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Admissions criteria - Pharmacy

This information applies to the undergraduate programme MPharm.

The Admissions Tutors primarily consider past or predicted academic achievement and evidence of knowledge of or interest in pharmacy.

The School assesses applicants’ knowledge of the science and practice of pharmacy, garnered and evidenced by background reading or work experience. The School will also have regard to the lucidity of the applicant’s personal statement and their ability to communicate during the above-mentioned interview.

It should be emphasised that academic qualifications achieved or in prospect are most important in short-listing and selecting candidates for the offer of a place. Sometimes a student will be rejected at interview if they are unenthusiastic, lacking in knowledge of their professed career or study or unprofessional in their attitude. Impressions gained at interview can come in to play if a student has narrowly missed their offer grades come results time in August. Positive comments by an interviewer might see such an applicant with a better chance of a place than a candidate with more neutral comments.

A-level, Welsh Baccalaureate and International Baccalaureate

A-level, Welsh Baccalaureate and International Baccalaureate requirements can be found in Course Finder.

Other qualifications

Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome, as are those who may have combinations of qualifications or other relevant work/life experience. If you would like to know the entry requirements for a specific qualification not listed here, please contact our admissions team on either or +44(0)29 2087 9999.

Additional requirements for admission

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences awards a number of scholarships per annum to International students who are self-funded. Such awards are made on the basis of academic performance, interview performance and need.

Candidates will only be invited to apply for a scholarship if they have already received an Unconditional, or Conditional, offer from the School of Pharmacy. The level of award will normally be a minimum of £1,000 or a maximum of £2,000 in any academic year. The Pharmacy International Scholarship Panel will consider all applications by early August each year.

Student Code of Conduct and Fitness to Practise

In view of the vocational orientation of the MPharm degree, the GPhC has introduced a Student Code of Conduct and Fitness to Practise procedures in schools of pharmacy.

For further information see

These principles and procedures came into force in 2010.

One consequence is that our students must undergo regular checks to establish that they are of good character. These include Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks. Failure to undergo such a check will result in a student being unable to join or complete the course.

The GPhC produces its own literature and has its own webpages devoted to the Code of Conduct, Fitness to Practise and pharmacist registration, covering what it means to be a pharmacist and career opportunities in Pharmacy.

You can contact the General Pharmaceutical Council by post or email at: General Pharmaceutical Council, 25 Canada Square, London E14 5LQ /

NB The GPhC will carry out its own health, good character and identity checks when students complete their training and apply to register with the regulatory body. These checks relate solely to registration and are in addition to any checks carried out during previous study, pre-registration training or employment. The GPhC may not register a student if a check is failed, even if they have passed previous checks.

The GPhC will NOT offer prospective registration advice.

All applications for a place on the Pharmacy degree programme must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application service. Applications can be made either in the English or the Welsh language. We recognise that if you are a Welsh speaker, you may feel more comfortable speaking to a Welsh-speaking personal tutor. Provided there are Welsh speaking members of staff available, every effort will be made to allocate a Welsh speaker to you.

After we have received and considered your application, we may invite you to visit the School for an interview sometime during the period November to early March. This will include a guided tour of the School. Under normal circumstances, students will not receive an offer without an interview. If you are an international student we can conduct an interview by telephone. For some countries, including China (Hong Kong), Kenya and Malaysia, members of our staff sometimes undertake visits to promote our MPharm programme and to undertake interviews of applicants. You can contact us to ask about the dates of these visits.

Applications are considered as soon as possible after they are received in the School. Initial screening is of academic achievement to date and predicted or achieved grades for A2-level, IB or equivalent. Also considered is commitment to Pharmacy as evidenced particularly by the personal statement but sometimes also by the referee’s report. Students must be in prospect of achieving the standard AAB offer grades in the correct subjects (see below) and evidence a commitment to the study or practice of Pharmacy or another health care subject/profession.

Before an offer of a place is made an applicant will always have an interview; during the School visit days mentioned above or (for applicants outside the UK) by telephone or occasionally by a member of staff travelling overseas. The School’s staff undertakes 400-plus such interviews each admissions cycle.

The MPharm Admissions Tutors make all selection decisions within the School, advised by interviewers’ written comments and conclusion.

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences arranges laboratory demonstrations and talks during the University Open day. There is also a University Visit Day each September during which Pharmacy admissions staff make themselves available to visitors but this event does not include a tour of the School of Pharmacy.

All applicants to the School will be invited to a UCAS Visit Day to discuss their application with staff and to see the School and its facilities.

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences interviews applicants for its undergraduate programmes.

All suitable applicants who are eligible for additional consideration and are predicted a minimum of grades BBB will be invited to interview. Following a satisfactory performance at interview, applicants may be made a typical offer on the School of Pharmacy undergraduate course. View the University policy on use of contextual data.

Resit candidates will be considered but can be set higher than standard conditional offer grades.

Normally permitted.

Transfers with credit from another Higher Education institution

Not available.

Transfer with credit from another programme at Cardiff University

Not available.