Engineering and Pharmaceutical Science - E3008

Engineering and Pharmaceutical Science

Bachelor degree (honours)/Bachelor degree

Combining chemical engineering with pharmaceutical science, this double degree is unique in Australia and rare worldwide.

Chemical engineers can design, run and troubleshoot production facilities, but their training typically excludes the skills to develop pharmaceutical and related products. Similarly, formulation scientists can invent and test new products such as pharmaceuticals, food and cosmetics, but they lack the know-how to manage the product process beyond the laboratory stage.

This double degree produces professionals capable of covering the full spectrum of the pharmaceutical product design and development process.

This course leads to two separate degrees:

  • the Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Honours), and
  • the Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science.

You will gain all the benefits of each degree course (see Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science) and be fully equipped to pursue a career in either field or both in combination.

Pharmaceutical engineers work in all aspects of the design and development process, from experimenting with innovative formulations to manufacturing commercialized products. A pharmaceutical engineer might:

  • Design, develop and improve industrial processes and equipment for large scale chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing.
  • Plan and test methods of manufacturing.
  • Develop methods for the treatment of by-products.
  • Devise production processes that are safe, efficient, profitable and environmentally sound.
  • Research naturally occurring chemical reactions and copy these processes for society's benefit.
  • Develop and implement cleaner production technologies.
  • Design, develop and use new materials.
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At a glance


91.85 Note 2016 Clearly-in ATAR
83.6 Note2016 lowest ATAR offer

Subject prerequisites

English Maths Sciences / Other
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Course Details

Location(s): On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time

Students undertake Chemical Engineering subjects at Clayton and Pharmaceutical Science subjects at Parkville.

Duration: 5 years (full time) , 10 years (part time)
Start date: First Semester (February)
2016 course requirements

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Entry Requirements

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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.

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 two years less than if you studied for the two degrees separately.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) is a specialist course that  develops through four themes that combine to underpin engineering practice: Fundamentals and foundational skills, Design, Knowledge and applications, and Professional Practice.

A. Engineering fundamentals and foundational skills

These will develop your understanding of natural and physical sciences, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences that underpin all engineering disciplines.

B. Engineering design

This will develop the engineering techniques, tools and resources for the conduct, design and management of engineering design processes and projects, both in the industrial setting and in the development of research experiments.

C. Engineering knowledge and application

This will provide in-depth knowledge of the specific engineering methods of a branch of engineering, and will integrate the specific engineering methods and discipline knowledge into practice. You will develop skills to identify and apply knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline. Additionally, your studies will focus on your understanding and application of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in your discipline.

D. Professional practice

This will develop your skills in readiness for the engineering workplace. You will develop skills in effective team membership and team leadership, the use and management of commercially relevant data, and the legal responsibilities of engineers. This study will integrate the theme 'Engineering knowledge and application' with your specialist field of engineering.

The Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science is a specialist course that develops through three themes. The first two, foundation science studies and pharmaceutical science studies culminate in an applied project.

A. Foundation science studies

Foundation studies in bioorganic and medicinal chemistry, physical chemistry and physiology will underpin further studies in your chosen specialisation. It will also provide an introduction to the key areas of scientific communication and practice and scientific research methodology.

B. Pharmaceutical science

This will provide you with practical and theoretical skills and knowledge of your specialisation. You will learn to develop, apply and communicate the concepts and theoretical frameworks that constitute the knowledge base of your chosen discipline.

C. Applied project

The studies in A. and B. culminate in a major research project (Medicinal chemistry and Drug discovery biology) or industry placement (Formulation Science).

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