University of Strathclyde


The MPharm degree is an Integrated Masters programme. Students will normally enter into Year 2 of the MPharm. As the degree leads to a Masters qualification, the workload is higher than that of a BSc Honours degree.

Year 2:
Focus is on the normal function of the body and how this is maintained. You'll study how nutrients and medicines are used by the body. Topics such as the sale and supply of over-the-counter medicines are introduced.

Year 3:
You'll gain an understanding of the management of patients with common illnesses such as cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, exploring how these occur and how medicines can be used in their treatment. You'll also learn about how medicines are formulated and compounded for use and how they interact with the body.

Year 4:
Topics include the management of patients with cancer, mental health issues or who have more than one disease. The quality of medicines and how this is assured for different formulations is addressed along with the need for the pharmacist to ensure the clinical appropriateness of the medicines dispensed.

Year 5:
In your final year you'll focus on the application of evidence-based approaches to delivering individual and population-based pharmaceutical care including cases where there are no management guidelines. You'll also investigate the health economic implications of the introduction of new medicines. You'll apply the research skills developed throughout the programme in an independent project.

Entry Requirements

2024 entry requirements

Standard entry (2nd year entry):
Advanced Higher Biology and Chemistry at BB (Maths and Physics may be considered an alternative to one) plus 4 Highers at AAAB including English and Maths at B and Biology and Chemistry at A.

Widening access entry: 5 Highers at AABBC (first sitting for year 1 entry) including English, Maths, Biology and Chemistry OR Advanced Higher Biology and Chemistry at BC or CB plus 4 Highers at AABC (two sittings for 2nd year entry) including English, Maths, Biology and Chemistry.

You will require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of course. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.

Start Date






Study Method

Full time



Course Length

5 years


Faculty of Science


Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

SCQF Level


Career Area

Health and Medicine

Career Sectors

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