School of Pharmacy
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Our graduates are highly regarded, and the latest graduation-destination survey showed that 100% of our graduates were in employment six months after graduating.

Pharmacists are experts in medicines and how they work, which, combined with their professional skills, opens up a number of career opportunities to them. Most pharmacists work in community and hospital pharmacies but there are a number of other options available to qualified pharmacists.

Graduate destinations


After completing the MPharm degree, if you want to become a fully qualified pharmacist you will need to undertake the pre-registration year.  This is a year of salaried training, at the end of which you will sit the General Pharmaceutical Council’s exam to become a qualified pharmacist.  More information can be found on the General Pharmaceutical Council website.  

The School hosts a pre-registration fair every year which is attended by potential employers from within all sectors, so there’s lots of support available to help you find your ideal pre-registration place.

Community pharmacy

The traditional dispensing and advisory role associated with community pharmacy is evolving and pharmacists are playing a greater role in patient care. Some community pharmacists now have prescribing roles and are involved in services such as weight-management counselling.

Alongside patient care, there can also be possibilities on the business side of community pharmacy with the chance to develop financial and managerial skills. Community pharmacists can be self-employed or work within a larger company.


Hospital pharmacy

Hospital pharmacists work as part of a healthcare team comprising doctors, nurses and pharmacists.  As part of this team they offer their expertise to selecting treatments for managing patient care.

The role of hospital pharmacists is also developing, as technological advancements are giving pharmacists more time to work with patients on the wards.  Hospital pharmacists have opportunities available for career development through management or clinical specialism.

Industrial pharmacy

If you are interested in the research and development of new drugs you may want to consider a role in industrial pharmacy.

Industrial pharmacists work with scientists who specialise in other areas to discover safe and effective drugs.

The School has an industrial pharmacists group which run events to raise awareness of opportunities in industry.


Other opportunities

There are a number of other opportunities available to pharmacists, including academic pharmacy, veterinary pharmacy, the Royal Army Medical Corps, the prison service and regulatory pharmacy.

Postgraduate study

We also welcome graduates back to the School to study for higher degrees in research such as MPhil, MRes and PhD programmes. Scholarships covering tuition fees and living costs are usually available.


School of Pharmacy

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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