Combining chemical engineering with pharmaceutical science, this double degree course is unique in Australia and rare worldwide.
Chemical engineers can design, run and troubleshoot production facilities, but their training typically excludes the skills to develop pharmaceutical and related products. Similarly, formulation scientists can invent and test new products such as pharmaceuticals, food and cosmetics, but they lack the know-how to manage the product process beyond the laboratory stage.
This course combines chemical engineering and pharmaceutical science to produce professionals capable of covering the full spectrum of the pharmaceutical product design and development process.
Pharmaceutical engineers work in all aspects of the design and development process, from experimenting with innovative formulations to manufacturing commercialised products. A pharmaceutical engineer might:
- design, develop and improve industrial processes and equipment for large scale chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing
- plan and test methods of manufacturing
- develop methods for the treatment of by-products
- devise production processes that are safe, efficient, profitable and environmentally sound
- research naturally occurring chemical reactions and copy these processes for society's benefit
- develop and implement cleaner production technologies
- design, develop and use new materials.
Double degree courses include the features of the component degree courses, except that electives may be reduced.
E3001 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) is a specialist course that develops through four themes that combine to underpin engineering practice: fundamentals and foundational skills, design, knowledge and applications, and professional practice.
Part A. Engineering fundamentals and foundational skills
These will develop your understanding of natural and physical sciences, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences that underpin all engineering disciplines.
Part B. Engineering design
This will develop the engineering techniques, tools and resources for the conduct, design and management of engineering design processes and projects, both in the industrial setting and in the development of research experiments.
Part C. Engineering knowledge and application
This will provide in-depth knowledge of the specific engineering methods of a branch of engineering, and will integrate the specific engineering methods and discipline knowledge into practice. You will develop skills to identify and apply knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline. Additionally, your studies will focus on your understanding and application of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in your discipline.
Part D. Professional practice
This will develop your skills in readiness for the engineering workplace. You will develop skills in effective team membership and team leadership, the use and management of commercially relevant data, and the legal responsibilities of engineers. This study will integrate the theme 'Engineering knowledge and application' with your specialist field of engineering.
P2001 Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science is a specialist course that develops through three themes. The first two, foundation science studies and pharmaceutical science studies culminate in an applied project.
Part A. Foundation science studies
Foundation studies in bioorganic and medicinal chemistry, physical chemistry and physiology will underpin further studies in your chosen specialisation. It will also provide an introduction to the key areas of scientific communication and practice and scientific research methodology.
Part B. Pharmaceutical science
This will provide you with practical and theoretical skills and knowledge of your specialisation. You will learn to develop, apply and communicate the concepts and theoretical frameworks that constitute the knowledge base of your chosen discipline.
Part C. Applied project
The studies in Parts A and B culminate in a major research project (medicinal chemistry/drug discovery biology specialisations) or industry placement (formulation science specialisation).
Students must complete 240 points, of which 144 points are from the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (including all of the requirements in Part A, B, C and D for the single degree) and 96 points from the Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science (including all of the requirements in Part A, B and C from the single degree).
The course progression mapcourse progression map (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2018handbooks/maps/map-e3008.pdf) will assist you to plan to meet the course requirements, and guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.
Units are 6 credit points unless otherwise stated.
Students may be eligible to exit the double degree program and graduate with either a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Honours) or a Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science after four or three years, depending on the units studied.
Students who wish to graduate with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Honours) prior to the completion of the double degree must have completed at least 192 points of studies, including all of the requirements in Part A, B, C and D for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) specialising in chemical engineering.
Students who wish to graduate with a Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science prior to the completion of the double degree must have completed at least 144 points of studies, including all of the requirements in Part A, B and C for the Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science degree.