Before you can work as a pharmacist, you have to be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), the independent regulator for pharmacists. To register, you need to undertake a GPhC accredited Master of Pharmacy degree (MPharm). The following Scottish universities offer the course, which lasts four years, full time:
Entry requirements for each university can vary. Both accept SQA Highers, usually at AAAB or AABB grades, including Chemistry, Maths, English and Biology or Physics. SQA Advanced Highers at BB can also be considered. Please contact the university directly for specific information about entry requirements, including other accepted academic qualifications.
You can find out about other UK universities offering accredited programmes by visiting the GPhC or UCAS websites.
Once you have graduated and hold a UK accredited MPharm degree, you must complete a one-year pre-registration training course in a pharmacy and pass the GPhC's registration assessment.
Pharmacy technicians looking to progress their career and become a registered pharmacist can complete the Foundation Pharmacy degree. This is a 2 year full time course, which could lead to direct entry to an accredited MPharm degree at year two.