|Tuition fee type||Cost (per annum)|
|Full time home/EU tuition fee:||£9,250 per annum*|
|Full time international tuition fee:||£16,100 per annum|
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
*The Department for Education (DfE) have recently announced that they will be freezing tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year.
About your course
By studying the professionally-accredited undergraduate Masters degree in Pharmacy (MPharm) at Liverpool John Moores University you will enjoy innovative and high quality pharmacy teaching, plus opportunities to complete placements in community and hospital settings, inter-professional learning, patient/public engagement, and practice simulations with other healthcare students.
- Accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council
- Taught by one of the oldest and well-established schools of pharmacy in the world
- Excellent links and work placement opportunities with leading local hospitals
- Strong focus on the application of science to clinical practice
- Work placements, student-patient engagement and inter-professional learning from Year 1
- Strong support for students’ personal and professional development to help achieve their full potential
- This degree is available to study following a foundation year - subject to attainment
- International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more
- Start month: September
- Campus location: City Campus
Watch our Pharmacy course film to hear what our students and staff have to say:
Additional course costs
There will be transport costs for placements across all levels.
You are prepared for the challenges you may face in your career and the future. The course is based on the application of knowledge to real life scenarios, enabling you to think critically
Applying scientific principles to practical clinical situations is the key focus of this programme, and there is no better way to practise this than by undertaking a professional placement. Thanks to our links with many local hospitals and community pharmacies, you will be able to gain direct experience of the day-to-day work of a pharmacist and build up your skills in preparation for your pre-registration training. Employers tell us that our graduates are able to apply excellent clinical skills as soon as they begin work, and this is largely down to practical experience gained on the course.
Support and guidance
Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.
One-to-one support is crucial for your academic and career development, and for this reason you will be allocated a personal tutor for the duration of your studies at LJMU. They will arrange regular tutorials with you to discuss course issues, monitor progress, support professional development and plan work.
LJMU aims to make an international opportunity available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree, either in Europe or the US. You could take part in a work placement in Europe under the ERASMUS+ scheme or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. There are also opportunities to attend a two-week summer school with one of our worldwide partners.
Our Go Global Fund can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?
The study of pharmacy is essentially about the design, manufacture, testing and use of medicines and most pharmacists work with the public, providing medication and advice out in the community, in hospital ward clinics or in GP practices.
In this MPharm programme you will learn how new drugs are discovered, how they produce their effects and how they are manufactured. There is also a strong clinical strand in which you will learn how to examine and interact with patients and make sure that the right patients get the right medicines.
Due to the School's heritage, we have links with a number of local leading hospitals that provide excellent pre-registration training and work placement opportunities.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
Level 4: Integrated Foundations of Pharmacy
During semester 1, your studies will focus on the scientific foundation of pharmacy, while incorporating aspects of practice where possible, and includes topics such as:
- cells and biomacromolecules
- linking structure to properties and activity
- making drugs into medicines and interactions with the body
During semester 2, the knowledge and skills developed and established in semester 1 are revisited and applied to specific topics, namely:
- gastrointestinal physiology and pathophysiology
- pain and the peripheral nervous system
Concurrently, the professional development strand will introduce and develop fundamental graduate skills, techniques and attributes including laboratory, clinical, communication, learning and study skills.
Level 5: Medicines, Patients and the Pharmacist
Your studies will build upon the foundations of the previous year and continues the development of integrated multidisciplinary learning. You will learn the principles of developing quality medicines through the processes of formulation and manufacture, and the application of science and practice to ensure patient safety. This new knowledge and skills will then be revisited and contextualised into specific topics with the pathophysiology, therapeutics, and prevention of diseases focused on at this level.
Topics include the cardiovascular, respiratory and central nervous systems along with infectious disease processes in the body and the population, their responsible pharmaceutical treatment and conservation of the valuable antimicrobial resource. You will also learn the necessary skills and knowledge of how pharmacists can meet the distinct needs of particular patient groups which is undertaken in the cycle of life topic.
- Year-long work placement
Level 6: Complexities of Healthcare
During this year, you will take the single modality learning of disease and illness from previous levels and transfer this to multi-morbidity long-term conditions, whose treatment relates to wider health and social care provision.
As in previous levels, new knowledge will be incorporated into your existing knowledge, augmenting your development of a representative integrative perspective of the programme.
