Pharmacy study in the UK

Pharmacy in the UK

Career options, entry requirements and rankings for Pharmacy.

UK Pharmacy Courses

Introduction to Pharmacy

A Pharmacy degree is perfect for students interested in chemistry and how medicine assists patients with their condition. Whether working at a local drug store to dispense medication from a General Practitioner, or working in a vast and complex hospital to ensure doctors, nurses and patients receive the correct advice and assistance, a career in pharmacy is ideal for those interested in health, disease and science.

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Pharmacy courses generally last for four years and modules will look at pharmacology, biology and physiology pharmaceutics, chemistry, ethics and economics. Students will also benefit from work placements within the industry to provide valuable insights and professional experience. State-of-the-art labs will help finesse your skills with replica medicine-dispensing stations, consulting areas and computers linked the systems used by the Pharmacy industry.

Careers in Pharmacy

There are three main roles that a Pharmacy graduate can move into.

Pharmacist: The majority of pharmacists work in complex hospital pharmacies or community pharmacies, ensuring that over the counter medicine is prescribed correctly. They ensure that patients receive their correct medicine, as well as advising on treatments and how to manage their doses, and work closely with doctors, nurses and other health care professionals.

Pharmacy Assistant: Assistants work alongside technicians and perform many activities on an ad-hoc basis. This can involve taking in and handing out prescriptions, helping order stock to ensure demand is met within various departments, and answering queries from customers on the best course of action. Assistants are most commonly employed in hospitals.

Pharmacy Technician:  Technicians tend to work in two areas – hospitals and community pharmacy - and they ensure the correct supply and dosage of medicine is delivered to patients. Pharmacy technicians can specialise in a number of roles such as manufacturing, quality control and clinical trials.

Pharmacy Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for Pharmacy vary depending upon wether you wish to become a technician, assistant or pharmacist, but qualifications in maths, English and chemistry are generally required.

  • Typical International Baccalaureate requirements: 34 points.
  • Typical A-levels requirements: AAB.
  • Typical IELTS requirements: 6.5 overall, with no lower than 6.0 in any one component.
IELTS Preparation Classes

If you need to improve your IELTS score ahead of beginning a Pharmacy degree, sign up for our flexible part-time IELTS classes in central London today.

Please note that entry requirements vary for each UK university.

Where can I study Pharmacy in the UK?

To learn more about the best Pharmacy courses in the UK, find details on the top ten ranking Pharmacy universities in the Guardian University Guide 2016 below:

  1. Ulster University
  2. Queen's University, Belfast
  3. Cardiff University
  4. Robert Gordon University
  5. University of Nottingham
  6. University of Bristol
  7. University of Reading
  8. Huddersfield University
  9. Keele University
  10. University of Leeds

How SI-UK can help with your application

If you are interested in learning more about Pharmacy courses in the UK, arrange your free consultation today. Learn more about our university application services, and don't forget the Premium Service will guarantee you an offer from a UK university on a Pharmacy programme.

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