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Pharmacy is the study of medicines and their use.   The professional MPharm programme is for those who wish to become registered pharmacists, while the BSc programmes in pharmaceutical sciences and pharmaceutical biotechnology offer a shorter route for those interested in working in industry or research. All pathways offer a range of transferable skills suitable to a range of jobs. 

Hello and welcome to the Pharmacy Pathway!
PHOTO: Victoria Kett
This pathway covers both the MPharm programme for those interested in becoming a registered pharmacist, and the BSc pathways in Pharmaceutical Sciences & Pharmaceutical Biotechnology for those who might be more interested in research or working in the pharmaceutical industry. You will learn about what medicines are, how they are made and how they work in the body. Those interested in the MPharm programme will have opportunities to engage with activities such as checking a prescription and counselling a patient. You’ll also have plenty of chances to work in groups and bond with fellow students! Victoria Kett
  • What do I need to study on the Pharmacy Pathway?

    We would advise that all students check the academic entry requirements (GCSE, A-Levels or equivalent) for each course before applying for their Pathway.  Many courses specify that you must have achieved a specific grade at a specific level in order to be conisidered for a place on the undergradtuate programme.  Therefore, it is important that you clarify this information as early as possible in order to avoid disappointment.   

    Please click here to be redirected to the Queen's University course finder, where you should find all necessary details - in particular, pre-requisite information.

  • What courses can I study at Queen's after taking part in the Pharmacy pathway?

    Students completing this Pathway are eligible to apply for a range of courses under their subject area.  For the full list, have a look at our Pathway Courses Available document for further information.

  • What does the Summer School look like?

    The Pharmacy Pathway was a new addition to the Pathway Opportunity Programme in 2021. The Summer School will give you the chance to meet like-minded pathway students, current Queen's University students and Queen's academics who will lead a range of workshops and lectures designed to give you a better understanding of what it will be like to study Pharmacy at undergraduate level.  On this pathway, you will benefit from guidance and support to aid you before making a start at Queen's University Belfast.  Students participating with the Pharmacy Pathway can receive up to a one grade reduction which is dependent on their performance on the Summer School assessment.

  • What careers are available for graduates in this field?


    The majority of pharmacy graduates become pharmacists with patient contact but there are also options within academia, regulatory bodies and the pharmaceutical industry.

    Pharmacists are experts in medicines, how they're formulated, used and their effect on the human body.

    On completion of an accredited MPharm you must complete a period of one year pre-registration training which covers key competencies in areas such as medicines and health, personal effectiveness and interpersonal skills. You are required to pass a registration exam to become registered to practice as a pharmacist in the UK.

    Pharmaceutical Sciences & Biotechnology:

    The science and pharmaceuticals sector is one of the largest and most important in the UK - with over 570 pharmaceutical companies, employing around 63,000 people. Source; Association of the British Pharmaceutical Association (ABPI). The British and Irish pharma industries have a strong reputation for research and development (R&D) of the very highest quality and there are major clusters of pharmaceutical companies in the north-east, north-west, south-east and east of England, Scotland, NI and the ROI where many key multinationals operate. 

  • How can I get in touch?
    If you have a question about one of our Pathways, or want to ask an academic a question, please email us at and someone will be in touch!
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