La Trobe University

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)


2018 'Clearly In' ATAR*
Start dates
Semester 1 (March)
4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Fees and costs
Please check out our Fee calculator for an estimation of course fees.

*N/A: Not applicable, N/P: Not published, NC: New course, RC: Range of criteria.
Additional information on the 2018 intake is now available at the ATAR Wizard.

This degree develops your understanding of how medicines impact, improve and change people's lives. You'll gain knowledge of our healthcare system and how pharmacists support patient care.

Based in Bendigo, you'll have access to our on-campus training pharmacy, where you'll practise patient communication skills and learn how to work as the link between medical practitioners and the public.

In the first two years of your course you'll study science fundamentals along with introductory pharmacy practice subjects. For the remaining three years, you'll focus on specific pharmacy subjects such as legislation and practice, therapeutics, complementary medicine and the quality use of medicines. You'll also examine public health issues in rural and remote Australia, and graduate with an Honours level degree.

During your degree, you'll participate in a range of community and hospital placements where you'll develop practical pharmacy skills.

Entry requirements


VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 25 in Chemistry; and a study score of at least 25 in any mathematics.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements

Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying.

Career outcomes

After graduation you'll be eligible to complete a one-year supervised internship and take the Australian Pharmacy Board exams to qualify as a professional pharmacist. After this internship you'll also be able to register and practice as a pharmacist in hospitals, community health or even for large-scale organisations such as the Australian Defence Force. Other science-based career opportunities include working in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, as well as postgraduate research positions in chemistry, pharmacology and microbiology.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) is accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council (APC). Graduates of the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) may be eligible to apply for registration with the Pharmacy Board of Australia. Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Fees and costs

Course fees

Your course fees will depend on the subjects you choose to study: each subject has its own costs. The total course fee may vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and your approved Credit for Prior Learning.

Find out more about undergraduate course fees.

Additional costs

Additional costs include up to A$30 for a laboratory coat and safety glasses. You can purchase these items from any supplier; they remain your personal property. Clinical experience involves travel and accommodation costs, estimated on the basis of a maximum of A$500 per full-time week of placement, and these costs may vary. First year (travel only) - up to A$20; second year (one-week placement) - up to A$500; third year (one-week placement) - up to A$500; fourth year (up to 6 weeks' placement) - up to A$3000. Please note: international students cannot claim reimbursements of their travel and accommodation costs for placements. Students undertaking practical placements within healthcare agencies are required to undergo a National Police check (approximate cost A$16) and a Working with Children Check.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Applications for Semester 1, 2019 will open later this year.

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