Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
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.
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): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.5.
TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).
TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.
La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B Certificate at postgraduate (EFS5 (70 per cent) PG1) level. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.
La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies: 70 per cent final result in a course.
English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.
Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.
or approved international equivalent.
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.
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$)
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
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:
CRICOS code: 069561G