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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Four Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    B230; Short form: MPharm/P

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:


Why study this course?

Pharmacists are essential to healthcare in society; their knowledge ensures that health professionals use medicines to the maximum benefit in patient treatment and disease prevention. Our MPharm (Hons) degree is subject to formal re-accreditation by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) in May 2016. Our degree offers placements throughout each year of the course, to ensure that you are prepared and ready for practice. This is reinforced by our employment record: as all of our graduates go on to professional or managerial positions within 6 months of graduating. You’ll study aspects of medicine development and use, from how medicines are formulated to how they work on the body to treat various diseases. Our sought-after graduates are employed in a range of areas including pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical laboratories, hospitals, industry and also the Civil Service.  

Entry Requirements 2016/17

ABB at A2 level including Chemistry and one other Science (Biology, Maths, Physics) excluding General studies and Critical thinking.

GCSE: 5 GCSEs grade C to include Maths and English or equivalents; General Studies accepted

BTEC ND: Science DDD; We require Maths and Stats for Science Technicians OR Using Mathematical Tools in Science AND Using Statistics at Distinction. We also require 3 of the following Chemistry modules at Distinction: Scientific Practical Techniques. Chemistry for Biological Technicians. Practical Chemical Analysis. Industrial Chemical Reactions. Chemical Periodicity and Application. Industrial Application of Organic Chemistry.

Vocational A-Levels: One 6-Unit VCE A-Level (AVCE) accepted in place of an academic A-Level. A-Level Chemistry and an A-Level in Biology, Mathematics, or Physics also required. Grades BBB required.

AVCE: Double award accepted in Science plus one other A-Level or 6 Unit VCE in a relevant subject. To assist the University a detailed module description should be listed on the UCAS application form.

Access or Foundation Course: 30 out of 45 credits at Level 3, passed with Distinction. Students must also have 15 credits of Chemistry at Level 3 passed with Distinction AND 15 level 3 Distinction credits in another single science subject.

NVQ: NVQ3 in Pharmacy Services is acceptable together with A-Levels in Chemistry (grade B) together with at least one other science subject (eg. Biology, Mathematics, or Physics).

Irish leaving Certificate: Successful completion of the certificate. ABBBB including Chemistry, and Biology, Mathematics, or Physics, along with one further rigorous subject (eg. the sciences listed above, English, or a modern language).

Scottish Highers: A minimum of five Scottish Higher subjects with a mixture of grades A and B. Requires combination with Advanced Higher grade B in Chemistry and Biology.

International Baccalaureate: Successful completion of the Baccalaureate with an overall grade of 32 with minimum Higher Level grades 6/6/5 from Chemistry and either Biology, Maths or Physics. To assist the University a detailed module description should be listed on the UCAS application form.

Additional Requirements: Proficiency must be demonstrated in English language and Mathematics.

Other Accepted English Language Qualifications: IELTS at 7.0 (with no individual component less than 6.5), or the corresponding equivalent qualification, + interview.

Transfer from other Degree Courses: Students wishing to transfer from an existing degree course to pharmacy will only be considered if they meet our A2 requirements.

Further Information: All offers of a place on this course are subject to satisfactory interview, DBS clearance and appropriate health and good character checks both assessed by completion of a Fitness to Practise form.

Fitness to Practise: Pharmacy students are expected to behave professionally at all times. The General Pharmaceutical Council (the regulatory body) has published a Code of Conduct for Pharmacy Students that applies from the first day of this course through to graduation, and relates to behaviour on and off campus. Concerns about your conduct or health as a student may be considered under the University’s Fitness to Practise procedure.

Despite every effort by the School to ensure you are fit to study and practise pharmacy, we must make you aware that the GPhC will not offer prospective registration advice. In the event of you not being allowed to register with the GPhC, you can appeal against a registration refusal and any appeal must be made to the GPhC’s Appeals Committee. The GPhC will carry out their own health and good character checks before registering an applicant and these checks (relating to registration) are additional to checks made by the university and employers. The GPhC may not register a student if a check is failed, even if they passed their previous checks.

