DBS checks

It is a legal requirement of the General Pharmaceutical Council that all Master of Pharmacy students undergo a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) criminal records check. Find out more about these checks.

If the results of this check show that you have a criminal conviction, caution, reprimand or warning which is deemed unacceptable under the General Pharmaceutical Councils (GPhC) Fitness to Practise policy then you may ultimately be required to withdraw from your course. You can read more about the University Fitness to Practise policy here.

What you need to do now?

When we ask you to complete the DBS application form, you will need to provide 3 acceptable documents to prove your name, date of birth and address. UK students will need a document as evidence of their current permanent address (at point of application for the DBS), this could be a bank statement or driving licence. EU and overseas students will need a document showing their UK address (such as a UK bank account opening letter/statement). Please bring the necessary identification documents with you when you arrive at University as you will be asked to complete the DBS application form within the first few weeks of Semester 1. We will be unable to send your DBS application form to the DBS unless we have seen original identification documents. Most students provide a passport, driving licence, and bank statement but other documents are acceptable. You can find a list of examples of suitable documents here.

If you are unable to produce documents from route 1, please contact for advice.

Please note: UK bank statements must be bank issued either via post or printed in branch (online bank statements are not acceptable) and must have been issued within 3 months of completing the form.

Please be aware that there will be a cost incurred in order to obtain the DBS Check, and this will be payable via the University online store.

We will be in touch in due course with details on how to complete the necessary steps in order to obtain the check.

If you already have an enhanced DBS check for adult and child workforce and are registered with the Update Service please contact.

Students who have lived abroad

If you have lived abroad for a period of six months or more, within the last five years, you will also be required to produce a criminal records check, or "certificate of good character" from those countries that you have lived in. Please make the applications for these checks now so that you will have them with you on arrival in Bath. Information about how to apply for an overseas criminal records check can be found here.

There will be a DBS information session during Welcome Week on Friday 25 September where you will be given more information.

I look forward to meeting you then.

Dr Andy Thompson,

Admissions Tutor (MPharm)