For example, the concepts of formulation, drug monitoring, medicines optimisation, adverse drug reactions and toxicity will initially be delivered in the context of topics introduced in previous years, such as cardiovascular and respiratory systems. These concepts will then be applied to the endocrine system, mental health, musculoskeletal disorders, and oncology topics. The balance between evidence-based medicine and personalised treatment will be further explored both at the level of the individual’s health and that of the public.
Professional development will be firmly embedded into your learning with increasingly complex clinical skills being immersed in the range of multi-morbidity long-term conditions. You will continue to progress the development of your research skills with a series of research seminars, including understanding of research philosophy, the underlying tenets of the relevant scientific and social science methodologies inherent in pharmacy.
Level 7: Advancing Patient-centred Care
Your final year focuses on utilising highly complex patient-centred and population-based scenarios to ensure you are able to respond appropriately to the complicated concepts and challenging problems inherent in delivering quality healthcare.
You will consider how health policy impacts on the provision of health and social care services for both individuals and the public. The transition of patient care between care settings (for example, from hospital to community care) will be explored, with a focus on the pharmacists’ role in improving patient outcomes and minimising the disruption to good care during and around the period of transfer, and beyond.
Specialist areas of practice will be covered in multi-disciplinary sessions (Masterclasses) delivered by expert speakers that will provide you with an understanding of the highly complex nature of health care and the impact of the pharmacist’s role on patients’ health and social wellbeing.
The professional development strand will involve more challenging consultation scenarios and calculations, and further develop formative leadership and management skills. Building upon the research from the previous year, you will utilise and apply your independent-research and critical analysis skills to an extended research project.
Further guidance on modules
The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.Programme specification document (PDF)
Teaching and learning
Excellent facilities and learning resources.
Teaching is via a combination of lectures, interactive workshops, practical laboratory and dispensary sessions, small-group tutorials, seminars and professional placements. You will be expected to do additional research around lecture subjects in your own time using our Learning Resource Centre and virtual learning environment, Canvas. As the course progresses, practical work accounts for an increasingly large proportion of your study time, and in the final masters-level year you will work on an independent research project.
Expert tuition and support.
Your tutors come from a long tradition of high-quality teaching, innovation and student support within the Liverpool School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences. The School dates back to 1849, making it one of the oldest Schools of Pharmacy in the world. Teaching is directly informed by research, so you can be confident that what you learn on the course is relevant to today’s professional pharmacist.
Assessment and feedback
Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose.
We acknowledge that all students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of different assessment methods. Coursework could be in the form of a report on a pharmaceutical topic, a laboratory report, preparation and delivery of a seminar or a computer-based assessment.
We pride ourselves on developing our students by ensuring we equip you with the knowledge and skills base required in your journey to become competent professional pharmacists. As such, we have designed our assessments to test key knowledge and skills throughout the programme.
Over the course of the programme, exams range from multiple-choice or short answer questions to longer analytical essays or discussions of therapeutic strategies in a clinical scenario.
You will also have to carry out a clinical examination of a patient and sit practical exams to ensure that you can dispense prescriptions and prepare medicines efficiently, safely and in compliance with legal and NHS administrative requirements.
Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements
Minimum points required from qualifications
Application and selection
All successful pharmacy students should complete a health screening program before commencing clinical placements. The standards for training in pharmacy are defined by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and the Department of Health (DH). These standards meet the criteria in the Equality Act in that they are a proportionate means of achieving the legitimate aim of ensuring patient safety.
The admissions criteria for the LJMU Pharmacy undergraduate programme (MPharm) has changed. Applicants are no longer interviewed or required to sit an admissions test. View the full details
Guidance for international applicants
GCSE and equivalents
- Applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English Prior to starting the programme
- Minimum number of A Levels required: 3
- Subject specific requirements: 120 points from 3 A Levels with Chemistry (Grade C). We would prefer applicants to also hold a qualification in a second science subject.
- Is general studies acceptable? No
- Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Average A Level offer: BBB
- BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Diploma (QCF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Diploma subjects / grades required: BTEC acceptable only with an A2 Chemistry Grade C and AS Biology Grade C
- Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Extended diploma subjects / grades required: BTEC acceptable only with an A2 Chemistry Grade C and AS Biology Grade C
Access to Higher Education Diploma
- Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Further information: Access programme must have been taken in a relevant subject area. Applicants must achieve a Distinction in all of the graded level three Access programme modules. Biology and Chemistry must be covered.