Entry Requirements 2017/18

ABB - AAB at A2 including Chemistry & 1 other science (Biology, Human Biology, Maths,Physics).
Distinction, Distinction, Distinction Applied Sciences INCLUDING A Level Chemistry at B
Access HE
5 GCSEs Grade C including Maths & Eng.

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information.

Visa options for new applicants for the pharmacy pre-registration year

All international students from outside the European Economic Area, graduating with an MPharm
from a UK university, must apply for a visa in order to work in the UK i.e. to undertake their pre-registration training.

Information on visa options which may be suitable for the pre-registration training year can be found on the UK Visas and Immigration website. Students may wish to consider whether applying for Tier 2 or Tier 5 sponsorship may be suitable for their particular circumstances. Note however, that the UK Visas and Immigration website provides current information; it is possible that there may be changes to visa and/or immigration policy by the time applicants start their pre-registration training - particularly in light of the recent Government response to the Migration and Advisory Committee Tier 2 report. See also: Tier 2 work visas - guidance for employers.

Applicants should be aware that it may not be possible for every international student to obtain a
visa for the pre-registration year. There is no guarantee that international students will be able to
stay in the UK to complete pre-registration training once they have completed an MPharm from a UK university.

For further guidance on visas for the pre-registration year please contact UCLan’s International Office, or RPS support via telephone 0845 257 2570, or email

UCLan Open Day

Experience UCLan for yourself: talk to lecturers, walk around campus and chat to students.

25th September 2016

Course at a Glance

Year 1

Within the first year you will gain a firm foundation of both the science behind pharmacy and an introduction to the practice elements which will be built upon in subsequent years.

YEARS 2 & 3

Both these years will examine problems occurring within differing organ systems allowing an appreciation of the complexity of the pathophysiology and the interventions that can be undertaken. The role of the pharmacist in providing optimal patient care will be explored throughout. The involvement of patients, carers and other service users will enhance your understanding of the importance of clear communication, rapport and trust along with subject knowledge. Interprofessional learning taking place with other healthcare professionals will enable you to appreciate how the pharmacists role interacts with a range of other healthcare providers always with a view of enhancing the care provided.

Year 4

This year will focus on you becoming fully prepared for practice. The skills you have gained from previous years will be honed and you will be exposed to highly complex situations where you will have to exercise your professional judgement in order to deliver safe effective care which fully takes into account relevant legal, ethical and policy issues.

Further Information

The MPharm (Hons) course will facilitate your education to gain relevant experiences, skills and attitudes to enable you to succeed as a pharmacy professional. Our programme is tailored towards pharmacy practice, ensuring that you can apply the knowledge required in real-life situations.

This modular programme considers all aspects related to design, formulation, administration, mechanism of action, adverse reactions, modifications of dosing as appropriate and providing information to patients and other healthcare professionals related to medicines usage.


Transfer from other Degree Courses: Students wishing to transfer from an existing degree course to pharmacy will only be considered if they meet our A2 requirements.


Further Information: All offers of a place on this course are subject to satisfactory interview, DBS clearance and appropriate health and good character checks both assessed by completion of a Fitness to Practise form.

Fitness to Practise: Pharmacy students are expected to behave professionally at all times.

The School is required to carry out health and good character checks on all students admitted to the course in line with the regulatory body guidance. As part of this process, you will be asked to declare any issues relating to your health and/or character by completing the Fitness to Practise form, and to undergo a DBS check. We will give you further information about this process when you attend one of our Applicant Days.

The School wishes to promote entry to a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds. If you declare an issue relating to your health and/or character, it will not necessarily prevent you from being admitted to the course. The School will make an informed and considered judgement in each case in line with University procedures and relevant regulatory body guidance.

We strongly encourage you to discuss any issues or concerns with us as soon as possible so that we can support and advise you accordingly.




Mpharm* is subject to substantial review and formal course re-approval by the university and to formal re-accreditation by an external regulatory body, the General Pharmaceutical Council. This process is called Re-validation or Review. The course information and specification is being developed and updated as part of the Re-Validation and Review. 

