Why Herts?
  • This course has a strong focus on science and healthcare
  • The teaching team provides excellent support to integrate theory with practice
  • You will find many inter-professional learning opportunities

About the course

Pharmacists are experts in medicines and a trusted source of advice and treatment. The role of pharmacists is developing in exciting new ways to support patients through medicine management and non-medical prescribing, as well as drug development. Using state- of-the-art facilities, you’ll gain the scientific knowledge to become a skilled and confident pharmacist. You’ll develop an understanding of normal and abnormal bodily functions and be able to apply what you’ve learned to the treatment of patients. You’ll also study the role of the pharmacist in healthcare and industry, and develop vital interpersonal skills. Work placements are essential and you’ll have opportunities in every year of the course.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 Master of Pharmacy
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 Master of Pharmacy

Why choose this course?

  • Excellent facilities including a simulated pharmacy and refurbished chemistry labs
  • Placement visits in all years of the programme
  • Regular promotion of work experience opportunities as well as workshops preparing you for working as a pharmacist including interview techniques, NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) evidence workshops, work placements, negotiating workplace politics, Q and A sessions for applying for pre-registration employment.
  • Mentoring programme between students of all years
  • Active Pharmacy Society
  • Lecture series with bodies such as the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the BPSA
  • Summer Scholarships/Summer Research Projects with researchers from the University.
  • Accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council
  • We have strong links with local healthcare providers and pharmaceutical industries
  • Find out more about our Pharmacy staff
  • On campus pharmacy which provides over the counter service and advice to students and staff

Graduate stories

Key staff

Pharmacy Admissions Tutor Waseeat Kareem-Alliu

Professional Accreditations

The MPharm at the University of Hertfordshire is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council until the academic year 2024/25.

Graduating from the MPharm degree qualifies you to enter the pre-registration training year regulated by the GPhC.

However, please note that there is no guarantee of a pre-registration training place for any graduate as these are recruited to on a competitive national basis. Students who were studying on a Tier 4 (General Visa) will need to apply for further immigration leave to undertake their pre-registration training. 

Information on visa options which may be suitable for the pre-registration training year can be found on the Home Office website. Note the Home Office website provides current information. It is possible that there may be changes to visa and/or immigration policy by the time you start your pre-registration training.

How your application information is used

In the interests of patient and public safety, the University is required to share some of the information provided in your application form with the Medical Schools Council, Dental Schools Council and Pharmacy Schools Council in order to verify your fitness to practise.

If a fitness to practise finding is made against you in the future, this information and a copy of the decision against you will also be provided by the University to the Medical Schools Council to be stored on the database for 10 years. The database is accessible only by other medical, dental and pharmacy schools in the UK and the General Medical Council and will not be shared with any other third parties.

It is used only to ascertain an applicant’s fitness to practise to protect patients and the public. Any offer of a place on the MPharm Programme at the University of Hertfordshire is conditional on you having disclosed any previous fitness to practise findings against you to the University, and your consent being given to the University to provide the Medical Schools Council with the findings of any future fitness to practice investigation .

You have a right of access to any information held about you on the database and to have any errors corrected. If you wish to exercise these rights, or want any further information on the database please contact Veronica Davids veronica.davids@medschools.ac.uk at the Medical Schools Council.

Course details


There are excellent employment and career prospects within Hertfordshire and the UK for graduates of the MPharm programme. A career in pharmacy offers graduates the pursuit of an interest in science, the opportunity to join the NHS healthcare team, a choice of working environments and a competitive salary.

Community pharmacists

Community pharmacists represent the largest body of the profession. There are over 12,000 community pharmacies in the UK. Community pharmacies may be located on the high street or in local or rural sites.

The new pharmacy contract enables pharmacists to develop their clinical skills and contribute to the public health agenda and management of long-term health conditions. Pharmacists are also developing new roles in prescribing.

Hospital pharmacists

Pharmacies within hospitals differ from community pharmacies. Many pharmacists practising in hospitals gain more education and training after pharmacy school through a pharmacy practice residency, sometimes followed by another residency in a specific area. Those pharmacists are often referred to as clinical pharmacists and they often specialise in various disciplines of pharmacy.

The role of the hospital pharmacists includes the dispensing and supply of medicines and the provision of clinical services to hospital wards. It also involves direct contact with patients and liaison with other healthcare professionals such as doctors, allied health professionals and nurses who constitute the healthcare team.

The testing and preparation of medicines in NHS hospitals are also the responsibility of hospital pharmacists. New roles are emerging for pharmacists as advanced practitioners and consultant pharmacists.

