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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Managing facultyPharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Abbreviated titleBPharm
CRICOS code026696D
Total credit points required192
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Parkville, Sunway)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Course coordinator


  • Full-time study only.
  • Students are required to undertake off-campus placements.


Pharmacists are health professionals with the skills and knowledge to manage a patient's understanding and utilisation of medications, in order to optimise medicines-related health outcomes.

The degree has four streams of study:

  • enabling sciences
  • applied pharmaceutical sciences
  • clinical and therapeutic sciences
  • pharmacy practice sciences.

During third and fourth year, students undertake work placements in hospitals and community pharmacies through the professional experience placement program. The program provides an understanding of the processes involved in, for example, providing primary health care, drug information, and clinical pharmacy services in different practice environments.

To be registered as a pharmacist, students must complete an additional one year pharmacy internship program under the supervision of the Pharmacy Board. Monash University offers an internship program, either as a stand-alone course or as part of course 3460 Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice (Internship).


The course aims to produce graduates with:

  • an in-depth understanding and knowledge of the enabling sciences, applied pharmaceutical sciences, clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice and the ability to integrate and apply the knowledge to the practice of pharmacy
  • the relevant skills for the practice of pharmacy, defined by the current competencies and requirements of future practices
  • the relevant generic skills, such as oral and written communication, critical thinking, learning for life, numeracy and information literacy and leadership
  • the relevant professional and social values, attitudes, and behaviours, necessary for practice.

Graduates should be able to apply the knowledge and skills gained to promote and contribute to the quality use of medicines and to the health of the community.

Maximum credit allowed

96 credit points

Special requirements

Police and Working With Children checks are required for the professional experience placements in clinical and community settings in the Bachelor of Pharmacy. All students will be required to obtain and pay for a police and Working With Children check prior to undertaking the clinical and community placements in their course.

Students are required to be able to show record that they have been immunised in line with the Department of Human Services list of immunisation for health workers before commencing their professional experience placements.

For further information or for clarification contact the placement program coordinator, email


During third and fourth year, students undertake work placements in hospitals and community pharmacies through the professional experience placement program.

Professional recognition

Pharmacy Board of Australia

To practice as a pharmacist in Victoria it is necessary to register with the Pharmacy Board of Australia. To qualify for registration with the Pharmacy Board of Australia, a period of internship practical training must be undertaken after completing this undergraduate course. For detailed information, refer to the entry under 'Registration as a pharmacist' in the faculty information section of this Handbook at

Royal Australian Chemical Institute

Bachelor of Pharmacy graduates from Monash are eligible to become members of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) after a period of practical experience. RACI members are able to practise in many areas of industry as professional chemists and receive the salaries determined by the RACI.


Students complete eight core units in the first two years of the course, and core, elective and placement units in years three and four.


First year

First semester

  • PAC1111 Introduction to physiology
  • PAC1121 Organic chemistry
  • PAC1211 Physicochemical basis of pharmacy
  • PAC1311 Pharmacy, health and society I

Second semester

Second year

First semester

  • PAC2151 Biochemistry and molecular biology
  • PAC2161 Cell function, communication and pathology
  • PAC2171 Basis of drug action I
  • PAC2331 Pharmacists as communicators

Second semester

  • PAC2182 Basis of drug action II
  • PAC2232 Drug delivery and disposition
  • PAC2342 Pharmacy in a public health context
  • PAC2412 Integrated therapeutics: Introduction and cardiovascular

Third year

First semester

  • PAC3191 Microbiology and immunology
  • PAC3241 Drug delivery, disposition and dynamics
  • PAC3351 Context for practice I
  • PAC3421 Integrated therapeutics respiratory

Second semester

  • PAC3252 Drug delivery II
  • PAC3362 Context for practice II
  • PAC3432 Integrated therapeutics: Infectious diseases

plus one of the following electives:

  • PAC3512 Current aspects of pharmaceutical research
  • PAC3522 Applied research project
  • PAC3532 International experience in pharmacy
  • PAC3542 Leadership*
  • PAC3552 Community engagement**
  • PSC3032 Current aspects of pharmaceutical biology*
  • PSC3112 Drug discovery and development*

* Parkville campus only.

** Sunway campus only.

Fourth year

First semester

  • PAC4261 Drug delivery and development
  • PAC4371 Professional experience placement program
  • PAC4441 Integrated therapeutics: Endocrinology and renal
  • PAC4451 Integrated therapeutics: Dermatology and pain

Second semester

  • PAC4382 Context for practice III
  • PAC4462 Integrated therapeutics: Neurology and oncology
  • PAC4472 Integrated therapeutics: Psychiatry
  • PAC4482 Integrated therapeutics: Advanced practice

Bachelor of Pharmacy (with honours)

Students will qualify for the in-course Bachelor of Pharmacy (with honours) at the conclusion of the four-year pharmacy course, awarded in one of the grades of H1, H2A or H2B, where the aggregate of the marks they obtain in all units attempted reaches minimum levels of achievement determined by the faculty board. Refer to the faculty in-course honours policy at


Bachelor of Pharmacy

Bachelor of Pharmacy with honours

Where more than one award is listed the actual award(s) conferred may depend on units/majors/streams/specialisations studied, the level of academic merit achieved, or other factors relevant to the individual student's program of study.