The course specification is useful as an indication of the course structure and provides a useful summary of the course when considering possible career pathways or study routes. The specification can also be used by Professional and Statutory Bodies, employers and industry as a useful guide to content and outcomes of a course.

Admissions requirements, course content and delivery can be subject to change to enable the University to deliver a better quality of educational experience to students enrolled on the course. This can be in response to various factors including: student feedback; annual reports from external examiners; feedback from the sector or industry advisors; regulatory requirements or as part of the regular review process by course teams. You will be advised of any changes to your course by the course team.

Please note that MPharm degree is subject to review and re-validation during the period May 2016 by General Pharmaceutical Council. The University’s existing MPharm degree will not be offered to students for entry in September 2016. The University’s new course proposal will be substantially different from the existing course to take into account regulatory body requirements, student feedback, the University’s quality assurance regulations and sector best practice in learning, teaching and assessment. Applicants who wish to apply for entry to the MPharm course in September 2016 may submit their application through UCAS. The University will make provisional offers for the new course, but these will be subject to the successful re-validation of the MPharm. Any changes as a result of the Review and Re-validation will be immediately included and highlighted in the course documentation and all students holding provisional offers will be provided with a comprehensive list of those changes. If you are not satisfied with the changes, or if the re-validation does not proceed, you will be offered the opportunity to withdraw from the programme and, if required, reasonable support to transfer to another provider. 

The expected timetable for completion of this re-validation is as follows: GPhC re-accreditation is due in May 2016. Subject to successful re-validation, we expect to be able to provide details of approved course documentation in June 2016.

*Subject to validation

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

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Applications are now welcome for September 2016 places.

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Fees 2016/17

Full-time: £9,000 per year (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2015/16 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

DBS Checks

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

Professional Accreditation

This course is subject to formal re-accreditation by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) in May 2016. The GPhC sets the standards and requirements in respect of the education, training, acquisition of experience and continuing professional development that it is necessary for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to achieve. Re-accreditation is a process that all MPharm courses have to go through and will require a visit from the GPhC at least every 3 years.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Teaching on the course comprises a diverse range of methods and styles including lectures, tutorials, seminars, computer-based learning, case studies and laboratory practicals. As well as the traditional methods of teaching, e-learning (based around a virtual learning environment) and problem-based learning techniques will be used.

Relevant real life examples and contact with patients both during placements and at other points in the course are a central theme. This, along with the use of simulations will help you to develop empathy with the patient and to optimise their treatment.

Assessments are by a combination of examinations and coursework; the types of coursework may include essays, data handling and interpretation, log-books, practical reports, project reports, poster and oral presentations allowing a full range of skills to be developed. There will also be a series of practical exams where your competence in practical, clinical and dispensing skills are tested along with your knowledge.


UCLan has been commended by the General Pharmaceutical Council for the quality of the undergraduate student placements, as well as their distribution across all years of the course. Pharmacy at UCLan offers a unique approach to placements, commencing straight away in first year and running throughout the course. Placements are in both primary and secondary care pharmacy, ranging from hospital to community, industry to regulation. These placements are designed to enhance the learning experience and give an insight into the roles of the Pharmacist. Further work experience opportunities are available to students over the summer vacation. 
You have the opportunity for an international experience, whether it is an overseas placement, a chance to study abroad or an opportunity for an overseas study visit. Further opportunities are being explored specifically for students on this course, additional to the professional requirements of the course.

Graduates are employed in a range of areas including pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical laboratories, hospitals, industry and also the Civil Service.


The lecturers are not only inspiring but also approachable and friendly. Whenever you have a problem you can just arrange a meeting and they will help you out. My experience at UCLan has been an enriching one. I would definitely recommend UCLan to anyone who wants to study in the UK.

Stephanie Ah-Sen, current 4th year student

My lasting memory of UCLan is the relationships that I, along with my fellow students, shared with the lecturers. They were always approachable friendly and enthusiastic towards our development.

Mark Henry, 2012 graduate


We have excellent laboratory facilities. Over £500K has been invested in equipping our state-of-the-art pharmaceutics laboratory facilities.

Biological Sciences Laboratories - Teaching