribution amount is:

A$7950

Note: see information on how average fee is calculated.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:

Full fee

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

A$36,900

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.