Bachelor On Campus

Pharmacy (Hons)

University of Portsmouth

48 months
18300 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
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Play a part in the pharmaceutical advances of the future and learn how to use modern drug tech to make a difference to society with this MPharm (Hons) Pharmacy degree, accredited by the GPhC (General Pharmaceutical Council).


You'll practise using the skills and knowledge you learn under supervision from GPhC-registered Pharmacists and get valuable on-the-job experience with patients and the public on placements.

When you complete the course successfully, you just need to complete a foundation training year to become a fully qualified Pharmacist. You could also go onto a career in areas such as drug development and formulation, and clinical trials.

What you’ll experience
  • Learn from qualified Pharmacists who have backgrounds in community and hospital pharmacy settings
  • Practise applying your skills and scientific knowledge in a fully-stocked model pharmacy and in simulated consultation rooms, a care home, surgery and hospital wards
  • Check and dispense real prescriptions on placements under the supervision of experienced Pharmacists
  • Study alongside students from other healthcare disciplines to get an understanding of all stages of the patient experience 
  • Take opportunities to get further pharmaceutical experience in settings such as GP surgeries and mental health hospitals
  • Get support arranging your foundation training year after the course
Work experience and career planning

Demand for qualified pharmacists is increasing. After the course, you can become a fully qualified pharmacist within a year by doing a foundation training and passing the GPhC registration examination.

Many graduates do split foundation training in general practitioner surgeries and other clinical settings. You can also split foundation training between the pharmaceutical industry and a hospital or community setting.

Foundation training support

Our Careers and Employability Service can support you in applying for your foundation year training, helping with interview techniques and the application process. You'll get help, advice and support for up to 5 years after you leave the University.

Potential salary

As a fully qualified Pharmacist in the NHS, you'll usually start at the bottom of band 6 of the Agenda for Change pay scale (£32,306 in 2021/22). As your NHS career progresses, you could reach band 9 as a chief pharmacist (£93,735–£108,075 in 2021/22).

What other roles can you do with a Pharmacy degree?

The expanding responsibilities of pharmacists means you'll have many other job options at the end of the course. Areas you could work in include:

  • drug development and formulation
  • involvement with toxicity studies
  • clinical trials
  • marketing
  • regulatory affairs
  • medical writing
Graduate destinations

Recent graduates have gone on to work for organisations including:

  • Novartis
  • Reckitt Benckiser
  • Boots
  • Superdrug
  • Goldchem
  • Virgin Care
  • Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • practical laboratory work
  • simulated training

All of the modules you'll take are fully supported by online lecture and study materials, and our academic staff will share their expertise in practice and research.

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

For more about the teaching activities for specific modules, see the module list above.

Many teaching activities, including lectures, are recorded so you can re-watch them at any time.

How you're assessed
  • diagnostic tests
  • written assignments
  • simulated patient-focused case studies
  • oral and poster presentations
  • online tests
  • clinical skills assessment

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.


This course is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

Programme Structure

Year 1

Cells to Systems – 20 credits

Develop your understanding of the basic structure & function of mammalian cells, tissues & organs.

Developing Life-Long Learning For Pharmacy – 20 credits

Develop your study skills, focusing on effective self-directive learning.

Introduction To Formulation – 20 credits

Examine the chemical and physical characteristics of drug molecules.

Introduction to Neuroscience & Pharmacology – 20 credits

An introduction to the anatomy & physiology of the central & peripheral nervous systems.

Introduction To Pharmacy Practice – 20 credits

An introduction to the profession of pharmacy and the role of the pharmacist. You'll develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes required by a competent pharmacist.

Pharmaceutical Chemistry – 20 credits

This module gives you a basic understanding of how pharmaceutical chemistry is important to disciplines linked with pharmacy and pharmacology.

Please see our website for our latest module information

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

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480 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

BBB-AAB, or equivalent, to include A level Chemistry, plus an A level in a second Science subject or Mathematics. Other qualifications are considered including BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science at DDM-DDD plus A level Chemistry. For A levels which include a separate science practical component, a pass is desirable and may strengthen an application.All shortlisted applicants will need to attend an interview, which will include an admissions test. Applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before starting the course.

*Please note: A levels in Applied Science, General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies are not normally accepted.

English Language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18300 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • EU students – £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase) 

Living costs for Portsmouth

710 - 1099 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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