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What are the best universities for Pharmacy and Pharmacology?

With global demand for pharmacists growing faster than supply, Pharmacy and Pharmacology graduates can expect a high starting salary and career opportunities worldwide. Of course, your investment goes even further with a degree from one of the best universities for Pharmacy and Pharmacology in the UK or USA.

So, what are the best universities for Pharmacy and Pharmacology?

Kaplan offers international students access to Pharmacy and Pharmacology degrees at some of the best-ranked universities for the subject according to respected rankings bodies such as the Complete University Guide and Guardian University Guide.

University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham has one of the best Pharmacy and Pharmacology departments, ranking 7th in the UK for Pharmacy and Pharmacology (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024).

It also ranks 5th out of all universities in the world for the subject (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023)! This means you can be sure you’ll get an outstanding education from one of the best universities in the world for Pharmacy and Pharmacology.

Nottingham also stands out for the wide choice of Pharmacy and Pharmacology degrees it offers to international students. These range from Applied Biomolecular Technology for the Biopharmaceutical, Food and Biotechnology Industries, to Drug Discovery and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

You can also study Pharmacy (with Integrated Pre-registration Scheme) and you’ll graduate ready to apply for registration as a Pharmacist.

University of Liverpool

Kaplan also works with the University of Liverpool, a red brick university and Russell Group member which ranks 12th in the UK for Pharmacy and Pharmacology (Guardian University Guide 2024).

When you study at Liverpool, you’ll benefit from a recent £30 million investment in facilities for the School of Life Sciences, including a Biology Teaching Centre and state-of-the-art Biosciences Building.

International students can progress to related degrees such as Medicinal Chemistry with Pharmacology and pure Pharmacology at the University.

University of Bristol

The University of Bristol, in the south west of England, ranks an impressive 22nd in the UK for Pharmacy and Pharmacology (Complete University Guide 2024).

You can expect a dynamic and interactive education at the University of Bristol, which combines traditional methods of teaching, such as lectures and lab work with use of eBiolabs, a fantastic online resource designed for students of Biosciences, incorporating simulations, videos and quizzes.

Pharmacy and Pharmacology degrees at the University include Pharmacology, and Pharmacology with Study in Industry, an option allowing you to boost your CV with work experience.

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University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham ranks 11h in the UK for Pharmacy and Pharmacology (Complete University Guide 2024). The University offers a 5-year MPharm degree designed specifically for international students, which will allow you to graduate as a fully qualified Pharmacist (pending registration).

One of the UK’s traditional red brick universities, the University is also a member of the research-intensive Russell Group, meaning that your degree will be informed by the very latest developments in the field.

Alongside the MPharm, you can study other accredited Pharmacy and Pharmacology degrees, such Chemistry and Pharmacology at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

University of Glasgow

Ranking 5th in subject nationally is the University of Glasgow (Guardian University Guide 2024). One of Scotland’s four ancient universities, founded in 1451, Glasgow is a highly-regarded institution where you’ll benefit from 100s of years of teaching and research at one of the largest schools of Life Sciences in the UK.

Another member of the prestigious Russell Group, you’ll be taught be world-class researchers in cutting-edge facilities. You’ll also be able to join the University’s Glasgow Pharmacological Society, which is a great way to make new friends a become a part of the Glasgow’s scientific community!

At the University of Glasgow you can study Pharmacy and Pharmacology subjects at undergraduate or postgraduate level. Available degrees include Pharmacology and specialisms such as Clinical Pharmacology.

Arizona State University

Located in sunny Phoenix, Arizona State University is a public university with very high research activity. ASU is an excellent choice for international students — in fact it’s in the top 5 universities USA chosen by international students (Open Doors International Students Data 2023).

At ASU, you can study bachelor’s degrees in Biology (Pharmacology/Toxicology), Pharmacy and Toxicology, and Medicinal Chemistry.

ASU has also recently been named the #1 most innovative university in the USA for the 7th year in a row (U.S. News & World Report 2021).

How to study Pharmacy and Pharmacology in the UK or USA

If you’d like to study at one of the best universities for Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Kaplan can help. We offer international students pathway courses that will help you qualify for entry to an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, even if your current grades or English language level don’t meet the requirements.

If you qualify for direct entry to a degree, we can help you to choose the right option, and even advise you on how to write a great application! To start your path to university and career success, get in touch, or find your dream degree below!

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