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School of Pharmacy

The School of Pharmacy aims to produce pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists who are equipped to address future healthcare challenges and optimise the effectiveness and safety of medicines through research and education.

Students have the opportunity to learn from academics who are at the forefront of their fields, together with practising pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists. Pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists have the potential to forge strong and unique bridges between science and healthcare to improve health outcomes, built on the back of developing good relationships with patients, healthcare practitioners and the pharmaceutical industry.

Foundation Programmes

Course Title UCAS Code Validation Status Entry Requirements (A level) Entry Requirements (GCSE)
Pharmaceutical Science with Science Foundation Year BSc B233 Validated CC 3 GCSEs at grade C to include English and Maths
Pharmacy with Science Foundation Year MPharm B232 Validated CCC 3 GCSEs at grade C to include English and Maths

How You Study

Students on all foundation programmes study a combination of core and subject specific modules during the first year as part of an integrated degree programme. The combination of modules studied is tailored to the needs of the full degree programme that students wish to progress onto after successful completion of the foundation year.

Students study two core modules at the start of the programme, which aim to build a foundation in mathematics and introduce key study skills required for further study. Students also study two further modules which introduce fundamental aspects of specific areas of science relevant to the chosen foundation year programme. Students will also study an integrative module which is aligned to the full degree programme which students' wish to progress onto upon successful completion of the Science Foundation Year.

Following successful completion of the foundation year, students will then progress onto a full degree programme. This means students will study for a total of four years for a standard degree, or five years if they take an integrated Master’s degree. Course specific information on the full degree programmes within the School of Pharmacy can be found on our course pages.

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Foundation Level:

At Foundation level students will typically have around 14 hours of contact time per week. A typical week may consist of:

- 2 hours of practical classes and workshops

- 2 hours of tutorial time

- 5 hours in seminars

- 5 hours in lectures

Overall Workload and Independent Study

University-level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. Students’ overall workload will consist of their scheduled contact hours combined with independent study. The expected level of independent study is detailed below.

Foundation Level:

- Total scheduled teaching and learning hours: 330

- Percentage scheduled teaching and learning hours: 28%

- Percentage of independent study expected: 72%

How You Are Assessed

The way students will be assessed on the foundation year will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a lab report or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples.

Assessment Breakdown

Foundation Level:                    

Coursework: 50%
Practical exams: 0%
Written exams: 50%


All students will study two core modules:

  • Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists
  • Study Skills

Students will also study:

  • Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • Fundamentals of Biology

Students also complete the integrative module:

  • Foundation Year Pharmacy

Following successful completion of the foundation year, students will then progress onto their chosen full degree programme. 


Throughout this programme, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students. For a comprehensive list of teaching staff, please see our School Of Pharmacy Staff Pages.


2017/18 EntryUK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £14,500 per level
Part-time £77.00 per credit point  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt


2018/19 EntryUK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £15,600 per level
Part-time £77.00 per credit point  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

The University undergraduate tuition fee may increase year on year in line with government policy. This will enable us to continue to provide the best possible educational facilities and student experience.

In 2017/18, fees for all new and continuing undergraduate UK and EU students will be £9,250.

In 2018/19, fees may increase in line with Government Policy. We will update this information when fees for 2018/19 are finalised.

Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.


The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.