Aston University, Birmingham

Pharmacy Aston University, Birmingham Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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Our four year MPharm course with integrated placements throughout is specifically designed to meet the rapidly changing requirements for the practise of pharmacy.

From the start of the course you will be encouraged to apply your understanding of the scientific principles of pharmacy within a patient focussed setting, through case based workshops, problem based learning, integrated scientific and clinical scenarios.

The course benefits from substantial links with the profession including consultant pharmacists, experts from pharmaceutical industry and pharmacy entrepreneurs. We have strong links with six large NHS trusts and a range of employers from the community and primary care sectors. This means we are able to bridge the gap between the student and career pharmacist at multiple levels – giving you an informed choice of how you might specialise and develop your career.

Our long established reputation and professional accreditation ensures that career prospects of our graduates are first-class. We have a long track record of producing high-quality pharmacy graduates, our predecessor institutions can trace their roots all the way back to 1847. Since we received our charter in 1966, we are proud to have produced over 5,000 pharmacy graduates. The course has been specifically designed for employability in all areas of pharmacy– community, primary care trusts, hospitals and industry.

Key course benefits:

  • Accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), which is the independent regulator for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy premises in Great Britain, they are responsible for defining the education and training requirements for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians

  • First and only Pharmacy School to be awarded a Regius Professorship in Pharmacy by HM the Queen

  • 100% of our MPharm Pharmacy graduates are in a graduate level destination within 6 months of graduating (DLHE, 2014)

  • Pharmacology & Pharmacy at Aston is ranked in the Top 10 in the UK for Graduate Prospects (Complete University Guide, 2019)

  • Pharmacology & Pharmacy at Aston is ranked 6th in the UK for Research Quality (Complete University Guide, 2019)

  • Pharmacology & Pharmacy at Aston is ranked in the Top 10 in the UK for Student Satisfaction (Complete University Guide, 2019).

Course details


Year 1
Develop the scientific base on which your skills as a pharmacist will be built, learn about the pharmacist’s role in the healthcare system and begin to apply your knowledge to clinical situations.

Year 2
Extend your understanding of pharmaceutical sciences and perfect your ability to supply medicines both safely and legally. This is supported by experiential learning in community pharmacy and hospital environments.

Year 3
Develop your evidence-based medicine and critical appraisal skills to enable you to assess the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of medicines. Begin to apply all prior scientific and clinical learning to the clinical management of ‘real-world’, multi-morbid patients. This is supported by intensive experiential learning opportunities in secondary care.

Final year
Use and extend the knowledge and skills you have developed in the previous years. Develop your confidence in applying your pharmaceutical knowledge to maximise individual patient benefit from treatment including in highly complex cases. Consider wider aspects of pharmacy such as overtreatment, de-prescribing and medicines optimisation. Undertake specialised experiential learning in a number of sectors of practice such as hospital pharmacy, community pharmacy and primary care.

For more information about what you will study, please visit our website.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications at this time. Please contact the provider to find out more.

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 code B230
Institution code A80
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level ABB - BBB A Levels
ABB-BBB (must include Chemistry and one other science subject from: Biology, Maths OR Physics.)

A Level applicants who select this course as their Firm UCAS choice may be eligible for our lowered offer scheme. This means that the grades that you will need in order to be accepted on to the course will be reduced.

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) DDD With this BTEC you must achieve grade BB in Chemistry PLUS Biology, Physics or Maths

If you are taking the BTEC in Applied Science subject we can accept a grade B in Chemistry
Access to HE Diploma Not accepted
Scottish Higher AAABB To include Chemistry, Biology and Maths.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Five GCSEs which must include Mathematics and English Language all at grade C/4. Please note we do not accept Key skills or Functional skills in place of these.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 32 - 31 points 32 - 31 points overall in the IB Diploma which must include 6, 5, 5 – 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 Language.
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.

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 £9,250 Year 1
International £18,500 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

For Sandwich courses the placement fee is £1250 for Home/EU students and £2,500 for International students.

Provider information

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Aston University, Birmingham
Aston Triangle
B4 7ET

Course contact details

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LHS Undergraduate Admissions Office

+44 (0)121 204 3302