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MPharm in Pharmacy

Aston Pharmacy School is one of Europe's leading Pharmacy Schools with over 100 years of history and reputation. Ranked 3rd for student satisfaction in England (The Complete University Guide 2015) and with 100% of students getting a job within six months of graduating, the course is one of the best ways to start your career as a pharmacist.

Why choose this course?

  • The overall satisfaction level in the 2014 National Student Survey among final year students from this programme was 95%
  • You benefit from close links with local hospitals, community pharmacies, GP surgeries and pharmaceutical companies, with integrated work-based placements throughout the programme

  • A modern pharmacy programme that meets the developing role of pharmacists in all branches of the profession (pharmacy, community and industry).

4 years full-time

UCAS Code: B230

Typical offers:
A Levels: AAB in three A level subjects, including Chemistry and at least one other science subject (Biology, Maths or Physics). General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted as part of the offer. Additional AS/A2 subjects welcomed.

IB: 34 points overall, including 6 points in Higher Level Chemistry and Higher Level Biology or Physics, 5 points in Higher Level Maths or 6 points in Standard Level Maths and 5 points in Standard Level English.

Access: 
We do not accept Access courses for entry to this degree.

BTEC & other: 
D*DD in BTEC National Diploma / BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Forensic Science, Laboratory & Industrial Science or Medical Science) together with grade B in A level Chemistry. AS Chemistry is not sufficient.

DD in BTEC National Certificate / BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science (Forensic Science, Laboratory & Industrial Science or Medical Science) or Pharmacy Services & NVQ level 3. With these qualifications we also require grades A and B in A level Chemistry and one other A level science subject.

AAABB in Scottish Highers, including Chemistry, Biology and Maths.

AAABB in Irish Leaving Certificate including Chemistry, Biology and Maths and excluding Irish. Physics can be considered in lieu of Biology.

GCSE: English grade C, Maths grade B.

We welcome applications from candidates interested in our MPharm programme who have the skills and capability to excel on our course. Applicants are invited to a compulsory interview session where you will meet our staff, experience our facilities and we will explore your attitudes towards a career within healthcare. While we expect applicants to achieve our required entry grades, we will consider applicants with predicted grades that fall slightly below our entry requirements for individuals who demonstrate a strong commitment to and aptitude for healthcare practice. 

Tuition fees: £9,000 for UK/EU studentsMore on fees

Our 4-year MPharm degree programme is specifically designed to meet the rapidly changing requirements for the practise of pharmacy. In designing and developing our Pharmacy degree we consult first with the patients we serve, then with major employers, other health professionals, our own students, the public and government bodies.

Ranked in the UK's top 5 in The Times, Complete University Guide and Sunday Times rankings 2013, the Aston Pharmacy has excellent links with the profession. The School's research profile ensures relevant, expertise led teaching for around 170 students each year who enrol onto the Aston University MPharm programme.

  • Patient focused from Year 1
  • Innovative teaching: Optivote,virtual hospital
  • Established inter-professional learning across the campus and the region
  • Strong inter-professional learning (IPL) element of programme
  • Great peer support network for students through our Aston Pharmacy Association. 


The third year completes your study of applied pharmacology and medicinal chemistry. You will learn how drugs can be delivered to the body, and how medicines are prepared and reach the market.

The theme of the final year is pharmaceutical practice. It focuses upon the clinical use of medicines and the use of medicines for individual patients. You will also complete an extended research project.

Year 1

In the first year, you will develop the scientific knowledge which provides a basis for the pharmaceutical industry. You also start applying your knowledge to clinical situations that you might encounter in a community pharmacy.  You will study:

Year 2

The second year extends your understanding of the pharmaceutical sciences - the chemistry of different drug groups, their formulation into medicines, the pathology of major diseases and the pharmacological basis of therapeutics. You will study:

Year 3 

The third year completes your study of applied pharmacology and medicinal chemistry. You will learn how drugs can be delivered to the body, and how medicines are prepared and reach the market.  You will study:

Final Year

The theme of the final year is pharmaceutical practice. You will use and extend all the knowledge and skills you have developed in the previous years. You will develop confidence in applying your pharmaceutical knowledge to maximise individual patient benefit from treatment. You will also complete an extended research project.You will study:

We are at the forefront of clinical placement and e-learning within pharmacy. Working with a range of health care professionals across NHS trusts gives you the opportunity to develop valuable and transferable skills for modern day pharmacy practice.

