Pharmaceutical Science - P2001

Pharmaceutical Science

Bachelor degree

A Pharmaceutical Science degree from Monash will be your springboard into an exciting career where your understanding of the powerful interplay between chemistry and biology will set you apart from the crowd. You’ll learn about the chemistry, biology and technology of medicines and other chemical formulations from researchers at the international forefront of their fields, people who are finding revolutionary new treatments for disease.

You’ll also get lots of time in the lab, working with industry-standard research instrumentation, learning how to improve human health and well-being by researching and developing more reliable, accessible and effective treatments and products. You will develop the knowledge and practical skills critical to the discovery and development of new drugs and therapies leading to exciting careers in research and industry.

The chance to specialise (sub-heading)

During the first two years you will develop your understanding of the foundations of pharmaceutical science and of the relationships between the different disciplines and their distinct roles in drug discovery and development. This will prepare you to choose your specialisation from one of the following fields: * Drug discovery biology: the discovery and understanding of biological drug targets, and their modulation by chemicals and other substances.

  • Medicinal chemistry: the principles and techniques behind drug discovery and development
  • Formulation science: the invention, manufacture and testing of new products such as pharmaceuticals, food and cosmetics

Be job ready

You will develop specialist knowledge and techniques and your understanding of the application of pharmaceutical methods and professional practices required in the workplace. In your final year you will gain practical skills through a major research project or industry placement and be ready for a career in pharmaceutical research, the biomedical industry and many other fields that require advanced chemical-formulation skills.

Use industry standard instrumentation

You will study with one of the largest and most productive groups of pharmaceutical researchers in Australia, the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and you will graduate having worked in industry-standard facilities, such as our Shimadzu high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) lab.

A wide variety of career options

Although the course is primarily focused on understanding medicines, the skills you learn will translate to a range of chemistry-related or biomedical research opportunities. Our graduates can be found in industries from paint and coatings to cosmetics to food manufacturing.

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At a glance

Subject prerequisites

English Maths Sciences / Other
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Course Details

Location
  • On-campus at Parkville: Full time
Duration
  • 3 years (full time)
Start date First Semester (February)
Qualification Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science
2017 Course Handbook

Please select a specialisation for more details:

The Monash Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science

Love Science? Springboard into an exciting career where your understanding of chemistry and biology will set you apart from the crowd.

Where Can Pharmaceutical Science Take You? John Ta

The Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science is the perfect pathway into a career in the pharmaceutical sector or any of its allied industries such as skincare, cosmetics, food or even food manufacturing.

Why Study Pharmaceutical Science? Tori Oliver

Our Pharmaceutical Science graduates have the opportunity to contribute to discovering and developing medicines to improve healthcare on a national and international scale.

Where Can Pharmaceutical Science Take You? Jeremy Shonberg

Some of graduates want to work on cutting-edge research, leading them onto further study, such as a PhD. For those students, a BPharmSci Advanced with Honours is excellent preparation.

Entry Requirements

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

Minimum Entry Requirements

Qualifications

Equivalent Australian Year 12

Prerequisites

All applicants must satisfy the following prerequisites or their equivalents.

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

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. 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.. VCE VET studies will be considered.

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.

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

English entry requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 (no band lower than 6.0); or
  • TOEFL Paper-based test: 550 with a TWE 4.5; or
  • TOEFL Internet-based test: score of 79 overall with minimum scores: Writing 21, Listening 12, Reading 13, Speaking 18; or
  • Equivalent approved English test

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.More about special admissions schemes...

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash

Semester two (July)

This course is not available for Second Semester (July) entry.

For applications Direct to Monash

Apply directly to Monash with this course code: P2001

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

Fees are subject to change annually.

International fee

Note Please note: The fee information displayed is based on the 2017 rates and should only be used as a guide.

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.

A$36,500

Scholarships

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.

Enrolment Obligations

International students enrolling in a CRICOS-registered course can study no more than 25% of their course by distance and/or online learning. Students cannot enrol exclusively in distance and/or online learning study in any compulsory study period. See standard 9.4 of The National Code 2007.

CRICOS code: 058486E

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 three themes.

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.

For more information please visit the Pharmaceutical Science honours year course page.

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.