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Reading School of Pharmacy – University of Reading

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  • World-leading research

    Winners of the prestigious 2019 Sir James Black award for Drug Discovery

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  • Innovative teaching makes happy students

    Creating a community feel to integrate students into their studies

  • Great employability and careers support

    100% of leavers who reported their main activity to be full-time employment were in graduate level roles 15 months after the end of their course*

Reading School of Pharmacy

At Reading, our programmes focus on producing scientists and healthcare professionals who are equipped with the skills and expertise to make a meaningful contribution to industry, research and society.

Our programmes are designed with the needs of our students in mind, including their future careers. We use innovative and diverse teaching methods across our programmes, combining science with practice, to ensure that our students are supported to reach their goals

"Pharmacy is a great degree which opens more opportunities than one could imagine. The Reading School of Pharmacy course in particular does a great job of teaching not only personal skills required for communication, but also the technical skills needed in the science field."

Khezia Ntomo Asamoah

MPharm Pharmacy graduate

learn from experts

Our award-winning staff put you first. We are committed in supporting our students, creating an excellent environment to study and learn.

Giving you the skills and experience for a career in Pharmacy with The MPharm undergraduate degree

State-of-the-art facilities and modern technologies mean we have a great teaching environment, and it is our teaching we are most proud of. Throughout the course, we combine theory and practice to equip you with the knowledge and skills for your future career in this rapidly developing profession.

By joining the MPharm degree you will benefit from both team-based and project-based learning as we appeal to our students' different learning styles, and you will gain insight into professional practice by carrying out observational visits and placements in hospital and community pharmacies.

Through the Reading School of Pharmacy, you will also have the opportunity to carry out your final year project abroad at one of our partner institutions.

Discover how to design and research more effective drugs with bsc pharmacology

Developed together with the pharmaceutical industry, our new BSc Pharmacology is ideal for anyone interested in how drugs work and how the body deals with them.

This course will give you a full understanding of the principles of drug action and their molecular targets, including drugs as medicines that can be used in health and disease.

You will be taught by staff and academics in Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Pharmacy Practice, as well as Biomedical Science and Mathematics, who are working on different aspects of drug research.

You will learn key skills required in industry including mathematical and computer modelling, statistical analysis and handling big data sets.  You will also have an option to spend a year in industry with one of our programme partners to gain key graduate employability skills and experience.

Market leaders in delivering physician associate programmes

We are market leaders in Physician Associate (PA) training, to meet the growing demand for fully qualified PAs within the NHS.

Offered at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level, our PA programmes produce indispensable healthcare professionals who can work as a member of a medical team under the supervision of a doctor in GP practices, community health services and hospital care.

continue your learning and further your career

As part of the MPharm, all students will benefit from business and leadership lectures run by the award-winning Henley Business School. You will then have the option to invest in an additional module and assessment to gain a Certificate in Business Administration.

The Reading School of Pharmacy has many options for postgraduate study to continue your learning. We offer further training for healthcare roles in the Centre for Inter-Professional Postgraduate Education and Training (CIPPET).

If you want to continue your learning with a focus on research, you can join one of our MSc by Research programmes or PhD Research programmes. Under the latest Research Excellence Framework, 85% of our research was either world-leading or internationally excellent.

Delivering research with impact

The ability to complete truly interdisciplinary research from within the Reading School of Pharmacy is what sets us apart from the crowd. Many of our research programmes cross the core disciplines that comprise pharmacy, including pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics, and pharmacy practice. Within the School we have a strong focus on supporting you in your research aims and encouraging you to work with colleagues across the university.

We attract support and income from the Research Councils, major charities, and the pharmaceutical industry. Our School has also received funding to commercialise our research findings.

*Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18; First Degree, Postgraduate (Taught) and Postgraduate (Research) responders from School of Pharmacy.

Contains HESA Data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2020. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data.

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