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Monash University Handbook 2010 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 titleBPharmSc
CRICOS code058486E
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)3 years FT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Parkville)
Contact details

http://www.pharm.monash.edu.au/students/contact-pharm-current-students.html

Course coordinator

http://www.pharm.monash.edu.au/students/undergrad/courses/bpharmsci.html

Notes

  • Full-time study only

Description

Pharmaceutical science is the science of medicines. The course covers a multi-disciplinary chemical and biological science base used in researching and developing reliable, accessible and effective medicinal products for patients, and so plays a core role in improving human health and wellbeing. This degree is carefully designed to equip students with the necessary skills and scientific knowledge to work in scientific, technical and management roles in the pharmaceutical as well as many other consumer product, cosmetic, chemical formulation, food and other related industries.

A pharmaceutical scientist is trained to select new targets for drug therapy which arise from basic research, and has the scientific and technical knowledge to translate new targets into reliable, accessible and effective treatments for patients.

The Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science has two major areas of study:

  • Formulation science explores inventing, making and testing new products in fields such as pharmaceuticals, food and cosmetics.
  • Medicinal chemistry aims to produce graduates with an in-depth understanding of the principles and techniques behind drug discovery and development.

Objectives

On completion of the course, students will have a thorough grounding in pharmaceutical science with a major in either formulation science or medicinal chemistry. Graduates will have had practical experience either in an industrial setting or in research related to drug development.

Maximum credit allowed

96 credit points

Structure

Students undertake a common first year and in second year select the medicinal chemistry or formulation science major.

Note: There is a quota on each major and entry into the preferred major is not guaranteed. Selection will be based on performance in all first year units and will be dependent on demand for the major and student results.

In second year students take four core units and four units specific to their major. In third year students take two core units, five units specific to their major and an elective unit.

Requirements

First year

First semester

Second semester

Formulation science major

Second year

First semester
Second semester

Third year

First semester
Second semester

Plus one of the following elective units:

  • VPS3012 Drug discovery and development
  • VPS3032 Current aspects of pharmaceutical biology
  • VPS3042 Disease states and pharmalogical intervention

Medicinal chemistry major

Second year

First semester
Second semester

Third year

First semester
Second semester
  • VPS3022 Chemical technologies for the pharmaceutical sciences
  • VPS3082 Research project
  • VPS3012 Drug discovery and development

Plus one of the following elective units:

  • VPS3032 Current aspects of pharmaceutical biology
  • VPS3042 Disease states and pharmalogical intervention
  • VPS3092 Computational chemistry in drug design
  • VPS3102 Product development III

Progression to further studies

An optional honours year is available to outstanding graduates.

Award(s)

Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science