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Degree of Master of Pharmacy
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Duration (years)

Foundation Year Course Modules

Compulsory Modules (60 Credits)

Code: CHE-3003B Credits: 20

A course in chemistry intended to take you to the level required to begin a relevant degree in the Faculty of Science. The module will help you to develop an understanding of: reactions of functional groups in organic chemistry; basic thermodynamics; spectroscopic techniques; transition metal chemistry and practical laboratory skills.

Code: BIO-3001B Credits: 20

The topics covered will give you a basic grounding in biological processes including the fundamental characteristics of living things; basic metabolic processes; an understanding of evolution and knowledge of the levels of biological organisation with some focus given to organ systems. This module also gives you the opportunity to develop key transferable skills such as lab skills, report writing, assignment preparation, researching and evaluating evidence, giving and responding to presentations.

Code: PHA-3001Y Credits: 20

Learn the essential study skills and approaches used in pharmacy education. You’ll focus on the fundamentals, helping you become a reflective practitioner with knowledge of the basic principles of pharmaceutical calculations and measurements.


Optional Modules Range A (20 Credits)

Students will be assigned to the relevant mathematics module based on their previous qualifications. Students will be enrolled on 20 compulsory credits from the following modules:

Code: MTHB3001A Credits: 20

Taught by lectures and seminars to bring students from Maths GCSE towards A-level standard, this module covers several algebraic topics including functions, polynomials and quadratic equations. Trigonometry is approached both geometrically up to Sine and Cosine Rule and as a collection of waves and other functions. The main new topic is Differential Calculus including the Product and Chain Rules. We will also introduce Integral Calculus and apply it to areas. Students should have a strong understanding of GCSE Mathematics.

Code: MTHB3005A Credits: 20

This is a course in mathematics for students who have studied Maths at GCSE level gaining a grade B/C or equivalent and/or more than two years ago. The course includes some AS level material relevant to science. This module is reserved for students on the Chemistry, Biology, Pharmacy, Environmental Science or Computing Foundation Years.


Optional Modules Range B (20 Credits)

Students will be enrolled on compulsory 40 credits from the following modules based on their prior qualifications:

  • Students with no qualifying grade at A-level (or equivalent) in Chemistry will be enrolled on CHE-3004A.
  • Students with no qualifying grade at A-level (or equivalent) in Biology will be enrolled on BIO-3002A.
  • Assignment of modules for students with prior A-level qualification in Chemistry and/or Biology will be managed by the Course Director.

Code: CHE-3004A Credits: 20

A module designed for you, if you are on a Science Faculty degree with a Foundation Year. You will receive an introduction to the structure and electronic configuration of the atom. You will learn how to predict the nature of bonding given the position of elements in the periodic table and therefore. You will be introduced to the chemistry of key groups of elements. You will become familiar with key measures such as the mole and the determination of concentrations. The module includes laboratory work. No prior knowledge of chemistry is assumed.

Code: CHE-3004A Credits: 20

A module designed for you, if you are on a Science Faculty degree with a Foundation Year. You will receive an introduction to the structure and electronic configuration of the atom. You will learn how to predict the nature of bonding given the position of elements in the periodic table and therefore. You will be introduced to the chemistry of key groups of elements. You will become familiar with key measures such as the mole and the determination of concentrations. The module includes laboratory work. No prior knowledge of chemistry is assumed.

Code: CMP-3005A Credits: 20

Introductory Programming introduces a number of programming concepts at the start of your programming career, using a modern programming language common to many digital industries. We structure learning through lectures, delivering core materials, and tutor supported exercises to reinforce learning, and to prepare students for programming in their following studies.

Code: PHY-3011A Credits: 20

In this module you will begin your physics journey with units, accuracy and measurement. You will then progress through the topics of waves, light and sound, forces and dynamics, energy, materials and finish by studying aspects of electricity. The module has a piece of coursework which is based around PV cell technology.

For further years' module information please check out our MPharm Pharmacy


Important Notice 

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring and review of modules. Where this activity leads to significant change to a programme and modules, the University will endeavour to consult with affected students. The University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff. Availability of optional modules may be restricted owing to timetabling, lack of demand, or limited places. Where this is the case, you will be asked to make alternative module choices and you will be supported during this process. 

Our Pharmacy with a Foundation Year course follows a carefully structured programme. In your foundation year, you’ll focus on developing fundamental skills in mathematics, biology, chemistry and pharmacy, which on successful completion will allow you to move onto our four-year MPharm degree. 

The next four years of the MPharm course covers topics in an integrated way, centered on different diseases and clinical topics. Throughout your degree you will develop your skills through patient-facing experiences and placements. Some parts of your learning will be alongside other healthcare professionals, just like it would be in the workplace. 

For information on subsequent years, please see the full MPharm Pharmacy course. 

Our course combines a variety of teaching methods, designed to help you make the most of your learning and your ability to perform the professional role of a Pharmacist. 

We promote active learning, with a large proportion of workshops, practicals and simulations designed to help you get to grips with applying your knowledge to deliver benefits to patients and the public. 

You’ll work in small groups to solve problems, and in teams to help you recognise your own strengths and weaknesses, and to support your development to becoming a healthcare professional. 

