Aston University, Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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Our four year MPharm (Hons) Pharmacy course has been designed to meet the rapidly changing requirements for the practise of pharmacy. We will provide you with the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and outlook required to become an outstanding pharmacist. You’ll study in dedicated specialist facilities, and benefit from extensive patient contact through a series of professional experiences in different workplace environments such as hospitals, community pharmacy and GP / primary care. Our interconnected course structure enables us to put all teaching firmly in the context of delivering patient care as part of a multi-disciplinary team. We have a strong and deliberate focus on interprofessional practice and collaborative care, working closely with Aston’s many healthcare courses to increase the opportunities for you to learn with, from and about other healthcare specialities. As the only Pharmacy School in the UK to hold a prestigious Regius Chair in Pharmacy, you’ll be learning in the best possible environment to have an outstanding career that changes and improves many lives. We have a long-standing track record of teaching excellence, student satisfaction and graduate prospects, and you’ll be provided with the experience and expertise needed to prepare for your pre-registration training year, and future career as a pharmacist. Our dedicated Careers and Placements team offer interview support, CV surgeries and specialist on campus careers fairs. Of course, you will also have the Aston Pharmacy School team on hand to assist with any questions you have about securing your pre-registration post or other career of choice. Our graduates enter a variety of careers in: community pharmacies, small-chain or independents, GP surgeries, NHS Primary Care Trusts, hospitals, pharmaceutical industry, pharmaceutical research, and further study with an MSc or PhD. Key course benefits:

  • Accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), which is one of the key requirements to practice as a pharmacist in the UK. The most recent accreditation at Aston University took place in May 2019 and the MPharm programme was re-accredited for six years, the maximum period possible.
  • 90.4% Overall Student Satisfaction (MPharm Pharmacy, National Student Survey, 2019).
  • Top 15 in the UK for graduate prospects, student satisfaction and research quality (Pharmacology & Pharmacy, Complete University Guide, 2020)
  • Access to a range of specialist facilities in our recently redeveloped Keith Wilson Pharmacy Suite. This includes our clinical skills room with a mock hospital bay set up, dispensing and patient counselling suites with discrete video recording capabilities, and a range of laboratories and teaching rooms.

Course details


Our open and inclusive curriculum structure allows you to see how the material you learn throughout the course is connected. You’ll study twelve interconnected themes, within three broad areas of study: The Profession: four themes focusing on the safe and effective delivery of healthcare and supporting you in the development of your professional identity as a pharmacist. Themes include: personal professional development, population and public health, delivery of care, and fundamentals of practice. The Medicine: four themes focusing on how medicines are discovered, formulated and used in practice, including the latest developments in individualised medicines. Themes include: drugs to market, enteral drug delivery, parenteral drug delivery, and personalisation of pharmaceuticals The Patient: four themes focusing on the care of patients, covering a wide range of both individual and multiple clinical conditions. Themes include: inflammation and immunity, musculoskeletal and central nervous system, cardiovascular, respiratory and renal, and gastrointestinal and endocrine. Running throughout each of these themes are three key central learning threads:

  • Patient-centred care
  • Deliberative practice
- Collaborative practice, via inter-professional learning with other healthcare professionals and students, such as those from the Schools of Medicine, Optometry and Audiology.

Assessment method

Your learning will be delivered via a range of teaching methods from problem-based learning and video recording sessions, to computer aided learning and patient-simulators. We utilise a range of learning technologies, which are combined with high-fidelity simulations of healthcare practice to provide you with a realistic and safe environment in which to learn skills and develop your knowledge. Our recently revised MPharm curriculumhas a 50/50 split between coursework end of year assessments.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • General Pharmaceutical Council

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

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeB230
Institution code A80
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level BBB A Levels BBB must include Chemistry and one other science subject from: Biology, Maths OR Physics. BBC must include Chemistry and one other science subject from: Biology, Maths OR Physics and B in Core Maths or Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). Students who are eligible for a contextual offer under the Aston Ready programme are required to meet the three A Level requirement, including Chemistry and one other science subject from: Biology, Maths OR Physics, but will receive a specific lower offer ( more details can be found here Excluded Subjects: We welcome the following subjects as an additional A level, but not as one of the core three A levels - General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies. We welcome applications from students who have tried to improve their examination grades by taking resits and only your latest grades will be accepted. We treat these applications in exactly the same way as other applications.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D*D* D*D*D* in Applied Science. DDD in any BTEC subjects and BB in two A levels including Chemistry and one other science subject from: Biology, Maths OR Physics.
Access to HE Diploma Not accepted
Scottish Higher BBBBB To include Chemistry, Biology and Maths.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD With this BTEC you must achieve grade BB in Chemistry PLUS Biology, Physics or Maths. We can accept any subject in the BTEC. If you are taking the BTEC in Applied Science subject we can accept a grade B in Chemistry.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D With this BTEC you must achieve grade BB in Chemistry PLUS Biology, Physics or Maths A-Level. We can accept any subject in the BTEC.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 31 points 31 points overall in the IB Diploma which must include 5, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects. These subjects must include Chemistry and one other science subject from: Biology, Maths OR Physics. You must also have Standard Level grade 5 in both Maths and English.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Five GCSEs which must include Mathematics and English all at grade C/4. Please note we do not accept Key skills or Functional skills in place of these.

Admissions Review Process All candidates are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, any experience, references and motivation. Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with lower predicted grades if the application is of a high standard which includes a strong personal statement and academic reference. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated in our entry requirements. Find out more about our admissions policy on our website. Applicant Interview Visit Days If you are shortlisted, you will receive an interview invite which will be held on campus. It is compulsory that you attend in order to receive a decision on your application. For International applicants we organise a Skype interview.

Additional entry requirements


Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

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 £18900 Year 1

Additional fee information

For Sandwich courses the placement fee is £1250 for Home/EU students and £2,500 for International students. * Please note that the tuition fees stated are for 2020 entry. 2021 tuition fees are subject to approval and will be published on this website at the earliest opportunity **The latest information relating to EU fees for 2021 can be found on the UCAS website at: The University is currently reviewing EU fees in response to recent government announcements and will publish EU fees for 2021 in due course. *** International Students: Tuition fees for international students are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.
Pharmacy at Aston University, Birmingham - UCAS