Taught course

Pharmaceutical Sciences for the Overseas Pharmacists’ Assessment Programme

University of Sunderland · Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing

Entry requirements

To apply for this course, you must first apply to the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and pass their adjudication process. Please see www.pharmacyregulation.org for full details on how to apply. After adjudication the University will be informed of successful candidates. We will then invite you to apply by filling in our online application form and attaching a number of required documents. In terms of English language requirements, we require a minimum IELTS score of 7 in each element, achieved in one sitting.

Months of entry


Course content

Pharmaceutical Sciences for the Overseas Pharmacist Assessment Programme is designed for those who have qualified as pharmacists outside the European Economic Area and who are now looking to become registered pharmacists in the UK.

Our course is one of a small number of courses that are accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council. Their accreditation is based on quality reviews that ensure Sunderland is meeting the required standards.

This course allows you to gain a Masters qualification within one year. There is an option to exit the course early with a postgraduate diploma, if you do not wish to undertake the Masters research project. The diploma is sufficient for entry to the next stages of registering as a pharmacist in the UK: firstly, 52 weeks of supervised training in employment; secondly, a registration assessment.

Once all these stages are successfully completed, and assuming you have the necessary visa and work permit, you would be in a position to apply for roles as a practising pharmacist in the UK. There is virtually no unemployment of registered pharmacists in the UK.

Information for international students

All International students are entitled to a £1000 deduction from their course fees.

Fees and funding

UK students
PGDip £3167 / MSc £4750
International students
PGDip £7667 / MSc £11500

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
10 months

Course contact details

Student Helpline
0191 515 3000