5 reasons to study pharmacy at Bath

From employability to overseas placements, there are many reasons to study pharmacy with us. Here are our top 5.

1. Graduate employment

Studying pharmacy with us gives you a wide choice of career options.


Many of our students go on to gain employment in patient-facing clinical roles in the community pharmacy sector, in hospitals, or in emerging roles in general practice.

The strong science base to our new integrated MPharm degree programme also supports career progression in research and drug development roles in the corporate and public pharmaceutical industry and roles in academia, We have a strong careers programme to support this.

We are the only school of pharmacy in South West England and there's currently a good demand for pharmacists in the region, so you'll be well placed for job opportunities.

We're recognised as one of the top schools of pharmacy in the UK and our graduates consistently achieve high pass rates in the registration assessment set by the General Pharmaceutical Council.

We're also top ten in the Complete University Guide 2019 for Pharmacology and Pharmacy.

2. See the world by applying for an overseas placement

Our overseas placements are one of the reasons students choose to come and study at Bath.


Student Laura Clark on placement in New Zealand

In the fourth year of the course you’ll have the option to either undertake an extensive research project in the department or apply to go on a 12-week placement with an international partner organisation.

We have placement opportunities available in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and Brazil. With up to 30 placements available each year, there are many opportunities to live and work abroad as part of the course. Placement positions are not guaranteed, but we'll support you all the way with your application.

As well as the work experience, there's usually time for travel at weekends or days off agreed with your supervisor. Our picture shows Mpharmacy student Laura Clark travelling during her placement to the University of Otago, in Dunedin, New Zealand.


3. A course and facilities to prepare you for the real world

We have leading, purpose built scientific and clinical teaching facilities.


students work with the SimMan patient simulator

The new MPharm programme is designed to give the future pharmacy workforce a strong understanding of the safe and effective use of medicines.

You can learn how to manage and optimise patient’s medication in our pharmacy practice suite and there are a range of clinical teaching facilities, including consulting rooms where you can take part in role-playing encounters with patients or professional actors. You can also work with our SimMan 3G, life-like robotic patients programmed to have a range of simulated medical conditions.

You'll spend time out on placement in all years of the course in a variety of settings, applying your knowledge with real patients and healthcare teams.

What our students say

Current students talk about what it's like to study pharmacy at Bath.


4. World-leading research keeps courses at the cutting edge

Our academics work on research projects alongside their teaching duties.


Together with colleagues from pharmacology, our research activities feed into undergraduate teaching, keeping our courses up-to-date. You may also have the opportunity to take part in research alongside the teaching staff, gaining valuable real world experience.

We have a reputation for high-quality research targeted at improving healthcare outcomes, focusing especially on the challenges of dementia, arthritis and cancer.

Our research is spread across three key themes:

  • drug and target discovery
  • medicines design
  • health and clinical research

5. Strong links with employers

We're a well established pharmacy school with strong links to the pharmaceutical industry, NHS providers and leading community pharmacy companies.


Alongside our academics, you'll be taught by our strong team of teacher practitioners and practice educators who still work in practice. So you'll have the benefit of their experience to help keep the course up to date and give you career advice based on the real world. They teach you at the university and also run teaching sessions in their practice bases throughout your undergraduate studies.

We have strong links with key employers, including the local NHS Trusts in Bath, Bristol and Swindon and also with many of the community employers including Boots, Day Lewis and Lloyds.

Following their pre-registration year, many graduates also return to the University to complete our postgraduate diplomas or prescribing qualifications.

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