MPharm Pharmacy


Our Pharmacy degree is highly acclaimed for its innovative content and teaching methods.

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Experience is vital when preparing for a career. That's why, when UEA pioneered a new kind of teaching, it inspired widespread change in pharmacy education.

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(2014 Research Excellence Framework)


Are we closer to understanding a disease that affects nearly 40 million people?

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Our accredited MPharm has a global reputation for exceptional, innovative teaching, backed by world-class research. We’re currently ranked 1st for research output in the UK (REF 2014) and in the Top 10 for Pharmacology and Pharmacy in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, thanks to the quality of our degree programme.

This degree focuses on practical experience, both in the lab and in the dispensary. We give you the opportunity to attend placements from the very start of your degree, encourage you to build a professional portfolio during the course and provide extensive professional skills training.

We pride ourselves on our innovative, contemporary teaching methods and our students really recognise the benefits.


UEA’s School of Pharmacy has always been forward-thinking in its approach, conducting cutting-edge research and promoting innovative teaching methods.

We were the first Pharmacy course in the UK to:

  • Provide our students with significant professional experience, by including first year placements and portfolio assessments.
  • Give students a more practical and broad-based experience, through Problem-based learning and Interprofessional learning.
  • Offer strong support to prepare our students for future employment, through extensive careers advice and in-depth research projects.

These firsts for Pharmacy education have translated into firsts for UEA Pharmacy in teaching and research. We came first in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 for research output.

We are an integral partner of the Norwich Research Park, which is also home to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, and four independent world-renowned research institutes – the John Innes Centre, Institute of Food Research, The Sainsbury Laboratory and The Earlham Institute. As well as housing over 40 science and technology based businesses, the Norwich Research Park exposes our students to cutting-edge developments in science.

Benefit from our excellence

The 4-year MPharm course is the product of all our innovation in teaching and quality in research. This four year course course is designed for UK and EU students. International students should apply for our five year MPharm Integrated programme (B231). 

The course allows you to study a wide range of subjects which integrate science and healthcare, with a strong focus on the practical experience that the Pharmacy sector prizes.

Through the degree programme you will develop your skills and knowledge of practice and patient care, helping you to prepare for your professional career as a pharmacist. Your studies will involve working with patients to help them gain the maximum benefit from the medication prescribed to them.

Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to assess where your professional interests lie and to establish links with practices where you might secure future employment. You will be given every opportunity to develop your own areas of interest and expertise, alongside receiving exceptional tuition on the core requirements. Pharmacists can expect to command competitive salaries and there are excellent opportunities for career progression.

Career prospects for pharmacists are excellent. In many areas of the UK there is a shortage of pharmacists, presenting exciting employment opportunities for you in community, primary care, hospital and industrial pharmacy when you graduate.Over 98% of our graduates go on to graduate-level employment or further study within six months of graduation.

The course has been specifically designed to reflect recent developments in pharmaceutical science and changes in practice and is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) (2011/12 - 2017-18).

This course is intended for UK and EU students that wish to later register as a Pharmacist in the UK. If you wish to register overseas we recommend you check this course is acceptable for this purpose in that country. 

Course Structure

This four year course follows a carefully structured degree programme, in which you will study a number of compulsory topics on essential pharmaceutical theory and methodology. You will also undertake a research project in your final year.

Our course design covers topics in an integrated way based on different diseases. You will cover topics including: 

  • Life sciences chemistry
  • Cells, physiology and pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutics and dosage form design 
  • Drug design and mechanisms of drug actions
  • Neurology
  • Endocrinology
  • Immunology
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Renal disease
  • Gastrointestinal disease
  • Infectious diseases

Throughout the course you will learn about practicing as a Pharmacist and clinical and pharmaceutical management.

The final year is designed to enable you to use all previously learned knowledge in complex situations for the benefit of patients.  You will be able to select two pharmaceutical subjects which are of special interest to you and your final year project, which can be undertaken either abroad or in the UK, will be under the supervision of an academic at the cutting edge of pharmaceutical science or practice.

Examples of areas of study for the research projects:

  • Novel drug delivery systems
  • Tissue culture methods
  • Synthesis of new drugs for the treatment of neurological diseases
  • Introduction of electronic prescribing systems


The MPharm incorporates innovative assessment methods that are based on procedures you will use as a qualified pharmacist, including portfolio-based assessment and objective clinical pharmacy examinations. The current assessment tools used within the school include:

  • Short answer and multiple choice papers
  • Essays and laboratory reports
  • Pharmaceutical Care Plans
  • Objective structured clinical  examinations
  • Portfolios
  • Unseen critical appraisal assessments
  • Oral and poster presentations
  • Group project work reports
  • Scientific paper writing
  • Staff and peer assessment

Course Modules 2018/9

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits


In this module you will build your scientific knowledge and begin to apply it in the context of drugs and medicines, with a focus on hypertension, using a diverse range of teaching methods. You will start to develop your clinical, communication and professional skills to support safe, compassionate patient care. By expanding your transferable skills and enhancing your employability you will begin your journey to become a highly-regarded pharmacy professional.



Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits


NEW - available in 2019/20 You will build your scientific knowledge and skills in the context of a range of common medical conditions including cancer, asthma, diabetes and infections. You will develop your clinical and professional skills and apply your knowledge to manage these diseases and support patient care.



Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits


NEW - available in 2020/21 In this module you will develop advanced, integrated knowledge in the design and development of medicines and their pharmacological actions. You will recognise the relationships between medical conditions, begin to develop clinical judgement and apply evidence-based approaches to patient care. Central to this module is the "bench to bedside" project where you will apply your experimental skills to take a drug molecule from conception to administration to patients.



Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits


NEW - available in 2021/22 In this module you will apply previously acquired clinical and scientific knowledge and skills to complex situations. You will work through a range of multifaceted case studies and professional dilemmas in a variety of care environments. It will provide you with an excellent grounding to your early career as a pharmacist.




NEW - available in 2021/22 Learn how the boundaries of pharmaceutical knowledge are advanced through research and develop an understanding of the research and communication skills associated with scientific best practice. In collaboration with an academic supervisor, you'll conduct a research project leading to an expertise or in-depth knowledge in a selected area of pharmaceutical research at the forefront of the academic discipline. Following the project work, you'll prepare a research paper commensurate with journal publication and deliver an oral presentation at a student research conference.




You will draw upon the investigative techniques developed in the Pharmaceutical Research Project and build on your knowledge and skills developed in all modules in Levels 1, 2 and 3 of the course. In this module you will study two (of a range) pharmaceutically-related special topics in depth and develop an extensive knowledge in these selected areas.




Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • A Level AAB including Chemistry and a second science or Mathematics. All science A levels must include a pass in the practical element
  • International Baccalaureate 33 points including HL Chemistry at 6 and one other science or Mathematics at HL 6. If no GCSE equivalent is held offer will include Mathematics and English requirements
  • Scottish Highers Only accepted in combination with Scottish Advanced Highers
  • Scottish Advanced Highers BBC including Chemistry and a second science or Mathematics. A combination of Advanced Highers and Highers may be acceptable
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AAAABB or four subjects at H1 and two subjects at H2, including Chemistry and a second science or Mathematics
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 36 credits at level 3 and Merit in 9 credits at level 3, including 12 credits of chemistry and 12 credits of a second science. Science pathway required.
  • BTEC DDD in a relevant subject. Excluding Public Services. Applied Science and Applied Science (Medical Science) preferred. BTEC and A level combinations are considered - please contact us
  • European Baccalaureate 80% overall including 70% in Chemistry and 70% in one other science or Mathematics

Entry Requirement

GCSE requirements: GCSE English Language grade 5 and GCSE Mathematics grade 5

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted 

Applicants with Access or BTEC qualifications who receive an offer will also be asked to complete a chemistry test at the University during the summer 

This four year course course is designed for UK or EU students. International students should apply for our five year Integrated MPharm programme (B231). Please note, you will be required to fulfil additional paperwork to ensure you are able to participate in placements, information about this can be found in the intake section. The School of Study will lead you through this process following registration.

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level. 

This course is intended for UK and EU students that wish to later register as a Pharmacist in the UK. If you wish to register overseas we recommend you check this course is acceptable for this purpose in that country. 

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing) at the following level:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)

We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Please click here for further information.

INTO University of East Anglia 

If you do not yet meet the English language requirements for this course, INTO UEA offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:


Applicants submitting UCAS applications that include a good personal statement and academic reference as well as a strong academic background will be asked to attend the University on one of our Applicant Days.  

As part of our selection process on the Applicant Day there will be three different activities: an interview, a demonstration and a group exercise. You don’t need to prepare or bring anything with you, we will give you all the information you need on the day.  These activities take about an hour in total.

The selection process is designed to help us choose students with the appropriate skills and attitudes to become excellent pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists.  

If an applicant is located outside the UK, we will arrange a structured competency based one-to-one telephone interview.  This will be held with a member of academic staff from the School of Pharmacy.  We will be in touch prior to the interview to arrange a suitable time.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year, believing that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and may wish to contact the appropriate Admissions Office directly to discuss this further.


The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health Check

During your first semester, we ask that you apply for a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. In addition to your DBS check, if you have lived outside of the UK for a continuous period of 4 months or more within the last five years, you will also be required to complete and submit a police check, (from your home country if this is not the UK) or a Certificate of Good Conduct. A template for this is provided by the Student Disclosure Service when they begin your DBS check.

You will also be required, as are all UK pharmacy students, to sign up to a national "Code of Conduct for Pharmacy Students". You may view this document at:

In addition to reviewing the "Student Fitness to Practice Policy and Procedures" which are developed to address any concerns about a student's fitness to practice, including issues relating to conduct and health in relation to patient safety and professional standards.

PLEASE NOTE: Non-completion of the DBS or Occupational health checks or an adverse DBS outcome may result in withdrawal from the programme.

Alternative Qualifications

We encourage you to apply if you have alternative qualifications equivalent to our stated entry requirement. Please contact us for further information.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

UK students

EU Students

Overseas Students

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Service prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Service
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

Please click here to register your details via our Online Enquiry Form.

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