Study Pharmacy in the UK
MPharm in the UK
The MPharm is the only qualification in the UK which leads to professional registration as a pharmacist and allows you to practice in Canada.
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.
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Pharmacy Entry Requirements for Canadian Students
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. Typically for the MPharm Canadian students will need at least 70% in their high school diploma, including 70% in Chemistry and one other science.
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 2019 below:
- University of Bristol
- Ulster University
- University of Nottingham
- Queen's University, Belfast
- University of Liverpool
- Cardiff University
- University of Birmingham
- Robert Gordon University
- University of Leeds
- Kingston University London
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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
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