Pharmacists are experts in medicines who work alongside doctors, nurses and dentists as part of healthcare teams.

As a pharmacy graduate, you’ll need to understand the science behind drug discovery, development and delivery along with how patients react to the medicines they take. You’ll also have to understand individual patient care and public health issues to deliver the best health and pharmaceutical care.

Our pharmacy degree combines science and pharmacy from the start. Our aim is to provide you with the skills and knowledge to be a medicines expert to choose from the full range of pharmacy careers.

It's delivered by the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences which has strong links with the community, hospital and pharmaceutical industry sectors along with schools of pharmacy internationally.

MPharm Award
September Start
Full-time Study Mode
5 years Duration
B230 UCAS Code

Entry Requirements For This Course

Required subjects are indicated following minimum accepted grades.

Because the number and quality of applicants varies each year, achieving the grades outlined below cannot be considered as an absolute guarantee for entrance to the course. Each annual round of admissions is treated as a separate and independent round of competition for places. Therefore, re-applications are treated on an equal basis with first time applicants in any application round.

We cannot guarantee places in advance of receiving applications through UCAS and we do not offer deferred entry to the MPharm programme.


AAAB (Chemistry A, Biology A, Maths B, English B)

Advanced Highers

BB (Chemistry B and/or Biology; Physics and Maths can be considered)

Two Advanced Highers will be required for Year 2 entry, which is the normal entry point.

A Levels

Year 2 entry: AAB (Chemistry, Biology and an additional subject with Maths or Physics preferred; if not Maths at A Level, GCSE Maths 8/A or 6/B; GCSE English Language 6/B; pass in A Level Chemistry is required, where offered)

Republic of Ireland

Five Higher Leaving Certificate (Hons) passes at H2 grade including Chemistry, English, Maths and Biology.

HND in Biomedical or Pharmaceutical Sciences

Candidates must have exceptional grades throughout their course work. Scottish candidates will also be required to obtain a pass in Higher Chemistry, or Maths, or both depending upon the nature of their HND qualifications, as well as English. At least A and B grades will be expected. Applicants from other regions in the UK or Ireland will be expected to achieve a similar standard of qualification.

Graduate entry

Graduates with a good (upper 2.1 or better) Honours degree in a relevant subject, may be considered.

Please note: Lower class (2.2 or below), partial and ordinary pass degrees will not be considered. Candidates must also satisfy the standard English and Math requirements. The complete academic record for each case for entry will be considered on an individual basis.

A good performance at university level in chemistry and maths courses is required. We also look for steady and improving progression throughout the degree. Ideally there will be no resits and marks will average 65+. Those who have failed to complete a degree for whatever reason are less likely to be admitted to the MPharm programme. All applications must be made through UCAS.

Due to the increased clinical content of second year studies, direct entry to third year is not available to graduate applicants. Instead, they will need to be prepared to enter Year 2 of the MPharm and complete the full four years of the programme.

No transfers: We do NOT accept transfers from ANY other degree course, including those at Strathclyde University. Instead, all applicants must meet the entry standards outlined above in competition with others and based upon their past school performance.

Pharmacy technicians

Applications are welcomed from Pharmacy technicians with a minimum of two years work experience. They should have either an NC in Pharmaceutical Sciences, or S/NVQ Level 3. They must also have SQA Higher passes in Chemistry, English and Maths. At least A and B grades will be expected. Technicians from other regions in the UK or Ireland with qualifications of a similar standard may also apply.


A very restricted number of places are available for qualified applicants who have successfully completed the SWAP 'Access to Medical Studies' course offered by Glasgow Kelvin College.

However, this is essentially a course for mature applicants who do not have the right mix of subjects for entry to the MPharm degree. It is not an alternative route of entry for those who have repeatedly not performed well in previous exams.

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