Pharmacy vs pharmaceutical sciences – Monash outlines the difference

If you’ve just started considering pharmacy as a profession, sometimes the degree titles can get confusing!

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Here, Monash University breaks down the difference between studying pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences.

Did you know that Monash University Pharmacy School is ranked #7 in the world*?


Pharmacists are directly concerned with people’s health and well-being. As members of a healthcare team, they provide advice on the safe and effective use of medicine. They’re actively involved in patient care in hospitals and the community. As medicine experts, they can also work in government, industry, research and clinical-trial roles.

If you are interested in science and healthcare, and enjoy communicating with people, then the Bachelor of Pharmacy is for you. It’s the degree you need to be a pharmacist.

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Pharmaceutical scientists are experts in the chemistry, biology and biotechnology required to design and develop medicines. They play a key role in improving human health and well-being by researching and developing reliable, accessible and effective treatments.

They understand the impact of medicines on the body and diseases. They’re also experts in bringing safe and effective products to market.

If you enjoy solving problems, love chemistry or biology, and want to improve human health, then a Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science could be your calling. It equips you to work in the pharmaceutical science and biomedical fields.


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