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Why study Pharmacy?

Posted 02 April 2019
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Pharmacists are healthcare professionals who are experts in medicinal drugs. To work as a pharmacist you need to study for an accredited masters degree (MPharm). Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences is one of the top schools of pharmacy in the UK and is a major research centre in Scotland.

Why study MPharm Pharmacy at Strathclyde?

  • Ranked 1st for pharmacology and pharmacy (Complete University Guide League Tables 2019)
  • The University of Strathclyde is one of 31 UK universities accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council, which allows you to move on to pharmacist pre-registration training and then to register as a pharmacist when you graduate
  • Practical experience with community and hospital placements throughout your degree
  • Strong links with the pharmaceutical industry for work experience and contacts, such as Astrazeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, and Cancer Research UK
  • £36 million pharmacy and biomedical research building as a hub of research and discovery.

What are your job options?

Career opportunities after a pharmacy degree include:

  • Pharmacist
  • Assistant Scientist
  • Rotational Pharmacist
  • Trainee Pharmacist.

Recent employers of Strathclyde MPharm graduates include:

  • Bannerman’s Pharmacy
  • Boots
  • Charles River Laboratories
  • Kings Colleague Hospital London
  • Lloyds Pharmacy
  • NHS.

How much can you earn?

Jobs in the NHS (National Health Service) fall into nine pay bands. Below are guideline salaries:

  • Newly qualified, NHS hospital pharmacists earn around £21,000 a year - band 5
  • Experienced pharmacists earn around £34,876 a year - band 6
  • Pharmacists in management positions earn up to £81,000 a year - band 8
  • Salaries in community pharmacies are similar, and large chains sometimes offer bonuses.

Find out how you can prepare for an MPharm degree with the Undergraduate Foundation Programme in Engineering and Sciences at the International Study Centre. There is also the opportunity to apply for a combined foundation and undergraduate scholarship.

Strathclyde Student Zaynab

"The foundation is a good opportunity to learn new things, to prepare for your studies. Now I feel confident, because the teachers are nice, and the friends I have - everybody is willing to help me."

Zaynab from Kuwait
Studying Undergraduate Foundation Programme in
Engineering and Sciences

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