Pharmacist education and training

Being a pharmacist is a rewarding career that helps to make a positive difference to the lives of patients. To qualify as a pharmacist, it takes a minimum of five years and combines study and paid employment.

Once you have qualified as a pharmacist, you can complete additional training to be come an independent prescriber.

If you want to become a pharmacist, there are a series of steps you must take:

  • Successful completion of an accredited Master of Pharmacy degree (MPharm) , which is a full-time course, normally over four years. 
  • Successful completion of the foundation training year, in one or more sectors. 
  • Successful completion of our registration assessment.
  • Meeting our criteria for registration as a pharmacist in Great Britain.

If you want to become an independent prescriber, you must take an accredited independent prescribing course - find out more below.