Courses and qualifications for pharmacists

The MPharm degree is offered at several universities in the UK. This is the first part of the route to registration if you want to become a pharmacist.

If you’ve qualified as a pharmacist outside of the European Economic Area, you can do a postgraduate diploma (known as an Overseas Pharmacist Assessment Programme or OSPAP) as the first part of the route to UK registration.

An accredited degree or postgraduate programme combines science and practice and equips students with the theoretical knowledge, professional behaviours and clinical skills needed to become a pharmacist.

There are a number of different course formats. Click on the tabs below to find out more about each option.

A full time degree course which is usually completed in four years. This is the most frequent type of course offered.

You must successfully complete the course to start foundation training.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for our accredited MPharm degrees vary between universities. As a guide, most universities will expect you to have an A or B grade in A-level chemistry and two further A-levels in either biology, mathematics or physics. If you have A-levels in chemistry and biology, you may also be considered with an alternative third subject.

The entry requirements are set by the individual university offering the MPharm degree. Universities may accept equivalent qualifications, other than A-levels, including qualifications gained outside of the UK. Universities may also set other entry requirements for the course.

If you’d like to pursue a career as a pharmacist but don’t have the required A-level grades or subjects, you can consider doing one of our accredited foundation degrees as an alternative route to enter an MPharm degree.


Search courses

Use the search below to find specific MPharm and OSPAP courses. You can use the filters on the left to find different types of courses, or search by location.

Aston University (Birmingham)

Portsmouth, University of

De Montfort University (Leicester)

Huddersfield, University of

King's College, University of London

Lincoln, University of

Liverpool John Moores University

Medway School of Pharmacy, Universities of Greenwich and Kent

Manchester, University of

Newcastle University

Central Lancashire (Preston), University of

Queen’s University Belfast

Reading, University of

Robert Gordon University (Aberdeen)

Swansea University (provisionally accredited)

Ulster University (Coleraine)

Wolverhampton, University of

Bangor University

Leicester, University of

Brighton, University of

University College London

Nottingham, University of

Strathclyde (Glasgow), University of

Keele University

Kingston University London

Hertfordshire, University of

Sunderland, University of

East Anglia (Norwich), University of

Bath, University of

Birmingham, University of

Bradford, University of

Cardiff University