Pharmacy 5-year MPharm (integrated pre-registration format)

The 5-year MPharm programme is designed specifically to meet the needs of the future pharmacist. With a pre-registration year included, this degree will provide you with the skills needed to become a critical member of the healthcare profession, and allows you to graduate as a fully UK qualified pharmacist pending successful completion of the GPhC (General Pharmaceutical Council) registration exam.

Scholarships available for international students

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For 2019 entry the School of Pharmacy are offering five scholarships for international students to the value of a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees for each year of the course.

 Find out more and apply now   

Pharmacists have a unique mix of scientific and professional knowledge which makes them the healthcare experts on medicines. You will learn the science underpinning the use of medicines, including physiology and anatomy of the human body, the effect of medicines on the human body, and how medicines are designed. Alongside this, you will be trained in clinical communications, problem solving, and decision making to ensure you have the skills to enjoy a rewarding career in pharmacy contributing to patient care.

Teaching is split between Birmingham Medical School, where you will have the opportunity to work alongside other healthcare students such as doctors and nurses, and the Robert Aitken building which boasts dedicated practical teaching facilities specifically designed for pharmacy. We are based in one of the largest healthcare regions in the UK, providing excellent learning opportunities and access to a wide range of patients with a variety of health conditions.

Throughout the course, you will have a significant series of clinical and patient-facing opportunities which will take place in community, hospital and primary care settings, including GP surgeries, together with medicines manufacturing and quality assurance environments.  You will benefit from our exclusive relationships with two of the largest independent community pharmacy chains in the Midlands – Knights and Jhoots - who provide vital practice placement opportunities and essential work experience

Pre-registration placements are guaranteed for all students on the course and are secured by the University.  These will all be based in the West Midlands region.  This study option allows international students to complete their pre-registration training in the UK under a student visa.

The University is working towards accreditation of this new 5-year MPharm degree by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). Full accreditation will be determined when the first cohort complete the programme in the summer of 2023. Our four-year programme, on which this course is modelled, has full GPhC accreditation.

This programme is the 5-year MPharm (integrated pre-registration format). The MPharm can only be awarded after successful completion of all five years of study to a satisfactory standard. Exit at year 4 will lead to a Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences, if appropriate credits have been earned. No transfers are possible between the 5-year MPharm (integrated pre-registration format) and 4 Year MPharm.

The 5-year MPharm (integrated pre-registration format) degree combines the study of the science underpinning the pharmacology, synthesis, development, formulation and production of medicines, together with the study of related law, ethics and health science in order to optimize medicines usage for patients. The subjects are taught by global experts and are supported by responsive support services.

First year

To start with, you will concentrate on fundamentals in the pharmaceutical sciences, including cell biology, physiology, and pharmacology, along with the basic principles of pharmaceutical chemistry, which underpin the formulation and synthesis of drugs. You will discover more about the pharmacy profession itself, covering areas such as the supply of over-the-counter medicines, pharmacy law, dispensing, and the pharmacist’s role in society and healthcare systems. Key aspects of information mastery and evidence-based medicine are also explored in this year.

Most of your learning takes place in a patient-orientated context supported by modelled scenarios. You will also have the exciting opportunity to experience the profession at first hand on placements in hospitals and primary care.

Second year

You will continue to build on the scientific basics, but now you’ll start moving towards practical applications, such as the drug development process. Body-system-themed physiology and therapeutics modules focus on bringing together your understanding of basic physiology, pharmacology and clinical pharmacy. You will also explore the key principles of immunology and the concepts associated with the safe use of medicines, as well as developing evidence-based medicine skills.

Throughout the year, your studies will include clinical placements and inter-professional learning with nursing, medical and other healthcare students.

Third year

You will now complete your comprehensive, patient-orientated study of body systems, and there will be a substantial focus on clinical pharmacokinetics, toxicology and diagnostic skills. You will be introduced to advanced topics, such as pharmacogenetics, and there will be a continued emphasis on the pharmaceutical sciences, including biotechnology and pharmaceutical technology. You will learn about health information systems, pharmacoeconomics and policy, which will enable you to learn effectively in a healthcare setting.

As with previous years, there will be significant placement learning in a variety of multi-professional environments.

