Pharmacy (MPharm)

Course type: Single Honours,
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:AAB/ABB
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 4 years, Full time
Location of study:Keele University – main campus
Subject Area: Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Course Overview

You’ll experience innovative and inclusive teaching, state-of-the-art facilities, visits and placements in hospital, community and industrial settings, all of which will prepare you for your future career.

Pharmacists play a key role in many aspects of the design, development, delivery, and optimisation of the use of medicines. They’re clinicians and scientists, but they also need strong management and communication skills. That’s because, although many pharmacists work in community pharmacy, hospitals and GP surgeries, they’re also very much in demand in the pharmaceutical industry, academia, regulatory affairs and public health.

Pharmacists promote the safe and effective use of medicines and ensure quality patient care. They are both professional scientists and qualified healthcare practitioners. Often, they are the first point of information for the public and other healthcare professionals, and as such must be effective communicators.

All aspects of the Pharmacy programme are taught in dedicated, well-equipped facilities using a combination of teaching methods. Placements form an important learning experience throughout all years of the course giving students the opportunity to place their learning in context within different working environments.

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Single Honours

The programme is planned as four 120-credit modules – one for each year of study. During each year teaching material is delivered within themes that are designed to integrate the physical and social sciences within the context of patient care and public health.

During Levels 6 and 7 students have the opportunity to choose topics to study within an electives strand that starts in the second semester of Level 6 and runs through to the end of Level 7. Comprising the equivalent of 20 credits at Level 6 and 40 at Level 7, students choose from a range of specialist topics taught in small seminar groups and an extended project. The number of specialist options chosen and thelength/nature of the project may be varied to suit each student’s interests and aspirations.

For more information about the structure of the programme please see the Course Information Document.


Course workload

Contact Time is intended to provide potential students with an indication of the type of activity they are likely to undertake during their programme. The data is compiled based on module choices and learning patterns of students on similar programmes in previous years. Every effort is made to ensure this data is a realistic representation of what a student is likely to experience, but changes to programmes, teaching methods and assessment methods mean this data is representative and not specific.

The figures below are an example of activities that a student may expect on your chosen course by year/stage of study. Contact time includes scheduled activities such as: lecture, seminar, tutorial, project supervision, demonstration, practical classes and labs, supervised time in labs/workshop, fieldwork and external visits. The figures are calculated based on a standard measure of 1,200 hours of student effort each year for full-time students on degree courses.

Year 1

Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities - 37%

Guided Independent Study - 62%

Placements - 1%

Year 2

Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities - 33%

Guided Independent Study - 66%

Placements - 1%

Year 3

Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities - 28%

Guided Independent Study - 70%

Placements - 2%

Year 4

Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities - 38%

Guided Independent Study - 59%

Placements - 3%

Skills and Careers

What will this mean for my future? 

Graduates from this course will have a portfolio of skills that are attractive to potential employers in health authorities, hospitals, community pharmacies and in the pharmaceutical industry both in the United Kingdom and globally. Throughout the course, you will be able to assess which areas of pharmacy are of most interest to you and practising pharmacists will be available to provide advice. MPharm graduates need to complete a statutory one year pre-registration period to qualify to practice.

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Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Pharmacy (MPharm) for UK and International students with Foundation Year: B231 View KIS Stats
Master of Pharmacy : B230 View KIS Stats
Master of Pharmacy (with Integrated Training Year) for International Students : B233 View KIS Stats

The MPharm programme is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

can be combined with:

How to Apply

All applications must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) by the middle of January in order to be given full consideration. Applications received between late January and the end of June will only be considered if we wish to make additional offers. Applications received from the beginning of July will be entered into the UCAS Clearing system.

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Study abroad

Study abroad is not currently permitted on the MPharm programme.


The MPharm programme is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).



Find out more about the course

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Undergraduate Masters Course Information Document (PDF)
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