Pharmacy Undergraduates

How to become a Pharmacist

According to the General Pharmaceutical Council, the regulator for pharmacists, in Great Britain, training to become a pharmacist involves learning, understanding and demonstrating how to deliver the safe and effective patient-centred care which patients and the public expect from pharmacy professionals.

The main route to becoming a pharmacist in the UK is via the satisfactory completion of a 4 year Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) degree followed by a 1 year foundation training placement. Foundation training mainly takes place in one or more patient-facing sectors such as community or hospital pharmacy, however this is changing, with an increasing number of training programmes incorporating placements in General Practice. It is also possible for part of the Foundation year to incorporate non-patient-facing sectors such as the pharmaceutical industry and academia.

If you are interested in undertaking your foundation training in a hospital some hospitals provide opportunities for summer vacation placements.

To find out more about hospital foundation training in London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex, please visit our Trainee Pharmacist pages or visit the the National Recruitment pages for details of the National Foundation Trainee Pharmacist Recruitment scheme.

For further information about becoming a pharmacist please visit the GPhC website