- Number of A levels required:
- Typical offer:
- Required subjects and grades:
- Chemistry and at least one further science at A level from Biology, Mathematics or Physics. Grade B in Maths GCSE is also required.
A Levels - Mathematics and Further Mathematics will not be considered as separate subjects at A2. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.
GCSEs - Maths grade C at AS level may be offered in lieu of the GCSE requirement where appropriate
BTEC Extended Diploma will not be considered without A level Chemistry
BTEC Diploma in science related subject will be considered in addition to 2 A levels including Chemistry
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in science related subject will be considered in addition to 2 A levels including Chemistry
Irish Leaving Certificate - Six subjects at Higher Level, including Chemistry and a second science from Biology, Maths or Physics is required with a typical offer being AAAABB.
Scottish qualifications - Chemistry and one further science from Biology, Maths or Physics at Advanced Higher Grade AA plus Higher AABBB is required.
Combined qualifications - Applicants offering a combination of qualifications will be considered on an individual basis, however the entry grades need to be equivalent to the standard A-level requirement.
Mature and graduate entry - Mature students will be required to meet the same requirements as other candidates. Graduates in an appropriate subject with substantial appropriate chemistry content will be considered providing an award of at least a 2.1 honours degree (GPA 3.0) is offered. Various grades at A-level together with an incomplete or partial degree would not be considered.
Non Academic offer requirements
All accepted candidates will be required to complete a health declaration form and provide appropriate evidence of immunisation against rubella, measles, tuberculosis and varicella. Some candidates may be contacted by an Occupational Health Physician where appropriate.
It is a condition of the entry to the MPharm programme that all pharmacy students must be screened to ensure that they are not carriers of the Hepatitis B virus. All applicants who accept an offer must:
- undertake a screening blood test for Hepatitis B
- if negative, start a course of immunisation
- thereafter, provide certified evidence of these
Some NHS Trusts may refuse to allow non-immunised students access, and therefore such students will be unable to participate in placement activities in these Trusts. Hepatitits B immunisation takes several months; therefore, prospective students are strongly advised to take the blood test in good time.
The College of Medical and Dental Sciences will reimburse students with financial hardship for up to £200 of the cost of their vaccinations. If you are eligible for an award under the National Scholarship Programme (i.e. qualify for at least one of the state benefits associated with Free School Meals entitlement, classed as a Care Leaver or with a household income of £16,190 or less), you are advised to obtain receipts for any health checks that you have had to pay for. Once you commence study at the University of Birmingham, you may then apply for reimbursement from the College, up to the cost of £200.
Students will be required to complete a successful Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before admission to the programme.
All students are required to agree to the "College of Medical and Dental Sciences Code of Conduct for MPharm Students" prior to entry. Applicants are advised to familiarise themselves with the General Pharmaceutical Council's "Code of conduct for pharmacy students" and "Guidance on student fitness to practice procedures in schools of pharmacy". The British Pharmaceutical Students' Association has also produced a short video that may be of interest.
General Pharmaceutical Council
The General Pharmaceutical Council is the independent regulator for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy premises in Great Britain. Applicants for entry to MPharm programmes should be aware of the following advice issued by the GPhC:
"Pharmacy is a healthcare profession requiring a high level of education and training.
To qualify as a pharmacist takes a minimum of five years and includes the following steps:
- Successful completion of a GPhC accredited Master of Pharmacy Degree (MPharm), which is a full-time, four year course
- Successful completion of one year's pre-registration training, a period of paid employment in a community or hospital pharmacy during which a trainee is required to build up a portfolio of evidence and demonstrate their competence whilst being observed at work
- Successful completion of the GPhC's registration exam
- Meeting the fitness to practise requirements for registration as a pharmacist.
Only after completing these steps can you apply for registration with the GPhC as a pharmacist. As part of the registration process, applicants have to make a health declaration and character checks are carried out."
Prospective students should note that the GPhC is unable to offer prospective registration advice. Applicants that have been refused registration with the GPhC are entitled to appeal against the decision via the GPhC Appeals Committee. Furthermore, all Fitness to Practise decisions made by the University relate to an individual student's ability to practise on the course as a student. Such decisions do not (and indeed cannot) bind the GPhC in its determination of an individual's Fitness to Practise upon any application for professional registration as a pharmacist.
The Application Process
All applications are received through UCAS. Those applicants whose interest is in Pharmacy and whose academic profile meets our requirements will be invited to an ‘Applicant Visit Day’. This will involve visiting the Medical School, meeting staff and students, viewing our facilities/Pharmacy Labs and attending interactive sessions showcasing the Pharmacy Degree programme.
International Baccalaureate Diploma: A minimum of 32 points overall including grades 6, 6, 5 at Higher Level, including Chemistry plus one from Biology, Physics or Maths plus three further subjects at Standard Level. Maths with Further Maths will count as one higher and one subsidiary. Where relevant, Language A must be English at grade 5. Bonus points will not be taken into account.
Applicants must have excellent written and spoken English. Please note that the university’s Standard English language requirements are minimum standards, which may be raised through competition.
Learn more about international entry requirements
Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in one of our foundation pathways, which offer specially structured programmes for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on Birmingham International Academy web pages.