This MPharm degree will equip you with the professional skills, scientific knowledge and clinical experience to become a caring, ethical and effective pharmacist.
At a Glance
UCAS Institution Name and Code
A Level: AAB
IB: 36 points
Pharmacists work in a variety of settings to provide essential healthcare services. Roles range from drug design and production to working in the community and the clinical setting.
This four-year degree focuses on developing your scientific, technical and communication skills so that you can confidently pursue a career in this area.
It is a highly rewarding field and graduates of pharmacy degrees enjoy high employment levels.
Quality and rankingQuality and ranking
Study Pharmacy at Newcastle University and you will be joining our world-renowned Faculty of Medical Sciences.
We have an international reputation for the quality of our well-established degrees in medicine, dentistry, psychology and biomedical sciences.
Our Pharmacy MPharm degree was originally run by Durham University and we look forward to building on its existing reputation, academic expertise and success at Newcastle.
Pharmacy at Newcastle ranks in the top 150 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.
Professional accreditationProfessional accreditation
Newcastle University is currently working towards full accreditation from the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), which is responsible for regulating pharmacy professionals and registered pharmacies in Great Britain.
Studying a professionally accredited MPharm Honours degree is your first step to becoming a pharmacist (see below).
GPhC accreditation also means that the degree content has been reviewed for quality assurance purposes, to ensure it meets GPhC standards.
Becoming a pharmacistBecoming a pharmacist
Pharmacy is a highly varied profession with a number of different possible career paths open to graduates. Pharmacy graduates are highly sought after and continue to be amongst the most employable professionals in the UK.
If you want to become a pharmacist, you must study a professionally accredited MPharm Honours degree. After successful completion of your degree, you will need to complete one year as a pre-registration trainee and successfully pass the GPhC Registration Assessment.
Your pre-registration training year is completed as a graduate and you are responsible for sourcing your own training contract. However, we will give you lots of support to prepare you for finding and applying for one.
After this, you can register with the GPhC and practise as a pharmacist. See Course Details for more information.
Newcastle University's reputation with employers is outstanding. We are consistently in the top 20 'most targeted' UK universities by graduate employers and our employability rate is above the national average (see Careers).
What you will studyWhat you will study
Our MPharm degree will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge base to effectively contribute to high-quality patient care, whichever section of the profession you ultimately choose.
Through a varied range of teaching methods, you will develop a strong base of theoretical and academic knowledge related to:
- the structure and function of the human body
- abnormal pathology
- chronic disease management
- pharmacology and medicinal chemistry
- cutting-edge pharmaceutical science
- injections, implants and transdermal delivery systems
You will develop practical skills to enable you to excel in professional practice, such as:
- effective communication and consultation with patients
- examination skills and physiological monitoring
- law as it applies to pharmacy
- medicine management systems
- prescribing and decision making
We develop your academic and research skills, to help you complete your degree and to prepare you for a research career should you wish to pursue one. Skills include:
- conducting research
- literature searching
- academic writing
You'll also undertake numerous clinical placements during your degree. These are an essential part of preparation for clinical practice and introduce you to the varied settings in which pharmacists work.
More information about what you will study at each Stage is in the Course Details section.
Teaching and assessmentTeaching and assessment
Our approach to teaching is primarily problem orientated. We use lectures, seminars, tutorials, problem-based learning, practical experience, laboratory work and case seminars to encourage you to develop knowledge and skills in an integrated manner.
We demonstrate the important links between fundamental pharmaceutical science and application to professional practice. We do this by using a primarily case-led approach. This means we can ensure that you learn to integrate your developing knowledge and are able to apply it to your future work.
The level of contact that each year group has with the entire MPharm programme team is high, and all students spend a high percentage of their week engaged in some form of teaching.
Our range of teaching methods ensures you firmly develop both a theoretical knowledge base and practical skills to the correct level.
Our internationally acknowledged teaching staff have expertise in health informatics, pharmaceutical public health and medicinal chemistry.
Facilities and supportFacilities and support
This degree is taught within the Faculty of Medical Sciences. However, you'll benefit from excellent facilities across the University and within the regional NHS.
