Pharmacy MPharm (Hons)

This course is accredited by the GPhC and equips you with the practical and professional skills needed to complete your Foundation Training year, in preparation to work as a pharmacist in your chosen career path. You will need to complete your Foundation Training following graduation to become a registered Pharmacist.


Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy Helen Root talks about the benefits of studying Pharmacy MPharm at DMU.

Pharmacists are responsible for the safe and effective supply of medicines to patients and for giving advice on how to take prescribed drugs, including monitoring requirements or potential side effects. Pharmacists also supervise the medicines supply chain through the provision of dispensing services in the community, hospital and other primary care settings.

They have an important role to play as part of the multi-disciplinary healthcare team, liaising closely with other healthcare professionals to ensure that the supply of medicines is within the law and suitable for a particular patient. They also work closely with patients and carers to offer help and advice.

With over 100 years of experience, our Leicester School of Pharmacy will help provide you with the practical and professional skills needed to work as a pharmacist. With pharmacy being the third largest healthcare profession in the UK, your career opportunities are extensive and varied.

You’ll study a range of topics that will help you develop your skills to advise patients, and which cover professional practice, clinical expertise, and core diagnostic and consultation skills.

Key features

  • Benefit from timetabled integrated work placements across all four years of the course in the community, GP and hospital setting.
  • Learn in our dedicated teaching spaces including a purpose-built practice and simulation suites as well as our industry standard laboratories.
  • 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 Inter-Professional Education (IPE), which has been commended as a beacon of good practice by the General Pharmaceutical Council.
  • Learn about our award-winning, real-world research projects such as work to support uniform washing for healthcare professionals during the Covid-19 pandemic and dried blood-spot analysis.
  • Our students have gained international experience related to their studies through our DMU Global programme. Pharmacy students have previously visited New York to understand the healthcare provision provided by pharmacists in America and learned about the medicinal uses of hemp and cannabis on a trip to Amsterdam.
  • Or graduates gain rewarding and stimulating careers in all pharmacy sectors – DMU students have gone on to work for major employers such as Boots, Lloyds and Well Pharmacy, and with NHS hospital trusts, primary care contractors, local commissioners, and within the global pharmaceutical industry.

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  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: B230

Duration: Four years full-time

Start dates: September 2023

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding: 

2023/24 tuition fees for UK students: £9,250


Additional costs: You may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations.

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: B230

Duration: Four years full-time

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Start dates: September 2023

Fees and funding:

2023/24 tuition fees for international students: £15,750

Find out more about available funding for international students.

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: You may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations.

Entry criteria


  • Five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including: English and Maths

Plus one of the following:


  • A minimum of 120 points from 3 A-levels, including Chemistry and at least one of the following at grade B or above: Biology, Maths, Physics or Psychology (General Studies is not accepted)*


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

Alternative qualifications include:

Access to HE Diploma

  • Pass Access to Science HE diploma overall with 120 UCAS tariff, with 15 level three chemistry credits at distinction, and 15 credits at merit in other science subjects (biology, maths, physics, psychology). 

English Language and Maths GCSE grade C/ 4 required as separate qualifications. Equivalency not accepted within the Access qualification.

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

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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*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.

Interview: Yes

The interview will comprise of a structure tests numeracy as well as values and judgement. 

Interviews are currently being conducted remotely via Microsoft Teams.

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.

Non-academic requirements

As well as academic requirements, you will also be required to meet and fulfil non-academic requirements which are stated below:

  • Self-Declaration Form clearance
  • Occupational Health clearance
  • Enhanced DBS disclosure clearance

Continuance on the MPharm programme is subject to enhanced DBS clearance and annual completion of a self-declaration. It is important that your application is completed by the end of teaching week 3 after enrolment, and self-declaration completed by end of teaching week 1 in years 2 to 4 at the latest.

Failure to engage with this process will result in a review of your continued registration, the normal outcome of which will be discontinuation of your registration from the MPharm programme.

Please note, we do not normally accept applicants who have previously enrolled on a Pharmacy MPharm degree in the UK.

