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Study our four-year MPharm course at the University of Plymouth

Our highly ranked pharmacy course is now available to study in a fantastic new location.

Join a well-established and high-ranking course

Study for a highly-ranked University of Bath degree in Plymouth. Our MPharm Pharmacy course is currently ranked Top 5 in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024.

As a student on our four-year MPharm at Plymouth, you will study the same course content as students at Bath, gaining a unique knowledge of the scientific development and clinical use of medicines, and preparing you for a career as a pharmacist. This will prepare you for a rewarding career as a pharmacist or in pharmaceutical research.

Graduating with a University of Bath degree, you’ll be taught by Plymouth-based University of Bath academic and practice staff while living and learning in Plymouth. This MPharm in a new location provides the opportunity to live and study in the vibrant and unique surroundings of Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City, home to over 4,500 health and social care students.

Prepare for a varied and rewarding career

From the fast-paced hospital environment to resolving day-to-day medical issues at a GP surgery, or being a key figure of trust in a community pharmacy, you'll have a wide range of career options open to you.

We have a reputation for producing well-rounded and confident students, achieving high pass rates in the mandatory registration assessment set by the General Pharmaceutical Council. Our final-year MPharm students stand out to employers, consistently gaining high-quality Foundation Training places in a variety of sectors across the UK, through the national NHS recruitment process.

Find out how this course is helping meet the need for pharmacists in the South West.

Take advantage of our strong partnerships

Placements are great opportunities to broaden your skills and decide the area of pharmacy that best fits you and your career. During your course, you’ll go on regular placements in healthcare settings, gaining hands-on experience in hospitals, GP surgeries, and community pharmacies.

Over the years, we’ve developed strong and valued relationships with local NHS Trusts in Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset, as well as leading national community pharmacy chains in the South West. University Hospitals Plymouth is the largest teaching hospital in Devon and Cornwall and provides many opportunities for placements nearby.

Live and study in Britain's Ocean City

From the historic, cobblestone waterfront to the city’s thriving bars, cafés and shops, Plymouth caters to everyone. The vibrant campus is at the heart of the city, just a mile from the seafront.

Take a virtual tour of the University of Plymouth campus1

One of the most affordable student cities, Plymouth was recently ranked the UK’s seventh most affordable place for students to live.2

Plymouth city waterfront with boats

Learn in new, purpose-built facilities

As an MPharm student at Plymouth, you’ll be based in brand-new, purpose-built pharmacy facilities at the heart of campus. Plymouth is home to over 4,500 health and social care students in the Faculty of Health.1

The new pharmacy facilities are currently in construction on the ground floor of the Nancy Astor Building1 and will be open ahead of the course starting in September 2024. They'll include practice-based and clinical teaching spaces, such as consultation rooms and simulation equipment.

Photo of the Nancy Aster building at the University of Plymouth

Access the 24/7 Library

The University of Plymouth Charles Seale-Hayne library can be found at the heart of the main campus and is open to students 24/7 during term time.

As a University of Bath MPharm student studying in Plymouth, you’ll have access to a bespoke collection of pharmacy-specific academic texts which you can borrow. As Plymouth is home to a large community of health and social care students, you’ll also benefit from access to a wider range of medical resources.

All online library resources, including online books, journals and databases, will be provided by the University of Bath, in the same way as if you were studying in Bath.

You’ll be supported throughout your degree by a University of Bath-based Subject Librarian and an Information Librarian who can help you find relevant academic literature and other information to support your writing. Librarians can also advise on how to reference information in order to avoid plagiarism.

University of Plymouth Library

Applying for accommodation in Plymouth

As a University of Bath student living in Plymouth, you’ll have access to a variety of student accommodation options in Plymouth. Applications for Plymouth accommodation open in February and close just before results day in August.

Two University of Plymouth students in accommodation

University of Bath students are included in the University of Plymouth guarantee for student accommodation, which is open to first year students who apply by the deadline and meet the Plymouth accommodation terms and conditions. You’ll need to make the Bath MPharm at Plymouth your first choice before applying.

University of Plymouth accommodation guarantee 2024

The University of Plymouth guarantees to offer a place in Halls (either University-managed or with an accredited private halls provider) or in other suitable student accommodation to all new undergraduate students holding a firm offer, who apply for their accommodation and are eligible under our terms and conditions before 5.00pm on 4 July 2024.

Explore Plymouth’s University-managed and private accommodation options on the University of Plymouth website.1

Please note, this link takes you to the University of Plymouth website which contains some information that will not apply to University of Bath applicants. All content is written for University of Plymouth applicants and details should be checked for relevance if unclear.

Choosing your accommodation

You can choose from a range of University-managed Halls of Residence on campus, private purpose-built student accommodation halls or rooms in private houses in the city.

Halls of residence

University of Plymouth-managed Halls are located on campus, or within the nearby student village – only a few minutes’ walk from university facilities and the city centre. Plymouth provides a range of support for students living in Halls such as social events and welfare support, as well as 24/7 security to help keep you safe.

Private accommodation

If living on campus is not for you, there’s a wide range of private accommodations to choose from. ANUK-accredited, privately managed Halls of Residence are in popular student areas in Plymouth city centre. Alternatively, you could rent accommodation, either on your own or with a group of other students, from a private landlord. Whether purpose-built student accommodation or student houses or flats, there's something to suit all budgets.

Student village door at Plymouth

Be supported throughout your studies

As you follow your studies and find your way around Plymouth, you’ll have access to all of the support services you need to get the most out of your university experience.

Our specially trained support staff and students3 based at Bath can offer guidance and someone to talk to at times to suit you. This includes access to health, mental health, wellbeing, and money support.

Personal Tutor

From your first year, you’ll be allocated a Personal Tutor3, who will be based in Plymouth and able to provide academic and personal support to you throughout your studies.

Urgent support

If you’re ever concerned about your own or someone else’s wellbeing and need to speak to someone urgently, the University of Plymouth’s mental health advisor is available to speak to Monday to Friday, or you can contact Plymouth campus security 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Careers support

No matter what career path you choose to take after you graduate, you can access advice and resources from our Careers team3 to help prepare you for employment. Pharmacy academic staff will also support you in preparation for applying for your Foundation Training year.

Join a top-ranking course

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Learn more about the 4-year MPharm at Plymouth

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  1. Please note that this link takes you to a page on the University of Plymouth website which contains some information that will not apply to University of Bath applicants. All content is written for University of Plymouth applicants and details should be checked for relevance if unclear.  

  2. Research conducted by Superprof in 2022 analysed the weekly cost of rent, food, travel and nights out in UK cities.  

  3. Please note that this link takes you to a page on our website where some of the information may not be relevant to students based in Plymouth. Please email us on if anything is unclear.