This MPharm degree will equip you with the professional skills, scientific knowledge and clinical experience to become a caring, ethical and effective pharmacist.
At a Glance
UCAS Institution Name and Code
A Level: AAB
Download course PDF
Pharmacists work in a variety of settings - in hospitals, the community and in research - providing essential healthcare services.
They are involved in prescribing and dispensing medicines. They also have an increasingly significant role in the diagnosis and management of illnesses.
This four-year degree focuses on developing your scientific, technical and communication skills so that you can confidently pursue a career in this area.
It is a highly rewarding field and graduates of pharmacy degrees enjoy high employment levels.
Highlights of this degree
Quality and rankingQuality and ranking
Study Pharmacy at Newcastle University and you will be joining our world-renowned Faculty of Medical Sciences.
We have an international reputation for the quality of our well-established degrees in medicine, dentistry, psychology and biomedical sciences.
Our Pharmacy MPharm degree was originally run by Durham University and we look forward to building on its existing reputation, academic expertise and success at Newcastle.
Professional accreditationProfessional accreditation
Newcastle University is currently working towards full accreditation from the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), which is responsible for regulating pharmacy professionals and registered pharmacies in Great Britain.
Studying a professionally accredited MPharm Honours degree is your first step to becoming a pharmacist (see below).
GPhC accreditation also means that the degree content has been reviewed for quality assurance purposes, to ensure it meets GPhC standards.
Becoming a pharmacistBecoming a pharmacist
Pharmacy is a highly varied profession with a number of different possible career paths open to graduates. Pharmacy graduates are highly sought after and continue to be amongst the most employable professionals in the UK.
If you want to become a pharmacist, you must study a professionally accredited MPharm Honours degree. After successful completion of your degree, you will need to complete one year as a pre-registration trainee and successfully pass the GPhC Registration Assessment.
Your pre-registration training year is completed as a graduate and you are responsible for sourcing your own training contract. However, we will give you lots of support to prepare you for finding and applying for one.
After this, you can register with the GPhC and practise as a pharmacist. See Course Details for more information.
Newcastle University's reputation with employers is outstanding. We are consistently in the top 20 'most targeted' UK universities by graduate employers and our employability rate is above the national average (see Careers).
What you will studyWhat you will study
Our MPharm degree will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge base to effectively contribute to high-quality patient care, whichever section of the profession you ultimately choose.
Through a varied range of teaching methods, you will develop a strong base of theoretical and academic knowledge related to:
- the structure and function of the human body
- abnormal pathology
- chronic disease management
- pharmacology and medicinal chemistry
- cutting-edge pharmaceutical science
- injections, implants and transdermal delivery systems
You will develop practical skills to enable you to excel in professional practice, such as:
- effective communication and consultation with patients
- examination skills and physiological monitoring
- law as it applies to pharmacy
- medicine management systems
- prescribing and decision making
We develop your academic and research skills, to help you complete your degree and to prepare you for a research career should you wish to pursue one. Skills include:
- conducting research
- literature searching
- academic writing
You'll also undertake numerous clinical placements during your degree. These are an essential part of preparation for clinical practice and introduce you to the varied settings in which pharmacists work.
More information about what you will study at each Stage is in the Course Details section.
Teaching and assessment
Our approach to teaching is primarily problem orientated. We use lectures, seminars, tutorials, problem-based learning, practical experience, laboratory work and case seminars to encourage you to develop knowledge and skills in an integrated manner.
We demonstrate the important links between fundamental pharmaceutical science and application to professional practice. We do this by using a primarily case-led approach. This means we can ensure that you learn to integrate your developing knowledge and are able to apply it to your future work.
The level of contact that each year group has with the entire MPharm programme team is high, and all students spend a high percentage of their week engaged in some form of teaching.
Our range of teaching methods ensures you firmly develop both a theoretical knowledge base and practical skills to the correct level.
Facilities and support
This degree is taught within the Faculty of Medical Sciences. However, you'll benefit from excellent facilities across the University and within the regional NHS.
- Newly refurbished pharmacy laboratories in the historic red-brick George VI Building
- Clinical skills suite, anatomy lab and biochemistry lab in the Medical School
- Specialist medicinal chemistry facilities in our School of Chemistry
- Access to the hospital environment through our close proximity to the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
You'll be supported by a personal tutor throughout your degree