Pharmacy 5 years (including pre-registration training)
Duration: 5 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Placement: Placement year available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Life Sciences
At the University of Bradford we’ve been teaching pharmacy since 1927, and are experts in preparing students for the world of clinical practice.
Our unique 5-year MPharm programme has been running for 40 years and will enable you to undertake your pre-registration training as part of the programme. This means you will leave us as a qualified pharmacist pending successful completion of the GPhC registration exam. We also run a 4-year programme where you will need to complete a 1-year pre-registration period after graduation. If you are an international student and wish to register as a pharmacist in the UK, we recommend you select this pathway. We believe this will give you the best possible opportunity to work in two different pharmacies during your studies and comply with UK visa regulations.
Our pharmacy courses use Team-Based Learning as an innovative style of learning. Read more under 'Learning activities and assessment' below.
Students will have access to outstanding facilities including our Clinical Skills Suite, Industrial Pharmacy laboratory and Simulation Suite, which houses a 3D virtual dissection table and human patient simulator.
A degree in pharmacy can lead to careers in community, hospital, primary care and industrial pharmacy. You may also wish to consider pharmacy as an alternate career to medicine following Royal College of General Practitioners proposals whereby pharmacists will work alongside doctors in GP practice (see RGCP website).
Latest figures show that 96% of our 5-year graduates enter employment or further study within six months of graduation with a starting salary of £28,982.
For further information visit the School of Pharmacy website.
Entry to the profession of pharmacy is regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). Both our MPharm programmes have recently been fully reaccredited for the maximum period of six years by the GPhC.
"The new MPharm programme has led to pre-registration students who are more ready for practice. Their clinical knowledge and problem solving skills are developed from much earlier in the course, leading to graduates ready to apply these skills from day one in their placement. This has been very advantageous to us, as employers, and to the students themselves".
In September 2012 we started to deliver our newly-accredited and innovative pharmacy curriculum using Team-Based Learning, built with advice from leading pharmacists, employers, recent graduates, patients and other key stakeholders to ensure patients get the best out of their medicines.
We are the only UK University to offer the 5-year practice-integrated MPharm programme, during which you have paid pre-registration placements and are able to qualify as a pharmacist when you leave university.
We have run this course successfully for over 40 years.
Alternatively you can choose the 4-year continuous programme where you complete your one-year pre-registration training after graduation.
The 5-year programme embeds two separate six-month periods of paid pre-registration experience within the course (£8,000-£10,300 per six-month placement), and gives you the opportunity to experience two different aspects of pharmaceutical practice (usually hospital and community practice), thereby broadening your experience.
Each six-month placement is arranged and supervised by the Bradford School of Pharmacy, and the two-placement structure brings you into contact with a wide range of patients, employers and healthcare professionals.
Typical offer: ABB / 128 UCAS points
New UCAS tariff
We use the UCAS tariff system to help us compare different qualifications. For courses starting from September 2017 onwards, the way points are calculated is changing.
The number of points you get for each qualification and grade will be lower, for example, an A* grade at A level will be worth 56 points from 2017 onwards, instead of 140 in 2016. Despite the lower points, you will still need to achieve the same grades. The only exception to this is that AS Levels will now be worth 40% of an A Level, instead of 50%.
All qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system. More qualifications are also being brought into the UCAS tariff system for the first time, including Access to Higher Education courses.
Work out your UCAS tariff points using the UCAS Tariff Calculator (link opens in a new tab).
Chemistry or Biology and one other Science subject required at minimum AB. General Studies or Critical Thinking is not accepted.
Students offering A-levels should complete them within a 3-year time frame to be eligible for entry onto this programme.
Please note that where a science A-level is taken, the University will require applicants to pass the practical element (for A-levels awarded from August 2017 onwards).
BTEC Extended Diploma:
DDD. Applied Science with a minimum four Chemistry units and two Maths units at Distinction. Acceptable only with A-level Chemistry or A-level Biology at grade B.
