Pharmacy - P3001


Bachelor degree (honours)

Note From 2017, this Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) is only available to domestic students who already have a bachelor degree in a related field such as biomedical science or science.

If you are not a graduate in a related field, you can enrol in our new double degree, the integrated Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) and Master of Pharmacy.

If you are an international student, you may enrol in either degree.

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 innovativeteaching technologies, such as MyDispense– a web-based program that combines over 300 virtual patients and 1500 pharmacyproducts to provide authentic dispensing practice – and Pharmatopia, a virtual hi-tech teaching tool, developed by Monashand adopted by leading pharmacy schools around the world.

Your study will develop through four interrelated themes thatcome 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 communitypharmacies, gaining and applying essential understanding of the processesinvolved in providing primary health care, drug information, and clinicalpharmacy services in different practice environments.

Our Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) course is accredited bythe Australian Pharmacy Council. To become a registered pharmacist, you mustfirst complete the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) degree, then undertake aperiod of supervised practice, while also completing an internship trainingprogram accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council.

Exciting and challenging career options await, including workingas a community, hospital or consultant pharmacist, or jobs in thepharmaceutical industry, government, regulatory bodies, research and clinicaltrials. Our graduates work around the world.

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At a glance


92.0 Note 2016 Clearly-in ATAR

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)
2016 course requirements

"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." …

Working as part of an integrated team with doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, Hospital Pharmacists are responsible for all the medication needs of a patient, advising on the selection, dose and administration of medicines to ensure they receive the best treatment.

Monash Pharmacy graduate Cathie Reid is the Managing Partner of Epic Pharmacies, a pharmaceutical company that delivers quality medication management and pharmacy services to the hospital, oncology and aged care sectors.

"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…

"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

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

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...

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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.

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.

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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.