UK Pharmacy courses provide students with knowledge and understanding of the chemistry and pharmacology of medicines as well as the biology, pathology and diagnosis of disease. Students learn how medicines are formulated and manufactured to be effective and how medicines are absorbed in the body and eliminated. Students also learn how to communicate effectively with patients so that patients always receive the best possible care and can use their medicines effectively.
All MPharm courses provide students with individual learning opportunities that include carrying out a research project or dissertation, usually in the final year. Students are also encouraged to make good use of their time outside the classroom through volunteering in the community, taking additional work internships and involvement in sports and student societies.
Each MPharm is quality assured by its own University and also the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), the independent regulator of the profession of pharmacy in the UK. The GPhC accreditation provides assurance that every graduate of every UK MPharm degree meets educational standards. For these reasons the quality of UK MPharm degrees and graduates is recognised globally.
The UK is a great place to study pharmacy. The UK continues to be world-leading in research, innovation and development of medicines, optimising health care and use of medicines. This knowledge and innovation is concentrated in UK universities, and you will be taught by leading academics.
The UK is a multicultural, diverse and open society that is welcoming to international students. Studying in the UK will give you the opportunity to experience its rich culture.
The UK pharmacy degree is called the MPharm, which is 4 years of University study. There is no UK equivalent of BPharm: in the UK the 4 years of study qualifies students with a Masters degree (MPharm), without graduating with a batchelor's degree first.
In order to be registered as a pharmacist in the UK and to be allowed to practice, home students must obtain an MPharm degree and also undertake 52 weeks supervised pre-registration training in clinical practice, before taking a national registration exam set by the GPhC.
Pharmacists are experts in medicines and their use, and their work regularly crosses over with careers in healthcare. Pharmacists typically work as community pharmacists in independent or chain stores on the high street, or as hospital pharmacists. They can also work in doctor's surgeries, for pharmaceutical companies or in academia in university departments.
Pharmacy is a very rewarding career,they are the experts in medicines and use their knowledge to help educate patients and other healthcare professionals on their safe and effective use.