Student sorting boxes of medication
Mode of Study
4 years full-time
Start Date
September 2019


Are you interested in the how and why of diseases, and how to treat them?

Pharmacists are responsible for not only ensuring quality and safe supply of medicines within the law, but also advising patients and fellow medical professionals on the correct use of medicines.

This MPharm (Hons) Pharmacy integrated Master's degree course gives you the medical knowledge and practical skills you need to begin a career as a pharmacist. After the course you can undertake preregistration training and qualify as a pharmacist within a year, or work in areas such as drug development or marketing.

Professional accreditations

This course is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). This accreditation tells future employers that you have the prerequisite skills and knowledge you need to undertake preregistration training safely and effectively. It also means you can become a fully qualified pharmacist a year after you finish the course, following successful preregistration training.

100% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017)

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Be taught by pharmacy-qualified staff who have backgrounds in community and hospital pharmacy settings
  • Practice essential 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 in our local community pharmacy partner
  • Check and dispense prescriptions with real medication under the supervision of the 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

Careers and opportunities

After the course, you can become a fully qualified pharmacist within a year by doing preregistration training and passing the GPhC registration examination. Many graduates do split preregistration training in general practitioner surgeries and other clinical settings. You can also split preregistration training between the pharmaceutical industry and a hospital or community setting.

The expanding role of pharmacists means you'll have many other job options at the end of the course. Areas you could work in include:

  • drug development and formulation
  • involvement with toxicity studies
  • clinical trials
  • marketing
  • regulatory affairs

Whatever your choice when you finish the course, our careers and employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. You'll get help, advice and support for up to 5 years after you leave the University.

The course has allowed the development of both my scientific knowledge and professional practice. I feel it has given me the perfect platform from which to build a successful and rewarding career.

Andrew Mole, MPharm (Hons) Pharmacy

What you'll study on this MPharm (Hons) Pharmacy degree course

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year include:

  • Cells to Systems
  • Developing Life-long Learning for Pharmacy
  • Introduction to Formulation
  • Introduction to Neuroscience and Pharmacology
  • Introduction to Pharmacy Practice 
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Drug Development and Formulation
  • Immunology and Microbiology in Health and Disease
  • Medicines Patients and Public Health
  • Neuroscience, Endocrine, and Gastrointestinal Pharmacology and Therapeutics 
  • Respiratory, Renal and Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Antimicrobial Chemotherapy - Theory and Practice
  • Bioactives Natural and Synthetic 
  • Delivering Pharmaceutical Care to Patients 
  • Pharmaceutical Formulation and Quality Assurance
  • Pharmacy Research Methods and Ethics

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Clinical Skills for Pharmacists
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Integrated Studies in Mental Health
  • MPharm Research Project
  • Personalised Medicine and Cancer

There are no optional units in this year.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find pharmacy-related work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary opportunities – including a summer research placement at a European university – that will complement your studies and build your CV.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • practical laboratory work
  • simulated training

All of the units you'll take are fully supported by online lecture and study materials, and our academic staff will share their expertise in practice and research.

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to mid-May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • Mid-May to early June – assessment period 2

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • diagnostic tests
  • written assignments
  • simulated patient-focused case studies
  • oral and poster presentations
  • online tests
  • clinical skills assessment

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 50% by written exams, 23% by practical exams and 27% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 58% by written exams, 18% by practical exams and 24% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 33% by written exams, 30% by practical exams and 37% by coursework
  • Year 4 students: 47% by written exams, 20% by practical exams and 33% by coursework

Entry requirements​

Entry Requirements

  • ABB-BBB, or equivalent, to include A level Chemistry, plus an A level in a second Science subject or Mathematics.
  • Other qualifications are considered including BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science at DDM plus A level Chemistry.
  • For A levels which include a separate science practical component, a pass is desirable and may strengthen an application.
  • *Please note: A levels in Applied Science, General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies are not normally accepted

    See the other qualifications we accept

  • All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview, which will include an admissions test.
  • All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.
  • All applicants are required to have a successful values based interview in order to receive an offer.
  • English Language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

    See alternative English language qualifications

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £15,900 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

You’ll get free safety equipment at the start of the course. However, you may have to pay a small amount to replace lost or damaged equipment.

If you take optional work-based learning units, you’ll need to pay for travel to and from placements, which normally costs around £60.


How to apply

To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – B230
  • our institution code – P80

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.