In this course you will learn about the chemistry, biology and technology of medicines and other chemical formulations and how to improve human health and well-being by researching and developing more reliable, accessible and effective treatments and products. You will develop the knowledge and practical skills critical to the discovery and development of new drugs and therapies leading to exciting careers in research and industry.
During the first 18 months you will develop your understanding of the foundations of pharmaceutical science and of the relationships between the different disciplines and their distinct roles in drug discovery and development. This will prepare you to choose your specialisation from one of the following fields:
- Formulation science: the invention, manufacture and testing of new products such as pharmaceuticals, food and cosmetics
- Medicinal chemistry: the principles and techniques behind drug discovery and development
- Drug discovery biology: the discovery and understanding of biological drug targets, and their modulation by chemicals and other substances.
You will then develop specialist knowledge and techniques and your understanding of the application of pharmaceutical methods and professional practices required in the workplace. You will study with one of the largest and most productive groups of pharmaceutical researchers in Australia, the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and you will graduate having worked in industry-standard facilities, such as our Shimadzu high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) lab.
In your final year you will gain practical skills through a major research project or industry placement and be ready for a career in pharmaceutical research, the biomedical industry and many other fields that require advanced chemical-formulation skills. Drug discovery biology will prepare you for a career in translating the information and outcomes of drug development studies into pharmaceutical products. Formulation science will prepare you for a range of careers in developing pharmaceuticals, food, cosmetics, agricultural chemicals, veterinary products, paints and inks and many other consumer goods. Medicinal chemistry will prepare you for a range of industrial, academic and commercial career paths.