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Degree awarded: BSc Clinical Pharmacy (dual award from China Pharmaceutical University (CPU) and The University of Manchester)

Duration: 5 years

Start date: September

Full-time or part-time: Full-time

Campus-based or distance learning: Campus-based

Locations: CPU, China (Years 1, 2 and 5) and The University of Manchester, UK (Years 3 and 4)


Course overview

This articulated dual degree Bachelor of Clinical Pharmacy programme (2+2+1) is a collaboration between The University of Manchester and China Pharmaceutical University (CPU). Students will benefit from studying both in China and the UK.

The first two years are taught in China by staff from both CPU and Manchester. You will study at Manchester in Years 3 and 4. In Year 5, you will return to China where you will get the opportunity to put your skills into practice in Chinese healthcare settings.

At the end of the programme, students will receive two BSc degrees, one from The University of Manchester and one from China Pharmaceutical University.

You will benefit from a world-class pharmacy programme driven by our research and teaching excellence. This programme integrates science, practice and inter-professional education.

We also offer clinical placements each semester for students to get hands-on clinical practice skills and learn from different healthcare professionals at hospital, community and industry in the UK.

Learn more about the background to this course in our feature: Developing crucial clinical pharmacy skills in China.


Teaching and learning

Students will benefit from a variety of teaching and learning activities throughout our course, including lectures, tutorials, practical classes, enquiry-based learning, computer and team-based learning sessions, and research projects.

You will also go on placements as part of the course. We support all students through academic tutorials and peer supporting schemes, and additional support for international students to enhance their learning experience and university life.


Coursework and assessment

Your knowledge will be assessed through a variety of methods, including including practical reports and examinations, portfolios, group work, peer assessment, oral presentations, videos and posters, and examinations.

End-of-semester examinations may include essay-type questions, short answers, multiple-choice questions and web-based assessments.

Report writing skills are assessed throughout the course, and your practical skills are continuously assessed during practical classes and practical examinations.


At Manchester, you will learn in a range of pharmacy facilities throughout the course. You will also have access to the University's other facilities for undergraduate students.

Watch our video tour of the Stopford Building at Manchester, where pharmacy students are largely based.



Graduates of this course can choose to work at hospitals, clinics, pharmaceutical companies, research institutes or medical products authorities in China.

The qualifications from two world-leading universities and the experience gained in the UK and China will enhance your career prospects, offering the best preparation for a successful career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Applicants are required to take the National College Entrance Examination in China. Their scores must reach China Pharmaceutical University's enrolment cut-off point.

English language requirements

For entry to Year 3 of the course at The University of Manchester, applicants must have IELTS grade 6.5 (no less than 6 in each any component).

We also accept the below two types of tests:

  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) – must be PTE Academic or PTE Academic/UKVI: We require 59 overall and a minimum of 59 in each component.
  • TOEFL iBT (internet-based test): We require 90 overall (with 22 in each sub score)
  • IELTS: We require 6.5 overall, no lower than 6.0 (the University of Manchester can now accept students who retake one skill)

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. The English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course. Our programme do not accept any pre-sessional English courses as an entry route at the moment.

Fees and funding

For students coming to Manchester in the following years, the tuition fee per annum for Years 3 and 4 of the course are:

  • September 2024: £21,250 per annum
  • September 2025: £22,100 per annum
  • September 2026: £22,950 per annum
  • September 2027: £23,800 per annum

Tuition fees for Years 1, 2 and 5 can be obtained by contacting China Pharmaceutical University.

How to apply

You should apply for the programme at China Pharmaceutical University through the Chinese College Application System, which is managed by local education authorities in China.

You should apply after the National College Entrance Examination (also known as Gaokao) and before the deadline set by the Ministry of Education in each year.

Useful links

Contact us

Admissions Office
China Pharmaceutical University
Tel: +86(25)83271319/+86(25)83271422

Division of Pharmacy and Optometry
The University of Manchester
Email: bsc.clinicalpharmacy@manchester.ac.uk

About CPU

China Pharmaceutical University (CPU) is known for its long history and leading role in Chinese pharmaceutical academia. Situated in the historical and cultural city of Nanjing, CPU is one of the '211 project' key universities affiliated to the Ministry of Education of China and is listed among the 'Double First-Class' universities in China.

The University was founded in 1936 as China's first independent four-year National College of Pharmacy and the first public institution for higher pharmaceutical education in China. Over the last 80 years, it has made important contributions to promote the development of national healthcare, in line with its motto: 'Dedicated to academic excellence and devoted to public health.'

Visit the CPU website.

About The University of Manchester

The University of Manchester has solid historic foundations dating back nearly 200 years with a strong sense of community and an international reputation for teaching, learning and research excellence. Manchester was the first UK university to offer a pharmacy degree and specialises in research-oriented teaching.

Pharmacy at Manchester is based in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, which has close links with local hospitals in Greater Manchester, providing undergraduate pharmacy students with excellent clinical practice opportunities.

Manchester was ranked 14th in the world, and 5th in the EU for Pharmacy and Pharmacology (2021 QS World Rankings). It was also ranked first in the UK for research power in allied health professions, dentistry, nursing and pharmacy (2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF)).

Visit the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health website.