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Pharmacy MPharm (Hons)

About the course

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As a pharmacist you are an expert in all aspects of medicines and drugs; playing a vital role in providing quality healthcare to patients.

Reasons to study Pharmacy at DMU Leicester

  • 100 per cent of our pharmacy graduates go on to work and/or study within six months of completing their course (DLHE 2013/14)
  • 95 per cent of our recent graduates said they were satisfied with the quality of the course (National Student Survey 2013/2014)
  • 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
  • Extensive recent investment of £12 million in our dedicated scientific laboratories with specialist equipment, replicates pharmaceutical settings, allowing you to apply theory to practice and develop your practical skills
  • You will also benefit from integrated work placements and structured practice settings, allowing you to apply theory to practice and develop your professional skills
  • Benefit from exceptional inter-professional education - interacting and learning from students of other health and social care disciplines will give you a broader understanding of patient care
  • Many of our academic staff are pharmacists with experience of practice in areas such as community, hospital and primary care; ensuring your learning is at the forefront of developments within the sector
  • Our life-changing pharmaceutical research projects have won awards; such as the inaugural Gadget Show Live ‘British Inventor of the Year’. Nominations have also been received for ‘Research Project of the Year’ in the prestigious Times Higher Education Awards

In order to become a pharmacist, you have to successfully complete one year of postgraduate training and pass the GPhC registration assessment.

Pharmacy is centred firmly on how pharmacists can serve the needs of patients. With a focus on developing the practical and professional skills of a pharmacist, you will also develop a grounding in science and a strong practical content that will enable you to inform your decisions in practice and to practise safely and ethically.

The degree has three integrated streams - one representing pharmaceutical science, one body systems and clinical studies, and the other pharmacy practice and healthcare.

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Key facts

UCAS course code: B230

Duration: Four years full-time

Institution code: D26

Entry and admission criteria


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

Plus one of the following:

A levels

  • A minimum of 320 points from 3 A Levels including Chemistry and at least one of the following Biology; Maths; Physics 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/Merit with Chemistry A level at  grade B

International Baccalaureate :
30+ with six higher level points in Chemistry and another Science subject (Biology; Physics; Maths).

Access Course (started before September 2014)
Pass Access to Science HE diploma with 15 level three chemistry credits at distinction plus 15 additional level three science credits at merit. English and Maths equivalency of 12 level two credits in each subject required. Test will be required for English, Maths and Chemistry at approximately A2 standard.

Access to HE Diploma (started from September 2014)
Pass QAA Accredited AHE (Science) with 15 level three credits at Distinction in Chemistry plus 15 additional level three science credits at merit, and English and Maths GCSE at grade C or above. Tests for English, Maths and Chemistry are required for Access applicants.

Selection event: It is likely that applicants will be invited to attend a selection event.

Work experience : No

You will be expected to comply with the UHL uniform policy for your placements. You must complete an occupational health check, 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. Contact us for up-to-date information

English language requirements :
If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 7 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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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

Teaching and assessment

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 16 hours of independent study.

Assessment methods include:

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

Course modules

Year 1 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

Year 2 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

Year 3 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

Year 4 Application of Pharmacy Knowledge and Skills

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

Work experience and placements

You will attend placements in both community and hospital environments, allowing you to apply theoretical knowledge to practical situations, under the supervision and guidance of professional practitioners.

University Hospitals of Leicester (UHL) uniform and dress code policy

This course includes compulsory hospital placements; these are an essential component for completion of the course. Whilst on placement, students must adhere to the dress code policy of University Hospitals of Leicester UHL (NHS) trust.

The UHL Trust has given careful consideration to religious needs and every attempt has been made to accommodate these, however, there are some areas where the need to fully comply with infection control guidance has overridden religious requirements.

Further information can be obtained by contacting UHL directly on +44 (0) 300 303 1573

Graduate careers

Our graduates progress on to rewarding and stimulating careers in community and hospital pharmacy, and in leading pharmaceutical companies, such as; Boots, Lloyds Pharmacy, Superdrug and NHS.

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

Learn more about graduate employability and careers

Becoming a pharmacist

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 pre-registration training and pass the national exam, set by the GPC, to be able to register as a pharmacist.

The GPC will not offer prospective registration advice. Applicants can appeal against a registration refusal. Any appeal must be made to the GPC’s Appeals Committee.

Fees and funding

Full-time £9,000
Band 2 £12,250

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Additional costs

It is likely there will be some additional costs wherever you choose to study. Here at DMU, we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist laboratories and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs, which vary from course to course. We provide full details of all course fees, but these extra costs may include general living expenses, field trips, travel for work placement opportunities, materials, additional text books and others such as supplementary printing.


We are pleased to be able to offer a specific Pharmacy scholarship for students starting their studies in 2014/15. Find out more information about the WR Evans Bursary, the criteria, and the application form.


You will benefit from teaching and learning in our dedicated pharmacy practice suites, as well as numerous clinical science, chemistry and pharmaceutics laboratories, where you will develop your practical and professional skills to prepare you for employment.

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.

Learn more about our first-class study facilities

How to apply

Applications for undergraduate courses from UK/EU applicants must go through UCAS, you can fill out an application form through their website If you do not have regular access to the internet or find it difficult to fill out applications online you can request an alternative format from UCAS either through their website or via the contact details below.

International students can apply to study at DMU using our online applications portal.

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Contact details

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Telephone enquiries: +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70

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