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5 reasons to study pharmacy with Bath

From employability to overseas placements, there are lots of reasons to study pharmacy with Bath. Here are our top 5.

1. Excellent job prospects

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, hospitals, or emerging roles in general practice.

The strong science base to our pharmacy degree 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'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.

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

2. See the world by going on a placement abroad

Overseas placements are one of the reasons students choose to study our MPharm.

Student Laura Clark on placement in New Zealand

In Year 4 of the course you’ll have the option to either undertake an extensive research project or apply to go on a 12-week placement with an international partner organisation.

We have placement opportunities available in Australia, Brazil, Europe, New Zealand, and the US. With up to 30 placements available each year, there are many opportunities to live and work abroad as part of the course.

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

3. Be prepared for the real world

You'll be using purpose-built scientific and clinical teaching facilities.

students work with the SimMan patient simulator

Our pharmacy course is designed to give the future pharmacy workforce a strong understanding of the safe and effective use of medicines.

You'll learn in modern clinical teaching facilities regardless of whether you study in Bath or Plymouth, 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, a life-like robotic patient programmed to have a range of simulated medical conditions.

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

4. Choose where you study

You can choose between countryside and coast, with our highly-ranked pharmacy course available to study in Bath and Plymouth.

Students on both our Bath and Plymouth pharmacy courses will study the same course content and graduate with a University of Bath degree, gaining a unique knowledge of the scientific development and clinical use of medicines, and preparing you for a career as a pharmacist.

From the historic, cobblestone waterfront to the city’s thriving bars, cafés and shops, Plymouth caters to everyone. As an MPharm student at Plymouth, you’ll be based in brand-new, purpose-built pharmacy facilities at the heart of campus.

Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to its Roman heritage and Georgian architecture, so there are loads of historic locations to visit around the city. As an MPharm student living in Bath, you'll get all the convenience of living in a vibrant, historic city but with a friendly and safe community atmosphere.

Visit Bath or Plymouth in person at an Open Day and experience the University, speak to teaching staff and learn more about what it's like to study our pharmacy course.

5. Strong links with employers

We've got 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. Their experience will keep the course up to date and they will be able to 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 course.

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

After your pre-registration year, you are able to return to the University to complete one of our postgraduate diplomas or prescribing qualifications.

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