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 2022 we were named #1 in the world for pharmacy and pharmacology in the QS World University Rankings by Subject. 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.

It takes a minimum of five years to become a registered pharmacist in Australia. Monash offers a unique Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) / Master of Pharmacy program (P6001) that will suit your needs should this be your goal. Alternatively, select 'Show more' to learn about the differences between the two course variations.

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

Subject prerequisites
English Maths Sciences / Other
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Course Details

  • On-campus at Malaysia: Full time
  • On-campus at Parkville: Full time
  • 4 years (full time)
Start date
First Semester (February)
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…

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

Entry Requirements (Domestic students)

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


Equivalent Australian Year 12

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 requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Extra Requirements

Police and Working with Children checks are required for Student Experiential placements (StEPs) and/or the Professional Experience Placement (PEP) program in clinical and community settings in the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours). All students will be required to obtain and pay for a police check and Working with Children check prior to undertaking the clinical and community placements in their course.

Before commencing their professional experience placements students are required to show records that they have been immunised in line with the Department of Human Services' list of immunisation for health workers.

For further information or for clarification contact the placement program coordinator at

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)

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

Apply through VTAC

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.

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.

Note Please note: The fee information displayed is based on the 2022 rates and should only be used as a guide.

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.