Fourth year

Your studies will focus on personalised patient care, advanced pharmacy services and the principles of prescribing. Therapeutics teaching draws on your previous studies of scientific and clinical concepts, with the aim of supporting you to deal confidently with complex patient cases involving composite medicines use. You will be able to practise your problem-solving skills through role play and simulated scenarios.

In this year, you’ll also be introduced to business skills and pharmaceutical enterprise enabling you to understand the place of pharmacy in the business world. 

Fifth year

The final year is based around a year-long placement which is designed to develop your ability to apply knowledge and skills into practice, facilitating your transition from student to practitioner. You will engage with the roles of a pharmacist in a safe, closely supervised system. You will also have further teaching one day per week at the university to underpin your practical experiences. The assessments in this year are designed to evaluate your performance regularly in real world situations rather than in an examination room, in order to ensure that you develop into a competent pharmacist.  

You will also sit your GPhC examination which you must pass in order to become a fully qualified UK pharmacist.

Why study this course

Pre-registration year: We are one of the few Universities in the UK to offer a Pharmacy degree with a pre-registration year included.  This allows international students to complete their pre-registration training in the UK under a student visa.

Inter-professional working: We are one of only three institutions in the UK that teaches pharmacy, medicine, dentistry, nursing and physiotherapy and we are proud of the fantastic opportunities for inter-professional interaction that this gives to our students.

Bespoke laboratories: You will learn in dedicated practical teaching facilities, specifically designed to meet the needs of our pharmacy curriculum, including formulation laboratories, dispensing and patient counselling suites. You also have access to specialist anatomy teaching and facilities.

Practice placements: We believe exposure to the professional working environment is essential. You will spend seven days on practice placements in your first year, increasing to ten days in subsequent years. These take place in community and hospital settings as well as manufacturing pharmacies and GP surgeries. The fifth year is currently based around a one-year placement in community pharmacy.

Clinical communications training: Teaching in clinical communications will prepare you for a career in which the ability to explain information clearly and accurately is crucial. Our specialist teaching methods include specially trained actors to practice communication skills with you in role play scenarios.

Virtual chemistry laboratories: Our online laboratory environments allow you to simulate practical experiments providing you with integrated chemistry teaching in a clinical context and a greater depth of knowledge.

Exclusive relationships for practice placements: With over 70 outlets in the Midlands, we have exclusive relationships with two community pharmacies – Knights and Jhoots – who provide practice placement opportunities for our undergraduates.

Taught by professionals: A high proportion of the staff who teach on the programme are registered pharmacists or have a first degree in the subject.

Modules

Modules in the first year

To start with, you will concentrate on fundamentals in the pharmaceutical sciences, including cell biology, physiology, and pharmacology, along with the basic principles of pharmaceutical chemistry, which underpin the formulation and synthesis of drugs.

  • 30 credits - The Professional Pharmacist 1
  • Non-credit bearing - Basic Life Support
  • 20 credits - Health, Disease and Therapeutics 1.1
  • 30 credits - Health, Disease and Therapeutics 1.2
  • 20 credits - Chemistry for Pharmacists 1
  • Non-credit bearing - Professional Experience Placements 1
  • 20 credits - Science of Medicines 1
  • Non-credit bearing - ePortfolio 1

Modules in the second year

You will continue to build on the scientific basics, but now you’ll start moving towards practical applications, such as the drug development process. Body-system-themed physiology and therapeutics modules focus on bringing together your understanding of basic physiology, pharmacology and clinical pharmacy. You will also explore the key principles of immunology and the concepts associated with the safe use of medicines, as well as developing evidence-based medicine skills. 

  • 30 credits - The Professional Pharmacist 2
  • Non-credit bearing - Professional Experience Placements 2
  • 20 credits - Health, Disease and Therapeutics 2.1
  • 30 credits - Health, Disease and Therapeutics 2.2 
  • 20 credits - Chemistry for Pharmacists 2
  • Non-credit bearing - ePortfolio 2
  • 20 credits - Science of Medicines 2

Modules in the third year

You will now complete your comprehensive, patient-orientated study of body systems, and there will be a substantial focus on clinical pharmacokinetics, toxicology and diagnostic skills. You will be introduced to advanced topics, such as pharmacogenetics, and there will be a continued emphasis on the pharmaceutical sciences, including biotechnology and pharmaceutical technology. You will learn about health information systems, pharmacoeconomics and policy, which will enable you to learn effectively in a healthcare setting.

