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Pharmacy MPharm (Hons)

With over 100 years of experience, The Leicester School of Pharmacy will provide you with the practical and professional skills you need to work as a pharmacist in any career pathway of your choice.


Reasons to study Pharmacy at DMU:

  • 100 per cent graduate employability
    with our students in work or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2015/16)

  • Integrated work placements over all four years
    including our brand new GP practice placements, as well as community and hospital pharmacy to help you meet the challenges of 21st century healthcare

  • Collaborative working with other future health and social care experts
    allows students and practitioners from a wide range of professions to learn together through our world leading Inter-Professional Education (IPE)

  • Dedicated teaching spaces and innovative teaching technology
    following a £12million investment in faculty facilities, include a purpose-built practice suite and laboratories, plus iSED our online, objective, skills and diagnostic development tool - created here at DMU

  • Undertake international experiences through the #DMUglobal initiative
    Pharmacy students have expanded their skills and global outlook with trips to Kentucky and The Gambia

  • Award-winning real-world research projects
    includes life-changing development of the artificial pancreas and dried blood-spot analysis

  • Accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) 

    our programme had no conditions or recommendations and will keep your learning up-to-date and relevant in a rapidly changing profession 


    Dedicated training support days for our pharmacy graduates 
    helping you to pass the GPhC pre-registration assessment
  • Established reputation of more than 100 years 
    renowned for academic expertise, development training and world-leading research

  • Rated in the top 10 most popular universities in the UK by UCAS
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This programme is undergoing scheduled re-accreditation with the General Pharmaceutical Council in April – July 2018 to ensure it continues to be delivered to the highest possible standards and meet the required standards for education and training in a rapidly changing profession. The information contained on this webpage is indicative until re-accreditation is confirmed. We are welcoming applications for September 2018.

Our degree programme has three integrated streams – one representing pharmaceutical science, one body systems and clinical studies, and the other pharmacy practice and healthcare. With a focus on developing the practical and professional skills of a pharmacist, you will develop a grounding in both science and practice that will enable you to make informed decisions in practice. This means that as a graduate you leave us with a degree that prepares you for employability in all areas of pharmacy – community, hospital, primary care or industry.

At the end of your degree, in order to register as a pharmacist, you will have to successfully complete one year of postgraduate training and pass the GPhC registration assessment. Our students have performed well on the GPhC registration, with 100% of DMU students, who sat for the first time in June 2016, passing the GPhC preregistration assessment.

The Leicester School of Pharmacy have dedicated support days to help you prepare for your assessment, even after you have graduated.


At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are proud to currently offer a scholarship for this course.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
Up to £6,000 worth of support available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2017. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship page.

Pharmacy scholarship
Up to £2,000 worth of support is available to Pharmacy MPharm (Hons) students in year one. For more information visit our Pharmacy support page.

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Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: B230

Duration: Four years full-time

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding: For 2018/19 tuition fees will be £9,250

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Apply for the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship, worth up to £6,000.

Find out more about our pharmacy scholarship of up to £2000 in year one designed to provides financial support to students.

Our dedicated #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers ambitious students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from placement locations.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.



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Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: B230

Duration: Four years full-time

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding: £12,750 

From 2016, if you wish to undertake pre-registration training in the UK on completion of the Pharmacy MPharm (Hons) degree, most overseas students will be expected to apply for a Tier 2 visa or a two year work visa under the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme.

Anybody wishing to work as a pharmacist in the UK is required to complete one year of postgraduate training and pass the GPhC registration assessment after successfully completing the Pharmacy MPharm with Honours degree. Please visit the pre-registration training visa requirements for more information.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or by submitting a direct application form.

Please visit for more information or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.


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Entry criteria


  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths and English Language

Plus one of the following:

A levels

  • A minimum of 128 points from 3 A Levels including Chemistry, and at least one of the following: Biology, Maths, Physics or Psychology at grade B or above. (General Studies is not accepted)

The third A level may be in a non-science subject or replaced by AS levels in different subjects, which must be taken at the same sitting as the A levels. 


  • BTEC National Diploma - Science Distinction/Distinction/Distinction, with Chemistry A level at grade B

International Baccalaureate:

30+ with six higher level points in Chemistry and another science subject (Biology, Physics, Psychology, or Maths).