We give you plenty of practice of the things you will need to do as a working Pharmacist: from the production of a professional portfolio to counselling a patient and preparing a pharmaceutical care plan, everything is taught in context. 

Independent study 

The course is designed to give you space to reflect on your experiences to help you to maximise your potential. You’ll have opportunities to research, test and apply your knowledge in your own time, supported through tasks and activities delivered via our virtual learning environment. 

We employ a range of innovative assessment methods based on the procedures you will use as a qualified Pharmacist, including portfolio-based assessments and observations of clinical practice. 

We carefully select our assessment methods in order to: 

  • Optimise your learning and development 

  • Develop professionalism 

  • Develop clinical decision-making skills 

  • Prepare you for professional and scientific practice 

Support for assessment is central to our ethos. This is achieved through provision of: 

  • Mock assessments and feedback for exams 

  • Feedback on first drafts of course assignments 

  • Drop-in sessions to provide time to support students throughout the degree 

Here are some examples of ways we assess you: 

  • Short answer and multiple-choice tests 

  • Essays and laboratory reports 

  • Pharmaceutical care plans 

  • Clinical observations 

  • Professional development portfolios 

  • Oral and poster presentations 

  • Scientific paper writing 

  • Staff and peer assessment 


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Entry Requirements

A Levels


T Levels

Obtain an overall Pass including a C in the core of the T Level and a Pass in the Occupational Specialism. Any subject is acceptable.



Scottish highers


Scottish highers advanced


Irish leaving certificate

6 subjects at H4

Access course

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3

European Baccalaureate

60% overall

International Baccalaureate

28 points

GCSE offer

You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE. 

Additional entry requirements

UEA are committed to ensuring that Higher Education is accessible to all, regardless of their background or experiences. One of the ways we do this is through our contextual admissions schemes. 

We welcome and value a wide range of alternative qualifications.  If you have a qualification which is not listed here, please contact us via Admissions Enquiries

A-Level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.   

We welcome applications from students with non-traditional academic backgrounds. If you have been out of study for the last three years and you do not have the entry grades for our three year degree, we will consider your educational and employment history, along with your personal statement and reference to gain a holistic view of your suitability for the course. You will still need to meet our GCSE English Language and Mathematics requirements. 

Applicants submitting UCAS applications that include a good personal statement and academic reference as well as a strong academic background will be invited to an interview. We will be in touch prior to the interview to arrange a suitable time. 

Programme Conditions 

Offers to successful applicants will be subject to a successful interview, a satisfactory occupational health check, including evidence of appropriate immunisations and an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). In the interests of patient and public safety, we may share some of the information provided in your application form with the Pharmacy Schools Council in order to verify your fitness to practise. Successful applicants will be asked to complete the Pharmacy Schools Council Excluded Database form. If a fitness to practise finding is made against you in the future, this information and a copy of the decision against you will also be stored on the database maintained by the Pharmacy Schools Council. UK Pharmacy students are also required to sign up to a national Code of Conduct for Pharmacy Students.


Where a course includes patient facing placements in health or social care settings, and these are a mandatory component of the course, you will need to comply with the placement vaccination policy. Failure to meet the placement vaccination policy may prevent you from joining the course or may lead to your withdrawal from the course in the future. Future employment may also be subject to this condition. 

Important note

Once enrolled onto your course at UEA, your progression and continuation (which may include your eligibility for study abroad, overseas experience, placement or year in industry opportunities) is contingent on meeting the assessment requirements which are relevant to the course on which you are enrolled.

Students for whom english is a foreign language

Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading): 

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall (minimum 6.0 in all components) for year 1 entry

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Review our English Language Equivalencies for a list of example qualifications that we may accept to meet this requirement.


Interviews will be held virtually with a member of academic staff from the School of Pharmacy. Please note that we do not disclose interview questions. Typically, we will look for you to demonstrate a good understanding of the course, your approaches to decision making, effective teamwork and a desire to help others.

The selection process is designed to help us choose students with the appropriate skills and attitudes to become excellent pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists.

Gap year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry on your UCAS application. 


This course is open to home (UK)  applicants. The annual intake is in September each year. 
Course Reference Number: 6968332

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees  

View our information for Tuition Fees. 

Scholarships and Bursaries 

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. View our range of Scholarships for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates. 

Course Reference Number: 6968332

How to Apply

Apply for this course through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS), using UCAS Hub. 

UCAS Hub is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom.

Your application does not have to be completed all at once. Register or sign in to UCAS to get started. 

Once you submit your completed application, UCAS will process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The Institution code for the University of East Anglia is E14.

View our guide to applying through UCAS for useful tips, key dates and further information:

How to apply through UCAS

Course Reference Number: 6968332
Key details
Full Time
Degree of Master of Pharmacy
UCAS course code
Entry Requirements
Duration (years)
Our Foundation Year helps you lay the groundwork for a successful degree in Pharmacy. The course will ready you for undergraduate study, and provide a smooth transition into university life. Once you’ve completed the year, you’ll progress onto the first year of our MPharm Pharmacy, where you’ll study the underpinning science of medicines and health, and acquire and build upon the key clinical skills you’ll need to excel after you graduate. Supported by experiential and practical learning, and opportunities to work with patients, you’ll gain a highly sought-after set of skills that will allow you to enter many exciting careers in pharmacy and related fields.

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