Bachelor degree (honours)

The Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) is required to practice as a pharmacist and will prepare you for a rewarding and portable career. You will learn about the formulation of medicines and their impact on the body, and develop the knowledge, experience and expertise you need to make a difference as a medicines expert and healthcare professional.

You will learn from experienced pharmacists and researchers and have access to some of the country's best-equipped facilities at our Parkville campus. The course is also offered in Malaysia and you will have the opportunity to complete a one-semester exchange during your degree.

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

Throughout your studies, you'll have access to innovative teaching technologies, such as MyDispense – a web-based program that combines over 300 virtual patients and 1500 pharmacy products to provide authentic dispensing practice – and Pharmatopia, a virtual hi-tech teaching tool, developed by Monash and adopted by leading pharmacy schools around the world.

Your study will develop through four interrelated themes that come together in your practice as a pharmacist. These are:

  • The human body and the enabling sciences underlying the development and administration of pharmaceuticals.
  • Pharmaceutics or the science of preparing and dispensing drugs.
  • The sociocultural context in which the pharmacist and the client operate.
  • The study of diseases, disorders and their management in clinical practice.

You will undertake work placements in hospitals and community pharmacies, gaining and applying essential understanding of the processes involved in providing primary health care, drug information, and clinical pharmacy services in different practice environments.

Our Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) course is accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council. To become a registered pharmacist, you must first complete the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) degree, then undertake a period of supervised practice, while also completing an internship training program accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council.

Exciting and challenging career options await, including working as a community, hospital or consultant pharmacist, or jobs in the pharmaceutical industry, government, regulatory bodies, research and clinical trials. Our graduates work around the world.

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For students looking to begin study in 2016

At a glance


92.00 Note 2015 Clearly-in ATAR
84 Note Monash guarantee

Please note: Scholars Program requires 98.05+ ATAR.

Subject prerequisites

English Maths Sciences/Other

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Course Details

Location(s): 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)

Information about fees


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Entry Requirements

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

Minimum entry requirements


Equivalent Australian Year 12


All applicants must satisfy the following prerequisites or their equivalents.

English Maths Sciences/Other
Australian VCE subjects Units 3 & 4: a study score of at least 35 in English (EAL) or 30 in English other than EAL Units 3 & 4: a study score of at least 25 in Mathematical Methods (CAS) or Specialist Mathematics Units 3 & 4: a study score of at least 25 in Chemistry
IB At least 5 in English SL or 4 in English HL or 6 in English B SL or 5 in English B HL At least 4 in Mathematics SL or 3 in Mathematics HL or 3 in Further Mathematics HL At least 4 in Chemistry SL or 3 in Chemistry HL

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.

Non-School leaver requirements

All applicants must satisfy the equivalence of the VCE subject prerequisites. VCE VET studies will be considered. Studies must have been completed no more than 10 years prior to admission.

Relevant work experience is only used in fine-tuning selection.

VET: Due to strong competition for places, Certificate IV or Diploma graduates are unlikely to be offered a place.

University: Preference is given to applicants who have completed the equivalent of a full year of study in an undergraduate degree (e.g. science or biomedical science). A high level of academic achievement at tertiary level is required. Prerequisite studies in Chemistry, English and Mathematics can be met at either the VCE or tertiary level. Applicants with a completed Bachelor level degree in a science-related discipline may apply for the graduate entry pathway which allows direct entry into the third year of the course after completion of a summer intensive unit.

Other: Studies at Monash College (other than MUFY) are not suitable for entry into Pharmacy.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Extra requirements

Extra requirements for domestic applicants:

Not applicable.

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...

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

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

Semester two (July)

This course is not available for Second Semester (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 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:

  • pay all of your student contribution up front and receive a 10% discount, or
  • defer payment through the HECS HELP loan scheme.


We offer over 200 types of scholarships, valued at up to $70,000. 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.

Course Structure

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.

A. Enabling science

These studies will provide you with the foundational understanding and knowledge of the enabling sciences, developing your understanding of the human body and of the chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, and pharmacology underlying the development and administration of pharmaceuticals.

B. Pharmaceutics

These studies will equip you with fundamental and applied knowledge required to understand and assess pre-formulation, formulation, manufacturing and packaging of pharmaceutical products. This includes the understanding and application of the time course of how medicines get absorbed, distributed and eliminated from the body and drug response in the body.

C. Pharmacy practice

These studies will equip you with the sociocultural context in which the pharmacist and the client operate, social and health practice issues, ethical, legal context of pharmacy, relevant professional and social values, attitudes and behaviours necessary for practice. It will develop the communication and practical skills to apply the knowledge and skills you have gained to promote and contribute to the quality use of medicines and to the health of the community

D. Integrated Therapeutics

These studies will provide you with knowledge about diseases, disorders and their management. You will develop an understanding and application of the relationship between pathophysiology and the rational design and clinical use of drugs in the management of various health conditions. You will apply the knowledge and critical thinking skills gained in the enabling sciences, pharmaceutics and pharmacy practice to optimise pharmacotherapy in clinical practice.

E. Elective study

One elective unit in pharmacy

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