- Newly refurbished pharmacy laboratories in the historic red-brick George VI Building
- Clinical skills suite, anatomy lab and biochemistry lab in the Medical School
- Specialist medicinal chemistry facilities in our School of Chemistry
- Access to the hospital environment through our close proximity to the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
You'll be supported by a personal tutor throughout your degree – an academic member of staff who can help with academic and personal issues.
You'll also have access to a peer mentor in your first year – a fellow student who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have.
Modules for 2016 entry
The module and/or programme information below is for 2016 entry. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Modules/programme information for 2017 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (mid-May 2017).
Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage.
About this degreeAbout this degree
Our Pharmacy MPharm degree is divided into four Stages. Each Stage develops your theoretical knowledge and practical skills further.
This ensures you graduate fully equipped with the understanding, skills and professional competencies needed for your future career.
After your degree, you'll need to complete a period of pre-registration training in order to register as a pharmacist. Throughout your degree, we'll help prepare you for this next step in your professional journey.
Stage 1Stage 1
The first year will comprise a single, integrated module, Fundamentals of Pharmacy: the Integration of Science and Practice.
This module will focus on patient-orientated problems. You will have access to patients from the very start of the course to ensure that you understand how to apply knowledge and skills.
- the normal structure and function of the human body
- pharmacology, medicinal chemistry and formulation science in terms of identifying and developing drug substances, then formulating them into acceptable and effective medicines
- micro-organisms and their role as agents of infection, but also in terms of the damage they can cause to pharmaceutical products
You'll gain experience of the workplace and learn a range of professional and practical skills:
- how to talk to patients and work within healthcare teams, all focused on the effective use of medicines
- simple examination skills and aspects of physiological monitoring
- the importance of professional identity and the dynamic working situations that result from multi-professional networking
- research skills, including literature searching, academic writing and referencing, statistics and how each is applied to pharmaceutical research
Stage 2Stage 2
The second year will build on previous studies and will continue the focus on patients.
You study a single integrated module, Pharmaceutical Care: Pathology, Patients and Professionalism.
You will examine abnormal pathology and subsequent therapeutic options to deal with disease, including chronic disease management.
This material will be fully integrated with cutting-edge pharmaceutical science, and will be built upon by continuing to give experience of the workplace.
You will also study:
- law as it is relevant to pharmacy
- systems for medicines management including the development and use of clinical guidelines and formularies
- patient communication; communicating complex information to patients at a level that is understandable
Stage 3Stage 3
You study a single integrated module, Applied Pharmaceutical Interventions: Design, Delivery and Decisions.
You will be presented with more complex, patient-based examples, which will include multiple disease states and complex therapeutic interventions.
You will develop an understanding of how medicines are used concomitantly and how adverse effects are monitored and managed.
The development of drugs from first principles will be examined including the use of molecular modelling techniques to analyse molecular structure in the context of drug action.
You will study the formulation of injections, implantable medicinal devices and transdermal delivery devices.
You'll also continue to develop vital decision-making skills, skills in communication and consultation, and examination.
As with other modules this will be supported by inter-professional learning sessions and time in the workplace.
Stage 4Stage 4
The fourth year will contain two 60-credit modules.
The first, Targeted Therapeutics: Optimisation, Critique and Responsibility will be focused on preparing for practice.
You will examine specific areas of oncology, infection and immunology, including support strategies for patients suffering with such diseases.
You'll examine state-of-the-art formulation devices used in the delivery of chemotherapy and associated medicines, including the use of nanotechnology.
The importance of personalised medicine will be discussed in detail. You will encounter complex clinical problems, which you will be required to manage from first principles.
The second module allows you to choose an area of pharmacy to study in more detail as part of a Research Project. Potential areas for focus are:
- medicinal chemistry
- pharmacy practice
- formulation science
- pharmaceutical microbiology
This project will be supervised by one of the academic staff and will be closely related to their current research interests.
We have international study abroad links. This means it's possible for you to take the practical aspect of your project at a partner institution overseas.
