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Train to Be a Pharmacist


  • You need to achieve 3 good A level passes (including chemistry and one other science subject)
  • You need to attain a Master of Pharmacy Degree at one of the UK Schools of Pharmacy
  • Complete one year (Pre-Registration) placement in community or hospital pharmacy (or combine with 6 months each within community/hospital/industry) and finally, sit the registration exam
  • Register with the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (in GB, registration is with the GPhC)
  • …and then you can practise as a pharmacist


  • Meticulous and have a good eye for detail - dispensing medicines is a serious business and demands 100% attention
  • Like dealing with people - it is important that you are tactful and sensitive as customers are often embarrassed to talk about their ailments
  • Self-confident - you will be responsible for giving advice to customers and supervising both the dispensing and the sale of medicines
  • Good communication skills - to deal with not only customers, but also GPs, nurses and other healthcare professionals


You must obtain a Master of Pharmacy degree from one of the approved schools of pharmacy. This degree consists of the study of:

  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry: the study of the origins and chemistry of natural and synthetic drugs
  • Pharmacognosy: the study of medicines obtained from plants
  • Pharmaceutics: the study into the way medicines are made from the pure biologically active substance, by making it into a tablet, ointment, injection or dosage form
  • Pharmacology: the study of how medicines work in our bodies, the side effects, and how they are used to treat illness
  • Pharmacy Practice: this covers the legal aspects of running a pharmacy as well as the professional standards required. It also teaches dispensing skills and how to communicate with other people on all levels
  • Clinical Pharmacy: designing care plans by monitoring the patient's therapy