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A degree in pharmacy is a one of the requirements to become a fully qualified pharmacist. In addition, you will need to work for a year in a community or hospital pharmacy and pass a registration exam. Graduates of the University of Nottingham do especially well in the job market.

What skills will I gain during my degree?

In addition to your subject knowledge, the degree equips you with key employability skills such as:

  • critical judgement
  • problem-solving and analytical skills
  • communication skills
  • time management and organisational abilities
  • interpersonal skills
  • able to empathise with patients
  • able to establish relationships with patients and other professional colleagues

Destinations of pharmacy graduates

I00% of graduates* leaving pharmacy courses in the 2016/17 academic year secured work or further study within six months of graduating.

The graduate labour market remains buoyant for pharmacy graduates. However, it is likely there will be greater competition for pre-registration training places, as a result of the increase in output of graduates from newly established pharmacy degrees.

Our pharmacy graduates secure professional positions largely within the human health sector, as hospital pharmacists, or the retail sector as community pharmacists.

A very small number of graduates choose to pursue careers in the private sector with pharmaceutical companies.

Applying for pharmacy roles

Health Education England (HEE) introduced a centralised recruitment and selection process for preregistration pharmacist posts utilising the IT system Oriel.

It applies to all hospital preregistration pharmacist posts and is optional for community pharmacy preregistration posts.

Through Oriel only one application will be required and applicants can preference multiply preregistration pharmacists posts in both hospital and community posts.

National Recruitment Scheme

Once you have qualified - most newly qualified pharmacists enter the job market between July and August and many employers will target their recruitment to coincide with this. You will need to start your job search before you have finished your pre-reg training.

Pharmacist Support - Looking for work


Applying for pharmacy roles


*UK full-time first degree graduates seeking employment or further study. 

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