The MPharm degree is designed to help students become experts in medicines with the skills to work effectively with patients and the multidisciplinary team.

Pharmacy Degree highlights

The Pharmacy degree programme at Queen's is ranked 2nd in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2018)

Professional Accreditations

  • The degree is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) in Great Britain and the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI), as the relevant regulators.

Industry Links

  • The School of Pharmacy has developed close links with a wide variety of industry partners through research and teaching at a local, national and international level. Students are taught by practising pharmacists from the community, primary care and hospital setting and the School's Careers Liaison Officer ensures that students are aware of all career opportunities and prepared for application and interview processes.

Career Development

  • A feature of this MPharm is an increasing experience of the clinical environment through inclusion of clinical placements in both community and hospital settings.

World Class Facilities

  • The School of Pharmacy at Queen's is acknowledged as a leading centre for Pharmacy teaching and research in the UK. In the latest edition of the Guardian University Guide 2018, we are ranked 2nd in the UK for Pharmacy and Pharmacology.
  • At Queen's we believe in providing students with as authentic a learning experience and environment as possible. Our recently renovated Pharmacy Practice Unit consists of everything you would find in a contemporary community pharmacy. In addition we have world leading research laboratories with the best technology in the industry.

Internationally Renowned Experts

  • According to REF 2014, the research environment at the School of Pharmacy has been rated as 100 per cent world leading.
 'The high standard of teaching and research, as well as helpful and supportive staff at the School of Pharmacy have made my time as a student truly exceptional.'
Ing Ho Kong, Malaysia, Pharmacy Student and Lead International Mentor


Career Prospects

To become a pharmacist in the UK, you will need to complete a four year MPharm degree, a year of preregistration training in the UK and pass an entrance exam set by the GPhC (England, Scotland and Wales) or the PSNI (Northern Ireland).The MPharm course at Queen's is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Society (GPhC) and the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI).

Our graduates typically pursue careers in three main employment sectors, namely, community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry; however, graduates can develop careers in a range of other sectors. Examples of the major career sectors that have attracted our graduates in recent years:

• Hospital pharmacy
• Community pharmacy and primary care
• Scientific publishing
• Industrial pharmacy
• Academic pharmacy
• Varied graduate programmes (Times Top 100 Graduate Recruiters/AGR, Association of Graduate Recruiters UK)

Further information regarding careers in pharmacy may be obtained from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.


We regularly consult and develop links with a large number of employers including, for example, multinational and independent pharmacies and trusts who provide placements for students and who contribute to the undergraduate teaching on the MPharm and who are members of the stakeholders' panel for the course.

Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills

In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

MPharm Award
September Start
Full-time Study Mode
4 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

Entry Requirements

Entrance requirements

A level requirements
AAB including A-level Chemistry and at least one other A-level from Biology, Mathematics or Physics + GCSE Biology grade C or GCSE Double Award Science grades CC + GCSE Mathematics grade C.

Note: Biology to at least AS preferred. Please note that only one Mathematics subject will be counted at A-level. A-level Critical Thinking and General Studies are not acceptable.

Irish leaving certificate requirements
H1H1H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grade H1 in Chemistry and Biology + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O4 in Mathematics.

A minimum of an Upper Second Class Honours degree preferably in a relevant subject.

Those with an Upper Second Class Honours degree in a non-relevant subject may be considered if they have the appropriate science background at GCSE and A-level.

Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an interview as part of the selection process.

All applicants
1. As a result of current legislative requirements any offer made will be conditional on a satisfactory criminal history check (Access NI Enhanced Disclosure Check). To enable the University to request this check you will be required to provide some personal information which will be treated in the strictest of confidence and in line with Data Protection Principles. The current cost of an Enhanced Disclosure Check is £33. At the time of printing changes are due to be implemented and relevant procedures and/or costs may change. Applicants will be advised of the relevant requirements at the appropriate time. For international students, a Certificate of Good Conduct or equivalent will be required in lieu of an Access NI check.

2. The degree is subject to the University's regulations on Fitness to Practise.

3. Applicants will be required to give permission for a check against the Excluded Student Database prior to offers being made. This is a national database which records those who have previously been excluded from professional programmes

Selection Criteria

In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance notes on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application.

How we choose our students

Applications are dealt with centrally by the Admissions and Access Service rather than by the School of Pharmacy. Once your on-line form has been processed by UCAS and forwarded to Queen's, an acknowledgement is normally sent within two weeks of its receipt at the University.

Selection is on the basis of the information provided on your UCAS form, which is considered by the Selector for the Pharmacy degree along with a member of administrative staff from the Admissions and Access Service. Decisions are made on an ongoing basis and will be notified to you via UCAS.

The information provided in the personal statement section and the academic reference together with predicted grades are noted but, in the case of the Pharmacy degree, these are not the deciding factors in whether or not a conditional offer is made. However, they may be reconsidered in a tie break situation in August.

School Leavers taking A-level Qualifications

For admission to Pharmacy past performance at GCSE and AS-level is taken into account when deciding whether or not to make conditional offers. Where candidates do not cash-in AS-level examinations results at the end of year 13 (Year 12 England and Wales), it is helpful if the equivalent grades are given in the academic reference, since this will speed up the decision-making process.

For entry last year offers were initially made to those who achieved either 6 As and 2 Bs at GCSE or AAB/ABBB at AS-level (including Chemistry and one of Biology, Mathematics or Physics). These are the initial thresholds which may be relaxed once we have received all of our applications. The final threshold is not usually determined until late in the application cycle (February-March), so there may be a delay in processing candidates who have less than 6As and 2 Bs at GCSE. The final threshold varies from year to year depending on competition for places. In recent years, candidates with 2/3As and 4/3 Bs at GCSE have normally been made offers.

Offers are normally made on the basis of 3 A-levels. A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not acceptable. However, performance in these subjects may be taken into account in tie-break situations after the publication of A-level results in August. Only one Mathematics subject will be counted at A-level. Performance in the second Mathematics A-level may be taken into account in tie-break situations after the publication of A-level results in August.

Candidates are not normally asked to attend for interview.

Repeat A-level Applicants
The offer for repeat candidates is normally one A-level grade higher than the normal asking grades. Grades from the previous year can be held and for subjects being retaken it is not necessary to repeat all modules.
Please note that only two attempts at admission are allowed.

Graduate Applicants
A minimum of an Upper Second Class Honours degree preferably in a relevant subject. Those with an Upper Second Class Honours degree in a non-relevant subject may be considered if they have the appropriate science background at GCSE and A-level.

Graduate applicants who are short listed will be required to attend an interview. Interviews take place during February-April.

Visiting the School of Pharmacy
In addition to the general University Open Days held in September students made an offer will be invited to a UCAS Visit Day, which are usually held in February-April. This will allow you the opportunity to visit the University and to find out more about the Pharmacy degree and the facilities on offer. It also gives you a flavour of the academic and social life at Queen's.

If you cannot find the information you need here, please contact the University Admissions and Access Service (, giving full details of your qualifications and educational background.


For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.


INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.

  • Foundation
    The INTO progression course suited to this programme is
    Foundation in Engineering and Science.

INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

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