  • 30 credits - The Professional Pharmacist 3
  • 10 Credits - Research Methods 
  • 20 credits - Health, Disease and Therapeutics 3.1
  • 30 credits - Health, Disease and Therapeutics 3.2 
  • 30 credits - Science of Medicines 3 
  • Non-credit bearing - Professional Experience Placement 3
  • Non-credit bearing - ePortfolio 3

Modules in the fourth year

Your fourth year focuses on personalised patient care, advanced pharmacy services and the principles of prescribing

  • 60 credits - Integrated Pharmacy
  • 40 credits - Advanced Pharmacy Practice
  • Non-credit bearing - Professional Experience Placements 4
  • Non-credit bearing - ePortfolio 4
  • 20 credits - Business and Pharmaceutical Enterprise
  • Professional Experience Elective

Modules in the fifth year

During your final year you will undertake your pre-registration placement as a one-year long placement. This will be supplemented by further teaching one day per week in University. The placement includes a practice audit in which you will use your research and development knowledge and skills to improve practice.


Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2019. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2019/20 are as follows:

  • International: £21,180

Additional costs

When you apply for the course, it is important that you also take into account living costs and that you will have sufficient funds to finance the full duration of your studies. Please also note that during the last three years of the programme you will be required to be in attendance for most of each year and the costs of subsistence and travel will accordingly be much greater.  

Students have to pay for travel to placements but are reimbursed minus the price of a standard day saver on West Midlands bus transport. The cost to the students will vary as they go to different places in the region.

Funding

Scholarships available for international students

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For 2019 entry the School of Pharmacy are offering five scholarships for international students to the value of a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees for each year of the course.

 Find out more and apply now   

Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University or other sources.

For further information on tuition fees, living costs and available financial support, please see our pages on undergraduate fees and funding.

Entry requirements

Number of A levels required:
3
Typical offer:
AAB
Required subjects and grades:
Chemistry and at least one further science at A level from Biology, Mathematics or Physics. Grade B/6 in Maths GCSE is also required.

This programme is designed for international students wishing to undertake their pre-registration training in the UK, whilst retaining their student visa status.

A Levels - Mathematics and Further Mathematics will not be considered as separate subjects at A2. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted. 

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. 

Applicants to this course require an IELTS of 7.0 with no individual component below 6.0 or equivalent.

Learn more about international entry requirements

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.

International students will be required to provide a Certificate of Good Conduct and Character from a formal authority in their country such as the police or Foreign Affairs Department before admission to the programme. They will complete a successful Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check in the UK after completing six months of study. 

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 "Standards for Pharmacy Professionals" 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. 

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check and the Excluded Students Database (ESD)

Students will be required to complete a successful Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before admission to the programme.

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. For the 5-year programme this includes the following steps:

  • A GPhC accredited Master of Pharmacy Degree (MPharm) full-time, five year course which includes a pre-registration year 
  • 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

International students:

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. 

Applicants to this course require an IELTS of 7.0 with no individual component below 6.0 or equivalent.

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.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS at www.ucas.com 
Learn more about applying

Key Information Set (KIS)

Key Information Sets (KIS) are comparable sets of information about full- or part-time undergraduate courses and are designed to meet the information needs of prospective students.

All KIS information has been published on the Unistats website and can also be accessed via the small advert, or ‘widget’, below. On the Unistats website you are able to compare all the KIS data for each course with data for other courses.

The development of Key Information Sets (KIS) formed part of HEFCE’s work to enhance the information that is available about higher education. They give you access to reliable and comparable information in order to help you make informed decisions about what and where to study.

The KIS contains information which prospective students have identified as useful, such as student satisfaction, graduate outcomes, learning and teaching activities, assessment methods, tuition fees and student finance, accommodation and professional accreditation.

At Birmingham we advocate an enquiry based learning approach, from the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner, qualities that are highly sought after by employers. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself.

To begin with you may find this way of working challenging, but rest assured that we’ll enable you to make this transition. You will have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors and welfare tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues. If there are particular areas where you need support you will be able to address this with your tutors. 

