Pharmacy courses in the UK
Introduction to Pharmacy
For students interested in science and how medicine assists patients with their condition, then a role in pharmacy is an ideal career path. Whether working at a local drug store to dispense medication from a General Practitioner, or working in a vast and complex hospital to ensure doctors, nurses and patients receive the correct advice and assistance, a career in pharmacy is ideal for those interested in health, disease and science.
Careers in Pharmacy
There are three main roles that a Pharmacy graduate can move into upon completion of study.
Pharmacist: The majority of pharmacists work in complex hospital pharmacies, community pharmacy to ensure over the counter medicine is prescribed correctly, and primary care where they work closely with doctors, nurses and other health care professionals. They ensure that patients receive their correct medicine, as well as advising on treatments and how to manage their dose.
Pharmacy assistant: Assistants work alongside technicians, and perform many activities on an ad-hoc basis. This can involve taking in and handing out prescriptions, helping order stock to ensure demand is met within various departments, and answering queries from customers on the best course of action. Assistants are most commonly found in hospitals.
Pharmacy Technician: Technicians tend to work in two areas – hospitals and community pharmacy, and they ensure the correct supply and dosage of medicine is delivered to patients. Pharamacy technicians can specialise in a number of roles such as manufacturing, quality control and clinical trials.
What are the entry requirements for Pharmacy?
Entry requirements vary depending upon wether you wish to become a technician, assistant or pharmacist, but at the very least students must ensure they have a qualification in Maths, English and at least one Science subject. The training required to become a Pharmacist will last five years, four of which will be at university to complete the study of your MPharm degree.
For international students wishing to study Pharmacy at undergraduate level, an IELTS score of no less than 6.5 across all four categories - reading, writing, speaking and listening – with an overall 7.0 score generally required at most universities.
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Where can I study Pharmacy in the UK?
To learn more about some of the best Pharmacy universities in the UK, please find details on the top ten ranking Pharmacy universities:
- University of Dundee
- University of Nottingham
- University of Bath
- Queen’s University Belfast
- University of Cambridge
- University of Ulster
- University of East Anglia
- Aston University
- University of Manchester
- Cardiff University
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