About us

We are passionate about the profession of pharmacy. Our rich heritage forms a solid foundation upon which our cutting-edge research and innovative approach to education is built.

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Our students are taught by a team of world-leading researchers.

Within​ ​our top-ranked, internationally-recognised​ ​School,​ ​we​ ​have​ ​world-leading​ ​researchers​ ​working​ ​on​ ​the​ ​discovery​, development​ and use ​of​​ ​drugs​ ​and medicines to​ ​tackle​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​most​ ​debilitating​ ​and​ ​life-threatening medical​ ​conditions, such as​ ​​Alzheimer’s Disease,​ ​Parkinson’s Disease, cancer, diabetes and infectious diseases,​ ​to​ ​name​ ​but​ ​a few.

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework we were ranked the joint top School of Pharmacy in the country. Our dedicated​ ​researchers​ ​pave​ ​the​ ​way​ ​in​ ​creating​ ​new,​ ​effective​ ​methods​ ​for delivering​ ​these​ ​drugs and explore how they can be used​ ​to​ better treat​ ​disease. And​ ​it’s​ ​this​ ​same​ ​team​ ​of​ ​researchers,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​external​ ​expert​ ​practitioners,​ ​who teach​ ​the​ ​pharmacists​ ​of​ ​the​ ​future​.​

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The best thing about the MPharm is being taught by staff who are world leaders in their respective fields. We get to speak with people who are shaping the world of pharmacy, and are doing the research and development that will underpin the treatments of the future. I’ve had the chance to spend time abroad, be selected for several awards and represent our professional body, the RPS. I’ve had a fantastic time here.

Mark Sweeney, MPharm Student

We collaborate

Being​ ​part​ ​of​ ​such​ ​a​ ​well-established​ ​University,​ ​we​ ​don’t​ ​work​ ​in​ ​isolation.​ ​​ ​We​ ​have​ ​significant research collaborations​ ​with​ ​our​ ​colleagues​ ​across and beyond the University’s College of Biomedical and Life Sciences, as well as partners in the NHS and life-science industrial sector.  We​ ​know​ ​we​ ​can​ ​achieve​ ​so​ ​much​ ​more​ ​when​ ​we​ ​combine​ ​our expertise.

Our students benefit from these strong cross-University connections too. Our commitment to inter-professional and patient-focused education means they gain valuable insight and experience from across the life-science and health care professions which sets them in good stead for their future careers.

Mark Gumbleton

We are proud to be globally recognised for sustained excellence in advancing knowledge, delivering significant new discoveries benefiting society, and graduating highly valued, innovative and enterprising people fit for practice and employment.

Professor Mark Gumbleton, Head of School

We ensure our students are career-ready

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Our students benefit from patient-focused education.

We are listed in the Complete University Guide 2017 as the top School offering the MPharm programme throughout England and Wales.

Over 90% of our students who sat the General Pharmaceutical Council registration exam in June 2017 passed first-time (far higher than the national average of 78%) and, for many years, 100% of our graduates who have applied for pre-registration pharmacy training have been successful in securing a training place.

Not only do​ ​our​ ​students​ ​come​ ​away​ ​with​ ​the​ ​confidence​ ​and​ ​ability​ ​to​ become outstanding professional pharmacy practitioners,​ ​they​ ​also​ ​leave​ ​as highly-employable graduates with​ ​the​ ​passion,​ ​skills​ ​and​ aptitude​ ​to​ ​do​ ​so​ ​much​ ​more.

We engage the public in our work

Aside from our research and teaching functions, we strive to engage the public in our field of expertise.  We organise an array of inspirational public participation activities, from our award-winning Pharma Bees project to the Brain Games and activities at the National Eisteddfod of Wales, plus much more. Find out more about our commitment to public engagement.

We are a caring School community

We're proud of our community within the Cardiff School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.  We have a very active and welcoming undergraduate student organisation, the Welsh Pharmacy Students' Association, as well as a society for postgraduate students. Our staff team includes over 66 members of full-time academic and teaching staff, in addition to technical, research and administrative employees. All staff and students are invited to an extensive range of research seminars and outside visitors are welcome too.

We welcome you

Whether​ ​you​ ​come​ ​here​ ​to​ ​undertake​ ​the​ ​MPharm​ ​as​ ​an​ ​undergraduate,​ ​to​ ​further​ ​your education​ ​through​ ​postgraduate​ ​study,​ ​or​ ​to​ ​join​ or partner with ​our​ ​team​ ​of​ ​world-leading​ ​researchers, you’ll​ be working with us to shape the profession of Pharmacy and improve patients’ lives.