Monash University

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) / Master of Pharmacy (Combined Degree)

Graduate

Details

University Location Melbourne, Victoria
City Population 4.8 Million
Student Population 73,800
Int'l Student Population 19,075
Main Campus Clayton
Program Campus Parkville
Program Duration 2 years (BPharm Hons); or 3 years (BPharm Hons/MPharm)
Estimated Annual Tuition $44,500 AUD (2020 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake February
Next Available Intake 2020
Application Deadline November 14, 2019*
International Places Variable / no set limit

Overview

Monash University’s Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences engages in world-class research and has a long history as a leading provider of undergraduate and postgraduate education. In fact, Monash University is ranked #3 in the world and #1 in Australia according to QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.

Located at Monash University’s Parkville campus, a short tram ride from the city centre and close to cosmopolitan Lygon and Brunswick streets, the faculty offers an inner-city learning experience in leafy Parkville. The campus has first-class teaching facilities and research laboratories arising from a $45-million redevelopment over the past two years.

$5,000 Relocation Grant
Monash University will also provide eligible international students who study pharmacy at Monash a $5,000 study grant to assist with relocation. This means all international students who accept their offer to Monash Pharmacy will be eligible to receive the relocation grant.

Program

The Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) / Master of Pharmacy will equip you with both a higher level of scientific knowledge and the soft skills you need to be an effective practitioner in the increasingly team-based healthcare models of the future. Monash’s innovative teaching practices mean that the path to qualification offered by the new degree is the same length as every other pharmacy course in Australia—five years, start to finish, including a 48-week paid internship in the fifth year.

Your study will develop through a number of interrelated themes that come together in your practice as a pharmacist:

1. Structure and function of the body (how the body works)
2. Drug structure, disposition, and action (how medicines work)
3. Professional practice (what pharmacists do)
4. Comprehensive care
5. Inquiry and innovation
6. Professional experience

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.

As a Monash pharmacy student, you will also have access to innovative teaching technologies throughout your studies:

MyDispense—A web-based program that combines more than 300 virtual patients and 1,500 pharmacy products to provide authentic dispensing practice.

Pharmatopia—A virtual hi-tech teaching tool, developed by Monash and adopted by leading pharmacy schools around the world.

About the graduate-entry pathway
If you enter this pharmacy program via the graduate-entry pathway, you will be required to complete a pass/fail unit (approximately 6.5 weeks) in order to receive credit for the first 2 years of the degree. The unit is run in the summer semester (January – February). Upon successfully completing this unit, you will then enter the third year of the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) and have the option to exit the degree after 2 years. You will also have the option to continue into the Master of Pharmacy, which includes a 48-week paid internship.

Master of Pharmacy
During the master’s component, you will complete intern training and intern foundation programs, which are required to register as a practicing pharmacist in Australia. The intern foundation program and prior units from Year 3 contribute to the master’s degree. If completed, you may apply for a post-study work visa for up to two years.

Admission Requirements

1. Completed bachelor’s degree
You will be eligible for Monash Pharmacy if you have a minimum average of 70% (distinction or equivalent). You will be considered for graduate-entry if you have graduated from a relevant degree in the last 10 years. Relevant degrees include

  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science/Bachelor of Biomedicine/ Bachelor of Health Sciences;
  • Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences; and
  • Bachelor of Science with subject completions in chemistry, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology and mathematics.

If you’ve graduated with a Bachelor of Science, Monash will consider the number of relevant subjects you’ve completed. Must-have university-level prerequisites include

  • chemistry
  • mathematics
  • English (English can be met if it was the language of instruction for your degree)
  • at least one unit of physiology

Other recommended (but not required) prerequisites:

  • biochemistry
  • pharmacology

Important Note: Meeting entry requirements does not guarantee entry, as graduate-entry pharmacy can be very competitive.

Admission Timeline

*While the application deadline for the 2020 intake is November 14, 2019, 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.