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The award

How long you will study
5 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 1820 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 18000 per year

All study options

About Pharmacy at Faculty of Science, University of Strathclyde

Why this course?

Pharmacists are experts in medicines who work alongside doctors, nurses and dentists as part of healthcare teams.

As a Pharmacy graduate, you'll need to understand the science behind drug discovery, development and delivery along with how patients react to the medicines they take. You'll also have to understand individual patient care and public health issues to deliver the best health and pharmaceutical care.

Our course combines science and pharmacy from the start. Our aim is to provide you with the skills and knowledge to be a medicines expert to choose from the full range of pharmacy careers.

It's delivered by the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences which has strong links with the community, hospital and pharmaceutical industry sectors along with Schools of Pharmacy internationally.

What you'll study

The MPharm degree is an Integrated Masters programme. Students will normally enter into Year 2 of the MPharm. As the degree leads to a Masters qualification, the workload is higher than that of a BSc Honours degree.

Year 2

Focus is on the normal function of the body and how this is maintained. You'll study how nutrients and medicines are used by the body. Topics such as the sale and supply of over-the-counter medicines are introduced.

Year 3

You'll gain an understanding of the management of patients with common illnesses such as cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, exploring how these occur and how medicines can be used in their treatment. You'll also learn about how medicines are formulated and compounded for use and how they interact with the body.

Year 4

Topics include the management of patients with cancer, mental health issues or who have more than one disease. The quality of medicines and how this is assured for different formulations is addressed along with the need for the pharmacist to ensure the clinical appropriateness of the medicines dispensed. 

Year 5

In your final year you'll focus on the application of evidence-based approaches to delivering individual and population-based pharmaceutical care including cases where there are no management guidelines. You'll also investigate the health economic implications of the introduction of new medicines.  You'll apply the research skills developed throughout the programme in an independent project. ?

Work placement

You'll undertake community and hospital placements with optional summer research projects.


Our high-quality, dedicated facilities include a dispensary with consulting area, clean room facility and pharmaceutical processing and analysis suites. You will have first-hand experience of the full range of professional activities in a modern training environment.

You can progress to postgraduate study. This includes the opportunity to study within the Centre for Continuous Manufacturing & Crystallisation.


Accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council in order to progress to pharmacist pre-registration training and then to register as a pharmacist

Key facts

  • UCAS code: B230
  • Accreditation:General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Work placement:hospital & community placements, optional summer research projects
  • Integrated Masters:second-year entry

Study options for this course

Notes about fees for this course

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.


  • 2017/18 - £1,820

Rest of UK

  • 2017/18 - £9,250

Bachelor degrees at Strathclyde will cost £9,250 a year, but the total amount payable will be capped at £27,750 for students on a four-year Bachelors programme. Students studying on integrated Masters degree programmes - for example MSci, MEng and MPharm - will pay £9,250 for the Masters year.


  • 2017/18 - £18,000

Additional fees  

Course materials & costs 

Lab coats and safety goggles 

  • approx £25 

PVG scheme (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) 

Masters of Pharmacy students must pay for a PVG certificate during their first semester at a cost of £57.  This is applicable across all schools of pharmacy.  

Please note: All fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

How can I fund my studies?

Students from Scotland and the EU

If you're a Scottish or EU student, you may be able to apply to the Student Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Scottish students may also be eligible for a bursary and loan to help cover living costs while at University.

For more information on funding your studies have a look at our University Funding page.

Students from England, Wales & Northern Ireland

We have a generous package of bursaries on offer for students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales

You don't need to make a separate application for these. When your place is confirmed at Strathclyde, we'll assess your eligibility.Have a look at our scholarship search for any more funding opportunities.

International Students (Non UK, EEA)

We have a number of scholarships available to international students. Take a look at our scholarship search to find out more.

Available scholarships

We have a wide range of scholarships available. Have a look at our scholarship search to find a scholarship.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Minimum grades

Required subjects are indicated following minimum accepted grades.

Because the number and quality of applicants varies each year, achieving the grades outlined below cannot be considered as an absolute guarantee for entrance to the course. Each annual round of admissions is treated as a separate and independent round of competition for places. Therefore, re-applications are treated on an equal basis with first time applicants in any application round.

We cannot guarantee places in advance of receiving applications through UCAS and we do not offer deferred entry to the MPharm programme.


AAAB (Chemistry A, Biology A, Maths B, English B)

Advanced Highers?

BB (Chemistry B and/or Biology; Physics and Maths can be considered)

Two Advanced Highers will be required for Year 2 entry, which is the normal entry point.

