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100% of our 2015 MPharm (four-year) and 91% of our 2015 MPharm (five-year) graduates have gone on to further study or found employment within six months of graduating, with competitive starting salaries.

Pharmacists are the nations experts in medicines and a career in pharmacy can provide you with a varied and rewarding career.

Pharmacists work closely with other healthcare professionals such as doctors and nurses in health centres, in NHS and private hospitals and in local pharmacies. You will also find pharmacists working in the pharmaceutical industry and in universities and colleges.

Increasingly there are career opportunities in primary care pharmacy with pharmacists trained to prescribe independently and run their own clinics. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society and Royal College of General Practitioners are working together to ensure 'practice pharmacists' become more commonplace in GP surgeries.

Pharmacists work in many other fields e.g. in the military, veterinary pharmacy, Government departments and in journalism. The possibilities are endless!

The 5-year MPharm (including integrated pre-registration training) programme at Bradford is well recognised in the profession for the opportunity it gives for potential experience in two areas of practice prior to graduation. As a result, our graduates are particularly successful in securing posts in all branches of pharmacy.

A degree course in Pharmacy has a strong foundation in both chemical and biological sciences. Graduates may therefore gain employment in such fields as experimental pharmacology, applied microbiology and analytical chemistry.  There are also many opportunities to undertake postgraduate studies and higher degrees by research.

Watch our video of 2015 Honorary Graduate Dr Keith Ridge CBE, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for NHS England speaking about his career and Bradford's Pharmacy graduates.

 

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2014 Pharmacy graduates on the four-year course was £17,657 for a pre-registration placement.
For our 2014 Pharmacy graduates on the five-year course (registered Pharmacists) it was £28,982.

Whilst employment prospects for pharmacy graduates remain high, graduating from a MPharm programme does not guarantee a registration placement or employment as a pharmacist.

Community

About 60% of our graduates enter community practice as managers for companies ranging from small local businesses to large multinational organisations.

Today’s pharmacist is no longer solely the ‘dispenser’ of medicines, and community pharmacists spend a significant proportion of their time performing clinical checks, carrying out medication reviews whilst overseeing the prescribing and dispensing process.

Communication skills are paramount as pharmacists must be able to consult patients on their symptoms and advise them on the correct therapy.

Modern medicines are very potent, and it is vital that they are used properly, particularly as more medicines become available without prescription.

The role of the community pharmacist is continually evolving with more professional services being provided in community and as the public become better informed about health issues.

Hospital

Historically about 35% of Bradford graduates enter hospital pharmacy. This is higher than the national average, and is due largely to their placement experience in hospital pharmacy.

Hospital pharmacy involves a range of work in addition to dispensing. Daily ward visits to monitor and advise on medication use are complemented by attendance at consultant ward rounds, training patients to use their medicines correctly and planning their discharge medication.

Pharmacists lead out-patient clinics such as anticoagulation and pre-admission clinics. Other specialist roles include working with the hospital nutrition team, medicines information, therapeutic drug monitoring services, sterile and non-sterile manufacture.

Further specialist roles include the dispensing of radiopharmaceuticals or anti-cancer drugs and training and educating other health professionals in issues relating to medicines.

Primary Care

An increasing number of pharmacists are employed by doctors’ practices or in primary care to provide pharmaceutical advice to a number of GPs, either on a sessional, part-time or full-time basis.

Industry

Pharmacy graduates are also in demand in the pharmaceutical industry.

They may work in the research and development of new drugs, marketing, production and quality control of manufactured medicines, product registration or medical information.

Academia

Pharmacists are also needed to train, teach and coach pharmacy students at Schools of Pharmacy and during the pre-registration year.

One such role is that of a teacher practitioner, which involves spending half the week in the practice of pharmacy in the community or hospital sector and the remainder of the week teaching at university.

At Bradford School of Pharmacy, we are delighted with our large and strong teacher practitioner team which is made up of individuals from community pharmacy groups and from our links to the neighbouring hospitals.