Graduate Destinations and Career Prospects
Following the completion of an MPharm degree, graduates can become qualified pharmacists through undertaking 52 weeks of paid pre-registration training and passing the pre-registration exam.
Once qualified, most pharmacists are employed in general practice community pharmacies, or in hospital based pharmacy departments. Pharmacists are also involved in research, manufacture, analytical control, marketing and administration within the pharmaceutical industry; others teach in schools of pharmacy or hold administrative and scientific posts in the National Health Service (NHS). Also, a small number of pharmacists have the opportunity to work as a pharmaceutical journalist.
There remains a shortage of pharmacists not only in the United Kingdom but also in many other countries. Therefore graduates in pharmacy readily obtain employment.
Opportunities also exist for graduates in European countries, where the mutual recognition of EU member states' pharmaceutical qualifications enables British pharmacists to practise with ease in Europe.
Adapted from the Universities of Strathclyde and Cardiff
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Professional Issues and Professional Bodies
Professional and Regulatory Bodies
The regulator for pharmacy is the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC): www.pharmacyregulation.org
The professional leadership body for pharmacy is the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS): www.rpharms.com
The British Pharmaceutical Students' Association (BPSA) is the official student organisation of the RPS. It is the only national body that solely represents and supports both pharmacy undergraduates and preregistration pharmacists: www.bpsa.co.uk
There are a vast number of other pharmacy professional organisations out there that let students use their services. These can be found on the BPSA's website. A full list of the organisations...