School of Pharmacy



A career as a pharmacist is exciting and constantly changing.

Careers in Pharmacy

Pharmacy is a highly varied profession with a number of different possible career paths open to graduates. To register as a pharmacist in the UK, you must complete the MPharm degree, a pre-registration training year and sit the registration assessment. After registration, pharmacy graduates are highly sought after and are amongst the most employable professionals in the UK, with many opportunities to work internationally. 

Community Pharmacists

The majority of pharmacists work in community pharmacies or hospitals. Community pharmacists work at the heart of their local area, supervising the supply and use of medications for the local population. Community pharmacists can own their own businesses or work for larger national organisations as employees. Experienced community pharmacists can offer additional services, such as flu vaccinations, medicines reviews and emergency contraception. 

Hospital Pharmacists

Hospital pharmacists supervise the supply and use of medicines for patients with serious health conditions. They work side-by-side with medical doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists and dieticians. Hospitals pharmacists obtain additional clinical pharmacy and independent prescribing qualifications to support their work. 

The Pharmaceutical Industry

Other pharmacists can work in the pharmaceutical industry. These roles involve designing, developing and testing new medications that are not yet available. Industrial pharmacists often work in laboratories and can be involved in the regulation of medicinal products, working with national organisations such as National Institute for Care Excellence (NICE), the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Emerging roles

Additional emerging roles for pharmacists include those working in GP practices and care homes. These roles are new and include working like a GP to help patients to use medications appropriately – using the right medication, at the right time, in the right way, for the right patient.  

Flexible and varied

A career as a pharmacist is well-paid and flexible. Pharmacists can work full-time, part-time or as locums (where they chose the hours they work each week) in a number of different roles. 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 methods and to introduce you to our communities of practice within the University and our external NHS partners. Once registered 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 such as PhDs.  

What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices

See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2014/15.

The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.

Careers and employability at Newcastle

Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.

94% of our 2014/15 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Of our graduates who entered employment 85% were in a professional or managerial position.

We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers.


You can find more information about pharmacy careers on the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and NHS careers websites.