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Pharmacy offers a rewarding career as a healthcare professional who is an expert in medicines and their use. The role of a pharmacist can vary but all pharmacists work to ensure that medicines are taken effectively, with many pharmacists and offering health and support advice for people in the community. This means that, as well as maintaining an extensive scientific knowledge, pharmacists must also be able to communicate and show empathy to achieve the trust of the public and patients.

Once registered, pharmacists can either work in a hospital or primary care setting (such as a GP surgery), as an NHS employee or in community pharmacies (such as in a high-street pharmacy). A small proportion of qualified pharmacists also work in industry in the development and supply of medicines. There are many other fields that pharmacists can enter, such as journalism or business, using their extensive science knowledge and communication skills.

To become a pharmacist, you must first complete a Master’s degree in pharmacy, known as the MPharm, at university. This section outlines what you will need to know before applying to study pharmacy and the routes available after graduation.