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)

University of Portsmouth

De Montfort University (Leicester)

University of Huddersfield

King's College, University of London

University of Lincoln

Liverpool John Moores University

Medway School of Pharmacy, Universities of Greenwich and Kent

University of Manchester

Newcastle University

University of Central Lancashire (Preston)

Queen’s University Belfast

University of Reading

Robert Gordon University (Aberdeen)

Swansea University

Ulster University (Coleraine)

University of Wolverhampton

University of Leicester

Kingston University London

University College London

University of Nottingham

University of Strathclyde (Glasgow)

Keele University

Cardiff University

University of Brighton

University of Hertfordshire

University of Sunderland

University of East Anglia (Norwich)

University of Bath

University of Birmingham

University of Bradford