Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2015 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2015 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

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Course code3481
Managing facultyPharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Abbreviated titleBPharm(Hons(SchProg)
CRICOS code082371E
Total credit points required192
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT

4 years FT

Study mode and locationOn-campus (Parkville)

Students are required to undertake off-campus placements.

Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Course coordinator


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


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.

This 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, at the completion of this course students must complete an additional one year pharmacy internship program under the supervision of the Pharmacy Board of Australia. 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 scholar's program offers a scholarship, an academic mentor, access to an international placement and research opportunities, and leadership development activities. The course prepares students for a health care career as a pharmacist and will appeal to high achievers.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

On completion of the course it is expected that graduates will have:

  • 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 defined by the current National Competency Standards Framework for Pharmacists in Australia and requirements of future practice
  • 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
  • the ability to apply the knowledge and skills gained to promote and contribute to the quality use of medicines and to the health of the community.

Credit for prior studies

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 (Honours) Scholar's Program. All students will be required to obtain and pay for a police check and Working With Children check prior to undertaking the clinical and community placements in their course.

Before commencing their professional experience placements students are required to show records that they have been immunised in line with the Department of Human Services' list of immunisation for health workers.

For further information or for clarification contact the placement program coordinator at


During third and fourth year students undertake work placements in hospitals and community pharmacies through the faculty's professional experience placement programprofessional 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. Refer to the faculty's Registration as a pharmacistRegistration as a pharmacist ( page in this Handbook.

Royal Australian Chemical Institute

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) Scholar's Program 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.


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


First year

Semester one

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

Semester two

Second year

Semester one

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

Semester two

  • 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

Semester one

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

Semester two

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

plus one elective from:

  • PAC3512 Current aspects of pharmaceutical research
  • PAC3522 Applied research project
  • PAC3532 International experience in pharmacy
  • PAC3542 Leadership
  • PAC3562 Community project
  • PSC3032 Current aspects of pharmaceutical biology
  • PSC3112 Drug discovery and development

Fourth year

Semester one

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

Semester two

  • PAC4382 Context for practice III
  • PAC4462 Integrated therapeutics: Neurology and oncology
  • PAC4472 Integrated therapeutics: Mental Health
  • PAC4482 Preparation for practice

Bachelor of Pharmacy (with honours) pre-2015

Students who entered the course pre-2015 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 completed reaches minimum levels of achievement determined by the faculty board. Refer to the faculty in-course honours policyin-course honours policy (

Students who commence this course in 2015 will receive the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) (Scholar's Program) award and grades of H1, H2A or H2B will be applied accordingly.

Minimum grade for course completion

Students in this course are required to maintain at least a distinction average of 70 percent or above as their weighted average mark (WAM) to remain in the course. Should the WAM fall below the required standard the only options are discontinuation of the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) (Scholar's program) or transfer to course P3001 Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours).


Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) (Scholars)