Pharmacists are responsible for ensuring the safe, appropriate and cost-effective use of medicines. They use their specialist knowledge to dispense drugs and advise patients about the medicines they have been prescribed.

Community Pharmacist

Students working in a laboratory

As a Community Pharmacist you will work in accordance with legal and ethical guidelines to ensure the correct and safe distribution of medicines. 

As well as supplying prescription medications you will provide advice and information to the general public on the use of medicines. Some pharmacists are increasingly offering specialist health check services such as diabetes screening and blood pressure monitoring.

Typical starting salary: £22,500 - £43,000 (salary data collected June 09.) 

Hospital Pharmacist

Working mainly within the public sector, you will be responsible for the safe and responsible use of medicines within hospitals. Using your specialist knowledge of drugs, you will work alongside healthcare professionals to devise the most appropriate drug treatment for patients.

You will also dispense medicines to patients and advise on their use. Day to day you might be involved in preparing and quality checking medicines and be responsible for their accurate dispensing, as well as participating in ward rounds and collecting information about patients' drug histories.

Typical starting salaries for qualified hospital pharmacists range from £23,458 to £31,779 (Band 6).

Robert Gordon University Graduates:

Our graduates go on to work in a number of different organisations, working in high street chemists' such as Boots and Lloyds, and also in NHS hospitals across the country. Most are employed as Pre-registration pharmacists.

“The focus on learning pharmacy in practice, rather than simply studying the theory, has been really beneficial.”

Gillian Reid Pharmacy MPharm


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