Pharmaceutical Science - P3701

Pharmaceutical Science

Bachelor degree (honours year)

Study and work with Australia's largest group of pharmaceutical researchers at the country's leading pharmacy and pharmacology institution with this research degree that includes an honours year.

Our researchers at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences have made ground-breaking contributions to the development of treatments for superbugs, flu, malaria, postpartum hemorrhage and other conditions.

As a graduate, you could join the likes of Dr Brendan Johnson, principal clinical pharmacokineticist at GlaxoSmithKline, USA, who helped create a new drug to prevent the nausea and vomiting that's associated with chemotherapy.

You can choose a research project in one of our research themes of:

  • drug discovery biology
  • medicinal chemistry
  • drug candidate optimization
  • drug delivery, disposition and dynamics
  • medicine use and safety.

You'll have access to the latest equipment and facilities at our recently redeveloped campus in the inner-Melbourne suburb of Parkville.

You'll develop skills in research planning, experimental techniques, data analysis and scientific writing, and gain the confidence to continue your higher degree studies and help develop breakthrough medicines or improve medicine use and safety.

Career opportunities

This degree will open up exciting opportunities in research and development centres, the pharmaceutical industry and food, agriculture, chemicals, biotechnology and cosmetics companies.

You could work as a medicine researcher and developer, drug analyst, formulation scientist, industry consultant, development chemist, medicinal chemist, patent attorney, academic or clinical-trial specialist.

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At a glance

Course Details

  • On-campus at Malaysia: Full time
  • On-campus at Parkville: Full time
  • 1 year (full time)
Start date
First Semester (February)
Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science (Honours)
Course Handbook

Entry Requirements

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

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)


An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) in pharmacy, pharmaceutical science, medicinal chemistry, formulation science, biomedical science, or other related field with an average overall distinction grade (70%) or higher in the final year of the course;


equivalent qualifications and experience approved by the faculty's Education Committee.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Alternative entry pathways

Multiple pathways to this course

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, including pathways for Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students. .More about special admissions schemes...

This course consists of a combination of coursework and research. In the coursework component you will develop advanced theoretical and/or technical knowledge of the area of research focus within Pharmaceutical Science, that is, medicinal chemistry, drug discovery biology, formulation science and medicine use and safety. In the research component you will develop research methodologies appropriate to your focus and plan and execute a research project under the guidance of at least one academic supervisor.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash using course code P3701


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 are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

The average annual student contribution amount is:


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.



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.