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Monash University Pharmacy School in Australia

Program Overview - Bachelor of Pharmacy Honours / Master of Pharmacy

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University and Faculty: Monash University
Victorian College of Pharmacy
Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons)/ Master of Pharmacy (Combined Degree)
University Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
City Population: 4 million
Student Population: 67,076
Campus Location: Parkville campus, downtown Melbourne
Program Duration: 5 years
Semester Intake: February each year
Next Intake: February 2018
Est. Annual Tuition: $39,900 AUD (2017)

In 2017, Monash University replaced the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) with the new Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) / Master of Pharmacy combined degree, Australia's first integrated BPharm (Hons)/ MPharm degree.

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 pharmacy is ranked #2 in the world according to QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017!

The BPharm(Hons)/MPharm will equip students with both higher level of scientific knowledge and the soft skills they need to be effective practitioners 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.

The course develops through the six themes, the first three being Structure and Function of the Body, Drug Structure, Disposition and Action, and Professional Practice, which come together in the final three themes: Comprehensive Care, Inquiry and Innovation and Professional Experience respectively.


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Unique Features of the Program

The BPharm(Hons)/MPharm offers extensive real-world experience. The 48-week internship students are required to complete in their final year is preceded by 12 weeks of placement in community, hospital and rural pharmacies. Placements allow students to focus on career areas such as clinical pharmacy, clinical research, medication management and hospital pharmacy.

As an international leader in pharmacy and pharmaceutical science education, producing graduates with exceptional knowledge, skills and values. MyDispense, Pharmville, PharmAcademy, and Monash University's incredible learning and social spaces provide pharmacy students with an unparalleled educational experience.


Why Canadians Like the Program

Canadian students like the Monash University Pharmacy Honours program because it allows them to make global connections, network with industry leaders around the world and enjoy an education informed by the faculty's world-leading research (the faculty boasts six Thomson-Reuters Highly Cited Researchers—more than many universities). Monash has a stellar graduate employment rate, and a reputation as one of the very best institutions in its field.

Students also enjoy the campus location, which is only a few minutes away from Melbourne's city centre, and the strong sense of community fostered by the fact that it is a single-purpose campus.

Monash School of Pharmacy provides innovative learning environments for students and staff, and recently completed a five-year, $75-million campus transformation. Monash pharmacy students and highly qualified academics engage in state-of-the-art learning spaces:

Professional-practice suites: Facilitate the teaching of contemporary, primary-care subjects in flexible, interactive and social learning spaces.

Virtual-practice environments: High-tech, small-group spaces with virtual-practice settings that reflect healthcare and industry situations.


Professional Certification/Accreditation Information

Traditionally, pharmacy degrees in Australia have offered students a five-year pathway to apply to register as a pharmacist (generally a four-year bachelor degree plus a one-year internship). The new Bachelor of Pharmacy Honours / Master of Pharmacy combined degree will enable graduates to apply to register within the same five-year time frame, but offers the additional advantage of doing so with a master's degree as well as a bachelor's.

Practicing in Canada

Australian Bachelor of Pharmacy degrees are recognized internationally. If you intend to practice in Canada, you must first apply for certification through your provincial regulatory body. Please visit the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada website for detailed accreditation and certification information.


Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians

Applicants must have completed at least a high school diploma to be eligible to apply.

Applicants need to have completed Grade 12 English, chemistry and math to meet the program prerequisites. Additional, preferred subjects include biology and physics. The minimum average for admission from high school is 87% in your top six Grade 12 subjects.

For entry into the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) / Master of Pharmacy at Monash, students undertaking university studies must have completed a minimum of the first year of a bachelor degree.

Applicants who have completed university studies must have

  • completed at least one year of a bachelor degree;
  • met the English, chemistry and math program prerequisites (first year university or Grade 12 level);
  • an overall minimum average of 80%; and
  • a minimum of 80% in the prerequisites subjects of English, chemistry and math.

If you have not completed the necessary prerequisite subjects at university level, your high school transcripts will then be assessed for prerequisite subjects.


Total Number of Places in the Program: variable

Application Deadline: While there is no set application deadline, candidates are strongly encouraged by Monash Pharmacy to submit their applications as early as possible.

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