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MPharm Pharmacy Degree

We expect that at the end of the degree course our graduates will be outstanding pharmacy professionals who are experts in medicines, safe and effective practitioners, and able to maintain and improve their professional performance.

The aim of the MPharm is to equip graduates with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours needed for careers in all branches of pharmacy, and in all aspects of the profession. The programme is research- and practice-led. To facilitate learning we work in partnership with our students and healthcare professionals through a curriculum that integrates the science and practice of pharmacy in a patient and public-focused manner. Our graduates will take the profession forward by participating in and using research to deliver new medicines, better medicines and better use of medicines.

Accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) the MPharm degree is five year programme taught within the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences.  From session 2014/15 students with appropriate Advanced Higher or A Level qualifications (or other approved equivalents) will be able to enter directly into year 2 of the five year programme to study years 2, 3, 4 and 5 – this will be the routine method of entry. Students who have not had the opportunity to work at Advanced Higher level can enter into year 1 where they will study the background sciences necessary for a career in pharmacy. Students who wish to enter through this route must discuss their plans with the selectors before application.

The degree is structured around disease topics and pharmacy themes, starting with how medicines get into and around the body, and how they are then metabolised and are excreted. The course then focuses on how disease affects these processes, dealing with more complex patient conditions as the degree progresses.  The topics include gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, respiratory and central nervous system diseases: the themes that work through these include pharmacology, pharmaceutics, pharmacy practice and professionalism.  Through these themes and topics the skills and attributes required by a pharmacist are learnt during interactive lectures, workshops and practicals but most importantly they are put into practice in experiential learning in hospital and community pharmacies and in interprofessional learning – this experiential learning starts in semester 2 of year 2 and continues to develop progressively throughout the remainder of the course. 

Students are encouraged throughout to take responsibility for their own learning – to become independent critical practitioners – and are supported in their learning at all stages by academics who act as personal development advisors, providing feedback on progress through the degree.


The School of Pharmacy benefits from high-quality, dedicated facilities for delivering the MPharm. These include a dispensary with consulting area, clean room facility and pharmaceutical processing and analysis suites enabling students to gain first hand experience of the full range of professional pharmacy activities in a comfortable, modern training environment.

External links

We have close links with a variety of external organisations through joint appointments, teacher practitioners and visiting and honorary staff. This ensures that students have regular contact with staff working in key sectors of pharmacy including NHS/pharmacy chains/pharmaceutical industry.

Application information

All potential candidates should read the entry information page before applying.


Carol Barnett - Course Administrator
Phone: +44 (0)141 548 2863

MPharm Registration 2015-16

information on classes and registration for new and returning students is available on our registration information page.

The New MPharm

If you have received an offer for 2nd year - do not worry - this is the standard entry point for the new five year Masters course: you will undertake years 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the programme and will therefore study for 4 years as expected.

We are delighted you will be joining us in September. You will receive a letter from Student-Business and the Faculty Office regarding your Induction Information Sessions.

Year 2 students
Your Induction is three key events:

  • Faculty Induction Session: Wednesday 16th September at 9am – 11:30am in Room JA 3.25 (John Anderson Building)
  • SIPBS (Departmental) First Information Session: Wednesday 16th September at 12.30pm in Room AB101 (John Arbuthnot Building)
  • SIPBS (Departmental)  Second information Session: Thursday 17th September at 1.30pm in Room R667 (Royal College Building)

Please contact Carol Barnett, Administrator, ( or Dr Christine Dufes, Year Coordinator ( if you require any further information.

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We look forward to meeting you in September.

Preregistration Visas

All international students from outside the European Economic Area, graduating with an MPharm from a GB university, must apply for a visa in order to work in the UK i.e. undertake their pre-registration training - read more.

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