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Spotlight on: Pharmacy at Aston University

21 Sep 2020 - Fiona Raleigh

Pharmacy is an area of study that can open up many doors for you while giving you the opportunity to help people in need and make a real difference to their lives. Studying a degree in Pharmacy at Aston University could be the stepping stone to a fulfilling career as a healthcare professional.

Why study Pharmacy at Aston University?

Fantastic rankings

One of the top reasons why you should consider studying Pharmacy at Aston University is its subject ranking. According to Complete University Guide 2021, Aston ranks 21st in the UK for Pharmacology and Pharmacy. This means that the education you’ll receive during your degree will be among the best in the country and will set you apart in the job market.

Top 10 in the UK for research quality (Pharmacology and Pharmacy)

Complete University Guide 2021

21st in the UK for Pharmacology and Pharmacy

Complete University Guide 2021

Top 15 in the UK for graduate prospects (Pharmacology and Pharmacy)

Complete University Guide 2021

Top 25 in the UK for student satisfaction (Pharmacology and Pharmacy)

Complete University Guide 2021

Great work experience and career prospects

Similarly, you’ll have even more opportunity to stand out to employers because you’ll have the option to undertake work placements during your degree. These can be very useful experiences that give you an understanding of how your knowledge can be applied in real-life situations.

You can do work experience in community, hospital and industry environments, and gain an insight into what kind of work you’d like to do in the future.

Graduates from Pharmacy at Aston enter careers in:

  • Community pharmacies like Boots, Lloyds and Superdrug, and small-chain or independent pharmacies
  • Doctors’ surgeries
  • NHS Primary Care Trusts
  • Hospitals
  • Pharmaceutical industry with organisations such as GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer and Britannia Pharmaceuticals Ltd
  • Pharmaceutical research
  • Further study with an MSc or PhD


Prestigious accreditations

Furthermore, Aston’s School of Life and Health Sciences is the only School in the UK to hold a prestigious Regius Chair in Pharmacy. This means that by studying a degree in Pharmacy at Aston University you’ll be learning in the best possible environment to have an exciting career in this field.

On top of this, the Pharmacy MPharm (Hons) degree at Aston University is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), which is one of the key requirements to work as a pharmacist in the UK.

This is a particularly interesting aspect for you to consider since you can now stay in the UK after you graduate on a post-study work visa. This visa allows international students to remain in the UK for two years after they have completed their studies to find work.

Specialist teaching and facilities

Aston University has a long reputation for teaching excellence, providing a fantastic student experience, and great graduate prospects. With a Gold award in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) – the highest possible – teaching at Aston University is among the best in the UK.

Aston University Pharmacy student in a lab

Pharmacy students at Aston have access to a range of specialist facilities in the University’s redeveloped Wilson Pharmacy Suite. This includes a clinical skills room with a mock hospital bay, and dispensing and patient counselling suites with video recording capabilities. You’ll also benefit from access to a range of laboratories and teaching rooms.

Exciting location

Finally, the University’s location in the heart of Birmingham, the UK’s second largest city, makes it an exciting place to study. The city is home to a diverse community of people from around the world and there is a lot to discover.

Aston University student Payal from Kenya graduated with a degree in Pharmacy

Payal from Kenya

graduated with a degree MPharm Pharmacy in 2018

I chose Pharmacy at Aston because it is highly ranked, with a near to perfect student satisfaction and amazing graduate employment rates. As an international student, location and accommodation were important factors to consider too. Aston was suitable since everything was nearby (with the city centre just a 10-minute walk from campus) and they have an added benefit of campus accommodation.

Want to study Pharmacy at Aston University?

Studying at Aston University is a rewarding experience that can give provide you with everything you need for a successful future career.

If you’re interested in studying a Pharmacy at Aston University, you can gain entry to a Pharmacy degree through a Foundation Certificate for Science and Engineering at Kaplan International College London.

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