What students say about pharmacy
The course goes in to great detail in a number of scientific areas including the biology of the human body systems, organic chemistry, drug formulations and pharmacology. There is around 21 hours of teaching each week. Approx two thirds are lectures and the other third is tutorials, practicals or workshops. Coursework is predominantly lab or test based. Final exams typically account for 80% of the overall module marks, with a small degree of variation either way.2nd year, Cardiff University
There is usually 12 hours of teaching spread over the week. The content in first year pharmacy is fairly challenging but you will cope well if you put the study time required in. Chemistry, maths, molecular properties and physiology are the main classes of the year which require a range of essays, practical lab work, reports to complete throughout the year. With written and multiple choice exams to be taken at the end of semester one and two.1st year, University of Strathclyde
My course (pharmacy) is one of the more intense courses you can study with around 20 hours of contact time per week. This includes lectures, seminars, tutorials, labs and dispensary, but does not include time for private study or coursework. The course is more challenging than I thought it would be due to the fact that there is more maths and physics related content than I expected. I find the course very interesting but it is a lot of work! For the Pharmacy Practice module, you are required to make a portfolio over the year to see your progress in certain skills, such as team work or time management. For this you also have to write a reflective essay and an up to date CV. The chemistry module involves lab work. From this you record you results, analyse the data and write up a lab report including why your results may have been wrong, and what your findings showed. You also have to pass labs in formulations. This involves making creams and ointments to a high enough standard that they could be given to the public.1st year, University of East Anglia UEA
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Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
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Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Quality assurance scientist
- Packaging engineer
- Regulatory affairs officer
Other real-life job examples
- Retail pharmacist
- Analytical scientist
What employers like about this subject
A degree in pharmacy will help you to develop a range of subject-specific skills including an understanding of the principles, design and manufacture of medicines; the law and ethics of the supply of medicines and knowledge of pharmaceutical analysis. Transferable skills a pharmacy graduate will develop include communication, data evaluation and commercial awareness. Pharmacists are usually employed in pharmacy stores, either as a part of retail chains, or (less common than in the past) as their own business, for hospitals, for medical practices, and in the pharmaceutical industry.