You must meet and fulfil all non-academic requirements before 17 July 2023. Failure to meet this deadline may result in your offer being withdrawn.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments




First year

  • Preparing for Practice (1) - Professional Portfolio
  • People and Medicines (1) - Introduction to Pharmacy
  • People and Medicines (2) - Gastrointestinal/Nutrition

Second year

  • Preparing for Practice (2) - Professional Portfolio
  • Pharmacotherapy (1) - Infection/Inflammation
  • Pharmacotherapy (2) - Cardiovascular/Respiratory

Third Year

  • Preparing for Practice (3) - Professional Portfolio
  • Advanced Therapeutics (1) - Personalised Healthcare
  • Advanced Therapeutics (2) - CNS/Endocrine

Fourth Year

  • Preparing for Practice (4) - Professional Portfolio
  • Professional Clinician (1) - Skills for Advanced Practice
  • Professional Clinician (2) - Integrated Patient Care

The programme has been designed around an ethos of student-centred learning with resources such as workbooks, online resources such as Replay lectures and interactive large group sessions preparing students for laboratory periods, workshops and seminars representing the main teaching sessions. In addition, there are a series of placement-based learning events and the inter-professional education (IPE) programme in all years.

Laboratory classes, skills for practice sessions (which include simulated role play), seminars and workshops provide the opportunity for students to:

  • acquire the practical and manual skills needed by a pharmacist
  • illustrate theoretical material
  • engage in problem-solving exercises
  • discuss integrated practice-based cases
  • undertake ‘pharmacy challenge’ exercises
  • learn to retrieve information from a variety of sources
  • record, analyse and critically appraise data
  • develop their skills in scientific report writing and data presentation
  • communicate information to their colleagues
  • work in teams
  • recount what they have learnt from their student-centred learning activities
  • exchange information with their colleagues


Other teaching strategies employed in various course components include:

  • Enhanced Learning through Technology 
  • Placement experiences
  • Inter-professional education (IPE) events
  • Case discussions


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.

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

This programme is due to be reaccredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) in February 2023.

Our current programme was accredited by the GPhC in (2018) for the full six year term with no conditions or recommendations; demonstrating the quality of our academic teaching and student experience.

Students who start the MPharm programme from 2021-22 onwards will transfer to the new GPhC initial education and training standards in readiness for entering the fully implemented foundation training year with independent prescribing in the 2025-26 academic year.

Facilities and features

Purpose built dispensary simulation suite where students get to practice their consultation skills before going out into placements.
Specialist aseptic suite for hands-on experience in preparing sterile pharmaceutical products.
Our industry standard laboratory spaces help our students develop practical skills in all aspects of pharmaceutical sciences.
Purpose built dispensary simulation suite where students get to practice their dispensing and prescribing skills before going out into placement.

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Hawthorn Building

Substantial investment in Health and Life Sciences has developed our teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including industry standard  analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories.

The building has purpose-built clinical suites including a simulated dispensary and pharmacy counter which allows students to practice and develop core skills in a safe environment. Other clinical simulation spaces in this building include a hospital ward and counselling rooms to allow students to develop their professional and clinical patient care skills. You will receive guidance and support from our team, to ensure that your learning in these simulation suites help prepare you with the confidence and knowledge needed for your experiential learning placements out in practice. 

Portland Building

This building has a range of practical laboratory space which have recently been expanded and refitted to provide industry -standard laboratories in a modern, bright space which are used for teaching core laboratory skills, analytical techniques, and good manufacturing practice.

Heritage House

New simulation suites to allow for state-of-the-art experiential learning and assessment. LearningSpace® technology has been installed in 31 rooms both here and in our Hawthorn Building along with enhanced AV equipment; which allows our students to experience reflective learning through the use of audio and video technology in a simulated clinical environment.

New patient simulators, diagnostic and monitoring equipment ensure that students are able to learn clinical assessment skills, diagnosis and treatment of patients of all ages and simulated clinical conditions. 

Opportunities and careers

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As part of this course you will have the opportunity to complete a work placement, which offers invaluable professional experience. This allows you to apply theoretical knowledge to practical situations under the supervision and guidance of professional practitioners.

Students will travel to placements are across Leicester and the wider East Midlands in community pharmacies, hospitals and the primary care sector, including GP practices and funding for travel to placements is provided. Placements can be timetabled from 9:00 – 17:00.

To attend placements you will need an Enhanced DBS and are required to complete an annual self-declaration of good health and conduct, in addition to adhering to placement provider policies, including dress codes.

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Graduate Careers

Our graduates have gone on to work in rewarding and stimulating careers across all pharmacy sectors for major employers in community pharmacy and the NHS including careers in both hospital and GP pharmacy.

Throughout the course we will help you to enhance your employment opportunities by embedding transferable skill into the programme and providing opportunities to collaborate with key employers and stakeholders through the Leicester School of Pharmacy’s careers events and mentoring scheme.

We also offer a range of postgraduate opportunities including:


DMU Global

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Students on this course have previously undertaken DMU Global trips to places such as New York, where they were able to gain more understanding of the healthcare provision provided by pharmacists in America.



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