A Levels

Year 2 entry: AAB (Chemistry, Biology and an additional subject with Maths or Physics preferred; if not Maths at A Level, GCSE Maths A/B; GCSE English Language B; pass in A Level Chemistry is required, where offered)

?If an applicant is not offering at least AS Level Maths then they will need a grade A at GCSE level. However, such applicants should be aware that additional learning may be required in order to succeed with the mathematical components of the course.

Typical entry requirements: AAB

Republic of Ireland

Five Higher Leaving Certificate (Hons) passes at H2 grade including Chemistry, English, Maths and Biology. 

HND in Biomedical or Pharmaceutical Sciences

Candidates must have exceptional grades throughout their course work. Scottish candidates will also be required to obtain a pass in Higher Chemistry, or Maths, or both depending upon the nature of their HND qualifications, as well as English. At least A and B grades will be expected. Applicants from other regions in the UK or Ireland will be expected to achieve a similar standard of qualification.

Graduate entry

Graduates with a good (upper 2.1 or better) Honours degree in a relevant subject, may be considered.

Please note: Lower class (2.2 or below), partial and ordinary pass degrees will not be considered. ?Candidates must also satisfy the standard English and Math requirements. The complete academic record for each case for entry will be considered on an individual basis.

A good performance at university level in chemistry and maths courses is required. We also look for steady and improving progression throughout the degree. Ideally there will be no resits and marks will average 65+. ?Those who have failed to complete a degree for whatever reason are less likely to be admitted to the MPharm programme. All applications must be made through UCAS.

Due to the increased clinical content of second year studies, direct entry to third year is not available to graduate applicants.? Instead, they will need to be prepared to enter Year 2 of the MPharm and complete the full four years of the programme.

No transfers: We do NOT accept transfers from ANY other degree course, including those at Strathclyde University. Instead, all applicants must meet the entry standards outlined above in competition with others and based upon their past school performance.

Pharmacy technicians

Applications are welcomed from Pharmacy technicians with a minimum of two years work experience. They should have either an NC in Pharmaceutical Sciences, or S/NVQ Level 3. They must also have SQA Higher passes in Chemistry, English and Maths. At least A and B grades will be expected. Technicians from other regions in the UK or Ireland with qualifications of a similar standard may also apply.


A very restricted number of places are available for qualified applicants who have successfully completed the SWAP 'Access to Medical Studies' course offered by Glasgow Kelvin College.

However, this is essentially a course for mature applicants who do not have the right mix of subjects for entry to the MPharm degree. It is not an alternative route of entry for those who have repeatedly not performed well in previous exams.

Europe & worldwide qualifications

English language requirements

Candidates should possess one of the following in English Language:

International Baccalaureate?

36 (Chemistry HL7, Biology HL6, another HL subject HL6 (Maths SL6, English SL6, required if not studied at HL) - included in overall total of not less than 36 at first attempt; IELTS 6.5 may also be required).


One of the following with chemistry and any other two from physics, biology, or maths:

Canadian Pre-university (CPM)

A minimum of ??85% in six subjects (not less than 90% in maths, chemistry and biology preferred).

Other qualifications: Applicants with other qualifications should submit their enquiry to:

Additional information

Entry to the MPharm degree is highly competitive, hence applicants are expected to obtain at least the required qualifications at the first attempt. School reports will be taken into account. Personal statements should be clear and also help to explain the educational history of a student, especially if this is interrupted or non-standard. However, if an applicant for an allied subject such as medicine feels the need to dedicate their personal statement towards that subject, this will not disadvantage them.

The MPharm is an integrated masters programme. Such degrees usually take five years to complete. The structure of the new MPharm for the majority of applicants begins in Year 2 and is completed in Year 5 making this a four-year course. If you hold or are sitting Advanced Highers including Chemistry or Biology and have obtained the required Highers, the offer will typically be for Year 2 entry. Where a school does not offer Advanced Higher Chemistry and/or Biology applicants may be given an offer for Year 1 entry.

Find out more about our admissions policy and terms.

Widening access

We want to increase opportunities for people from every background. Strathclyde selects our students based on merit, potential and the ability to benefit from the education we offer. We look for more than just your grades. We consider the circumstances of your education and will make lower offers to certain applicants as a result.

Find out if you can benefit from this type of offer.

International students

Find out entry requirements for your country.

Degree preparation course for international students

We offer international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree at Strathclyde the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation year programme at the International Study Centre.

You can also complete the online application form, or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

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