Aston Pharmacy School has been at the centre of Pharmacy education since 1847 and is one of Europe's leading Pharmacy Schools.
From the traditional role of "the art or practice of preparing, compounding and dispensing drugs especially for medicinal purposes", Aston Pharmacy School is looking to the future in order to prepare students for a changing industry. Our aim is to prepare graduates to be able to perform a role that encompasses "the clinical assessment of a patient's needs with an increasing emphasis on patient counselling, prescribing, prescribing advice and clinical care".
Did you know these 10 things about Aston Pharmacy School?
- Student satisfaction: MPharm Pharmacy at Aston achieved 93% for overall student satisfaction. In addition, 96% of students agreed that staff are good at explaining things and 94% agreed that the course is intellectually stimulating (National Student Survey 2017). Read about what our graduates have to say on our profiles pages.
- Rankings: Pharmacy at Aston is ranked in the Top 10 in the UK for Pharmacy (Complete University Guide 2017, and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).
- Graduate prospects: Pharmacology & Pharmacy at Aston is ranked 1st in the UK for Graduate Prospects (Complete University Guide 2018).
- Research: Aston was ranked 5th in the UK for Allied Health Professions (REF 2014) and is one of only two UK universities to have successfully developed a drug of blockbuster status (the other is Oxford University). Temodal (temozolomide) is the worldwide agent of choice in the treatment of brain tumours (glioma).
- Popularity: With around 1,500 applications per year, the MPharm is Aston's most popular degree courses.
- Employability: Pharmacology & Pharmacy at Aston is ranked 1st in the UK for Graduate Prospects (Complete University Guide 2018). In the most recent DLHE survey, 100% of our MPharm Pharmacy graduates are in a graduate level destination within 6 months of graduating.
- Links with the professions: Aston Pharmacy School works with 6 major NHS Trusts to ensure relevant work experience during courses and ensuring that courses are relevant and up to date.
- Impact: Graduates from Aston Pharmacy School serve communities across the world as community and clinical pharmacists, research scientists, educators, and much more. Many have also achieved influential positions including CEO, Senior Vice-President, Senior Director of global companies.
- Royal recognition: Aston Pharmacy School is the only university to hold a prestigious Regius Chair in Pharmacy.
- Accreditation: Aston has always held accredited status with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, and the General Pharmaceutical Council. In addition, our postgraduate psychiatric pharmacy courses are accredited by the College of Mental Health Pharmacy.
A brief history of Pharmacy at Aston
- 1847: Established as the Birmingham Pharmaceutical Institution to prepare people for the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain Examination.
- 1919: The Pharmaceutical Journal formally announced a new school of pharmacy in Birmingham, The Birmingham School of Pharmacy.
- 1927: Made a formal department of Pharmacy within the Birmingham Municipal Technical School.
- 1966: Birmingham Municipal Technical School received its Royal Charter to become Aston University and the BSc Pharmacy degree is established.
- 1997: Four year MPharm degree course is established.
- 2012: Aston Pharmacy School hits the landmark of 5,000 graduates since 1966.
Explore our history further in our interactive timeline and photo gallery: