Are you interested in the how and why of diseases, and how to treat them?

Pharmacists are responsible for not only ensuring quality and safe supply of medicines within the law, but also advising patients and fellow medical professionals on the correct use of medicines.

This MPharm (Hons) Pharmacy integrated Master's degree course gives you the medical knowledge and practical skills you need to begin a career as a pharmacist. After the course you can undertake preregistration training and qualify as a pharmacist within a year, or work in areas such as drug development or marketing.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Be taught by pharmacy-qualified staff who have backgrounds in community and hospital pharmacy settings
  • Practice essential skills on medical manikins and work-through realistic scenarios in our safe and secure Centre For Simulation In Healthcare
  • Get workplace experience by training in our fully stocked model pharmacy – you'll work through complicated cases in study groups, review hospital medication charts, and respond to medicine information queries
  • Interact with patients and members of the public in our local community pharmacy partner
  • Check and dispense prescriptions with real medication under the supervision of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) registered pharmacists
  • Go on placement in general practitioner surgeries and a mental health hospital in your final year in addition to community and hospital placements in other years across the course

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find pharmacy-related work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary opportunities – including a summer research placement at a European university – that will complement your studies and build your CV.

What you'll study 

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules

Cells to Systems – 20 credits

This module develops your understanding of the basic structure and function of mammalian cells, tissues and organs.

Developing Life-Long Learning For Pharmacy – 20 credits

On this module you'll develop your study skills, focusing on effective self-directive learning which is a key element of the MPharm. 

Introduction To Formulation – 20 credits

On this module you'll examine the chemical and physical characteristics of drug molecules.

Introduction to Neuroscience and Pharmacology – 20 credits

This module introduces you to the anatomy and physiology of the central and peripheral nervous systems.

Introduction To Pharmacy Practice – 20 credits

This module introduces you to the profession of pharmacy and the role of the pharmacist. You'll develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes required by a competent pharmacist.

Pharmaceutical Chemistry – 20 credits

This module gives you a basic understanding of how pharmaceutical chemistry is important to disciplines linked with pharmacy and pharmacology.

Year 2

Core modules

Drug Development And Formulation – 20 credits

On this module, you'll get an understanding of molecular-level design features of therapeutic agents. 

Immunology And Microbiology In Health And Disease – 20 credits

This module gives you an understanding of immunology and microbiology and how they link with current pharmaceutical and medical approaches.

Medicines Patients and Public Health – 40 credits

On this module you'll focus on professionalism in pharmacy and develop skills important for the effective delivery of pharmaceutical care.

Neuroscience, Endocrine And Gastrointestinal Pharmacology And Therapeutics – 20 credits

This module gives you an introduction to conditions usually associated with the central nervous, endocrine, and gastro-intestinal systems.

Respiratory, Renal And Cardiovascular Pharmacology And Therapeutics – 20 credits

This module introduces you to the basic physiology of and the common medical conditions associated with the respiratory, renal and cardiovascular systems.

Year 3

Core modules

Antimicrobial Chemotherapy – Theory And Practice – 20 credits

This module will introduce you to infectious diseases and the therapeutic options associated with them.

Bioactives Natural And Synthetic – 20 credits

On this module you'll look at natural products with therapeutic value, the importance of drug design development, recombinant DNA technology and examples of small therapeutic molecules.

Delivering Pharmaceutical Care To Patients – 40 credits

This module uses your knowledge and skills from Stage 1 and Stage 2 modules and puts them in the context of the provision of pharmaceutical services in primary and secondary care settings. 

Pharmaceutical Formulation And Quality Assurance – 20 credits

On this module you'll use your knowledge of physical chemistry and formulation, and apply it to the development of patient treatments.

Pharmacy Research Methods And Ethics – 20 credits

On this module you'll consider the ethical aspects of professional practice and learn the skills to write a research proposal for a pharmacy related research question.

Year 4

Core modules

Clinical Skills For Pharmacists – 20 credits

On this module you'll demonstrate clinical skills and take part in placement learning in a GP surgery. 

Evidence Based Practice – 20 credits

On this module you'll further develop pharmacy practice knowledge and skills, preparing you to enter your pharmacy career via pre-registration. 

Integrated Studies In Mental Health – 20 credits

This module gives you an understanding of the integration of care. 

MPharm Research Project – 40 credits

On this module you'll generate and manipulate data, and develop an argument supported through by appropriate statistical or qualitative data analysis of the results.

Personalised Medicine And Cancer – 20 credits

The theme of this module is ‘right drug, right patient’. You'll look at target selection, drug discovery/development and formulation for biological targeting agents such as monoclonal antibodies. 


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • practical laboratory work
  • simulated training

All of the modules you'll take are fully supported by online lecture and study materials, and our academic staff will share their expertise in practice and research.

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • diagnostic tests
  • written assignments
  • simulated patient-focused case studies
  • oral and poster presentations
  • online tests
  • clinical skills assessment

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Careers and opportunities

After the course, you can become a fully qualified pharmacist within a year by doing preregistration training and passing the GPhC registration examination. Many graduates do split preregistration training in general practitioner surgeries and other clinical settings. You can also split preregistration training between the pharmaceutical industry and a hospital or community setting.

What can you do with a Pharmacy degree?

The expanding role of pharmacists means you'll have many other job options at the end of the course. Areas you could work in include:

  • drug development and formulation
  • involvement with toxicity studies
  • clinical trials
  • marketing
  • regulatory affairs

Whatever your choice when you finish the course, our careers and employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. You'll get help, advice and support for up to 5 years after you leave the University.

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

Entry Requirements For This Course

BBB-ABB, or equivalent, to include A level Chemistry, plus an A level in a second Science subject or Mathematics. Other qualifications are considered including BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science at DDM plus A level Chemistry. For A levels which include a separate science practical component, a pass is desirable and may strengthen an application.

*Please note: A levels in Applied Science, General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies are not normally accepted.

All shortlisted applicants will need to attend an interview, which will include an admissions test. Applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before starting the course.

English Language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

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