Entry requirements: ABB / 320 UCAS points
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: MPharm
UCAS code: B230
Suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Life Sciences
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At the University of Bradford we've been teaching pharmacy since 1927, and are experts in preparing students for the world of clinical practice.

You will need to complete a 1-year pre-registration period after graduation in order to become a qualified pharmacist. Alternatively you can choose our unique 5-year programme, which enables you to undertake your pre-registration training as part of the programme. This means you will leave us as a qualified pharmacist pending successful completion of the GPhC registration exam.

Our pharmacy courses use Team-Based Learning as an innovative style of learning. Read more under 'Learning activities and assessment' below.

Students will have access to outstanding facilities including our Clinical Skills Suite, Industrial Pharmacy laboratory and Simulation Suite, which houses a 3D virtual dissection table and human patient simulator.

A degree in pharmacy can lead to careers in community, hospital, primary care and industrial pharmacy. Read more on the School of Pharmacy website.  You may also wish to consider pharmacy as an alternate career to medicine following Royal College of General Practitioners proposals whereby pharmacists will work alongside doctors in GP practice (see RGCP website). 

Latest figures show that 100% of our 4-year graduates enter employment or further study within six months of graduation, with a starting salary of £17,657.

For further information visit the School of Pharmacy website.

Taster Day

Find out more - come along to our Pharmacy Masterclass on 16 March 2016, 12:30-16:00. Book your place now.

100% of our 2014 4-year Pharmacy graduates found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating


Entry to the profession of pharmacy is regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). Both our MPharm programmes have recently been fully reaccredited for the maximum period of six years by the GPhC.


"In my practice as a pharmacist, I constantly need to be able to solve real-life problems. I need to think on my feet and be able to discuss and justify the decisions I make. Team Based Learning enabled me to work with my team to solve such problems, discuss our options and justify our decisions. TBL has given me the ability to put my learning from the first three years of the programme into practice in my final year, helping me achieve the degree classification I wanted."

Bushra Almari
MPharm graduate (2014)

Why Bradford?

In September 2012 we started to deliver our newly-accredited and innovative pharmacy curriculum using team-based learning, built with advice from leading pharmacists, employers, recent graduates, patients and other key stakeholders to ensure patients get the best out of their medicines.

We are the only UK University to offer the 5-year practice-integrated MPharm programme, during which you have paid pre-registration placements and are able to qualify as a pharmacist when you leave university.

We have run this course successfully for over 40 years.

Alternatively you can choose the 4-year continuous programme where you complete your one-year pre-registration training after graduation.

The 5-year programme embeds two separate six-month periods of paid pre-registration experience within the course (£8,000-£10,300 per six-month placement), and gives you the opportunity to experience two different aspects of pharmaceutical practice (usually hospital and community practice), thereby broadening your experience.

Each six-month placement is arranged and supervised by the Bradford School of Pharmacy, and the two-placement structure brings you into contact with a wide range of patients, employers and healthcare professionals.

Entry requirements

Typical offer: ABB / 320 UCAS points

A levels:

The AB grades must be from Chemistry and one other Science subject, and grade B from one other subject. General Studies and Critical Thinking points are not considered.

Applicants who do not hold the specified A-level subjects may be considered for the Clinical Sciences Foundation Year with a view to entering year one of the MPharm the following year. Entry onto the MPharm would be conditional on assessment performance at the end of the foundation year. Entry onto the MPharm is subject to passing all modules at first attempt and achieving a minimum of 60% in the chemistry module and an overall average of 65% or higher. Students who do not achieve this standard, but who pass the foundation year, would transfer to another programme within the Faculty of Life Sciences (e.g. BSc Chemistry, BSc Biomedical Sciences, BSc Clinical Sciences). Please note that you would be nominated and supported as a potential future pharmacy student and as such this route does not permit transfer to study medicine at the University of Leeds.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DDD from the BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science with four Chemistry units and two Maths units — all at Distinction. You must also obtain A-Level Chemistry at grade B .

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Access to Higher Education Diploma in Science to include a minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction in Chemistry, 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction in one other Science subject, and the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Plus minimum of:

5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English Language and Maths (note: GCSE English Language and Maths equivalences will not be accepted) and 2 sciences (i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Combined Science).

Additional entry requirements:

As part of the selection process, we interview short-listed candidates prior to making offers. All places are offered subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and health check.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.5 or the equivalent.


Module name Type
Year 1
Capability in Pharmacy 1core
Foundation Studies for Pharmacy 1 (Molecules to Systems)core
Foundation Studies for Pharmacy 2 (Lifecycle of a Medicine)core
Foundation Studies for Pharmacy 3 (Promoting Health and Wellbeing)core
Foundation Studies for Pharmacy 4 (Prescription Processing)core
Year 2
Capability in Pharmacy 2core
Nutrition, Metabolism and Reproduction 1core
Senses, Thoughts and Movement 1core
Transport 1 (Cardiovascular, Urinary and Respiratory)core
Year 3
Capability in Pharmacy 3core
Nutrition, Metabolism and Reproduction 2core
Senses, Thoughts and Movement 2core
Transport 2 (Cardiovascular, Urinary and Respiratory)core
Year 4
Capability in Pharmacy 4core
Patient Centred Carecore
Student-Selected Component – Pharmacy Special Studiescore

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

Our award-winning Pharmacy programme has been designed by nationally acclaimed pharmacy educational experts with input from pharmacy employers, patients and our alumni.