Our Academic Skills Centre also offers you support with your learning. The centre is a place where you can develop your mathematical, academic writing and general academic skills. It is the centre’s aim to help you to become a more effective and independent learner through the use of a range of high-quality and appropriate learning support services. These range from drop-in sessions with support with mathematics and statistics based problems provided by experienced mathematicians, to workshops on a range of topics including note talking, reading, writing and presentation skills.

Learning settings

The University of Birmingham has invested heavily in new facilities to support learning and teaching in Pharmacy. One of these exciting developments includes the refurbishment of our Robert Aitken Building where there are new laboratories and teaching space dedicated to Pharmacy students.

Learning and teaching takes place in a variety of different environments, helping you to understand the role of a pharmacist:

Laboratory-based practical work is an integral part of our MPharm programme, delivering important transferable skills and giving you the experience of practical work that is essential for your future career.

Lectures take place in our theatres which, as well as the traditional whiteboard and pen, are equipped with the latest technology, including facilities to show movies, animations and graphics, to record lectures and to interact with ‘ask the audience’ style electronic voting systems.

Seminars and small-group tutorials run alongside the lecture course, addressing any individual problems you may have and allowing you to consolidate scientific and professional lecture material.

Group work carried out with other healthcare students focuses on experiencing pharmacy in the wider healthcare context and testing your understanding through problem-solving exercises.

Self study is an essential part of the programme and demonstrate your commitment to, and enthusiasm for, your subject and for the learning that will continue throughout your professional career.

Clinical practice and bedside demonstrations, both modelled and real, help you to build practical experience of the pharmacist’s role in action, and to develop confidence and problem solving skills. There is also the opportunity to learn through role plays and video feedback on patient-healthcare professional interaction.

E-learning mechanisms include Canvas, Wiki podcasts and our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE); an excellent tool for supporting our academic courses, allowing you to share thoughts on assignments with other students via the discussion group facilities, giving access to learning materials 24 hours a day and allowing you to submit your work electronically. In your final two years, you will also have access to SCRIPT, an innovative eLearning programme on prescribing and therapeutics. This will support your learning around these topics and enable you to understand decisions from a prescribers’ point of view.

Enquiry Based Learning (EBL) is a group activity which requires you to work in a team, with a variety of assessment methods; in either a group or individually, by written reports and sometimes as a presentation. Based on techniques used in research-led organisations like the University of Birmingham, EBL gives you a research-orientated approach to a problem and helps you to gain essential skills that are highly valued by employers.

Teaching staff for this course

Students at the University of Birmingham are taught by a mixture of professors, doctors and postgraduates, thereby receiving a rich diversity of academic knowledge and experience. Many of our teaching staff have published important works about their areas of expertise, whilst others have taught at international institutions and can offer unique perspectives of their subjects.

For more information about staff in the school, their qualifications, publication history and specific areas of interest, visit the School of Pharmacy staff profile page

Contact hours

Throughout the first year of your MPharm degree you can expect approximately 15 hours of scheduled teaching, 22.5 hours of independent study and 2  hours of placement per week*.

Throughout the second year of your MPharm degree you can expect approximately 15 hours of scheduled teaching, 22.5 hours of independent study and 4  hours of placement per week*.

Throughout the third year of your MPharm degree you can expect approximately 15 hours of scheduled teaching, 22 hours of independent study and 3.5  hours of placement per week*.

Throughout the fourth year of your MPharm degree you can expect approximately 11 hours of scheduled teaching, 22 hours of independent study and 4  hours of placement per week*.

Throughout the fifth year of your MPharm degree you can expect approximately 30 hours of pre-registration placement, 6 hours of scheduled teaching and 3 hours of independent study per week*.

*Placements are provided as full days, and do not occur in all weeks of the programme

MPharm Placements Overview

 
Year 1   1 day orientation: Primary Care visit
3 day orientation: Community pharmacy
3 day orientation: Hospital pharmacy
Year 2   5 day placement: Community pharmacy (including Saturday work)
3 days placement: Hospital pharmacy
1 day experience: Manufacturing unit
1 day experience: Specials medicines manufacturer
Year 3   5 days placement: Community pharmacy (including Saturday work)
5 days placement: Hospital Pharmacy
1 day experience: Quality Assurance /Quality Control chemistry lab
1 day experience: Wholesale pharmaceuticals
1 day inter-professional day: General Practice with 1st year medical students.
Half to 1 day placement: self-organised to meet own learning needs, related to working with other healthcare professional.
Year 4   10 day placements: mix from Primary Care, Hospital, and Community Pharmacist, dependent on specialist interests of student.
Year 5 52 weeks with usually 4 days in the placement environment and one day of taught experiences.

