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Pharmacist education

Pharmacy is a healthcare profession requiring a high level of education and training.

To qualify as a pharmacist takes a minimum of five years and includes the following steps:

  •  Successful completion of a GPhC accredited Master of Pharmacy Degree (MPharm), which is a full-time, four-year course
  •  Successful completion of one year's pre-registration training, a period of paid employment in a community or hospital pharmacy during which a trainee is required to build up a portfolio of evidence and demonstrate their competence whilst being observed at work
  • Successful completion of the GPhC's registration exam
  • Meeting the fitness to practise requirements for registration as a pharmacist. 

Only after completing these steps can you apply for registration with the GPhC as a pharmacist. As part of the registration process, applicants have to make a health declaration and character checks are carried out.

Entry requirements

Decribes the minimum requirements for those wishing to apply for or enter pharmacy training.

Accredited MPharm degrees

There are currently 26 universities within the UK that offer the MPharm degree course - you can find a list of them here.

Student code of conduct and fitness to practise

Students studying on an MPharm degree must abide by the GPhC Student Code of Conduct.

MPharm 2+2

Some UK Schools of Pharmacy offer an accredited MPharm which is taught in part overseas at a partner university. This course is called an MPharm 2+2.

Overseas pharmacists' assessment programme

A postgraduate diploma which is undertaken as the first part of the route to registration required by those who have qualified as a pharmacist from outside of the EAA.

Foundation degree

This course can be taken as an entry route for anyone wanting to pursue a career in pharmacy who doesn't currently have the required qualifications to be accepted straight onto an MPharm degree.