At a glance
- Study at the top school of pharmacy in England, now ranked 6th in the world*
- Have the opportunity to study part of your course at our Malaysia Campus
- Have a guaranteed pre-registration placement and remain a student while you complete your training
* The Guardian University Guide, 2017; QS World Rankings by Subject, 2017
What is Pharmacy?
Pharmacists are experts in medicines and drug therapy. Our MPharm degree links your future professional role with in-depth knowledge from a broad range of chemical, biological and professional disciplines. You will study all aspects of pharmacy from disease-causing microorganisms, synthesis and manufacture of drugs, and actions of drugs in the body to professional aspects such as dispensing and ethics.
How will I study?
Much of your learning will be case-based to ensure that the scientific and professional elements are integrated from day one. You will study in lectures, practical classes, small workshop and tutorial groups and on placement. You will also study alongside students in other healthcare disciplines; for example with trainee doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and dieticians.
The school benefits from a number of clinical teachers and pharmacy professionals who spend part of their time teaching and part of their time working in a hospital or community pharmacy. Our academic staff are at the leading edge of scientific and healthcare developments and we were ranked as the UK's top school of pharmacy in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. All of our academic staff act as a personal tutor for undergraduate students, so you will have support and encouragement from some of the country's top academics.
To become a UK-registered pharmacist after the four-year MPharm, you must successfully complete a one-year pre-registration training period after graduation. We will provide support to help you secure this. The vast majority of our students have places arranged well before graduation. For more information about registration, please see the pharmacy regulations website. The school also provides support at the end of your pre-registration year to help you prepare for your GPhC examination.
Career opportunities for pharmacists are plentiful and varied. While most pharmacists are based in hospital or community pharmacies, others work in areas such as clinical trials, quality assurance and formulation in thepharmaceutical industry, or in academic pharmacy and scientific positions within the NHS. Recent professional career developments include working with GPs and providing prescribing advice.
In 2014, 98% of first-degree graduates in the School of Pharmacy who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £20,191 with the highest being £26,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home and EU first-degree graduates, 2013/14.
Our four-year Masters in Pharmacy (MPharm) course has full accreditation from the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). We are currently working towards accreditation for our five-year course.
See www.pharmacyregulation.org for more information on the accreditation of UK pharmacy programmes.
We offer students the chance to apply to spend some or all of their second year studying at our campus in Malaysia, based near Semenyih, which is approximately one hour's drive from the capital Kuala Lumpur. Another option available is for students undertaking their semester-long research project in year three to apply to study either at our Malaysia Campus or at one of our partner institutions overseas. Recent destinations have included Australia, Hong Kong, USA, Canada, Italy and France.
For more details about study abroad options, please see our School Study Abroad page.
Application and interview
For more details about the application process, the pharmacy student Code of Conduct and fitness to practise procedures, please visit the school website.
Short-listed applicants will have the opportunity to visit the school when they attend their interview or details of University-wide open days, please see the open days page