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Robert Gordon University Master of Pharmacy Overview

The role of the modern pharmacist has evolved greatly in recent years, making it a hugely varied and rewarding profession.

Pharmacists advise on and deliver the latest in cutting-edge treatments and medicines to millions of patients every day. Whether on the frontline of the NHS as a community pharmacist, working on a hospital ward, in a GP practice, in research or within industry, pharmacists are an integral part of the healthcare team. Pharmacy offers a challenging and patient-focused career path.

Robert Gordon University’s Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) course produces effective practitioners with the knowledge and skills to deliver the very best pharmaceutical care for patients underpinned by sound scientific principles. This is achieved through a student-centred approach, developing you as a life-long learner and reflective practitioner. An emphasis is placed on inter-professional learning where you will learn with and from other professions such as medicine, dentistry, nursing and allied healthcare professions.

At Robert Gordon University you will develop an understanding of how the body works; the effects of disease; how drugs are made, delivered to and affect the body; and importantly, how to achieve shared decision making with patients that ensures the maximum benefit from medicines with the minimum incidence of side effects.


You will benefit from studying in our new purpose-built facilities, particularly Robert Gordon’s Pharmacy Simulation Centre. The modern, state-of-the–art chemistry, formulation, biomedical and microbiological laboratories will allow you to develop the fundamental scientific skills which underpin modern pharmacy practice.

Course Structure

What you will study

Robert Gordon’s Master of Pharmacy course has three strands: The Pharmacist, The Patient, The Medicine, which are introduced separately and then become increasingly interlinked and developed over four years. The emphasis is on preparing graduates for a profession undergoing change, and to reflect the need for continuing professional development and life-long learning.

Development of generic transferable skills, including numeracy, communication, IT and presentation skills, is an embedded element within all of the taught subjects and reflective practice is undertaken through the use of a personal development e-portfolio.


The emphasis is on science relevant to pharmacy and the skills required for professional practice. An insight is provided into the profession of pharmacy covering the drug journey from discovery to pharmaceutical care and prescribing. Numeracy is developed through pharmaceutical calculations and an understanding of reflective practice.


Science becomes more applied with the study of Biochemistry, Therapeutics, Pharmaceutical Microbiology and the design and manufacture of medicines and their supply within a professional and legal framework. This includes the importance of patient safety, decision-making, critical thinking and interpretation and evaluation of experimental data, with simulation to develop consultation skills.


Through simulation and placements you will develop an approach to professional practice and promote improvement of health outcomes. Further development of Therapeutics is integrated with a strong science base to emphasize quality assurance, and you will be introduced to the skills necessary to conduct a research project.


Integration of science into practice is through individual problem-based learning and the development of skills of supervision of others. Reflective practice is embedded to support the transition to pre-registration training demonstrating a range of required professional skills and competencies.


Clinical Placement

Clinical Work Experience

Placements take place in a variety of settings, both on and off campus, where you will have the opportunity to put into practice the skills and knowledge acquired in the course. These interactions with experienced pharmacists, other healthcare professionals and patients will allow you to develop your professional skills including reflective practice through the use of an e-portfolio.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Completed high school Diploma to include Chemistry plus two further sciences from Maths, Physics or Biology (Human Biology) at Grade B or above. Advanced English (or subject requiring the use of English) should be achieved at a minimum of Grade C.

Ontario high school diploma with average of 65% in 6 U/12 subjects, just include 70% in Chemistry and one further science

Professional Recognition

Professional Recognition

The course is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council. Therefore on graduation, provided you comply with Fitness to Practice requirements you will be eligible to undertake a pre-registration year. At the end of this you will have to demonstrate various competencies and pass a registration assessment to be eligible to register as a Pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council.

It is the student’s responsibility to contact their local credentialing body for re-entry pathways. The Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) is the national certification body for the pharmacy profession in Canada. Upon returning, students must go through an evaluation procedure with the PEBC.

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Martyn Gordon has been recognised for his achievements as a lecturer in accounting and finance at RGU’s Aberdeen Business School.

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Award Title:Master of Pharmacy (MPharm)
Length of Program:4 years
Application Deadline:no official deadline, but students are advised to apply early for the limited seats available
Annual Tuition Fees:Contact KOM Consultants for latest tuition fees 1-877-318-8203
Faculty:Health Sciences