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4 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2021

Program description


Our MPharm program is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and experience you’ll need to embark on a career as a Pharmacist. Our School is internationally renowned for the outstanding quality of our teaching and research.

Undertaking the MPharm at Cardiff University means studying at one of the top schools of Pharmacy in the UK.

Today's pharmacists are not only experts in drug discovery and delivery, they play a direct role in improving patients’ health and wellbeing. Many now prescribe medicines independently of a doctor. We are proud to train the pharmacists of the future and, as the role of the pharmacist evolves, so too does our program to reflect these exciting developments.

Above all else, we strive to ensure that our graduates are ready for the next step in their career and the many opportunities that await them.

That’s why 82% of our students who sat the General Pharmaceutical Council’s registration exam in June 2019 passed first-time, higher than the overall national average of 72%. For many years, 100% of our graduates who have applied for pre-registration pharmacy training have been successful in securing a training place.

On this four-year internationally respected program you’ll learn about the discovery and development of new drugs and explore their chemical, physicochemical, pharmacological and toxicological properties. You’ll also study the clinical uses of medicines and the role of the pharmacist in improving patient outcomes as part of interprofessional healthcare teams.

You’ll learn about the underlying pathophysiology of many human diseases, and how the use of medicines can halt, slow the progression of, or reverse disease processes.

You’ll be taught all of this by our team of world-leading academic staff and pharmacist practitioners who have an extensive range of expertise. In fact, we ranked joint first School of Pharmacy nationally in the most recent Research Excellence Framework. This is a direct result of the quality, and cutting-edge nature of our research projects.

Some of your learning will take place alongside students from other health care disciplines as part of our interprofessional education and you’ll also be given the opportunity to carry out a range of placements in both traditional and role-emerging settings including community and hospital pharmacies, GP practices and specialist health and social care settings. This will provide you with invaluable experience on the front line of health care provision.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the academic year. The final modules will be published by September.

Admission requirements

Typical A level offer

AAB-ABB including Biology or Chemistry and one other science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Mathematics). A pass in the practical element of the science A level is normally required. Please note, General Studies or Critical Thinking will not be accepted.

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Tuition fees

  • Tuition fees for the UK and EU students: £9,000
  • Tution fees for the Students from outside the EU: £21,950


What skills will I practise and develop?

You will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’.

As a result of engaging fully with this course, you will be able to:

  • evidence and apply a systematic knowledge and understanding of the scientific, clinical, professional, social, legal and ethical aspects of the use and misuse of medicinal agents;
  • evidence a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights in pharmacy, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of pharmaceutical science and practice;
  • evidence and apply understanding of techniques applicable to research or advanced scholarship;
  • demonstrate the application of knowledge to practice;
  • evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in pharmaceutical science and practice;
  • evaluate research methodologies and develop critiques of them;
  • communicate effectively with patients, the public and other members of the healthcare team;
  • supply medicines dependably in accordance with pharmacy knowledge, legislation, professional conduct and with other aspects of pharmacy law and ethics;
  • undertake continuing professional development and independent learning;
  • undertake preregistration training and thereby qualify as a pharmacist in the UK.

Career opportunities

The career options for Pharmacists are varied and plentiful, ranging from hospital, primary care or community settings - including being based within GP surgeries - to industry or research in the UK and internationally, making this an exciting degree to embark upon.

Many of today’s pharmacists are now also qualified to prescribe medicines independently of a doctor and are on the frontline of healthcare provision.

Our MPharm program is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and experience you need to pursue your pharmacy career. Following on from successfully completing our MPharm program, you’ll be able to undertake a pre-registration year of training before sitting the General Pharmaceutical Council’s registration assessment to register as a Pharmacist.

And we are proud that 100% of our students are in employment and/or further study six months after graduating.

Our graduates have gone on to occupy key positions in NHS hospitals and hospitals overseas, in community pharmacy organisation such as Boots UK, LLoyds Pharmacy Group, Well pharmacy, in allied scientific and healthcare enterprises, as well as in industry settings. Some have also gone on to enjoy careers as veterinary pharmacists, military pharmacists and in regulatory affairs.

Types of jobs:

  • Hospital Pharmacist - as a hospital pharmacist, you’d be a key part of the healthcare team, working in either the NHS or a private hospital, with a clear focus on patient needs.

  • Community Pharmacist - based in your own pharmacy, out of a local healthcare centre or doctor’s surgery, you’d be at the frontline of healthcare in the UK or overseas. With further study, you may prescribe medicines independently.

  • Primary care Pharmacist – as a primary care pharmacist you will optimise patient’s medicines to maximise the benefits and minimise the risks associated with different drugs. You will also help to develop services to support the local population with their health needs.

  • Industrial Pharmacist - you’d be involved in the research, design, development and testing of new medicines and treatments, ensuring they are safe and of a good quality for patients.

  • Academic Pharmacist - if teaching, researching, practising or a combination of all three appeals to you, becoming an Academic Pharmacist could be for you. You might be based in universities, research institutions or other organisations throughout the world.

Graduate careers

  • Clinical Pharmacist
  • Community Pharmacist
  • Industrial Pharmacist
  • Researcher
  • Pharmacy Manager

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Cardiff University

Founded in 1883, Cardiff University combines a prestigious heritage with impressive modern facilities, on one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK. As part of the Russell Group, our students benefit from our outstanding research quality and reputation, while...

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