BSc Clinical Pharmacy
Study in China and the UK on this five-year course aimed at students from China who want to work in the pharmaceutical sector.
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)
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.
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.
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).
For applicants who achieve IELTS 6.0 (and with no component less than 5.5), we will accept completion of a University of Manchester 6-week pre-sessional English Language course instead.
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.
Fees and funding
For students coming to Manchester in September 2023, the tuition fee is £20,400 per annum for Years 3 and 4 of the course.
For students coming to Manchester in September 2024, the tuition fee is £21,250 per annum for Years 3 and 4 of the course.
Tuition fees for Years 1, 2 and 5 can be obtained by contacting China Pharmaceutical University.
Fees for students starting their studies in Manchester in September 2025 will be announced in early 2023.
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.
- Pharmacy at Manchester
- MPharm Pharmacy (2023 entry) at The University of Manchester
- China Pharmaceutical University
- International students at Manchester
- FBMH student blog (includes posts from international students such as James Hein, Brandon Yeo and Oliver Chow)
- Accommodation at Manchester
- International student support at Manchester
- International student profiles at Manchester
- Finance for international students at Manchester
- Country-specific guide to Manchester for Chinese applicants
- Visa information
- COVID-19 information for Manchester applicants and students
China Pharmaceutical University
Division of Pharmacy and Optometry
The University of Manchester
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)).