Strand House
2nd Floor
102 Holywood Road
028 9065 6576

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


UCA President

Adrienne Clugston, Executive Committee & Membership

Kate McKittrick, Prescription Payment Support

Lindsey Jackson, General Enquiries

Mairead Conlon, Representation Pharmacist

Natalie Calder, Administrative Assistant

UCA Office

Ulster Chemists' Association
Strand House
2nd Floor
102 Holywood Road

Tel:  028 9065 6576
Fax:  028 9065 1137


Office Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday 9:00am -5:00pm