Pharmacy Jump to undergraduate courses 

Study with us because:

  • We are ranked 3rd in the UK by The Times Good University Guide 2015 and 5th by The Guardian University Guide 2016
  • According to QS World University Rankings 2015, we are placed in the top 10 of the world's leading elite institutions, achieving 8th place.
  • You will have the opportunity to apply to study for part of your course at our Malaysia Campus.

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; 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.

Professional recognition

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 for more information on the accreditation of UK Pharmacy programmes. 

Studying abroad

We offer students the chance to apply to spend a semester or a year studying at our campus near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. For more information about studying abroad, please see Malaysia Campus website.

Nottingham has the highest number of any UK university on outward mobility under Erasmus.

Career prospects and employability

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.

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 the
pharmaceutical industry, or in academic pharmacy, or in 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.

  • The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers
    (High Fliers Research 2013, 2014 and 2015.)
  • We are also ranked as the number one university for job prospects
    (Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2015)

Application and interview

For more details about the application process and about the Pharmacy Student Code of Conduct and fitness to practise procedures, please visit the school website.

Open days 

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.


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