Applicants on Access Programmes:
128 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Higher Education Diploma - Science subject required. Must include a minimum of 12 credits of Chemistry at Distinction and 12 credits at Distinction in one other Science subject.
Plus minimum of:
Five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4, including English Language, Maths (note: GCSE English Language and Maths equivalences will not be accepted) and two sciences (i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Combined Science).
Those applying with Access courses are only required to have GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or grade 4.
Additional entry requirements:
As part of the selection process, we interview short-listed candidates prior to making offers. All places are offered subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and health check.
Applicants who do not hold the specified A-Level subjects may be considered for the Clinical Sciences Foundation Year with a view to entering year one of the MPharm the following year. Entry onto the MPharm would be conditional on assessment performance at the end of the foundation year. Entry onto the MPharm is subject to passing all modules at first attempt and achieving a minimum of 60% in the chemistry module and an overall average of 65% or higher. Students that do not achieve this standard, but who pass the foundation year, would transfer to another programme within the Faculty of Life Sciences (e.g. BSc Chemistry, BSc Biomedical Sciences, BSc Clinical Sciences). Please note that you would be nominated and supported as a potential future pharmacy student and as such this route does not permit transfer to study medicine at the University of Leeds.
If you are an international student and you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.
English language requirements:
Minimum IELTS at 6.5 or the equivalent.
If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.
|Capability in Pharmacy 1||core|
|Foundation Studies for Pharmacy 1 (Molecules to Systems)||core|
|Foundation Studies for Pharmacy 2 (Lifecycle of a Medicine)||core|
|Foundation Studies for Pharmacy 3 (Promoting Health and Wellbeing)||core|
|Foundation Studies for Pharmacy 4 (Prescription Processing)||core|
|Capability in Pharmacy 2||core|
|Nutrition, Metabolism and Reproduction 1||core|
|Senses, Thoughts and Movement 1||core|
|Transport 1 (Cardiovascular, Urinary and Respiratory)||core|
|Capability in Pharmacy 3||core|
|Nutrition, Metabolism and Reproduction 2||core|
|Senses, Thoughts and Movement 2||core|
|Transport 2 (Cardiovascular, Urinary and Respiratory)||core|
|Capability in Pharmacy 4||core|
|Patient Centred Care||core|
|Pre-registration Placement (Year 4, Semester 1, 6 months)||core|
|Student-Selected Component – Pharmacy Special Studies||core|
|Pre-registration Placement (Year 5, Semester 2, 6 months)||core|
Learning activities and assessment
Our award-winning Pharmacy programme has been designed by nationally acclaimed pharmacy educational experts with input from pharmacy employers, patients and our alumni.
The programme is predominantly taught using an innovative and active learning method called Team-Based Learning (TBL).
In TBL classes you will actively practice applying your knowledge to solve real-world pharmacy problems through team discussion and class debate facilitated by our expert academic staff.
TBL develops your confidence, your problem-solving skills, and the communication and team skills necessary for employment in pharmacy.
We were the first UK University to offer the 5-year practice-integrated MPharm programme which allows you to qualify as a pharmacist when you leave university and we have run this course successfully for over 40 years.
Alternatively you can choose the 4-year continuous programme where you complete your one-year pre-registration training after graduation.
The 5-year programme embeds two separate six month periods of pre-registration experience within the course, and gives you the opportunity to experience two different aspects of pharmaceutical practice (usually hospital and community practice), thereby broadening your experience. Each six month placement is arranged and supervised by the School, and the two-placement structure brings you into contact with a wide range of patients, employers and healthcare professionals.
Career support and prospects
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
91% of our 2015 five-year Pharmacy graduates found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating. Read more on our website »
A career in pharmacy allows you to work in a variety of different sectors such as community, hospital, industry, primary care, GP Practice, academia.
