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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
72% LOW
% employed or in further study
98% MED
Average graduate salary
£19k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

"128 Tariff points at A level, to include Chemistry at minimum of grade C, plus a second Science subject (Biology preferred) or Mathematics at a minimum of grade C. A levels in Applied Science, General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies are not normally accepted. For A levels which include a separate science practical component, a pass is desirable and may strengthen an application."

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma

Must be in a Science or Mathematics subject, plus 32 points from A level Chemistry at a minimum of grade C.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Must be in a Science or Mathematics subject, plus A level Chemistry at a minimum of grade C.

International Baccalaureate

17 points from Higher Level subjects to include 5 points from Higher Level Chemistry and 5 points from a second Science subject at Higher Level (Biology preferred) or Mathematics. Mathematics and English must be passed with at least 4 points at Standard Level (if not passed at GCSE grade C or above).

UCAS tariff points

128 points at A level*, or equivalent, to include a minimum of 32 points from A level Chemistry and a minimum of 32 points from an A level in a second Science subject (Biology preferred) or Mathematics. All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview, which will include an admissions test. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance. *Please note: The Extended Project and A levels in Applied Science, General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies are not normally accepted. For A levels which include a separate science practical component, a pass is desirable and may strengthen an application.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128 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

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Course description

Understand the mechanisms that underpin the development, behaviour and treatment of human disease on this popular, accredited course. The MPharm (Hons) Pharmacy course is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). WHY STUDY THIS COURSE? This course is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and aims to produce graduates with a professional outlook and the required standard of scientific knowledge and clinical and interpersonal skills allowing them to practice in all sectors of pharmacy. The majority of the staff teaching on the programme are pharmacists, including teacher practitioners, and the course exemplifies research informed teaching. MORE ABOUT THIS COURSE The course makes use of excellent teaching and research facilities including a dedicated model dispensary, with patient consultation rooms, and a world-class healthcare and patient simulation centre. You will be taught by experienced lecturers, including teacher-practitioners that are active and up-to-date in their practice. WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR? This course is open to A level applicants (or equivalent) who have ideally studied Chemistry plus one other science or maths subject. Full details of our entry requirements can be found on our website. SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE GAINED You will learn in real-life clinical situations including a local working community pharmacy and in our fully stocked model dispensary and undergo simulated training tasks before putting your learning into action in community and hospital placements. The course encourages active engagement with volunteering activities related to your studies which allows you to build your communication skills but also give back to the community. AFTER THE COURSE Most of our graduates progress to pre-registration training, usually either in a hospital or community pharmacy setting. However, with the changing role of pharmacists, opportunities will be available in general practitioner surgeries and other clinical settings. Another route our graduates have also successfully pursued is pre-registration training which is split between pharmaceutical industry and a hospital or community setting.


In your first year you will have a general introduction to university-level education and to the integrated disciplines of science that relate to the study of pharmacy. You’ll also begin to practise the vocational and patient-facing skills you’ll need for professional practice. During the second year you will explore the systems of the body and the diseases that affect them. Your third year involves the study of more advanced topics and you’ll be developing your clinical practice skills to a much greater extent. Your study will be a lot more patient-orientated and you’ll be focused on the practice of high professional and ethical standards. The final year is the Master’s level of the course, where integration of knowledge and application is undertaken on a wider scale. Therapeutic frameworks, formulation and drug discovery, as well as strategies for cancer and mental health disorders, make up the topics for this year. You’ll also complete a research project of your choice, which can take the form of a laboratory investigation or a study of some aspects of professional practice.

University of Portsmouth

The library

Portsmouth is a vibrant waterfront city on the south coast with a rich maritime history. A flat and compact city, Portsmouth is easy to get around on foot or by bike and most University buildings are located in the centre. There is always plenty going on, whether in the bustle of the city centre or in the fresh air and open spaces of the seafront and the common.

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 74%
Student score 72% LOW
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
9% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
58% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
14% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
328 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
88% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
8% 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 98% MED
Average graduate salary £19k MED
Graduates who are health professionals


Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals


Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


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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