Study pharmacy at Monash University, graduate sooner
When you choose to study pharmacy at Monash University, have the opportunity to graduate ahead of the rest.
Monash University’s new graduate-entry pharmacy degree is the only degree of its kind in Australia. It’s a pathway for students who hold relevant science-based bachelor degrees to gain accelerated entry into the third year of the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) / Master of Pharmacy.
The best part? After just three years, students finish university with two degrees and a higher qualification than any other pharmacy graduate in the country.
Since developing this dual qualification course Monash University has been recognized as a globally bench-marked degree. Monash is ranked number 3 in the world for pharmacy and pharmacology and according to the QS World University Rankings 2019. Only Oxford and Harvard ranked higher. This has caught the attention of international students and among the 46 students enrolled in the graduate entry program’s first year are seven international students, including three from Canada.
“Melbourne is pretty similar to Vancouver,” says Canadian student Eunice Park. “The coursework also kept me busy, I couldn’t miss home too much!”
Eunice says Monash University is well known in Canada and she was attracted to the fast-tracked two years of study plus a paid intern year compared to a four-year commitment at a Canadian university.
“I like how this course is structured very differently compared to a traditional science degree. Lectures are interactive lectures,” Eunice says. “There are lots of workshops where we can consolidate our knowledge. I like how we focus on one specific topic per week.”
Be job ready
The course is designed to create pharmacists who are job-ready. Students are involved in active learning and skills coaching and are required to do more than just learn the content.
Canadian student Zainab Wanas heard about the program through OzTREKK, and chose the course because it was the only one offering graduate entry into third year. Both Zainab and Eunice used OzTREKK as their student representative.
“The application process is quite simple, you just need to have your transcripts and relevant documents and apply online. I think it took me about two weeks to hear back from Monash,” says Eunice Park.
While Zainab had obtained a Bachelor of Science Kinesiology in Canada, Eunice has a maths background.
“I studied mathematics at the University of British Columbia,” says Eunice. “I graduated with a Bachelor of Science major in mathematics. It was a big change and the first few weeks of pharmacy school were quite challenging.”
To help students transition into the course, students are required to complete a six-and-a-half-week summer-school unit and then an overload unit when they begin their studies.
Eunice says the program has opened up so many choices for her future career in pharmacy. “There are just so many different options and career paths I could take with this degree. But, I know I want to start off my career as either a hospital pharmacist or a community pharmacist.”
Zainab is already considering a PhD after graduating. “My experience has been life changing. I have become much more independent and aware of the environment around me.”
Graduate with a Bachelor’s and a Master’s
Monash Pharmacy offers a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) / Master of Pharmacy combined degree, Australia’s first integrated BPharm (Hons)/ MPharm degree, with the fifth year of the course offering an internship, so you will get valuable work experience—and get paid for it! If you don’t wish to further your studies with the master’s portion, you may exit the program after the bachelor’s degree portion is completed.
Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy / Master of Pharmacy
Location: Parkville campus, Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: November 14, 2019; however, if you are you are applying to the graduate-entry program, you are strongly encouraged to submit your application as early as possible to provide time for the predeparture and visa processes, especially since the pass/fail unit begins in January.