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Why Pharmacy at Queen's?

Why study a Pharmacy degree at Queen's?

The School of Pharmacy at Queen’s is consistently ranked in the top three of  UK Schools of Pharmacy by the Times Good University Guide , a list containing Schools of Pharmacy and also Pharmacology. Our students are among the most highly qualified at entry and around 80% are expected to graduate with a first class or 2.1 honours Masters degree in Pharmacy.

Recent surveys on student satisfaction showed that our Pharmacy students report very high levels of satisfaction. In the National Student Survey (NSS) for 2011, results for 24 UK Schools of Pharmacy showed that Queen’s achieved the highest overall mean percentage satisfaction score (92%) across all 22 questions that comprised the survey. Indeed, many scores were above the 95% satisfaction level, including questions relating to the knowledge and enthusiasm of staff, resources and support.

The School has purpose-built, high-quality facilities and excellent equipment for both teaching and research. Currently there are approximately 600 undergraduate students across the 4 years of the MPharm programme.

Fully accredited degree programme

The School offers a 4 year Masters in Pharmacy (MPharm) undergraduate degree programme that is fully accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (Great Britain) and the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland.


The School operates a unique programme of structured placements in community pharmacies and hospitals throughout all 4 years of the MPharm with the aim of linking core principles of pharmacy to their application in practice. The placements in local hospitals are facilitated by a team of 5 Teacher-Practitioner clinical pharmacists.

World leading research

As a student of Queen’s University Belfast, you will be studying with a member the Russell Group, the UK’s 20 leading research-intensive universities. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), 95% of the School of Pharmacy’s research was classified as world leading, internationally excellent or of international quality. The School is also a major research centre, with around 100 postgraduate students, both local and international, studying for the degrees of PhD and MPhil.

Why Queen's?

Queen's is one of the oldest 'red-brick' universities in the UK with an enviable reputation for quality teaching and research. Originally established in Belfast in 1845 as one of the three 'Queen's Colleges in Ireland', it became a fully fledged university in 1908, adopting its present name of 'The Queen's University of Belfast'.

There are many reasons for studying at Queen's; here are just a few:

  • international reputation for excellence in teaching and research
  • excellent staff-student relations
  • superb student facilities (Sports centre, Queen's Film Theatre,
    Student's Union, libraries, IT facilities)
  • wide range of Queen's clubs and activities
  • less than 1 mile from the centre of Belfast, a modern, vibrant
    city with everything you could ever need or want, including museums, art galleries, pubs, night clubs, restaurants, cafes, concert halls, sports complexes, fitness gyms etc.
  • The Belfast Festival at Queen's
  • relatively inexpensive living costs compared to other UK cities
  • extensive travel network based around Belfast's two airports,
    ferry port and bus/train services
  • the people of Northern Ireland are world-renowned for their
    hospitality and friendly 'craic'
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