Master of Pharmaceutical Science

Monash University

Course details

CRICOS course code: 105950C

Level of study: Masters Degrees


Brought to you by the world #2 for Pharmacy and Pharmacology, the new Master of Pharmaceutical Science will equip students with the knowledge and skills that they need for a career in the pharmaceutical sector, as well as in related industries such as cosmetics and food manufacturing.

The MPharmSci offers an alternative qualification to a PhD, the traditional postgraduate pathway to employment in the sector. Where a PhD focuses on the discovery of new knowledge and the formal training to be a scientist, the MPharmSci offers students a breadth of expertise, plus industry knowledge and experience.

The degree has been designed in consultation with major employers to ensure that the course content aligns with areas in the sector where there are skills gaps, and will culminate in an extended industrial or research placement, offering students valuable real-world experience.

The degree is open to students who already have a Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science and want to gain a competitive edge in the employment market. It is also open to students with a degree in general science, biomedicine or engineering who wish to specialise in pharmaceutical science.

This course takes the students on a journey through the drug discovery and development pipeline, with detailed investigations of:

Target identification
Drug design and optimisation
Product formulation and analysis
Clinical trials
Regulatory processes
Employability skills

It uses a range of teaching and learning methods, including case studies, hypotheticals and laboratory experience, to highlight and address key issues and challenges in the pharmaceutical and related industries. Students will have the opportunity to interact with and learn from industry and research leaders as they take a deep dive into what it takes to discover and develop new drugs.

Students will gain hands-on experience in a range of analytical, formulation, modelling and other techniques relevant to the practice of contemporary pharmaceutical science. The guiding principles of social responsibility, sustainability and positive impact underpin all learning in this course.

The course culminates in an extended placement in an industrial or research organisation. The placement is integrated with a capstone unit that gives students the chance to consolidate their learning across the entire degree, giving them a folio of evidence that demonstrates their value in a professional environment.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
48,500 Per Year 27 Feb 2023
24 Jul 2023
2 years
Full time
Parkville Campus
381 Royal Parade
Melbourne Victoria 3052

Entry criteria

Entry Level 1: 96 points to complete Duration: 2 years full time, 4 years part time). This entry point is available in semester one only

An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) in Science or Biomedical Science or Engineering in an appropriate discipline (e.g. Chemical, Biomedical or Material) with at least a credit (60%) average.

Entry Level 2: 72 points to complete Duration: 1.5 years full time, 3 years part time. This entry point is available in semester two only An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) in Pharmaceutical Science with at least a credit (60%) average.

Entry Level 3: 48 points to complete Duration: 1 year full time, 2 years part time. This entry point is available in semester one only from 2023

An Australian bachelor honours degree (or equivalent) in Pharmaceutical Science with at least a distinction (70%) average.


An Australian bachelor honours double degree (or equivalent) in Engineering and Pharmaceutical Science with at least a distinction (70%) average.

English entry requirements

Level A

IELTS (Academic): 6.5 Overall score, with minimum band scores: Listening 6.0, Reading 6.0, Writing 6.0 and Speaking 6.0

Pearson Test of English (Academic): 58 Overall score, with minimum scores: Listening 50, Reading 50, Speaking 50 and Writing 50

TOEFL Internet-based test: 79 Overall score, with minimum scores: Reading 13, Listening 12, Speaking 18 and Writing 21


Monash University
Clayton Campus
Wellington Road
Melbourne Victoria 3800
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