Clinical placements and experienceClinical placements and experience
Clinical placements are a key element of your degree and an essential part of preparation for clinical practice.
You'll undertake numerous placements at each Stage, introducing you to a varied range of settings in which pharmacists work.
Each is carefully thought out to ensure that you are able to experience and learn about the different roles you will be able to take on once you're qualified.
The placements help you develop a sense of identity as a pharmacist and identify your interests. They are also an opportunity for you to gain, develop and craft your practical knowledge and skills.
In addition to placements, you'll engage in hospital-based learning. You'll learn at University about medical conditions and following this up with on-site visits to local hospitals to see what happens in practice.
You'll also engage in interprofessional education at Newcastle. You'll be working and training alongside professionals and other students in the Faculty of Medical Sciences, developing your understanding of pharmacy within the complete healthcare system.
Pre-registration trainingPre-registration training
To register as a pharmacist, after successfully completing the MPharm, graduates must complete pre-registration training. More information on pre-registration training can be found on the General Pharmaceutical Council website.
This includes the requirement to pass the General Pharmaceutical Council Registration Assessment.
Guidance will be given on personal development, pre-registration training and the pharmacy profession by the academic team and other dedicated staff within the division.
At numerous points throughout the course we will introduce you to employers in order that you can prepare for their likely expectations at the point of applying for pre-registration training.
Work placements in community, hospital, primary care and industry will be offered throughout the MPharm degree to ensure you are fully prepared for pre-registration training and your future professional role in pharmacy.
The importance of continuing professional development (CPD) and lifelong learning will be introduced to you from induction, this will include maintenance of a CPD portfolio relating to your practical experiences throughout the programme.
All candidates are considered on an individual basis.
If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered.
The entrance requirements below apply to 2018 entry.
Important Admissions InformationImportant Admissions Information
Applicants must satisfy Fitness to Practise requirements on admission to the course. This includes a health declaration and submission of an acceptable disclosure and barring service (DBS) clearance. Students coming direct to the course from a country outside of the UK must provide a letter of good conduct from their home country and will be required to submit an acceptable DBS at the end of the first year.
A LevelsA Levels
AAB including Chemistry and at least one of Biology, Mathematics or Physics at A level and excluding Critical Thinking and General Studies. For Biology, Chemistry and Physics A levels we require a pass in the practical element. Mathematics and English Language both required at GCSE, minimum grade C or 4, if not offered at A or AS level. Offers are made subject to satisfying fitness to practise conditions.
Scottish QualificationsScottish Qualifications
AAB at Advanced Higher including Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics. Two Highers at the required grade (in different subjects to the Advanced Higher(s) offered) may replace each of one or two of the Advanced Highers (but not Chemistry), as long as the overall subject requirements are met.
Mathematics and English Language required at National 5, minimum grade B (or grade 2 Standard Grade or Intermediate 2 equivalent) if not offered at Higher Grade. Where a candidate bypasses the assessment for National 5 qualifications, a minimum of grade C in the Higher in Mathematics and English Language is required.
Scottish qualifications can be taken in more than one sitting.
Offers are made subject to satisfying fitness to practise conditions.
International BaccalaureateInternational Baccalaureate
36 points. At least 5 points required from Higher Level Chemistry and at least 5 points required from at least one of Higher Level Biology, Mathematics or Physics. At least 4 points required from Standard Level Maths or Mathematical Studies if not offered at Higher Level.
Offers are made subject to satisfying fitness to practise conditions.
Irish Leaving CertificateIrish Leaving Certificate
H1H1H1H1H2 at Higher Level, including Biology and Chemistry. Ordinary Level Mathematics required at grade O1 if not offered at Higher Level. Offers are made subject to satisfying fitness to practise conditions.
Access QualificationsAccess Qualifications
45 level 3 credits at Distinction including at least 15 level 3 credits in chemistry and at least 15 level 3 credits in biology, mathematics or physics.
Offers are made subject to satisfying fitness to practise conditions.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended DiplomaPearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma
Not acceptable for entry to this subject.
