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Pharmacy with a Foundation Year / Overview

Year of entry: 2017

Degree awarded
Foundation Course
1 year full time (as part of 5 year MPharm course)
Typical A-level offer

We require grades AAB-AAA (non sciences), CDD-BCC (contextual).

Typical International Baccalaureate offer

We require:

  • 33-35 points at level 3 for Arts based students.
  • 28-30 points at level 3 for Science based students.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

Per year we have around 250 applications for the Foundation Pharmacy course, compared with 12 spaces for home students.

For international students we have around 50 applications for a target intake of 1.

How to apply

Note: We accept students from a wide range of backgrounds. Although each application is considered individually, please note that we will not consider applications from candidates who have narrowly missed gaining direct entry to Year 1 of the MPharm course.

Applicants to the MPharm course that fail to make the entrance qualifications will not normally be eligible for the Year 0 Foundation Course.

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Course description

The Foundation Year is the Year 0 component of the undergraduate MPharm degree designed to provide an excellent opportunity for you to adapt to the higher education system. It prepares you for entry to the Pharmacy degree.

You will be accepted from a wide range of educational backgrounds and each application will be considered individually.

Following successful completion of the Foundation Year, you will have a guaranteed place on the first year of the MPharm undergraduate degree course.

For further information, see the Entry Requirements section.

Open days

The best way to get a feel for what it is like to study here is to come and visit us on one of our open days .


Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2017 will be £9,250, subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases. Tuition fees for international students will be £21,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

Additional expenses

We work hard to ensure that this course can be completed without significant additional study costs over and above the tuition fee. The two areas where additional costs can be incurred are travel to clinical placements and reading (Placements will be in year two of the MPharm). We seek to ensure that additional costs are kept as low as possible. The University defines low cost as an annual cost which is no more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee.


We offer a small fee bursary for international applicants.  This will be applied automatically should you register on the programme. Unfortunately we are unable to provide a bursary for home/EU students however The University of Manchester has a scholarship/bursary package. For further information, see funding .

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44(0)161 275 2411
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Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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