MPharm Pharmacy

About the Degree

Pharmacists are experts in medicines and a trusted source of advice and treatment. The role of pharmacists is developing innovative ways to support patients through medication 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 will learn the science behind the use of medicines, including the physiology and anatomy of the human body, the effect of medicines, and how medicines are designed. You will develop an understanding of normal and abnormal bodily functions and how 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 skills such as clinical communications and problem-solving. Work placements and internships essential and you will have opportunities every year of the course to apply.

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What will I study?

The modules you will study include Biology and Biochemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Human Physiology with Pharmacology, Dosage Form Design and Manufacture, Pharmacology, Advanced Analytical Techniques and Quality Assurance, Methods in Drug Design, Applied and Integrated Pharmacological Science, and Pharmaceutical Industry Practice.

Foundation Year

Module credits Compulsory/optional
Chemistry 1 15 credits Compulsory
Biology 1 15 credits Compulsory
English Intensive 30 credits Compulsory
Advanced Chemistry 15 credits Compulsory
Biology 2 15 credits Compulsory
English Standard 30 credits Compulsory

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 Optional
Professional Development Skills 3 0 credits Optional
Interprofessional Education for Life and Medical Sciences 2 15 credits Optional
Applied Pharmacotherapeutics 15 credits Optional
Pharmacy Practice and Medicines 3 30 credits Optional

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
Topical Therapeutics 15 credits Optional
Travel Health 30 credits Optional

Year 6 (Work Placement Year)

During this year students will receive supervised work experience in a reputable medical environment through corporate partnership with the University of Hertfordshire hosted by Global Academic Foundation.


Why choose this programme?

  • Placement visits.
  • Mentoring programme between students of all years.
  • Active Pharmacy Society.
  • Lecture series with bodies such as the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the British Pharmaceutical.
  • Students’ Association (BPSA).
  • Summer Scholarships/Summer Research Projects with researchers from the university.
  • GAF and UH maintains a strong connection with local healthcare providers and pharmaceutical industries for work-study placements, internships and employment fairs.
  • Opportunity to study abroad for one year to develop confidence, experience and practical language skills.

What can I work as?

Graduates will be able to work in community pharmacies and hospitals, as well as in the pharmaceutical industry, academia, drug development and marketing within the pharmaceutical industry.