Consultant pharmacy

Consultant pharmacy practice focuses more on medication regimen review than on actual dispensing of drugs. Consultant pharmacists typically work in nursing homes but are increasingly branching into other institutions and non-institutional settings.

Consultant pharmacists have traditionally been independent business owners. This trend may be gradually reversing as consultant pharmacists begin to work directly with patients. This is primarily because many elderly people are now taking numerous medications but continuing to live outside of institutional settings.

Internet pharmacy

Since the year 2000, a growing number of internet pharmacies have been established worldwide. Many of these pharmacies are similar to community pharmacies and in fact many of them are operated by bricks-and-mortar community pharmacies that serve consumers online as well as those that walk through their door. The primary difference is the method by which the medications are requested and received.

Internet pharmacies, also known as online pharmacies are recommended to some homebound patients by their physicians.

Other careers in pharmacy

Pharmacists can also pursue careers within the pharmaceutical industry in the fields of:

What job can I get?

Following graduation and meeting the GPhC requirements during the pre-registration year, there are a wide range of career paths open to you. You could work in community / hospital pharmacy, for one of the growing online pharmacy companies, or within drug development and marketing within the pharmaceutical industry.

Teaching methods

You will undertake your studies both on campus within lecture theatres and modern laboratories, as well as on clinical placements. A variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, seminars, practical classes and problem based learning will be used in components of the course, supported by computer-assisted learning and self-directed study. You will be regularly assessed throughout the four years by examinations, coursework and project work. Within your final year you will undertake a Research Project in an area which interests you.

Work Placement

To prepare you for a professional career in pharmacy, the degree has a vocational element. You will be expected to gain pharmacy practice experience within hospital, community or industry placements. Through the placements you will develop new skills and knowledge through contact with pharmacists, patients and other healthcare professionals. This will provide a wide range of experiences and will develop your ability to relate pharmacy theory to practice.

Our Department of Pharmacy welcomes the diversity of its student body, however, in some lectures, workshops, clinical classes and placements, laboratory or clinical simulation situations students may not be able to comply with religious dress requirements due to health and safety considerations and/or the need for communication between individuals. 

The need to comply with health and safety or patient safety will be given priority over the need for religious expression. This course includes placements in hospital pharmacy, community pharmacy and industry; these placement elements are essential for completion of the course. Whilst on placement, students must adhere to the Infection Control policy and uniform requirements of the host organisation.


  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Transition to Higher Education 30 Credits Compulsory
    Drugs and Medicines 30 Credits Compulsory
    The Patient 30 Credits Compulsory
    The Pharmacist 30 Credits Compulsory
    Preparing for Professional Practice 1 0 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Pharmacotherapeutics II 30 Credits Compulsory
    Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Analysis 30 Credits Compulsory
    Pharmacotherapeutics I 30 Credits Compulsory
    Pharmacy Practice and Medicines 2 30 Credits Compulsory
    Professional Development Skills 2 0 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Drug and Medicine Development 30 Credits Compulsory
    Law, Ethics and Social Science 30 Credits Compulsory
    Professional Development Skills 3 0 Credits Compulsory
    Interprofessional Education for Life and Medical Sciences 2 15 Credits Compulsory
    Applied Pharmacotherapeutics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Pharmacy Practice and Medicines 3 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Professional Development Skills 4 0 Credits Compulsory
    Project 45 Credits Compulsory
    Pharmacy Practice and Medicines 4 30 Credits Compulsory
    Public Health and Patient Safety 30 Credits Compulsory
    Topics in Medicine Design 15 Credits Optional
    Industrial Pharmaceutics 15 Credits Optional
    Mental Health 15 Credits Optional
    Advanced Pharmaceutical Analysis 15 Credits Optional
    Pharmacotherapeutics in Practice 15 Credits Optional
    Travel Health 15 Credits Optional
    Topical Therapeutics 15 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Additional costs include:

    • £30 deposit for chemistry locker covering years 1 and 2 of study – refundable
    • £25 for dispensing lab coat and 2 lab books – non-refundable
    • £35 deposit for EVS system – refundable after year 4 of study
    • For students who wear a Hijab or head cover there is a laboratory flame-proof Hijab or other head cover for £10– non-refundable
    • Travel costs for visits and placements

    Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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    Entry requirements

    UCAS pointsA LevelBTEC
    120BBB: 3 A Levels to include Chemistry and one other Science (Biology, Physics or Mathematics). General Studies and Applied Science not accepted.

    DDM: Must be predicted the Extended Diploma in Applied Science. Applicants with Extended Diploma in Applied Science RQF without A-Level Chemistry will be accepted at tutor's discretion. Must also have Chemistry A level grade C or above (if QCF).

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 4 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


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