Undergraduate

We are proud to train the Pharmacists of the future. It’s our mission to equip our students with the knowledge, skills and experience they need to succeed in their chosen career.

Watch our students explain why they chose to study Pharmacy at Cardiff.

Degree name UCAS Code
Pharmacy (MPharm) B230

What today's pharmacists do

Pharmacists have always been experts in the field of drugs and medicines and may be involved in any aspect of drug preparation and use. That includes the discovery of medicines, finding the best way for drugs to be administered, supplying them to patients and even optimising drug therapy.

A pharmacist's role goes far beyond a dispensing counter. Increasingly so in recent years.

Many of today’s pharmacists are now also qualified to prescribe medicines independently of a doctor and are on the front-line of healthcare provision - be that in hospital or community settings, including GP surgeries and health centres. They play a pivotal role in supporting patients and improving their health and well-being.

Find out more about the various careers now open to pharmacists.

Reasons to study Pharmacy with us

We are ranked one of the top Schools of Pharmacy in the UK year after year and 100% of our students are in employment and/or further study six months after graduating. So, if you’re considering a career in pharmacy, we could be the perfect fit for you. Here’s why:

Our community

When you walk through the Redwood Building doors, you’ll be right at home within our warm, welcoming environment. Our close-knit School is also a supportive community where staff and students work closely together.

As a student, you can get guidance from your Personal Tutor, a Student Mentor and through our effective Staff Student Panel.  Plus there’s a fun, active and vibrant student society within the School called WPSA which hosts many charity, sporting and social events for all Pharmacy students here.

Students studying in the Redwood Building.
Students studying in the Redwood Building where the Cardiff School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is based.

Our expertise

We’ve been training pharmacists, and helping to shape the profession, for the past 100 years.

As the role of a pharmacist is rapidly advancing within the UK and internationally, our MPharm programme is also constantly evolving to reflect these developments. Your time with us will prepare you for the exciting opportunities that await.

Our placements

We want you to get real-life, hands-on experience so that, when the time comes, you are fully prepared to take on the role of a pharmacist. That’s why our placements are such a crucial part of our programme, and why they begin in the very first week of our programme.

Our placements will give you the opportunity to interact with patients and their carers, the public and other healthcare professionals in a variety of relevant settings. Not only will you get to observe the role of the pharmacist and understand how pharmaceutical care is optimised, you’ll also get to actively participate in these placements, helping to build your skills and confidence as you progress through the course.

During your four years, you’ll find yourself in all the major health settings including community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy and primary care (GP practices). You’ll meet a whole range of patients with a diverse spectrum of health conditions and you’ll work alongside healthcare practitioners to support patients and maximise the effect of their medicines.

And, since the role of a pharmacist is evolving, we ensure our students get to complete placements in settings that reflect these changes, for example in health and social care settings such as the hospital volunteering service, Carers Trust, Care Homes, and Cardiff and Vale Action on Mental Health. These placements will allow you to build and develop your consultation skills, something that is crucial for many of today’s pharmacists.

Our placements are a very popular feature of our course and we are continually developing our placement programme to prepare our students for the next step in their chosen career.

Cardiff University Pharmacy Students on Placement
Our Pharmacy undergraduate students gain invaluable hands-on experience and skills through our placement programme.

In addition to our placement programme, our students have been involved in extra-curricula overseas experiences visiting the USA, Uganda and Zambia to gain international experience.

Amisha, MPharm Student

‘Our Pharmacy placements are very helpful. I have done a one-day placement in a nursing home where I spoke to residents about their medications. I also went to a ‘Mother and Toddler’ group to speak with the parents there. Everyone was so willing to talk to us and it was a really useful and insightful experience. These placements have given me confidence as I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to speak to patients otherwise and I am looking forward to doing my hospital placement soon too.’

Our interprofessional education provision

We are fortunate to have the full range of health care professions represented within our College of Biomedical and Life Sciences - including Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Psychology, Nursing, Physiotherapy and more.

You will undertake interprofessional education sessions with students from other Schools within the College to gain vital experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team. This is something we are proud to offer as part of our programme as we know it will set you in great stead for your future career.

Students taking blood pressure
Our students gets hands on experience and training to prepare them for their future career.

Our facilities

We have excellent facilities within our self-contained School of Pharmacy and  Pharmaceutical Sciences. That includes large, modern laboratories for experiments, new consultation rooms kitted out exactly as you’d expect in real-life pharmacy practice, a ‘Practice of Pharmacy’ lab which includes dispensing cabinets and drug label printers (so that students can practice dispensing medicines), a GMP suite where actual medicines are created, quiet rooms for students to study and a social area where students can enjoy a hot drink and bite to eat.

Our passion for science and research

We have an international reputation for the quality of our research and we are very proud of the range of cutting-edge research projects that are taking place here, right now.

As an undergraduate student within our School, you’ll benefit from our passion for science and research because our team of world-leading researchers both shape and teach the MPharm programme. From molecular biology to medicinal chemistry, the science of medicine is at the core of what we teach and, by studying here, you’ll be exposed to the latest advancements in pharmaceutical research.

Qualifying as a Pharmacist

After completing our MPharm degree, you’ll be in a position to apply for the pre-registration year. Once this pre-registration year has been completed successfully and you have passed the GPhCs registration assessment, you’ll be eligible to register as a qualified pharmacist.

In 2018, 92% of our students who sat the General Pharmaceutical Council’s registration exam passed first-time (far higher than the overall national average of 78%).

The MPharm will also prepare you for other career avenues in health, science or education.

Find out more about our MPharm programme including a course overview, key features, entry requirements and career prospects.

Contact us

If you have any questions about our undergraduate course we'd love to hear from you.

Undergraduate admissions team