"Having supervised and tutored Bradford sandwich students for many years, the new MPharm programme has clearly led to pre-registration students who are more ready for practice. Their clinical knowledge and problem solving skills are developed from much earlier in the course leading to graduates who are ready to apply these skills from day one in their pre-registration placement. This has been very advantageous to us, as employers, and to the students themselves." - Clare Roberts, Advanced Pharmacist - Education and Training
Watch our video of 2015 Honorary Graduate Dr Keith Ridge CBE, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for NHS England speaking about his career and Bradford's Pharmacy graduates.
The average starting salary for our 2015 Pharmacy (five-year) graduates was £28,852.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need work experience and if so, how much?
Competition for a place on the MPharm course is high and when selecting candidates the admissions team is not just looking for evidence of academic achievement although that is very important. The selection panel is also looking for evidence that an applicant is committed to studying Pharmacy and has investigated Pharmacy as a career. Work experience such as job shadowing, talking to community pharmacists, visits to community or hospital pharmacies or work placements however brief, are all evidence of this commitment.
What are the differences between the 4 and the 5-year courses?
On completion of the 4-year MPharm graduates undertake 12 months of pre-registration training. Normally, this would mean that after obtaining the 4-year Master's degree in pharmacy you would be required to undertake one year of 'Pre-registration Experience' in a pharmacy approved by the regulatory body and under the supervision of an experienced pharmacist.
The 5-year course is described as a sandwich or practice-integrated course because it contains two six-month periods of professional training. These two periods together satisfy the pre-registration requirements of the regulatory body and are undertaken in between periods of academic study.
When do I have to choose between the 4- and 5-year courses?
On application, a student may choose either course, and most students make their choice during the UCAS cycle. Students need to make up their minds about which course they would like to be registered on during the UCAS cycle and should think carefully about the differences for them personally. The final decision must be made prior to enrolment as changes during the 1st year are by exemption only.
Do you accept graduate entry?
We do accept students who have already completed degrees in relevant subjects (first class or upper second class) however we still require applicants to hold suitable GCSE and science A-level qualifications, including chemistry. Please note that tuition fees for graduate entry are usually classed as ELQ (Equivalent or lower qualifications) and have a different fee structure.
Can I transfer from another course (into year 2?)
We do not normally accept students after studying for one or two years on courses at other Universities. We may consider students who hold A-level qualifications that meet our standard entry criteria but any offer will be for entry to YEAR 1 ONLY.
How do I register as a pharmacist?
Entry to the profession of pharmacy is regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). In order to be eligible to register as a pharmacist you must:
- Hold a Master's level degree in pharmacy awarded in the UK which has been accredited by the GPhC
- Satisfactorily complete one year of pre-registration experience in an approved pharmaceutical establishment under the guidance of a pharmacist
- Pass the registration assessment at the end of the pre-registration year
- Complete the application process by declaring your fitness to practise and a health declaration
Please note that completion of the MPharm degree alone does not guarantee that you will be successful in securing a pre-registration training placement or registering as a pharmacist. However, we will provide you with help and support to optimise your ability to do so.
Bradford School of Pharmacy research expertise extends from drug design to formulation, drug delivery to clinical trials, neuroscience and natural products.
We have a well-equipped Clinical Skills Suite; our own community pharmacy; hospital ward; and a number of seminar rooms. Our pharmacology facilities are laboratories which include simulation software and computers to enable all of our students to have the same learning experience. You will also be taught in our new Simulation Suite which includes a human simulator (iSTAN) and a 3D virtual Anatomage Table where you will learn about anatomy and physiology.
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Fees, Finance and Scholarships
- Home/EU: £9,250*
- Home/EU, sandwich placement year fee: 10% of the applicable full-time fee
- International: £16,970
- International, sandwich placement year fee: £1,700
* Home/EU fees will be subject to an annual increase, set in line with government policy. A percentage of any additional higher fee income will be used to support student opportunity through increased expenditure on access, student success and progression activities.
See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.
See our Fees and Financial Support website.
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Download the programme specification for Pharmacy 5 years (including pre-registration training)
This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.