Pharmacy MPharm

1. Overview

The role of the modern pharmacist has evolved in recent years, making it a hugely varied and rewarding profession.

Pharmacists advise on and deliver the latest in cutting-edge treatments and medicines to millions of patients every day. Whether on the frontline of the NHS as a community pharmacist, working on a hospital ward, in a GP practice, in research or within industry, pharmacists are an integral part of the healthcare team. Pharmacy offers a challenging and patient-focused career path.

Our course produces effective practitioners with the knowledge and skills to deliver the very best pharmaceutical care for patients underpinned by sound scientific principles. This is achieved through a student-centred approach, developing you as a life-long learner and reflective practitioner. An emphasis is placed on inter-professional learning where you will learn with and from other professions such as medicine, dentistry, nursing and allied healthcare professions.

You will develop an understanding of how the body works; the effects of disease; how drugs are made, delivered to and affect the body; and importantly, how to achieve shared decision making with patients that ensures the maximum benefit from medicines with the minimum incidence of side effects.


You will benefit from studying in our new purpose-built facilities, particularly our Pharmacy Simulation Centre. The modern, state-of-the–art chemistry, formulation, biomedical and microbiological laboratories will allow you to develop the fundamental scientific skills which underpin modern pharmacy practice.

2. What you will study

Our course has three strands: The Pharmacist, The Patient, The Medicine, which are introduced separately and then become increasingly interlinked and developed over four years. The emphasis is on preparing graduates for a dynamic profession and to reflect the need for continuing professional development and life-long learning.

Development of generic transferable skills, including numeracy, communication, IT and presentation skills, is an embedded element within all of the taught subjects and reflective practice is undertaken through the use of a personal development e-portfolio.

Year 1

The emphasis is on science relevant to pharmacy and the skills required to both complete the course and for professional practice. An insight into the profession of pharmacy covering the drug journey from discovery to pharmaceutical care and prescribing is introduced.

Year 2

The science becomes more applied with the study of biochemistry, therapeutics, pharmaceutical microbiology and the design and manufacture of medicines and their supply within a professional and legal framework.

Year 3

The concepts developed in previous years are consolidated with further integration of the strands; The Patient, The Medicine and The Pharmacist. An approach to professional practice is developed that promotes the improvement of health outcomes alongside further development of therapeutics, integrated with a strong science base emphasising quality assurance. The skills necessary to conduct a research project in year four are introduced.

Year 4

The skills, knowledge and attitude necessary for the demands of a dynamic profession are strengthened using an integrated approach to pharmaceutical care, public health, professional service development and practice including prescribing, and students undertake an individual research project.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our Course Disclaimer for more information.

3. Entry Requirements

SQA Higher: AABB to include Chemistry plus two further sciences from Biology/Human Biology, Maths or Physics at grade B at first sitting. Higher English (or a written subject requiring the use of English) should be achieved at a minimum of grade C, 

GCE A Level: ABB to include Chemistry plus one further science from Biology/Human Biology, Maths or Physics at grade B or above at first sitting. English must be achieved at GCSE grade B or above and Maths at GCSE grade B or above, if not held at A Level.

Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H1H2H2H2 to include Chemistry plus two further sciences from Biology, Maths and Physics at H2 or above at first sitting. English must be achieved at a minimum of H3.

IB Diploma: 32 to include Higher Level Chemistry at grade 6, one further science or Maths at Higher Level grade 5 and English (or a written subject requiring the use of English) at Higher Level grade 5.

Alternative Qualifications: We welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications to those stated, including SVQs/NVQs, access programmes and overseas qualifications. Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Additional Information: Applicants should note that General Pharmaceutical Council Fitness to Practise regulations apply to pharmacy students. Offers of a place on the MPharm course are subject to compliance with these regulations and a satisfactory Good Health and Good Character declaration. Home UK students will be required to obtain Protecting Vulnerable Groups clearance. EU or overseas students will need to obtain their country’s equivalent (such as police verification of good conduct) prior to commencing the MPharm at Robert Gordon University. More information about Fitness to Practice.

International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.

English Language

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 6.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

4. Placements and Accreditations


Professional experiences are a range of learning activities across the course with patients, carers, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals in order to allow you to develop as professionals and put into practice the skills and knowledge acquired in the course. These interactions include Interprofessional Education, on and off campus placements which take place in a variety of settings, interaction with patients and external lecturers. You will reflect on your professional development through these experiences using an e-portfolio.

Find out more about Health Professions Placements & Professional Links

Professional Accreditation

The course is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). Therefore on graduation, provided you comply with the GPhC's Fitness to Practise requirements you will be eligible to undertake a pre-registration year. At the end of this you will have to demonstrate various competencies and pass a registration assessment to be eligible to register as a pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council.

5. Student Funding

If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:


Information on Laboratory, Biomedical & Sports Sciences Scholarships

6. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2017/2018

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £8,820 per academic year

International Students

  • £14,360 per academic year

For Academic Year 2016/2017

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £8,820 per academic year

International Students

  • £13,940 per academic year

For Academic Year 2015/2016

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £8,500 per academic year

International Students

  • £13,430 per academic year

For Academic Year 2014/2015

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £8,500 per academic year

International Students

  • £13,000 per academic year

For Academic Year 2013/2014

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £8,500 per academic year

International Students

  • £12,250 per academic year

For Academic Year 2012/2013

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £8,500 per academic year

International Students

  • £11,800 per academic year


Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages


7. How to apply

Home, EU and Rest of UK applicants to Robert Gordon University must apply online at

It is important that you keep track of your application process using the UCAS website, as it will update you on whether you have been offered a place from the University. It is also where you should respond to offers and receive confirmation of your place within your chosen course, rather than contacting the institution in the first instance.

International fee paying students have the option of applying either via UCAS or direct using our application form.

Terms and Conditions of Admissions

The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

8. Prospects

Pharmacists have wide and varied career options. You may focus on a clinical career and progress as a hospital clinical pharmacist or work in a community pharmacy. You may train and register as a non-medical prescriber, follow a management career route either within the NHS, the pharmaceutical industry or a community pharmacy company. Some of our graduates return to academia to teach and carry out research. Or you could follow a career in a more unusual area such as veterinary pharmacy, regulation, the military or health journalism.

Additional postgraduate qualifications could allow you to become an advanced practitioner in an area of specialist practice. Whichever you choose the challenges are enjoyable and the rewards are high.

Back to undergraduate
Connect Register Your Interest Course Page Button How to Apply sRequest a Prospectus RHS




Start Date


Course Length

4 years

Mode of Attendance


Academic School
School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences
More Information:
Undergraduate Admissions +44 (0) 1224 262728
Accredited By
General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
Guardian Accolade 2017 - 1st in Scotland for Pharmacy

Case Study

  1. Prescription for Excellence: Inspiring future pharmacists

    Sarah Buchan - Pharmacy lecturer

    Robert Gordon University (RGU) Pharmacy graduate Sarah Buchan typifies the career opportunities available to those who are enthusiastic about the profession.

    Sarah Buchan Pharmacy MPharm

  1. ICRGU – Pharmacy

    ICRGU – Pharmacy

    The International College at Robert Gordon University offers first year degree entry into Pharmacy courses at Robert Gordon University for International Students.