Pharmacy placements

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We believe exposure to the professional working environment is crucial for your future employability. That’s why our pharmacy courses involve a significant amount of placement content in each year of the course, right from the start, meaning you gain essential work experience throughout.

During your studies, you will have the opportunity to implement the knowledge and practical experience learned during your campus-based teaching in hospital, community pharmacy and primary care settings. These carefully designed applied activities and learning tasks will provide you with the confidence to move into your professional life upon graduating.

Placement relationships

In addition to your early placement experience, you’ll benefit from our relationships with community pharmacy chains in the Midlands who provide our students with many placement opportunities. We also have close relationships with both primary care organisations and hospital, including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital located right next door to the Medical School.

Prime location

Your opportunities for contact with a wide range of patients and a variety of health conditions are exceptional. By choosing to study Pharmacy at Birmingham you'll be studying in one of the largest healthcare regions in the UK, with a diverse population of over 5 million.

Your teaching will take place in the Robert Aitken building and the Medical School which is located next door to one of the largest general hospitals in Europe, the Queen Elizabeth (QE). The QE offers a number of placement opportunities to our students along with many other major hospital trusts that are within a few miles from the university. With a main line train station right outside of the Medical School, access to placements which may be slightly further afield is easy.

Opportunity to specialise

During your fourth year on both the 4-year and 5-year MPharm courses, you'll be able to fulfil your own personal learning objectives. You will have the exciting opportunity to explore pharmacy specialism and design a personally tailored placement to support your professional development. 

Pre-registration training year

Your placement experience gained throughout your studies will provide you with the essential work experience to help secure your pre-registration year after graduation.

Our 5-year MPharm course (with integrated pre-registration year) is open to international students who wish to complete their pre-registration training in the UK under a student visa. You can find out more about the 5-year MPharm by visiting our course page.