Pharmacy MPharm (Hons)


Play a part in the pharmaceutical advances of the future and learn how to use modern drug tech to make a difference to society with this MPharm (Hons) Pharmacy degree, accredited by the GPhC (General Pharmaceutical Council).

You'll practise using the skills and knowledge you learn under supervision from GPhC-registered Pharmacists and get valuable on-the-job experience with patients and the public on placements.

When you complete the course successfully, you just need to complete a foundation training year to become a fully qualified Pharmacist. You could also go onto a career in areas such as drug development and formulation, and clinical trials.

What you’ll experience

  • Learn from qualified Pharmacists who have backgrounds in community and hospital pharmacy settings
  • Practise applying your skills and scientific knowledge in a fully-stocked model pharmacy and in simulated consultation rooms, a care home, surgery and hospital wards
  • Check and dispense real prescriptions on placements under the supervision of experienced Pharmacists
  • Study alongside students from other healthcare disciplines to get an understanding of all stages of the patient experience 
  • Take opportunities to get further pharmaceutical experience in settings such as GP surgeries and mental health hospitals
  • Get support arranging your foundation training year after the course

Work experience and career planning

You'll get plenty of experience dealing with patients and the public on this course. 

Possible placement locations include:

  • Community pharmacies in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas
  • Local hospitals such as Queen Alexandra in Portsmouth, St. Richard's in Chichester, Southampton General Hospital, and Royal County Hospital in Winchester
  • GP surgeries in Portsmouth and surrounding areas
  • Solent NHS Trust’s mental health in-patient services

You'll also have the chance to volunteer in the local community, providing health checks to groups such as homeless people.

Our Careers and Employability Service can help you find further work experience opportunities 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.

Module details

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, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 credits.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Programme assessment

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.

For more about the teaching activities for specific modules, see the module list above.

Many teaching activities, including lectures, are recorded so you can re-watch them at any time.

How you're assessed

  • 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.

Student destinations

Demand for qualified pharmacists is increasing. After the course, you can become a fully qualified pharmacist within a year by doing a foundation training and passing the GPhC registration examination.

Many graduates do split foundation training in general practitioner surgeries and other clinical settings. You can also split foundation training between the pharmaceutical industry and a hospital or community setting.

Our Careers and Employability Service can support you in applying for your foundation year training, helping with interview techniques and the application process. You'll get help, advice and support for up to 5 years after you leave the University.

The expanding responsibilities 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
  • medical writing

Recent graduates have gone on to work for organisations including:

  • Novartis
  • Reckitt Benckiser
  • Boots
  • Superdrug
  • Goldchem
  • Virgin Care
  • Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
MPharm (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time Study Mode
4 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

BBB-AAB, 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-DDD 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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