What will I learn?


Are you interested in the how and why of diseases, and how to treat them? Do you want to embark on a career where you use your interpersonal skills and knowledge of medicines to improve people's health?

Pharmacists are experts in medicines. They're vital for ensuring quality and safe supply of medicines within the law, and advising patients and fellow medical professionals on the correct use of medicines. They also offer health advice to patients.

This Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) honours degree, which is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), gives you the medical knowledge and practical skills you need to begin a career as a pharmacist.

You'll study topics including medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics and therapeutics, and develop patient-focused clinical skills and clinical management skills in lectures, workshops and lab classes.

You'll practise your skills and apply your knowledge using the equipment and facilities you'll use in your career, such as a fully stocked model pharmacy, consultation rooms and a simulated hospital ward, GP surgery, and care home. You'll also interact with patients and members of the public on campus and on short community and hospital-based placements, and check and dispense prescriptions as you shadow qualified pharmacists.

After the course you can undertake pre-registration training and qualify as a GPhC-registered pharmacist within a year, or work in areas such as drug development or marketing.

Accredited by

This course is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Be taught by pharmacy-qualified staff who have backgrounds in community and hospital pharmacy settings
  • Practise patient assessment skills on medical manikins and work-through realistic scenarios in our safe and secure Centre For Simulation In Healthcare
  • Get workplace experience by training in our fully stocked model pharmacy – you'll work through complicated cases in study groups, review hospital medication charts, and respond to medicine information queries
  • Interact with patients and members of the public with our local community pharmacy partners
  • Work alongside students from other healthcare disciplines, giving you an appreciation of all stages of the patient experience
  • Check and dispense prescriptions with real medication under the supervision of General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) registered pharmacists
  • Go on placement in general practitioner surgeries and a mental health hospital in your final year in addition to community and hospital placements in other years across the course
  • Complete a final year project tailored to your interests and career ambitions
  • Develop transferable skills you can use in any area of your life and career, including communication and time management skills, leadership ability, resilience, and self-confidence
  • Have the opportunity to learn a language and earn credit towards your degree as part of the University's Institution-Wide Language Programme

Careers and opportunities

Demand for qualified pharmacists is increasing. After the course, you can become a fully qualified pharmacist within a year by doing pre-registration training and passing the GPhC registration examination.

Many graduates do split pre-registration training in general practitioner surgeries and other clinical settings. You can also split pre-registration training between the pharmaceutical industry and a hospital or community setting.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science and Health

Study options

Full Time (4 Years)

Tuition fees
Information not available

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Start date

19 September 2022


Main Site

University House,

Winston Churchill Avenue,


PO1 2UP, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students should have one of the following qualifications: College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) Tests (SAT Score: 1090); GCE A-Levels (Points: 96; CCC; 322); ACT (Score: 25); Advanced Placement Test (322); High School Diploma (GPA of 3.0 or above). Students need a minimum of IELTS band 6.0, with no component below 5.5. Some courses, especially those with a high level of discussion and writing, require higher scores.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Portsmouth

Portsmouth University is a vibrant, diverse and cosmopolitan institution offering high-quality education and excellent student support.

  • 5,200 international students from over 150 countries
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