Access Course

Pass Access to Science HE diploma with 15 level three chemistry credits at distinction and 15 further credits at merit in science subjects. English Language and Maths GCSEs required as a separate qualification.

Selection event: All applicants will be invited to attend a selection event or selection interview.

Work experience : None required

Personal Statement selection criteria

  • Clear communication skills, including good grammar and spelling
  • Information relevant to the course applied for
  • Interest in the course demonstrated with explanation and evidence

If relevant for the course - work and life experience.

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5, with no element at lower than 6.0, or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

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Additional information:

You must complete a declaration form and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service disclosure application form before starting the course, which needs to be cleared in accordance with DMU's admission policy. An additional self declaration form covering occupational health and fitness to study pharmacy are completed upon enrolment. Contact us for up-to-date information.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments




First year

Fundamental Aspects of Pharmaceutical Science

  • Professional and Scientific Skills 1 
  • Fundamental Cell Biology and Physiology 
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Fundamentals of Medicine Design  
  • Foundation Skills in Pharmacy Practice 

Second year

Medicines Delivery

  • Professional and Scientific Skills 2 
  • Principles of Physiology and Pharmacology
  • The Central Nervous System, Endocrinology and Immunity
  • Medicine Development and Manufacture
  • Law, Ethics and Practice    

Third Year

The Pharmacist as a Practitioner

  • Professional and Scientific Skills 3
  • Pharmacotherapy: from Person to Population 
  • Inflammation, Cancer and Infection 
  • Drug Discovery and Delivery
  • Skills for Practice 

Fourth Year

Application of Pharmacy Knowledge and Skills

  • Professional and Scientific Skills 4 
  • Evidence Based Medicine
  • Public Health and Patient Safety
  • Project 
  • Elective 

Teaching methods include: 

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Laboratory and clinical work
  • Problem solving workshops
  • Group work
  • Placement visits

You will have approximately 16 hours of taught sessions each week, supported by at least 20 hours of independent study.

Assessment methods include:

  • Examinations and coursework
  • Problem solving
  • Critical assessment of pharmaceutical data
  • Objective structured clinical examinations

Teaching contact hours

Contact hours in a typical week will depend on the level and modules of study. However, typically you will have up to 16 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: approx. 1 hour of tutorials (or later, project supervision) each week

Medium group teaching: approx. 7 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week

Large group teaching: approx. 8 hours of lectures each week

Personal study: approx. 20 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using hand-outs, online activities, etc.

Accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) - The Leicester School of Pharmacy’s most recent re-accreditation was for the full six year term with no conditions or recommendations; demonstrating the quality of our academic teaching and student experience and this was confirmed at the recent interim accreditation visit by the GPhC.

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences 


Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.


We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.

During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.

We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers

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Over all four years you will have the opportunity to attend placements in community pharmacies, hospitals and the primary care sector including GP practices, allowing you to apply theoretical knowledge to practical situations, under the supervision and guidance of professional practitioners.

Most of our placements are in Leicester, however, some extend across Leicestershire and surrounding counties and are allocated based on availability and where you are most likely to fulfil your potential.

You will be expected to comply with the relevant healthcare providers’ dresscode policy for your placements.

You must complete a declaration form and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service disclosure application form before starting the course, which needs to be cleared in accordance with DMU's admission policy. An additional self-declaration form covering occupational health and fitness to study pharmacy are completed upon enrolment.

You will also be responsible for covering the cost of travelling to and from your allocated placement provider. Please contact us for up-to-date information.

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Graduate Careers

Our graduates progress on to rewarding and stimulating careers in all sectors of pharmacy, including major employers in community pharmacy, the NHS, primary care settings and the pharmaceutical industry.

Throughout your four years with us we will help you to enhance your employment opportunities by embedding transferable skill in to the programme and exposing you to key employers and stakeholders through the bespoke Leicester School of Pharmacy careers events and mentoring scheme. 

We also offer a range of postgraduate opportunities relevant to your career interests. 


Code of conduct

You must comply with the code of conduct for pharmacy students. Successful completion of the degree is one step in becoming a pharmacist; you must also successfully complete one year's pre-registration training and pass the registration assesment, set by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), to be able to register as a pharmacist.

The GPhC will not offer prospective registration advice. Applicants can appeal against a registration refusal. Any appeal must be made to the GPhC’s appeals committee.



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