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Master of Pharmacy (with Honours) - MPharm (H) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Pharmacology, toxicology & pharmacy
Student score
86% MED
% employed or in further study
99% MED
Average graduate salary
£18k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Two sciences, to include Chemistry. You must successfully complete the practical element of all science courses taken.

Scottish Highers

To include Chemistry, Biology and Maths.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Applied Science BTEC considered. You must also take a Chemistry A-level alongside the BTEC.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128-136 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Our four year MPharm course with integrated placements throughout is specifically designed to meet the rapidly changing requirements for the practise of pharmacy. From the start of the course you will be encouraged to apply your understanding of the scientific principles of pharmacy within a patient focussed setting, through case based workshops, problem based learning, integrated scientific and clinical scenarios. The course benefits from substantial links with the profession including consultant pharmacists, experts from pharmaceutical industry and pharmacy entrepreneurs. We have strong links with six large NHS trusts and a range of employers from the community and primary care sectors. This means we are able to bridge the gap between the student and career pharmacist at multiple levels – giving you an informed choice of how you might specialise and develop your career. Our long established reputation and professional accreditation ensures that career prospects of our graduates are first-class. We have a long track record of producing high-quality pharmacy graduates, our predecessor institutions can trace their roots all the way back to 1847. Since we received our charter in 1966, we are proud to have produced over 5,000 pharmacy graduates. The course has been specifically designed for employability in all areas of pharmacy– community, primary care trusts, hospitals and industry. Key course benefits: Accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), which is the independent regulator for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy premises in Great Britain, they are responsible for defining the education and training requirements for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians First and only Pharmacy School to be awarded a Regius Professorship in Pharmacy by HM the Queen 100% of our MPharm Pharmacy graduates are in a graduate level destination within 6 months of graduating (DLHE, 2014) Pharmacology and pharmacy at Aston is ranked 1st in the UK for Graduate Prospects (The Complete University Guide, 2018) Top 10 in the UK (Pharmacy, Complete University Guide, 2017 and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2017) 92% Overall Student Satisfaction (MPharm Pharmacy, NSS, 2017).


Year 1 Develop the scientific base on which your skills as a pharmacist will be built, learn about the pharmacist’s role in the healthcare system and begin to apply your knowledge to clinical situations. Year 2 Extend your understanding of pharmaceutical sciences and perfect your ability to supply medicines both safely and legally. This is supported by experiential learning in community pharmacy and hospital environments. Year 3 Develop your evidence-based medicine and critical appraisal skills to enable you to assess the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of medicines. Begin to apply all prior scientific and clinical learning to the clinical management of ‘real-world’, multi-morbid patients. This is supported by intensive experiential learning opportunities in secondary care. Final year Use and extend the knowledge and skills you have developed in the previous years. Develop your confidence in applying your pharmaceutical knowledge to maximise individual patient benefit from treatment including in highly complex cases. Consider wider aspects of pharmacy such as overtreatment, de-prescribing and medicines optimisation. Undertake specialised experiential learning in a number of sectors of practice such as hospital pharmacy, community pharmacy and primary care. For more information about what you will study, please visit our website.

Aston University

Lakeside residences

At Aston we are dedicated to developing people and ideas that will shape the businesses and communities of tomorrow. Aston is ranked as the top UK University outside London for graduate employability, and is in the top 10 UK universities for producing millionaires. The Aston Student Village is transforming accommodation and the redeveloped Woodcock Sports Centre offers top sports facilities.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 92%
Student score 86% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
13% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
60% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
23% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
358 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
82% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
6% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 99% MED
Average graduate salary £18k LOW
Graduates who are health professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
As only a relatively small number of students study pharmacology or toxicology, these statistics refer most closely to the graduate prospects of pharmacy graduates, so bear that in mind when you review them. Only a handful of students take first degrees in pure toxicology every year — the subject is more popular at Masters level. Pharmacology is a degree that tends to lead to jobs in the medical and pharmaceutical industries, and outcomes are improving again after a difficult time in the last few years. Jobs in pharmacology are often very specialist and so it’s no surprise that pharmacologists are amongst the most likely of all students to go on to a doctorate — if you want a job in research, start thinking about a PhD. As for pharmacy, unemployment rates are below 1% and 95% of pharmacy graduates had jobs as pharmacists (mostly in retail pharmacists) six months after they left their courses - employment rates have gone up significantly in the last couple of years.
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