Pharmacy at University of Portsmouth - UCAS

Course summary

Overview 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. Once you graduate, you'll need to complete a foundation training year in a pharmacy setting, and pass the registration assessment, to register as a Pharmacist with the GPhC. You could also go onto a career in areas such as drug development and formulation, and clinical trials.

  • 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, counsel patients on medicine use, respond to symptoms and undertake medical histories
  • 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
Accredited by: This course is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). Careers and opportunities 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. Foundation training can be undertaken in one pharmacy setting or split across a variety of different settings – including communities, hospitals, and general practice. You can also secure foundation training in the pharmaceutical industry. Foundation training support 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. Potential salary As a fully qualified Pharmacist in the NHS, you'll usually start at the bottom of band 6 of the Agenda for Change pay scale (£32,306 in 2021/22). As your NHS career progresses, you could reach band 9 as a chief pharmacist (£93,735–£108,075 in 2021/22). What other roles can you do with a Pharmacy degree? 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
Graduate destinations Recent graduates have gone on to work for organisations including:
  • Novartis
  • Reckitt Benckiser
  • Boots
  • Superdrug
  • Goldchem
  • Virgin Care
  • Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Placements and work experience 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.


Year 1 Core Pharmacy Year 1 - 120 credits Year 2 Core Pharmacy Year 2 - 120 credits Year 3 Core Pharmacy Year 3 - 120 credits Year 4 Core Integrated Studies In Mental Health - 20 credits MPharm Research Project - 40 credits Personalised Medicine And Cancer - 20 credits Preparation for Clinical Practice - 40 credits Changes to course content 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. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through 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.

Professional bodies

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

  • General Pharmaceutical Council

How to apply

This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.






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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

CLEARING INFORMATION – Our entry requirements may be different during Clearing, so please contact us on 023 9284 8000 to discuss your options.

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Admission tests

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Any offer on the course is subject to passing an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which will be conducted after enrollment on the course.

Health checks

Any offer on the course is subject to passing an occupational health assessment of fitness to study, which will be conducted after enrolment on the course.


All shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an online values based interview, including situational judgement test, which will be used alongside your application to determine your suitability for this course.

Institutions Own Test (IOT)

All shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an online values based interview, including situational judgement test, which will be used alongside your application to determine your suitability for this course.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
PTE Academic61An overall score of 61 with a minimum of 54 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)9191 with a minimum of 20 in Reading, 19 in Listening, 21 in Speaking and 20 in Writing
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 176 with no component score less than 169.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 176 with no component score less than 169.
Trinity ISETrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

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
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £19200 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship Placement Year and Year abroad: UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £1,385 EU – £1,385 (including Transition Scholarship)| International (Non-EU) – £2,875. Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation. For more information about fees, go to

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Pharmacy at University of Portsmouth - UCAS