La Trobe University

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)


Semester starts
Semester 1 (March)
4 years
Annual tuition fee (A$)
43 400

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.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 8.

Entry requirements

Subject prerequisites

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.

English language requirement

IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.5.

Please refer to our English Language Requirements page for details of other Accepted English Proficiency tests and additional recognised English Language Proficiency Measures, such as English as the language of instruction.

Career outcomes

This degree aims to equip you for work in any pharmacy setting, including rural pharmacies. It also gives you the chance to forge strong relationships with other health professionals, and it qualifies you to provide pharmacy services within the Australian Defence Forces. Many pharmacy graduates contribute to the health of communities by offering their services in community pharmacy, where others find great reward and stimulation as a pharmacist working in a hospital environment. As pharmacy is a very mobile profession, some people choose to live and work as a pharmacist in diverse parts of Australia, as well as other countries. But these aren’t the only career options. As pharmacy is largely a science-based discipline, graduates have also moved into roles in a range of areas including biotechnology, food sciences, pharmaceutical industry, cosmetics, paints, environmental science, environmental management, teaching and government policy making. As a pharmacy graduate, you can also consider postgraduate research (Masters or PhD) in diverse areas like biotechnology, environmental chemistry, microbiology, pharmacy practice, pharmacology and pharmacogenomics.

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.

Please note that if you wish to complete the supervised pre-registration training in Australia, you require a relevant visa.

Fees and costs

Annual tuition fee (A$)

43 400

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

Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Please apply through VTAC if you’re completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if you’re completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.

See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

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