Monash University Free Online Course on Science of Medicines

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Monash University is offering free online course on Science of Medicines. This six-week course is designed by a team of experts who focus on improving education for pharmacy students at Monash University, Australia.

The overall objective of this course is to learn the science behind how and why medicines work, and what can improve patient's treatment, with this free online course. The course will start on September 5, 2016.

Course At Glance

Length: 6 weeks
Effort: 3 hours/week
Subject: Science of Medicines
Institution: Monash University and Future learn
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Course starts on September 5, 2016

Providers' Details

Monash University is one of Australia's leading universities ranked in the world's top 1% (Times Higher Education World University Rankings). Monash University was established in Melbourne, Australia in 1958. In little more than 50 years, the University has become Australia's largest university, earning an enviable national and international reputation for research and teaching excellence. Monash University is the youngest member of the Group of Eight, the coalition of Australia's most prestigious research-intensive universities.

About This Course

The world's growing population faces major health issues, and medicines are a primary pillar to effect better health. Learn about the science of key medicines used to manage heart disease, depression, diabetes, pain control and smoking cessation.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English. Applicants can get a verified certificate.

Learning Outcomes

Week by week you will study a new medicine and health area, starting by looking through the eyes of an affected patient. You will learn the mechanics of a disease and how it affects the world's population. You will then delve into the science of the medicine to explore the medicine's chemistry, how it works in the body and why it is formulated in a certain way to become the medicine you see on the pharmacy shelf.


No previous knowledge is necessary. Being a course about pharmacy, we discuss a number of important chemistry concepts in the course. If you haven't studied chemistry for a long time, don't worry – supporting references will be provided for extra background where needed.


Ian Larson

Ian is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Monash University. He is widely recognised for his innovations in student learning in the pharmaceutical sciences.

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Sign Up At FutureLearn
  • Select a course and Join
  • Once a course has started, applicant will be able to access the course material
  • After the start date, students will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on My Courses page.
  • Applicants can buy, to show that they have completed a FutureLearn course.
  • On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s)).

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