University of Strathclyde Pharmacy

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University of Strathclyde Pharmacy

Why this course?

Pharmacists are experts in medicines who work alongside doctors, nurses and dentists as part of healthcare teams.

As a Pharmacy graduate, you’ll need to understand the science behind drug discovery, development and delivery along with how patients react to the medicines they take. You’ll also have to understand individual patient care and public health issues to deliver the best health and pharmaceutical care.

Our course combines science and pharmacy from the start. Our aim is to provide you with the skills and knowledge to be a medicines expert to choose from the full range of pharmacy careers.

It’s delivered by the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences which has strong links with the community, hospital and pharmaceutical industry sectors along with Schools of Pharmacy internationally.

What you’ll study

The MPharm degree is an Integrated Masters programme. Students will normally enter into Year 2 of the MPharm. As the degree leads to a Masters qualification, the workload is higher than that of a BSc Honours degree.

Year 2

Focus is on the normal function of the body and how this is maintained. You’ll study how nutrients and medicines are used by the body. Topics such as the sale and supply of over-the-counter medicines are introduced.

Year 3

You’ll gain an understanding of the management of patients with common illnesses such as cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, exploring how these occur and how medicines can be used in their treatment. You’ll also learn about how medicines are formulated and compounded for use and how they interact with the body.

Year 4

Topics include the management of patients with cancer, mental health issues or who have more than one disease. The quality of medicines and how this is assured for different formulations is addressed along with the need for the pharmacist to ensure the clinical appropriateness of the medicines dispensed.

Year 5

In your final year you’ll focus on the application of evidence-based approaches to delivering individual and population-based pharmaceutical care including cases where there are no management guidelines. You’ll also investigate the health economic implications of the introduction of new medicines.  You’ll apply the research skills developed throughout the programme in an independent project.

Course content

The MPharm degree is an integrated, full-time five-year undergraduate programme.

Normally suitably qualified students will be admitted directly into year 2. Entry into year 1 of the programme is available but is not the standard route.

Year 2

Normal Function of the Gastrointestinal Tract

Normal Function of the Cardiovascular & Respiratory Systems

Normal Function of the Nervous & Endocrine Systems

Normal Function of the Hepatic & Renal Systems

Being a Pharmacist 1

Year 3

Management of Infection & Infectious Diseases

Management of Gastrointestinal & Endocrine Conditions

Management of Cardiovascular Conditions

Management of Respiratory & Inflammatory Conditions

Being a pharmacist 2

Year 4

Management of Malignancy & Inflammatory Conditions

Management of Central Nervous System Conditions

Management of Patients with Co-morbidities

Being a Pharmacist 3

Year 5

Evidence Based Medicine

Being a Pharmacist 4

Research Project


Methods of assessment vary according to the subject and skills being taught and include formal written exams, multiple choice questionnaires, oral presentations, dissertations, project reports and practical tests.

Entry requirements

Minimum grades

Required subjects are indicated following minimum accepted grades.

Because the number and quality of applicants varies each year, achieving the grades outlined below cannot be considered as an absolute guarantee for entrance to the course. Each annual round of admissions is treated as a separate and independent round of competition for places. Therefore, re-applications are treated on an equal basis with first time applicants in any application round.

We cannot guarantee places in advance of receiving applications through UCAS and we do not offer deferred entry to the MPharm programme.


AAAB (Chemistry A, Biology A, Maths B, English B)

Advanced Highers

BB (Chemistry B and/or Biology; Physics and Maths can be considered)

Two Advanced Highers will be required for Year 2 entry, which is the normal entry point.

A Levels

Year 2 entry: AAB (Chemistry, Biology and an additional subject with Maths or Physics preferred; if not Maths at A Level, GCSE Maths A/B; GCSE English Language B; pass in A Level Chemistry is required, where offered)

If an applicant is not offering at least AS Level Maths then they will need a grade A at GCSE level. However, such applicants should be aware that additional learning may be required in order to succeed with the mathematical components of the course.

Typical entry requirements: AAB

Republic of Ireland

Five Higher Leaving Certificate (Hons) passes at H2 grade including Chemistry, English, Maths and Biology.

HND in Biomedical or Pharmaceutical Sciences

Candidates must have exceptional grades throughout their course work. Scottish candidates will also be required to obtain a pass in Higher Chemistry, or Maths, or both depending upon the nature of their HND qualifications, as well as English. At least A and B grades will be expected. Applicants from other regions in the UK or Ireland will be expected to achieve a similar standard of qualification.

Graduate entry

Graduates with a good (upper 2.1 or better) Honours degree in a relevant subject, may be considered.

Please note: Lower class (2.2 or below), partial and ordinary pass degrees will not be considered. Candidates must also satisfy the standard English and Math requirements. The complete academic record for each case for entry will be considered on an individual basis.

A good performance at university level in chemistry and maths courses is required. We also look for steady and improving progression throughout the degree. Ideally there will be no resits and marks will average 65+. Those who have failed to complete a degree for whatever reason are less likely to be admitted to the MPharm programme. All applications must be made through UCAS.

Due to the increased clinical content of second year studies, direct entry to third year is not available to graduate applicants. Instead, they will need to be prepared to enter Year 2 of the MPharm and complete the full four years of the programme.

No transfers: We do NOT accept transfers from ANY other degree course, including those at Strathclyde University. Instead, all applicants must meet the entry standards outlined above in competition with others and based upon their past school performance.

Pharmacy technicians

Applications are welcomed from Pharmacy technicians with a minimum of two years work experience. They should have either an NC in Pharmaceutical Sciences, or S/NVQ Level 3. They must also have SQA Higher passes in Chemistry, English and Maths. At least A and B grades will be expected. Technicians from other regions in the UK or Ireland with qualifications of a similar standard may also apply.


A very restricted number of places are available for qualified applicants who have successfully completed the SWAP ‘Access to Medical Studies’ course offered by Glasgow Kelvin College.

However, this is essentially a course for mature applicants who do not have the right mix of subjects for entry to the MPharm degree. It is not an alternative route of entry for those who have repeatedly not performed well in previous exams.

Europe & worldwide qualifications

English language requirements

Candidates should possess one of the following in English Language:

  • SPM/119 – min grade C4
  • GCSE (Grade A or B)
  • Academic IELTS – 6.5 overall, no individual band score less than 6.0 (scores should have been obtained within the last two years)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English – Grade A
  • Cambridge Certificate in Proficiency in English – Grade A or B
International Baccalaureate

36 (Chemistry HL7, Biology HL6, another HL subject HL6 (Maths SL6, English SL6, required if not studied at HL) – included in overall total of not less than 36 at first attempt; IELTS 6.5 may also be required).


One of the following with chemistry and any other two from physics, biology, or maths:

  • A-lev/STPM: A, A, B+
Canadian Pre-university (CPM)

A minimum of 85% in six subjects (not less than 90% in maths, chemistry and biology preferred).

Other qualifications: Applicants with other qualifications should submit their enquiry to:

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.


  • TBC

Rest of UK

  • 2017/18 – £9,250

The 2018-19 fee rate will be updated when it has been confirmed by the UK and Scottish Governments. Assuming no change in Rest of UK fees policy over the period, the total amount payable by undergraduate students will be capped. For students commencing study in 2017/18, this is capped at £27,750 (with the exception of the MPharm and Integrated Masters courses); MPharm students pay £9,250 for each of the four years. Students studying on Integrated Masters degree programmes pay an additional £9,250 for the Masters year with the exception of those undertaking a full-year industrial placement where a separate placement fee will apply.


  • 2018/19 – £18,750