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MPharm Pharmacy

As a Pharmacist you will advise on and deliver the latest in cutting-edge treatments and medicines. During this pharmacy degree you will be an integral part of the healthcare team, in a hugely varied and rewarding career with the opportunity to change lives, every day.

We produce 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, helping you to develop as a life-long learner and reflective practitioner.

The role of the modern Pharmacist has evolved in recent years, making it a very exciting time to join the challenging and patient-focused profession.

We’re ranked 1st in Scotland for graduate prospects in Pharmacology and Pharmacy (Complete University Guide 2021)

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Start Date


Course Length

4 years
Year 1

The emphasis is on science relevant to pharmacy and the skills required for professional practice. An insight is provided into the profession of pharmacy covering the drug journey from discovery to pharmaceutical care and prescribing. Numeracy is developed through pharmaceutical calculations and an understanding of reflective practice.

Year 2

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. This includes the importance of patient safety, decision-making, critical thinking and interpretation and evaluation of experimental data, with simulation to develop consultation skills.


Through simulation and placements you will develop an approach to professional practice and promote improvement of health outcomes. Further development of Therapeutics is integrated with a strong science base to emphasise quality assurance, and you will be introduced to the skills necessary to conduct a research project.

Year 4

Integration of science into practice is through individual problem-based learning and the development of skills of supervision of others. Reflective practice is embedded to support the transition to pre-registration training demonstrating a range of required professional skills and competencies.


Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Detailed module information

Teaching and learning activities include an appropriate mix of small and large group teaching, individual and experiential learning, as well as problem-based approaches. Your individual practical skills in the Sciences will be developed as teaching design fosters your interpersonal and other professional skills. Professional experiences including interaction with patients and other Healthcare Professionals will allow you to develop your skills.

Extensive use is made of e-learning for delivery, directed and private study. The variety in approach means that the teaching and learning strategy provides you with a responsive environment to encompass your individual needs and learning style, yet also encourage group interaction.

Activity Summary

Year 4

  • Lectures - 120 students per group, 5 hours per week
  • Seminars - 120 students per group, 3 hours per week
  • Tutorial - 120 students per group, 2 hours per week
  • Project Supervision - 5 weeks full-time
  • Practical class or workshop - 120 students per group, 9 hours per week
  • External Visits - 120 students per group, 4 throughout the year
  • Placement / Work Based Learning - 12 students per group, 12 through the year

Typically students are assessed each year:

Year 1

  • 4 written exams of 2 hours each
  • 2 reports
  • 1 portfolio
  • 1 set exercise
  • 1 oral assessment
  • 1 practical skills assessment
  • 1 OSCE

Year 2

  • 6 written exams of 2 hours each
  • 1 report
  • 1 portfolio
  • 2 set exercises
  • 1 oral assessment
  • 1 practical skills assessment
  • 1 OSCE

Year 3

  • 3 written exams of 2 hours each
  • 3 written assignments, including essays and reports
  • 1 portfolio
  • 1 OSCE
  • 1 practical test

Year 4

  • 3 written exams of 2 hours each
  • 1 written assignment
  • 1 portfolio
  • 1 practical test
  • 1 oral assessment
  • 1 OSCE

We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

Independent Study

You will take responsibility for your own learning. You will read widely from the provided reading lists, conduct your own research and meet with your peers to undertake allocated group work, complete tutorial assignments and work on assessments. Together with teaching activities and independent study this should equate to approximately 40 hours-per-week.

Staff Delivering on This Course

The MPharm course is delivered by a team of highly-qualified professionals who are experts in the various fields of Clinical and Professional Sciences, Pharmacy Practice, and Pharmaceutical Sciences and includes a number of GPhC Registered Pharmacists. Teacher-practitioners and a number of visiting Healthcare Professionals, including practicing Pharmacists are involved in the delivery of specialist elements along with e-tutors who provide online support and clinical expertise.

Our staff feature in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union.




The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

The inclusion CENTRE


All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.



The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support


Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.

University Library


More than 100 hours of the course is spent in Practical Placement activity. This includes both compulsory and optional placements. RGU is responsible for finding the compulsory placements. You may also source your own optional summer placements but support is provided via the School and Careers service. 

Find out more about our placements

Job Prospects

As a Pharmacist you will have wide and varied career options.

Is Pharmacy a good career choice?

  • You may focus on a clinical career and progress as a hospital 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.
  • 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. Whatever route you choose the challenges are enjoyable and the rewards are high.

Find your cAREER Path

Standard Entry Requirements
  • SQA Higher: AABB to include Chemistry plus two further sciences from Biology/Human Biology, Maths or Physics at grade B. Higher English (or a written subject requiring the use of English) should be achieved at a minimum of grade C.
  • GCE A Level: BBB to include Chemistry plus one further science from Biology/Human Biology, Maths or Physics at grade B or above. 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: H2H2H2H2  to include Chemistry plus two further sciences from Biology, Maths and Physics at H2 or above. English must be achieved at a minimum of H3.
  • IB Diploma: 30 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.
Minimum entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements for widening access applicants are:

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


Applicants should note that the General Pharmaceutical Council’s Standards for Pharmacy Professionals applies to pharmacy students throughout their journey towards registration and practice. Offers of a place on the MPharm course are subject to compliance with these standards 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.

International Students

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 Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 6.0, or an equivalent.

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

English Language requirements

Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.

Pre-Sessional English Programme at RGU

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact for further information.


Scottish Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

EU Students

  • Fee to be confirmed

Rest of UK Students

  • £9,000 per academic year

International Students

  • £16,770 per academic year

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £9,000 per academic year

International Students

  • £16,770 per academic year
Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

  • The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
  • Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
  • Accommodation and living costs
  • Printing
  • £50 Travel
  • £30 Materials
  • £55 Specialist Clothing

Other Fees and Charges


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:


Student Funding

Several organisations award bursaries to Pharmacy students. These are advertised to students annually:

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

Student Awards Agency For Scotland (SAAS)

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

Student Finance England

Student Finance Wales

Student Finance NI

Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:



Have a question about the course? Get in touch with our Student Admissions Team and we'll do our best to help.

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