Each year of the course includes structured practise-based placements in local hospitals, clinics or pharmacies. These will provide you with invaluable professional experience.

Please note that students who enter placements in the NHS may be required to pay for DBS checks and occupational health checks.

Find out more about placement and pre-registration years in the Life & Health Sciences.

The course recognises different learning styles and provides a variety of learning opportunities, including

  • Lectures
  • Practical sessions
  • Interactive workshops and tutorials
  • Hospital and other clinical/practice placements
  • Group work and problem-based learning
  • Self-study courses
  • Computer-Aided Learning (CAL) e.g. clinical patient simulations.

A wide range of assessments linked to learning outcomes are also employed, including

  • Examinations
  • Portofolio
  • Essays
  • Practical reports
  • Project work
  • Computer based assessment.
  • Interactive clinical examinations (OSCEs)

You will be continuously assessed throughout the four-year course – contributing to 40% of your final grade. 

Career prospects

Our degree programme has been specifically designed for employability in all areas of pharmacy – community, primary care trusts, hospitals and industry. Aston’s long established reputation and professional accreditation ensures that career prospects of our graduates are first-class. For example, in 2013 100% of our graduates gained graduate level employment and pre-registration pharmacist places across the UK within six months of graduation. Major employers include Boots, Lloyds, Sainsbury’s and hospital-based pharmacies. 

Personal development

Our course helps you develop the knowledge and skills needed to maximise your career prospects. Communicating with patients and fellow professionals is a crucial professional skill - you experience patient contact and engage in role-playing activities. IT skills are essential and we help you develop these in our up-to-the-minute IT teaching and learning suites and in our dispensary using specialist software packages.

Communication skills 

Understanding and communicating with patients and fellow professionals is a key skill. There are many and varied opportunities to develop your communication skills throughout the programme, from essential skills modules devoted to particular aspects of communication, to the teaching, learning and assessment methods used in all other areas of the course. Such methods include role play with video feedback, individual and group presentations during workshops and problem based learning, and seminar presentations. 

Professional and personal development 

You will be encouraged to develop your areas of strength and to identify and address areas of weakness throughout the course creating a portfolio of professional practice, which you will develop during each academic year. This will provide evidence of your professional competence, and of your ability to undertake Continuing Professional Development to the standards required of all pharmacists by the General Pharmaceutical Council.

You will develop a portfolio throughout your four years which helps you identify, plan for and record your personal and professional development.

The MPharm utilises specialist teaching and research laboratories, recently refitted to very high standards in a £3m upgrade project. In 2008 we opened a new fully computerised medicines management suite to support learning of modern pharmacy areas such as clinical care and prescribing. The Pharmacy School is located in the Main Building at Aston University with all laboratories, lecture theatres and support offices located in the same place. 

In some other Universities, Pharmacy programmes are spread across different campuses and buildings   -meaning more travel time/inconvenience and less integration. At Aston University we are proud of our green, compact campus with all facilities on one site.

Pharmacy teaching laboratories
All pharmacy undergraduate teaching takes place here. Usually students are analysing drug molecules; formulating drug molecules into capsules and tablets and looking at how quickly a drug is released from a tablet or capsules.

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Dispensary suite
All pharmacy undergraduate dispensing activities are taking place here. Mainly used for dispensing drug products to patients and other patient-pharmacist simulation exercises.

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Research laboratories
Mostly used for Pharmacy undergraduate research projects for designing and developing new drug formulations

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Power handling room and tableting machine
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Pharmacy at Aston University, Birmingham, is part of the School of Life and Health Sciences (LHS), which also includes Optometry, Biomedical Science, Biology and Psychology undergraduate programmes and a thriving research culture. There are over 50 teaching and research staff in Pharmacy with other LHS staff also undertaking Pharmacy/Life/Health Sciences related teaching and research.

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Student Profile

Student Profile

James Duggan
I like how the pharmacy course here at Aston covers a wide range of areas and topics, and isn't just one same thing all of the time. For example, pharmacy covers Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Law, and Pharmacology etc.
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The history of Aston Pharmacy School

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Did you know... Aston Pharmacy School has been educating pharmacists for over 120 years.

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