De Montfort University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Pharmacy (4 years)

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Course summary

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Pharmacists are responsible for supplying medicines to patients and giving advice on correct dosage, explaining how to take prescribed drugs, and discussing any potential side effects. They ensure that the supply of medicines is within the law and suitable for a particular patient, and will liaise with other healthcare professionals or carers to offer help and advice. Pharmacists also supervise the medicines supply chain and ensure that pharmacy premises and systems are fit for purpose. With over 100 years of experience, our Leicester School of Pharmacy will help provide you with the practical and professional skills needed to work as a pharmacist. With pharmacy being the third largest healthcare profession in the UK, your career opportunities are extensive and varied. You’ll study a range of topics including an introduction to pharmacy, cardiovascular/respiratory and infection/inflammation, preparing for practice, professional clinician, integrated patient care and more. Key features

  • 99.1% of our summer 2017 Pharmacy graduates are in work or further study (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2016-17) compared to a sector average of 94.6%.
  • Benefit from integrated work placements across all four years of the course.
  • Our graduates gain rewarding and stimulating careers in all pharmacy sectors – DMU students have gone on to work for major employers such as Boots, Lloyds and Well Pharmacy, and with NHS hospital trusts, primary care contractors, local commissioners, and within the global pharmaceutical industry.
  • Learn in our dedicated teaching spaces with industry standard facilities – including a purpose-built practice suite and laboratories – and use our online, objective skills and diagnostic development tool created here at DMU.
  • Collaborative working with other future health and social care experts allows students and practitioners from a wide range of professions to learn together through our Inter-Professional Education (IPE), which has been commended as a beacon of good practice by the General Pharmaceutical Council.
  • Learn about our award-winning, real-world research projects such as our life-changing development of the artificial pancreas, and dried blood-spot analysis.
  • Gain international experience related to your studies through our DMU Global programme. Pharmacy students have visited New York to understand the healthcare provision provided by pharmacists in America and learned about the medicinal uses of hemp and cannabis on a trip to Amsterdam.

Course details


YEAR ONE: Professional and Scientific Skills 1; Fundamental Cell Biology and Physiology; Pharmaceutical Chemistry; Fundamentals of Medicine Design; Foundation Skills in Pharmacy Practice. YEAR TWO: Professional and Scientific Skills 2; Principles of Physiology and Pharmacology; The Central Nervous System, Endocrinology and Immunity; Medicine Development and Manufacture; Law, Ethics and Practice. YEAR THREE: The Pharmacist as a Practitioner; Professional and Scientific Skills 3; Pharmacotherapy: from Person to Population; Inflammation, Cancer and Infection; Drug Discovery and Delivery; Skills for Practice. YEAR FOUR: Professional and Scientific Skills 4; Evidence Based Medicine; Public Health and Patient Safety; Project; Elective Module.

Assessment method

Teaching methods include: lectures, tutorials, laboratory and clinical work, problem solving workshops, group work and placement visits. You will have approximately 16 hours of taught sessions each week, supported by at least 20 hours of independent study. Assessment methods include: examinations and coursework, problem solving, critical assessment of pharmaceutical data and objective structured clinical examinations.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course codeB230
Institution code D26
Campus nameLeicester Campus
Campus codeY

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 120 points Must be from a maximum of 3 A2 subject or equivalent and must include passes at grade B or better or equivalent in Chemistry and one other Science from : Biology, Physics, Maths or Psychology. The third subject may be in a non-Science subject.
A level 120 UCAS tariff points from a maximum of 3 A2 subject and must include passes at grade B or better in Chemistry and one other Science from : Biology, Physics, Maths or Psychology. The third subject may be in a non-Science subject.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM Must be achieved from a BTEC in Science and applicants must also hold an A level in Chemistry at grade B or better.
Access to HE Diploma Our Access requirements are currently under review. Please contact the Admissions Team for further information.
Scottish Higher 120 points from three Advanced Higher qualifications. Must include Chemistry and a second Science at grade B or above. from : Biology, Physics, Maths or Psychology.

Additional entry requirements


Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Admission tests

Institutions Own Test (IOT)

Numeracy, Science, Situational Judgement Tests and Interview. Numeracy test is 30 minutes without use of a calculator. Science, and Situational Judgement tests are 10-15 minute multiple choice questions. Interview is a 10-15 minute individual interview.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £14250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note that fees for subsequent years of study for continuing students are subject to an annual review. Any increase in fee will be in line with RPI-X (linked to the retail price index) and the fee cap set by the Government.
Pharmacy (4 years) at De Montfort University - UCAS