Cambridge Pre-UCambridge Pre-U
D3, D3, M2 in Principal Subjects including Chemistry and at least one of Biology, Mathematics or Physics. Mathematics and English Language both required at GCSE, minimum grade C or 4, if not offered at A or AS level. Offers are made subject to satisfying fitness to practise conditions.
Extended Project QualificationExtended Project Qualification
We welcome applications from students offering an Extended Project and value the skills of research and independent learning that it is designed to develop. If you offer an Extended Project, it will be taken into account as part of your application profile, but we will not usually include it in offer conditions for this degree programme.
PARTNERS - A LevelsPARTNERS - A Levels
BBB including Chemistry and at least one of Biology, Mathematics or Physics at A level and excluding Critical Thinking and General Studies. Mathematics and English Language both required at GCSE, minimum grade C or 4, if not offered at A or AS level. Offers are made subject to satisfying fitness to practise conditions.
The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s supported entry route for students from schools and colleges in England. Find out more about the PARTNERS Programme.
PARTNERS - Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended DiplomaPARTNERS - Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma
Not acceptable for entry to this subject.
English Language RequirementsEnglish Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English require a minimum score of IELTS 7.0 or equivalent including 6.5 in each of the four elements of the test.
If you need help to meet our English Language requirements, we can provide support with extra tuition.
Read more about UK visas and immigration requirements.
Other International QualificationsOther International Qualifications
ABB at A level is typically the minimum required for entry to an undergraduate course. You can check the equivalent grades for qualifications offered in your country.
International Foundation ProgrammesInternational Foundation Programmes
If you are an international student and you do not meet the academic and English language requirements specified above, you should consider a pre-sessional course at INTO Newcastle University, which will help to prepare you for study on this degree course.
INTO Newcastle University is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses including the International Foundation in Biological and Biomedical Sciences.
Undergraduate Admissions Policy
See our Admissions Policy 2017 Entry (PDF: 109 KB).
Pharmacy is a highly varied profession with a number of different possible career paths open to graduates.
Pharmacy graduates are highly sought after and continue to be amongst the most employable professionals in the UK.
The majority of pharmacists work in community or hospital practice. Others work closely with general practitioners (primary care) or within the many areas of the pharmaceutical industry.
A career as a pharmacist is exciting and constantly changing. Our MPharm degree will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge base to effectively contribute to high-quality patient care, whichever section of the profession you ultimately choose.
Our research-led programme is designed to ensure that you develop a keen awareness of research methodology and to introduce you to our research communities of practice within the University.
At the end of your studies you will be able to work within the breadth of fields traditionally associated with pharmacy, as well as having access to a range of postgraduate study opportunities.
Some graduates complete their pre-registration training then choose to return to higher education to complete a research degree. You can also take a PhD as part of your pre-registration training year, providing the other six months is in a patient-facing environment.
Fees and Funding
Tuition Fees (UK and EU students)Tuition Fees (UK and EU students)
Tuition fees for 2018-19 have not yet been confirmed.
£9,250 in 2017-18
- The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK/EU students is set by the UK government.
- As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.
- Newcastle University has guaranteed that EU students entering our University in 2017 will pay the UK (Home) rate of fee for the full duration of their programme of study.
- Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
- See more information on all aspects of student finance relating to Newcastle University.
Tuition Fees (International students)Tuition Fees (International students)
Tuition fees for 2018-19 have not yet been confirmed.
£17,935 per year
You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).
If you spend a year on placement or studying abroad as part of your degree you may pay a reduced fee for that year.
Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.
See more information on all aspects of student finance relating to Newcastle University.
Scholarships and Financial Support (UK and EU students)Scholarships and Financial Support (UK and EU students)
Scholarships and Financial Support (International students)Scholarships and Financial Support (International students)
Before you apply you will need to check the entry requirements for your chosen degree. We accept a wide range of qualifications offered for entry to our degrees. We welcome applications from international students.
Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS
To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
UCAS codes for Newcastle University
- institution name - NEWC
- institution code - N21
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Making your application
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