Assessment methods

Studying at degree-level is likely to be very different from your previous experience of learning and teaching. You will be expected to think, discuss and engage critically with the subject and find things out for yourself. We will enable you to make this transition to a new style of learning, and the way that you are assessed during your studies will help you develop the essential skills you need to make a success of your time at Birmingham.

Throughout the programme there will be opportunities to meet with your personal tutor to see how you are getting on and if there are particular areas where you need support. The personal tutor who is based in your school or department and can help with any academic issues you encounter. 

You’ll be assessed in a variety of ways, and these may be different with each module that you take. You will be assessed through coursework which may take the form of essays, group and individual presentations, laboratory-based work (depending on your chosen degree) and formal exams.

At the beginning of each module, you’ll be given information on how and when you’ll be assessed for that particular programme of study. You’ll receive feedback on each assessment within four weeks, so that you can learn from and build on what you have done. You’ll be given feedback on any exams that you take; if you should fail an exam we will ensure that particularly detailed feedback is made available to enable you to learn for the future.

Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.

Pharmacists have a unique mix of scientific and professional knowledge which makes them the healthcare experts on medicines and their effective use. Though most qualified pharmacists go on to work in healthcare settings, mainly community pharmacies and hospitals, there’s a wide range of career opportunities you could consider in, for example, the pharmaceutical industry, academia, government and regulatory bodies, and healthcare informatics.

You can find more on pharmacy careers at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Website and the NHS careers website

In order to become a UK-registered pharmacist, as well as successfully completing this 5-year MPharm degree including pre-registration training you need to pass the GPhC's professional competency examination.

Your Birmingham degree is evidence of your ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment. Employers target Birmingham students for their drive, diversity, communication and problem-solving skills, their team-working abilities and cultural awareness, and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends. If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.

Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CV’s and job applications will help give you the edge. In addition, our employer-endorsed award-winning Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects.

We also offer voluntary work which complements your studies by helping you gain practical experiences in occupational settings while contributing back to society. This can bring new skills that will be useful throughout your future and can make a positive impact on your learning whilst at university. Volunteering enables you to develop skills such as communication, interpersonal skills, teamwork, self-confidence and self-discipline all of which can be transferred into your studies.

Find out more about Careers Network.

Professional accreditation

The University is working towards accreditation of this new MPharm degree by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).  Full accreditation will be determined when the first cohort complete the programme in the summer of 2023.

Our four-year MPharm programme has full GPhC accreditation. 

The GPhC is the independent regulator for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy premises in Great Britain. They are responsible for defining the education and training requirements for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

Birmingham has transformed into one of Europe's most exciting cities. It is more than somewhere to study; it is somewhere to build a successful future.

Clubs and societies

The Guild has over 200 Societies, community volunteering groups and associations for you to join; they cover every topic and activity that you can think of - there really is something for everyone.

The Medical School has societies specifically for students based here - MedSoc, an overarching society open to all Medicine, Nursing and Biomedical Science students, and PharmSoc, which is open to Pharmacy students. Both are student-run societies that offer a wide range of activities to get involved in from sports, amateur dramatics and music to charities, volunteering and academic support.

The City of Birmingham

You will be based on a leafy campus in the suburbs of a vibrant, modern city. With over a million residents, Birmingham is home to the UK's largest financial and creative centres outside London and it has a thriving business community. After London, Birmingham is the highest ranking city for quality of life in the UK (Mercer's Quality of Living Survey 2012). There is something for everyone in Birmingham and you are sure to receive a warm welcome in one of the most culturally diverse cities in Britain.

Accommodation

Whether you are looking for university accommodation or a rented property in the private sector, our accommodation services team, 'Living', can help you find the right place.

University accommodation for undergraduates is located across the University's three student villages, all of which are within walking distance of the main campus. We have a range of accommodation types, including flats with study bedrooms, sharing bathroom and kitchen facilities; flats with ensuite study bedrooms; and studio apartments where you have exclusive use of both kitchen and bathroom facilities.