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.


This programme is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) to ensure it delivers the highest possible standards for education and training in a rapidly changing profession.

Our degree programme is fully integrated and is organised around therapeutic themes, with a focus on evidence-based medicine from the outset of the programme. We will help you develop the practical and professional skills of a pharmacist, with a grounding in both science and practice that will enable you to make informed decisions as a future pharmacist. 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. The Leicester School of Pharmacy has dedicated support days to help you prepare for your assessment, even after you have graduated.


Reasons to study Pharmacy at DMU:

  • 99% of our Pharmacy graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating
    According to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report [above the sector average of 94.6%]

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

  • More than 100 years of Pharmacy teaching experience
    with dedicated teaching spaces and innovatove teaching technology, including a purpose-built practice suite and laboratories, plus iSED our online, objective, skills and diagnostic development tool - created here at DMU
  • 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)

  • Gain international expeience through our #DMUglobal programme
    which has enabled students to visit New York to understand the healthcare provision provided by pharmacists in America, gain an insight into healthcare, pharmacy and medicines (both Western and Traditional Chinese medicine) in Hong Kong, and to support refugees in Berlin
  • Award-winning real-world research projects

    includes life-changing development of the artificial pancreas and dried blood-spot analysis

  • Dedicated training support days for our pharmacy graduates
    helping you to pass the GPhC pre-registration assessment

  • DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
    Indicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU. [Office for Students, 2017]

  • The TEF Panel judged that De Montfort University delivers “consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.” [Office for Students, 2017]


At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study.

Pharmacy Waymade scholarship
We’re offering a course specific scholarship of up to £3,000 worth of support per academic year to our Pharmacy MPharm (Hons) students. For more information visit our Pharmacy support page.

Vice-Chancellor’s Sports Scholarship
Find out more about the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarships worth up to £6,000.


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  • UK/EU
  • International

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 2019/20 tuition fees will be £9,250

Find out more about our two pharmacy scholarship of up to £3000, designed to provide financial support to students

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

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


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

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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: For 2019/20 tuition fees will be £13,750 

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.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using the DMU Online Portal.

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

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Entry criteria


  • Five GCSEs at grade C/4 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 at grade B or above: Biology, Maths, Physics or Psychology (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+ points 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 at grade C/4 or above as separate qualifications

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.

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

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2019 will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

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 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.

The student-centred resources provide the foundation for the theoretical content of the course but need to be built upon by structured student-centred learning (i.e. students working on their own, in their own time) to produce a sound theoretical knowledge base.  

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.

Accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) - The Leicester School of Pharmacy’s most recent re-accreditation (2018) was for the full six year term with no conditions or recommendations; demonstrating the quality of our academic teaching and student experience.

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.

The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.

Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to apply theory to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff, to ensure that your practical ability in the clinical skills suites is accurate.


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’ dress code 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 assessment, 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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