I want to work in...Pharmacy

This list of links and resources has been carefully compiled by our Careers Consultants and Careers Information Team to provide you with the key knowledge you need if you are considering a career in this line of work.   All the links are reviewed regularly to ensure the source is reliable and the information is accurate and relevant.

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Sector overview

Overview of Science and pharmaceuticals sector

Typical job profiles

Community pharmacist

Hospital pharmacist

Industrial pharmacy

Pre-registration opportunities


NHS Careers in Pharmacy (Scotland)

NHS Education Scotland Pre-reg pharmacist scheme

England and Wales - Hospital and Primary Care (community)

National pre-registration trainee pharmacist recruitment 2019

All nationally funded Pre-Registration Pharmacist training programmes in England and Wales will be recruited via a centralised recruitment and selection process using the Oriel system. A large number of primary care pharmacy training programmes in England and Wales are also being recruited to via this process. Community pharmacy programmes that are included will be clearly identifiable within the Oriel system; they can be identified and filtered as Primary Care programmes.

You have the ability to register on the Oriel system at any point to familiarise yourself with the system before applying when the application window opens and are strongly encouraged to read the applicant handbook available on the website.

England and Wales - Community Pharmacy

Some primary care (community pharmacy and general practice) employers will recruit to pharmacy training programmes outside of the Oriel system. These will be advertised independently by individual employers and do not form part of the Oriel application process. If you are interested in applying for any of these programmes it will be necessary for you to submit a separate application as per individual employer guidance/ timelines.

These may be advertised via:

National Pharmacy Association
Pharmaceutical Journal
Chemist and Druggist jobs


Northern Ireland

Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland

Industrial Placements


Medical Writing 

Useful information about careers in medical communication
Careers in Medical Writing information sheet
Associate Medical Writer training programme information sheet 

Useful online resources

About NHS England

Getting started in the pharmaceutical industry- article from Pharmaceutical Journal

The Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences - downloadable pdf on A Guide to a Career in the Pharmaceutical Industry    

The pre-registration year - downloadable manual 

Making a successful hospital pharmacy preregistration application- article from Pharmaceutical Journal

Pharmacist education and training (General Pharmaceutical Council)

Pharmacy Officer with the Royal Army Medical Corps

Pharmacy roles - careers information from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society 

Do well at a hospital preregistration placement interview - article from Pharmaceutical Journal

The role of academic pharmacists in science and research - article from Pharmaceutical Journal


Job sites and specialist recruiters

AstraZeneca - graduate programmes

GetReskilled pharmaceutical jobs board 

McKesson - summer placements, pre-registration programme and newly qualified vacancies



Pharmaceutical Journal


Jobs in Science


Professional bodies

Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences (APSGB)

Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry ABPI

British Pharmaceutical Students' Assocation BPSA

European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA)

General Pharmaceutical Council GPC

Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union PGEU

Royal Pharmaceutical Society RPS


To find out more about what it's like to work in this career, use the LinkedIn alumni tool to make contact with Strathclyde alumni working in this area.