A levels: AAB, including chemistry and at least one further science A level from biology, maths or physics; the third subject can be chosen from a wide range of subjects, but general studies and critical thinking are not accepted. Plus GCSE maths, 7 or above, and English, 5 or above.
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
IGCSE First Language English grade B
IGCSE Second Language English grade A
If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you can attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE), which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English. Successful students can progress onto their chosen degree course without taking IELTS again.
Irish Leaving Certificate: five subjects at Higher Level including chemistry and a second science from biology, maths or physics; our typical offer is AAABB.
Scottish qualifications: Advanced Highers grades AA in chemistry and a second science from biology, maths and physics plus 5 suitable Highers grades AABBB.
Welsh Baccalaureate: Advanced Diploma with either a pass or grade A/B in the core and two A level grades AA/AB in chemistry and a second science from maths, biology or physics.
BTEC National Diploma: grades equivalent to our typical A level offer, with distinctions in key subjects like applied chemistry or pharmaceutical sciences and A level chemistry.
International Students are advised to take a look at our International Office pages for country specific entry requirements.
Foundation courses: We accept applications from students studying on the Life Sciences Foundation at the University. The Science Foundation course at Nottingham College International is also suitable for European and International candidates wishing to apply for the MPharm. The University Admissions Office can advise on other suitable Foundation courses that we are able to accept.
Mature applicants and graduate entry
Mature students should meet the same requirements as other candidates. Graduates in an appropriate subject with at least a 2:1 honours degree (GPA 3.0) will also be considered.
For details of alternative qualifications accepted by the University, see alternative qualifications page.
If you have a combination of qualifications, or would like advice on qualifications not covered here, please contact the school directly.
Science Foundation Certificate
International students only
International students (non-EU) who do not have the required qualifications or grades to go directly onto an undergraduate degree course, may be interested in the Science Foundation Certificate delivered through The University of Nottingham International College. You are guaranteed a place on selected undergraduate courses if all progression requirements are met.
Science with Foundation Year
Home, EU and international students
If you have achieved high grades in your A levels (or equivalent qualifications) but do not meet the current subject entry requirements for direct entry to your chosen undergraduate course, you may be interested in our one year science foundation programme. Applicants must also demonstrate good grades in previous relevant science subjects to apply. You are guaranteed a place on selected undergraduate courses if all progression requirements are met.
Flexible admissions policy
In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, The University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy
. We consider applicants’ circumstances and broader achievements as part of the assessment process, but do not vary the offer from the grades advertised as a result of these. Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures
for more information.
Code of Conduct
Pharmacy is one of the registered healthcare professions and carries both privileges and responsibilities. Students are expected to conduct themselves professionally at all times. A Code of Conduct applies to all pharmacy students from the first day of the course to the day of graduation, and applies both on and off campus. The British Pharmaceutical Students Association (BPSA) have also produced a podcast about the Code of Conduct.
The school has fitness to practise procedures in place for pharmacy students and you will be given more information about these when you join the course.
The Code of Conduct and the requirement for fitness to practise procedures are issued by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). However, you should note that the GPhC is not an adjudicator or appeal body, and will not be able to offer prospective registration advice.
The GPhC is the final arbiter in relation to an individual's eligibility to:
- enter pharmacist pre-registration training
- register as a pharmacist
The GPhC reserves the right to set aside a school's fitness to practise decision, if there are grounds for doing so, when making either of these decisions.
The GPhC has its own requirements for registration as a pharmacist, including making its own health and good character checks. It also has its own fitness to practise procedures for registered pharmacists. The GPhC can refuse to register a student as a pre-reg or pharmacist if a check is failed, even if previous checks have been passed.
As a member of the Pharmacy Schools Council the School makes use of the Excluded Students Database to identify applicants who have been excluded from a professional degree programme on grounds of fitness to practice. Applications from applicants who appear on the Database will be considered on an individual basis.
Whilst studying on the MPharm course you will come into close contact with potentially vulnerable people or at least learn about their personal circumstances. The University therefore has to ensure its students have a proven record of good conduct and character before undertaking these types of activities. When you accept your offer, the school will send out a health questionnaire with further instructions before you join us. You do not need to do anything else regarding a health check before this time.
UK based applicants will be asked to complete and return a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) application form. It will be sent to you when you meet your offer with a set of instructions on how to complete it.
Non UK based applicants will be required to provide us with a Certificate of Good Conduct and Character, which will need to be requested from a formal authority like the police, or the Foreign Affairs Department or equivalent. It should include any information on any criminal convictions that you have, or simply confirm that you don't have any.
We encourage students to discuss any problems or concerns with us as soon as possible, so that we can support and advise you appropriately. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of the above, then please call +44 (0)115 9515100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes for applicants
We are looking for strong academic qualifications as well as a commitment to a career in pharmacy. Applications where pharmacy does not appear to be the first subject choice are therefore less likely to be successful. Your personal statement is your opportunity to make yourself stand out from the crowd. We want to know what interests you about pharmacy so it is worth reflecting on any pharmacy related reading that you have done, any work experience and any extracurricular activities that you do. For additional information regarding writing your personal statement, please see the UCAS website
Entry to our MPharm is always into year one, with no exceptions.
We do not accept lower grade A levels alongside an incomplete or partial degree, and we are unable to consider applications with an Access to Higher Education qualification.
The University of Nottingham welcomes the diversity of appearance that people can bring from different religions, backgrounds and beliefs. However, there may be health and safety or professional considerations that would restrict certain modes of dress in particular contexts, for example when working on placement. In such cases, it will be necessary for the University to consult with staff/students and placement providers who may be affected by such restrictions
We welcome applications from candidates who would like to defer entry until the following academic year.
Candidates who are re-sitting a full year the standard offer will remain as AAB.