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Study pharmacy at Manchester

Start your successful career in pharmacy at a university with excellent NHS and industry links.

Undergraduate pharmacy

Embrace your passion for chemistry and learn how to help people with a pharmacy degree from Manchester, whether you want to treat patients, work in industry or make life-changing scientific discoveries.

Preparing you for a rewarding career

There aren’t many science jobs where you get to work closely with people and have an immediate impact on the lives of others.

With a pharmacy degree from Manchester we give you hands-on experience of community, the NHS and industry pharmacy so you can choose where you want to specialise in your career. With pharmacists increasingly at the heart of delivering health services, demand for your skills will be high.

Our MPharm degrees are accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). Upon successful completion of the course, you’ll need to undertake a year of pre-registration training, take the GPhC's registration exam and meet fitness to practise requirements before becoming a fully-fledged pharmacist.

Supportive learning experience

The course is broken down into four main themes: the medicine, the pharmacist, the patient and the public.

You’ll learn from experienced staff in lectures, tutorials, through online learning and in the lab. You’re also able to access peer-assisted study sessions in your first two years to support your learning.



Early placement experience

Get hands-on clinical experience with practical placements in hospitals, the community and industrial settings from Year 1.

Thanks to our excellent NHS links, we’re one of the only UK universities where you will spend time in pharmacy departments and on wards in one of three local NHS Trusts in every year of your course.


Industry links

Our students engage with industry scientists through industrial visit days to AstraZeneca (Macclesfield) in Year 3, and guest lectures from industrial pharmacists.

High-achieving students have benefited from research project supervision and mentorship by AstraZeneca staff, with a number going on to secure careers in the pharmaceutical industry.



Research strengths

Our research has led to free treatment for patients with minor ailments, fewer animals being used in drug research, reduced prescribing errors, and new techniques to target radiotherapy-resistant tumour cells.

You’ll learn from leading academics working in pharmacy research, who will support and guide to develop your own research interests.


"All the lecturers are conducting research in their specialist areas so we are literally learning from some of the most knowledgeable academics in pharmacy."

Josh Brocklebank / Pharmacy (MPharm)

Apply for pharmacy

If you’re ready to apply to a pharmacy degree at Manchester, here’s what you need to know.


Contact us

Course enquiries

tel: +44 (0)161 275 2334



General undergraduate enquiries

tel: +44 (0) 161 275 2077




Taught master's in pharmacy

Develop specialist clinical and research skills with our master’s courses in pharmacy. Benefit from learning in an active research environment with close links to local NHS hospitals.

Many of our courses are designed to make it easy for you to study while you work, and are offered with online and face-to-face education sessions in Manchester.

Our courses 


See all taught master’s

See CPD courses

Postgraduate research

Manchester is the ideal place to start or continue your pharmacy research career. We have outstanding research facilities and resources for postgraduate students, with extensive support systems and training programmes in place for enhanced personal and professional development.

Our PhD and MPhil programmes

The subjects covered by our programmes are:

Programmes in Drug Design, Development and Delivery and Pharmacology are also available.

You can also see a full list of the Faculty's postgraduate research subjects or search for a specific project.