Entry requirements

Applicants must have the following qualifications and/or experience:

  • an overseas degree in pharmacy normally with a 2:1 or above (or equivalent)
  • satisfactory adjudication of qualifications by the General Pharmaceutical Council
  • achievement of 40% or above in the online pharmaceutical calculations admission test.

Applicants should have graduated in the last six years, or have a portfolio of evidence demonstrating continuing practice and training in pharmacy.

Please view the website for more details.

Months of entry


Course content

This MSc allows students to study new developments in the areas of pharmaceutics, clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice and provides the opportunity to develop a programme of work that meets their individual needs.

On completion students are able to undertake pre-registration training and apply for the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) registration exam with the aim of becoming a UK-registered pharmacist.

For the MSc award, research projects run from June to September following completion of the PGDip modules. For more information about our PGDip-only qualification, visit the relevant course page.

The PGDip is accredited by the GPhC as an Overseas Pharmacists’ Assessment Programme (OSPAP).

The course includes experiential visits to community and hospital pharmacies to help you build practical experience in healthcare.

Course structure

There are seven diploma modules run over two semesters: one independent study and six university-based modules. The independent study module is supported by specifically written module materials and staff-led tutorial sessions. The remaining six modules involve a mixture of lectures and skills-based workshops and are run over two days per week at the university.

Although attendance for the diploma modules is only required at the university for two days a week, attendance for the MSc project from June to August requires attendance five days a week.

Areas of study

Studies focus on new developments in the areas of pharmaceutics, clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice. In addition, students explore pharmacy law and ethics, contemporary pharmacy issues and UK healthcare provision.

The topic for the research project is chosen from the range of research interests in the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences. Research topics in the school include work with paediatric medicine, patient mood and health outcomes, the role of empathy in consultation skills, and patients’ and pharmacists’ knowledge of, and attitudes towards, counterfeit drugs.

Visit the Pharmacy: OSPAP MSc page on the University of Brighton website for more information about this course.

Information for international students

IELTS (Academic) Level 7.0 or above in each parameter at one sitting. If you have been exempted by the General Pharmaceutical Council from an IELTS qualification you will not be required to have IELTS for an application to this course. Check this link for possible General Pharmaceutical Council exemptions. For exemptions under evidence types 1 and 2 in this guide, IELTS may still be needed if you are going to require a Tier 4 student visa for study.

Fees and funding

Please see the University of Brighton website for further information on fees and funding.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course enquiries
01273 644644