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  • Qualification

    Master of Pharmacy (with Honours) - MPharm (H)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary


Are you interested in the how and why of diseases, and how to treat them? Do you want to embark on a career where you use your interpersonal skills and knowledge of medicines to improve people's health?

Pharmacists are experts in medicines. They're vital for ensuring quality and safe supply of medicines within the law, and advising patients and fellow medical professionals on the correct use of medicines. They also offer health advice to patients.

This Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) honours degree, which is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), gives you the medical knowledge and practical skills you need to begin a career as a pharmacist.

You'll study topics including medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics and therapeutics, and develop patient-focused clinical skills and clinical management skills in lectures, workshops and lab classes.

You'll practise your skills and apply your knowledge using the equipment and facilities you'll use in your career, such as a fully stocked model pharmacy, consultation rooms and a simulated hospital ward, GP surgery, and care home. You'll also interact with patients and members of the public on campus and on short community and hospital-based placements, and check and dispense prescriptions as you shadow qualified pharmacists.

After the course you can undertake pre-registration training and qualify as a GPhC-registered pharmacist within a year, or work in areas such as drug development or marketing.

Accredited by

This course is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Be taught by pharmacy-qualified staff who have backgrounds in community and hospital pharmacy settings
  • Practise patient assessment 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 with our local community pharmacy partners
  • Work alongside students from other healthcare disciplines, giving you an appreciation of all stages of the patient experience
  • Check and dispense prescriptions with real medication under the supervision of 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
  • Complete a final year project tailored to your interests and career ambitions
  • Develop transferable skills you can use in any area of your life and career, including communication and time management skills, leadership ability, resilience, and self-confidence
  • Have the opportunity to learn a language and earn credit towards your degree as part of the University's Institution-Wide Language Programme

Careers and opportunities

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

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

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 17,600per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

Entry requirements

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A level : BBB - AAB

BBB-AAB, or equivalent, to include A level Chemistry, plus an A level in a second Science subject or Mathematics.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.


University information

University of Portsmouth

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  • Campus address

    University of Portsmouth, University House, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, Portsmouth, PO1 2UP, England

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Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    27th out of 46 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 222
    105 46%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    96 96%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.18 84%



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