The programme is predominantly taught using an innovative and active learning method called Team-Based Learning (TBL).

In TBL classes you will actively practice applying your knowledge to solve real-world pharmacy problems through team discussion and class debate facilitated by our expert academic staff.

TBL develops your confidence, your problem-solving skills, and the communication and team skills necessary for employment in pharmacy. 


We were the first UK University to offer the 5-year practice-integrated MPharm programme which allows you to qualify as a pharmacist when you leave university and we have run this course successfully for over 40 years.

Alternatively you can choose the 4-year continuous programme where you complete your one-year pre-registration training after graduation.

The 5-year programme embeds two separate six month periods of pre-registration experience within the course, and gives you the opportunity to experience two different aspects of pharmaceutical practice (usually hospital and community practice), thereby broadening your experience.

Each six month placement is arranged and supervised by the School, and the two-placement structure brings you into contact with a wide range of patients, employers and healthcare professionals.

Career support and prospects

Employment statistics

100% of our 2014 4-year Pharmacy graduates found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating. Read more on our website »

Career prospects

A career in pharmacy allows you to work in a variety of different sectors such as community, hospital, industry, primary care, GP Practice, academia.

"Having supervised and tutored Bradford sandwich students for many years, the new MPharm programme has clearly led to pre-registration students who are more ready for practice. Their clinical knowledge and problem solving skills are developed from much earlier in the course leading to graduates who are ready to apply these skills from day one in their pre-registration placement. This has been very advantageous to us, as employers, and to the students themselves." - Clare Roberts, Advanced Pharmacist - Education and Training

Watch our video of 2015 Honorary Graduate Dr Keith Ridge CBE, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for NHS England speaking about his career and Bradford's Pharmacy graduates.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2014 Pharmacy graduates on the four-year course was £17,657 for a pre-registration placement.

For our 2014 Pharmacy graduates on the five-year course (registered Pharmacists) it was £28,982.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need work experience and if so, how much?

Competition for a place on the MPharm course is high and when selecting candidates the admissions team is not just looking for evidence of academic achievement although that is very important. The selection panel is also looking for evidence that an applicant is committed to studying Pharmacy and has investigated Pharmacy as a career. Work experience such as job shadowing, talking to community pharmacists, visits to community or hospital pharmacies or work placements however brief, are all evidence of this commitment.

What are the differences between the 4 and the 5-year courses?

On completion of the 4-year MPharm graduates undertake 12 months of pre-registration training. Normally, this would mean that after obtaining the 4-year Master's degree in pharmacy you would be required to undertake one year of 'Pre-registration Experience' in a pharmacy approved by the regulatory body and under the supervision of an experienced pharmacist.
The 5-year course is described as a sandwich or practice-integrated course because it contains two six-month periods of professional training. These two periods together satisfy the pre-registration requirements of the regulatory body and are undertaken in between periods of academic study.

When do I have to choose between the 4- and 5-year courses?

On application, a student may choose either course, and most students make their choice during the UCAS cycle. Students need to make up their minds about which course they would like to be registered on during the UCAS cycle and should think carefully about the differences for them personally. The final decision must be made prior to enrolment as changes during the 1st year are by exemption only.

Do you accept graduate entry?

We do accept students who have already completed degrees in relevant subjects (first class or upper second class) however we still require applicants to hold suitable GCSE and science A-level qualifications, including chemistry. Please note that tuition fees for graduate entry are usually classed as ELQ (Equivalent or lower qualifications) and have a different fee structure.

Can I transfer from another course (into year 2?)

We do not normally accept students after studying for one or two years on courses at other Universities. We may consider students who hold A-level qualifications that meet our standard entry criteria but any offer will be for entry to YEAR 1 ONLY.


Bradford School of Pharmacy research expertise extends from drug design to formulation, drug delivery to clinical trials, neuroscience and natural products.

Read more on our Research website


We have a well-equipped Clinical Skills Suite; our own community pharmacy; hospital ward; and a number of seminar rooms. Our pharmacology facilities are laboratories which include simulation software and computers to enable all of our students to have the same learning experience. You will also be taught in our new Simulation Suite which includes a human simulator (iSTAN) and a 3D virtual Anatomage Table where you will learn about anatomy and physiology.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,000 per year
  • International: £15,420 per year


  • Home/EU: £9,000 per year
  • International: £14,410 per year

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

How do I find out more?

For more information contact the Admissions Office

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.