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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/BCom
CRICOS code026693G
Total credit points required288
Standard duration of study (years)6 years FT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Parkville)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences:

Business and Economics:

Course coordinator


  • Full-time study only. The two degrees are studied consecutively, beginning with four years of full-time study at the Parkville campus for the Bachelor of Pharmacy degree, followed by two years at the Clayton campus for the Bachelor of Commerce degree.


The Bachelor of Pharmacy and Bachelor of Commerce double-degree program recognises that pharmacy has a business as well as a professional component. The course is especially relevant to those graduates considering managing or owning a pharmacy or those who find themselves in a management role in a hospital pharmacy or the pharmaceutical industry.

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

The Bachelor of Pharmacy degree has four streams of study: enabling sciences, applied pharmaceutical sciences, clinical and integrated sciences and pharmacy practice sciences.

During third and fourth year, students undertake work placements in hospitals and community pharmacies through the Professional Experiences 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 a pharmacy internship program, either as a stand-alone course or as part of course 3460 Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice.


The degree provides students with the knowledge and skills to own or manage a pharmacy or to work in the wider healthcare sector, government or the pharmaceutical industry. It aims to produce graduates with:

  • an indepth understanding and knowledge of the enabling sciences, applied pharmaceutical sciences, clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice and be able 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.

For the Bachelor of Commerce objectives refer to the single degree entry at

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.

Bachelor of Commerce

Students who wish to obtain professional recognition should refer to the Bachelor of Commerce single degree entry at


All units studied as part of the Bachelor of Pharmacy component of this double degree must be from the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

The Bachelor of Commerce course structure has three main components:

  • a set of core units which provide an introduction to the key areas of commerce
  • a major from the list of majors below (this primary major must be selected from majors available on the student's campus of enrolment and all units taken as part of this major must be from the student's campus of enrolment)
  • two open electives which may be taken from any Faculty of Business and Economics programs and campuses, or from disciplines offered by another faculty. These open electives can, in some cases, form a second major.


The degree requirements are:

Pharmacy component

(a.) Students complete 32 units (192 points) from the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharamaceutical Sciences and must satisfy the requirements for the Bachelor of Pharmacy as follows:

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
  • PSC3032 Current aspects of pharmaceutical biology
  • PSC3112 Drug discovery and development

Fourth year

Those students who began their studies prior to 2008 should consult the Handbook for the year in which they commenced their studies.

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 can 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. See the faculty in-course honours policy at

Commerce component

(b.) Students complete 16 units (96 points) from the Faculty of Business and Economics as follows:

(i) six compulsory common core units (36 points):

  • AFC1000 Principles of accounting and finance
  • BTC1100 Business law
  • ECC1000 Principles of microeconomics
  • ETC1000 Business and economic statistics
  • MGC1010 Introduction to management
  • MKC1200 Principles of marketing

(ii) at least two of the following (12 points):

  • AFC1030 Introductory financial accounting, or AFC2140 Corporate finance
  • ECC1100 Principles of macroeconomics
  • ETC1010 Data modelling and computing
  • MGC1020 Organisations: Contexts and strategies

(iii) a major of eight units (48 points):*

  • the major must come from the approved majors listed under 'Areas of study'
  • at least two units (12 points) must be completed at each of second and third-year levels

* Depending on the major chosen, one of the units in the major may have already been studied as part of the group of common core units - where this is the case, students will complete an additional unit as detailed below.

(iv.) additional units from the faculty in the Bachelor of Commerce at the Clayton campus to reach the required minimum of 16 units.

Additional Bachelor of Commerce component degree requirements:

  • a maximum of eight first-year level units (48 points)
  • a minimum of four third-year level units (24 points), from the faculty at the Clayton campus
  • first-year students normally may not take a second-year unit until at least four first-year units have been completed successfully.

Areas of Study


Bachelor of Commerce

Bachelor of Pharmacy

Bachelor of Pharmacy with honours

Where more than one award is listed for one or both components of the double degree 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.