Pharmacy MPharm

Our fully GPhC accredited MPharm (Hons) degree ensures that you will have the knowledge and skills to be a key member of the healthcare team – becoming a pharmacy expert, health advocate, communicator, collaborator, scholar and professional. 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. We integrate science and practice throughout each of the four years of the degree, and ensure that your experiential learning increases year on year. Through structured placements in each year, you will gain an appreciation of the different sectors that pharmacists work in, and their role in these different teams. Each year you will participate in session working with the patient and the public, gaining the patient’s perspective, and ensuring that patient-centred care is at the heart of everything that we do. Every year, students will participate in inter-professional engagement sessions, working alongside medical, dentistry, nursing, physiotherapy, healthcare science, physicians’ associates, and social care students.

For the full GPhC report visit the website.

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UCLan’s Pharmacy and Pharmacology provision is now ranked 15th in the UK according to the Guardian 2020 University Guide, having climbed 15 places over the past two years.

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Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Four Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:


  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

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  • Pharmacy at UCLan is 1st in the North West for learning resources and assessment and feedback - National Student Survey 2019.
  • Pharmacy and Pharmacology at UCLan are nationally ranked in the UK top 20 according to The Guardian University Guide 2020.
  • Fully accredited by General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) in 2016 for the maximum period of 6 years.
  • Newly refurbished pharmacy practice suite with flexible teaching spaces and clinical skills areas.
  • Taught by internationally-recognised research-active scientists and working pharmacists with strong NHS and industrial links.

Course Overview

Year 1

Journey of a medicine

  • Target identification
  • Identification of lead compounds
  • The physicochemical properties of molecules that influence
    • Formulation
    • ADME
    • Bringing a medicine to the market
    • Patient–specific factors around taking medicines
  • Pharmaceutical calculations

Health and Disease

  • Basic cell biology
  • Molecular biology
  • Major organ systems
    • Anatomy
    • Physiology
    • Homeostasis
  • Infection and Immunity
  • Anti-infectives (structure activity)
  • Inflammation and repair

Foundations in Pharmacy Practice

  • Skills essential for practice
    • Communication
    • Consultation
    • Clinical reasoning
    • Handling prescriptions
  • Law and ethics
  • Determinants of health
  • Health behaviours
  • Roles and responsibilities of healthcare professionals
  • Personal and professional development

Year 2

Systems-Based Patient Care 1

  • Aetiology, pathophysiology and epidemiology of conditions
  • Clinical presentation
  • Diagnosis of disease
  • Therapeutic management of the conditions
  • Pharmacology of drugs used in the therapeutic management
  • Side effects of drugs, and an introduction to the sources of drug interactions
  • Introduction to clinical guidelines

Year 3

Systems-Based Patient Care 2

  • Differential diagnosis
  • Treatment regimens - evidence based and guidelines approach
  • Clinical management
  • Monitoring, including therapeutic drug monitoring
  • Management of polypharmacy & drug interactions
  • Risks of disease and role of pharmacist to modify/manage risk
  • Medicines optimisation
  • Long term management of patients including complications of disease

Year 4

Preparation for Professional Practice

  • Women who are pregnant and/or breastfeeding
  • People who are hepatically or renally impaired
  • People who are Immunocompromised/immunosuppressed
  • The young and the old
  • People with cancer
  • Screening, health prevention and intervention services
  • Pharmacoeconomics & commissioning
  • Ethical decision-making





More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

BBB at A2 including Chemistry or Biology and one other science.
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction* Distinction* Distinction*
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Distinction with A Level Chemistry/Biology
Pass Access Course: 128 points including 15 Level 3 credits in Chemistry or Biology at Distinction, and 15 Level 3 credits in other science subjects at Distinction
IELTS: 7.0 with no subscore lower than 6.0
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English plus Chemistry and Biology if no A2 in that subject

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

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DBS Checks

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

Further Information

The new MPharm degree at UCLan gains full six year re-accreditation from the General Pharmaceutical Council

The School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, is pleased to announce that the Registrar of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has confirmed that the MPharm degree offered by the University of Central Lancashire has been re-accredited for a period of 6 years.

The newly design re-accredited course commenced in September 2016.

This is a great success, securing 6 years of re-accreditation for the integrative MPharm course. The overarching philosophy of the UCLan MPharm (Hons) degree is to produce a graduate equipped with the necessary skills, attitudes and knowledge to enter the preregistration year leading to the eventual registration as a pharmacist with the GPhC.

The aims of the course are to produce graduates who:

  • Are competent and ready to assume the role of a pre-registration pharmacist who can demonstrate safe and effective practice within the healthcare team.
  • Ensure patient safety through professionalism, and by applying their knowledge of public health issues, relevant sciences and information literacy.

Michelle Clothier
Pharmacy graduate to Pharmacist, Boots Plc

  • Utilise clinical examination skills and evaluate evidence to inform therapeutic decision making to ensure patient safety.

The pharmacy course has been built around developing graduates who are able to demonstrate six attributes which are of vital importance to demonstrate effective practice. These are:

  • Pharmacy expert, who will find, integrate and apply pharmacy knowledge, clinical skills and professional attitudes in the provision of patient-centred care;
  • Collaborator, who works effectively within a patient consultation/encounter, pharmacy team and broader healthcare team to achieve optimal patient care;
  • Communicator, who effectively facilitates the pharmacist-patient/service-user relationship and the interactions that occur before, during and after the consultation/encounter;
  • Health advocate, who will responsibly and appropriately use their expertise and influence to advance the health and well-being of individual patients, communities and populations;
  • Scholar, who demonstrates a lifelong commitment to reflective learning, as well as the creation, dissemination, application and translation of medical and pharmaceutical knowledge;
  • Professional, who is committed to the health and well-being of individuals (including themselves) and society, through legal and ethical practice, self-management, profession-led regulation and high personal standards of behaviour.

