Pharmacy study in the UK

Pharmacy in the UK

Career options, entry requirements and rankings for Pharmacy.

Study Pharmacy in the UK

Pharmacy Courses in the UK

Pharmacy is the science of preparing drugs, and a perfect subject for any student interested in chemistry and medicine but not looking to become a doctor. Studying pharmacy in the UK can open up doors from working in a hospital dispensing medicine and giving advice to patients and doctors, to working in a local drug store. Pharmacists are involved in the design, development and formulation of medicine.For students with an interest in health, science and medicine, a pharmacy degree is an excellent choice.

A pharmacy degree in the UK combined with a Master (MPharm) usually lasts for four years and will cover topics such as pharmacology, chemistry, biology, pharmaceutics, and can include some business and ethics modules as well. Throughout the course students will have the opportunity to interact with patients by means of hospital visits, and some UK universities offer the chance to study abroad for part of the degree.

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Pharmacy Career Prospects

A pharmacy degree in the UK can lead to careers in three main areas of pharmacy:

Pharmacist: Most pharmacists work in community pharmacies or hospital pharmacies and are involved in the prescription of over the counter medicine. They make sure that patients are given the correct medicine and are informed about the correct dosage to take. Pharmacists also work closely with doctors, nurses and other health care professionals.

Pharmacy Technician:  Technicians also tend to work in hospitals and community pharmacy, and ensure the correct supply and dosage of medicine is delivered to patients. Pharmacy technicians can be involved in other areas of pharmacy such as manufacturing, quality control and clinical trials.

Pharmacy Assistant: Assistants are generally employed in hospitals and work together with technicians. They may perform a wider variety of tasks such as checking and ordering medicine stock, responding to customer queries and dealing with prescriptions.

To practice as a pharmacist in the UK, international students must complete a four-year MPharm degree, then a pre-registration year, and pass the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) pre-registration exam.

Canadian students wishing to practice in Canada will need to qualify with the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC). Students’ UK degree will be evaluated and a Pharmacist Evaluating Examination taken if necessary. A qualifying examination is then required by the PEBC

Pharmacy Entry Requirements

A qualification in chemistry is required for a pharmacy degree in the UK, and maths and English are also preferred, although entry requirements can vary depending on whether you follow the route of pharmacist, technician, or assistant.

  • International Baccalaureate requirements: 34 points.
  • A-levels requirements: AAB.
  • IELTS requirements: 6.5 overall, with no lower than 6.0 in any one component.

Please note that entry requirements differ between UK universities.

Where to study Pharmacy in the UK?

To learn more about the best Pharmacy courses in the UK, find details on the top ten ranking Pharmacy and Pharmacology universities in the Guardian University Guide 2017 below:

  1. Ulster University
  2. Cardiff University
  3. University of Bristol
  4. University of Nottingham
  5. Queen's University, Belfast
  6. University of Manchester
  7. Keele University
  8. University of Leicester
  9. University of East Anglia
  10. University College London

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