Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science

Monash University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00008C

The Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science is an applied science degree that combines advanced theoretical knowledge with extensive hands-on experience on industry standard equipment, equipping students with the skills required to join Victoria's most valuable high-tech industry. Students learn to improve human health and wellbeing by researching and developing more reliable, accessible and effective treatments and products. They learn about the chemistry, biology and technology of medicines and other formulations. They also acquire the knowledge and practical skills that are critical to the discovery and development of new pharmaceutical products and therapies. In 2016, the QS World University Rankings by Subject named Monash 4th in the world and first in Australia for Pharmacy and Pharmacology. Students graduate job-ready for a career in pharmaceutical research, the biomedical industry and other fields that require advanced chemical-formulation skills. Students will graduate having worked in industry-standard facilities, such as to the Shimadzu high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) lab, which will give an edge in the job stakes.


Students will learn about the chemistry, biology and technology of medicines and how to improve human health by researching and developing more reliable, accessible and effective treatments. The course's first 18 months will develop student understanding of pharmaceutical sciences before getting to specialise in drug discovery biology, formulation science or medicinal chemistry. Students will gain practical skills through a major research project or industry placement.


  • Drug discovery biology
  • Formulation science
  • Medicinal chemistry

Standard entry requirements

  • Year 12 or equivalent
  • English (any), chemistry and mathematical methods (CAS) or specialist maths

Study pathways

Advanced with Honours pathways available.

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
Parkville International: $117,600
  • ATAR: 74
  • Full-time : 3 years

Further information

Pharmaceutical scientists are innovators and inventors. They are experts in chemistry, biology and technology which mean that not only can they pursue careers designing and developing medicines and associated healthcare products but they can work in a range of industries including consumer chemicals, food, cosmetics, and inks and paints.

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