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 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.

Sana Iqbal, Year 4 MPharm (Hons) student speaks of her experience studying at UCLan as a young female Muslim


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.

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

The School recognises the main purposes of assessment as a statement of achievement and of potential. Assessment is continuous and comprises formative and summative methods. Formative assessment encourages the development of personal self-awareness and self-evaluation such that you can instigate corrective change to improve your work. Formative feedback is central to your development from a dependent to independent worker which is at the heart of the course philosophy. This self-assessment begins during year 1 of the course and will be developed throughout the course along with you being required to produce reflective writing of your work and progress.

This will include the compilation of your portfolio which you will continue with throughout the course, gathering evidence to support your reflections of your progress as a learner, looking particularly at the six key attributes of an MPharm graduate; analysing your performance and developing action plans to address any areas of weakness, or build on strengths; thus demonstrating your progression as a prospective pharmacy professional.

The academic staff that will be teaching you are all highly qualified and specialists in the areas that they teach. All staff are engaged in research and/or scholarly activity which helps enrich your experiences through the provision of research led and research informed teaching. Many of the staff within the School are practising Pharmacists who bring their practice based expertise to ensure that the development and delivery of the course reflects and extends current practice.

The nature of formative assessment varies between modules. In some there are short tests or essays, in others there is informal feedback via activities included within seminars, workshops or discussion of experiment results during laboratory sessions.

The summative assessment strategy in each module is designed to test your achievement of the module outcomes. Some assessments are on a group basis, and in this case there may be included an element of peer assessment. Examinations will take place within each year of the course and will test your ability to apply your knowledge and experience to make informed decisions.

Within the final year you will sit an examination which will be in the form of the GPhC’s registration assessment, allowing you to become familiar with the type of question you will be required to answer following your pre-registration training.

Pharmacy Practice Suite

In addition, in each year of the MPharm course, there is a pharmaceutical calculations assessment, which is a pass/fail element with a pass mark of 70%. This higher pass mark mirrors the GPhC's requirements for the calculations assessment in the registration assessment (Part 1), which is set at 70% to "ensure candidates are appropriately numerate to practise as a pharmacist". The calculations strategy for the MPharm course is based on the tenet of increasing calculation complexity as the course progresses, ranging from straightforward mathematical manipulations in Year 1 to questions requiring multiple steps and in the style of the GPhC registration assessment in Year 4. A consistent pass mark of 70% in the pharmaceutical calculations assessments throughout the course ensures competence at each level and ensures patient safety is not compromised.

Industry Links

Our MPharm programme has strong links with a variety of local and national pharmacy companies, including Boots, Lloyds Pharmacy, Rowlands, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals, East Lancashire Hospitals, Wockhardt and HM Prison Manchester. Placements with these organisations are offered at various points throughout the programme. We hold a Careers Fair twice a year to give you the opportunity to talk to employers about summer placement opportunities with them, as well discovering what pre-registration and pharmacist careers are available.

Professional Accreditation

The MPharm course is fully accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) for the maximum period of 6 years. 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. The overarching philosophy of the UCLan MPharm (Hons) degree is to produce a graduate equipped with the necessary skills, attitudes and knowledge to enter the preregistration year leading to the eventual registration as a pharmacist with the GPhC.

For the full GPhC report visit the website.


In Year 1, you will undertake a one-day placement in a community pharmacy, and a further one day experience in a hospital pharmacy. Years 2 and 3 will see you spending three days in a community pharmacy (Year 2) and three days in a hospital pharmacy (Year 3). In the final year of the MPharm programme, you will participate in a three-day placement in an area of pharmacy that you have expressed a preference in. Typical placement opportunities include academia, industry, hospice, prison and mental health trust, as well as community and hospital pharmacies.

Once you have successfully completed your MPharm degree, you will then undertake your pre-registration training year. Further details on this can be found on the GPhC’s website.

Following a successful pre-registration year, there are many career options available to you. Some of these careers may lead to you undertaking a postgraduate qualification, e.g. postgraduate diploma or Masters qualification, or training to become an independent prescriber.


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


Aaron Dalvair
2nd Year MPharm Student

Aaron Dalvair

Hera Mobeen Ali
4th Year MPharm Student

Hera Mobeen Ali

Sophie Ingram
4th Year MPharm Student

Alimotu Sodiq
3rd Year MPharm Student

Alimotu Sodiq


"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

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Michelle Clothier

Michelle Clothier

Pharmacy (MPharm), 2016

Although Michelle had a solid career working in the retail sector both in England and in Greece, she wanted to move into a profession which involved working with and helping people. Although initially torn deciding between working in medicine, dentistry and pharmacy, Michelle jokes “the first two career paths involved blood and potentially gory situations so pharmacy won hands down!”

Aamna Ahmed

Aamna Ahmed

Pharmacy (MPharm), 2017

From High School onwards, Aamna Ahmed always had a passion for science, particularly chemistry, her favourite subject. Aamna studied A Level Chemistry, alongside Biology and Psychology at college and, knowing family and friends who went and studied pharmacy and excelled, decided to study MA Pharmacy (MPharm) at UCLan. After graduation, the master's graduate started her pre-registration year at Geloo Brothers Ltd, where she is currently working, in the hope of becoming a fully qualified pharmacist.

Important Information

This course is based in the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.