- International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Additional information: 27 IB Diploma Points. Needs to include higher level Chemistry and Biology.
- Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Grades / subjects required: 120 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects. Biology and Chemistry must be taken at higher level.
- Are Level 3 NVQs acceptable? Not Acceptable
Additional entry requirement information
No interview requiredIELTS
7.0 (minimum of 6.5 in each component)Can this course be deferred?
YesIs a DBS check required?
YesIs RPL accepted on this programme?
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Applications for RPL will not be accepted on this programme.International requirements
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
Finance and fees
Find out more about the student funding that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.
Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).
The information below relates to the 2019/20 academic year as the Government has not yet released information for 2020/21. As soon as this is available, we will update these web pages and associate information.
LJMU's scholarships are open to all new full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, they are based on excellence. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. In 2019/20 scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £10,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.
The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. In 2019/20 the annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.
LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.
In 2019/20 the annual tuition fee for full time, undergraduate, home and EU students is £9,250. You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).
The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.
You can also take out a maintenance or living cost loan for each year of your course to cover your living expenses, such as rent and food.
You don’t start repaying your student loans until after you’ve left university and start earning at least £25,716**.
For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, go to:
LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:
- safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
- uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
- UK field trips and other educational visits
- student exchanges
- DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
- Professional sector regulatory body membership
** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.
Living expenses (maintenance) loan
In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.
The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.
Part time students starting in 2018 or later can also apply for a maintenance loan.
For more information on student loans, go to: www.gov.uk/studentfinance
Paying back your student loans
You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £25,716* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £25,716).*
* Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.
The MPharm qualification is your first step towards qualification as a pharmacist in the UK.
When you graduate, you will need to undertake a year’s pre-registration and training (usually salaried) to qualify for registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).
Once you have demonstrated your practical competence, taken professional examinations and provided the GPhC with a statement of fitness to practice (and sometimes evidence of a Disclosure Barring Service check), you will be eligible to work in any branch of pharmacy.
A career in pharmacy has excellent prospects and salaries are very competitive. Most pharmacists work in hospitals, health centres and community pharmacies. There are also opportunities in the drugs development industry or in university-based research. The School has an excellent track record of students securing a pre-registration training year post graduation.
The site provides more information on pharmacy as a career; the different sectors pharmacists can work in – such as community, hospital and industry; and videos of different specialisms within pharmacy – such as A&E pharmacists.
The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) is the pharmacy regulator. The Council’s job is to protect, promote and maintain the health, safety and wellbeing of members of the public by upholding standards and public trust in pharmacy. The site includes details regarding the education requirements of become a pharmacist.
All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.
The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.
Professional accreditation / links
Accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council.
The School has strong links with a number of leading hospitals, including Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Broadgreen, Aintree, Wirral and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. This means you can be confident that you will have excellent pre-registration training, which could potentially lead to a permanent position.
Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.
LJMU offers scholarships for international students. The provision and range of these scholarships can change from year to year so it is important that you always check the website for the most up-to-date information. The University also accepts a range of external funding, should you be awarded a scholarship or sponsorship from elsewhere.
International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes
LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international students – visit the International Study Centre.
English language qualifications
All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.
This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU, although specific course requirements may differ depending on the programme you want to study.
For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry requirements tab above.
To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country, please visit the international pages.
|Type of Programme||IELTS||Pearson|
|International Foundation Programme||4.5||50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)|
|Undergraduate degrees||6.0||57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)|
English language support to improve IELTS
If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.
Tuition fee deposits
As an international student, unless you are exempt, you will need to pay a tuition fee deposit. See further information on deposits and additional payments needed prior to enrolment.
When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.
In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) states that students studying outside London must have £1,015 per month for a maximum of nine months to cover their living costs.
We estimate that a single student living in LJMU-approved accommodation is likely to need an average of £5,000 to cover just their rent for a full academic year.
Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)
If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.
You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/
Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. It is important to note that, if required, an ATAS certificate must be obtained before your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies can be released to you.
Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.
Your visa application
As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.
Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:
- A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
- Evidence of financial support for the programme
- Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
- All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
- A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study
The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.
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