Master of Pharmacy

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The Master of Sciences of Pharmacy (MPharm) is the standard master's degree program in Pharmacy. It is the oldest honorable Diploma (Degree) authorized from the European Faculties of Pharmacy as it takes five years to complete. It is based on a credit system higher than the normal Bachelor of Pharmacy degree (B.Pharm or PharmB). It is different from the American Pharmaceutical Diploma, Doctor of Pharmacy,(PharmD), that takes 4 years to complete. The Faculty is a member of the Association of European Faculties of Pharmacy and its graduates meet all the requirements for the profession as defined by the European Union. In the initial three years students revise and broaden their knowledge of elementary natural and medical subjects to the level required for understanding specific subjects from the field of Pharmacy. Students attend lectures and seminars and take part in practical pharmacy placements. During the last year of study they work on their thesis. The program is concluded by defending the thesis and taking the final state examination. Then the students are awarded the master's degree (abbreviated Mgr.). The study program is compliant with EU directive 2005/36/EC. Graduates awarded the master's degree can later sit for a thorough state exam including an advanced thesis defense. After passing they are awarded the "Testing Board" degree (abbreviated EPhB). Graduates can apply for postgraduate after studying several branches of Pharmacy in the five accredited years. After defending their dissertation, submit their researches in their selected branches of Pharmacy and passing the final state examination they are awarded the degree. The master's program is offered in different specialized areas, one major being Clinical Pharmacy. Clinical pharmacy specialization enables pharmacists to deliver higher levels of clinical services. In some countries these specializations are happening with residency programs.[1]


In Finland, proviisori is an academic degree awarded after completing the post graduate program in pharmacy. The degree is equivalent to English term Master of Pharmacy. A proviisori degree is required in order to be a druggist in Finland. Pharmacy is taught in University of Helsinki and University of Eastern Finland.


Starting in 2017, the Ben Gurion University of the Negev has begun offering a 2-year Master's program in Community Clinical Pharmacy and Regulatory Management. The program is available to Bachelor of Pharmacy graduates whom are listed as registered pharmacists in the country, with at least 2 years of work experience.[2]


The University of Malta, Department of Pharmacy within the Faculty of Medicine & Surgery, offers a Master of Pharmacy (M.Pharm.) course for students who have successfully completed the Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in Pharmaceutical Science. The MPharm is a requirement in obtaining the warrant to practice as a Pharmacist in Malta.[3]


In Poland, magister farmacji (abbreviated to mgr farmacji) is an academic degree awarded following five and a half years of academic study in pharmacy. Completing a dissertation in this area is a prerequisite. The degree is equivalent to American Pharm.D.


United Kingdom[edit]

In the United Kingdom, MPharm is a postgraduate academic degree awarded following four years of academic study in pharmacy. The degree is awarded by all of the schools of pharmacy in the UK and superseded the BSc (Pharmacy) or BPharm degree when the length of the undergraduate pharmacy course was increased from three to four years in 1997—partly due to EU harmonization of pharmacy training and partly to extend the scope of the undergraduate degree.

The MPharm is the only qualification in the UK which leads to professional registration as a pharmacist. MPharm programs are accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) in England, Scotland and Wales, and Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI) in Northern Ireland. Aspiring pharmacists in the UK qualify by first completing this degree, then undertaking a year of pre-registration training. On successful completion of this training, and after passing the pre-registration exam, they become registered pharmacists. In Great Britain it used to be the case, until September 2010, that with registration they became members of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, able to use the postnominal letters MRPharmS (Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain). However, the RPS split off its regulatory role in September 2010 and the new regulatory body, the GPhC, does not grant postnominals to its registrants. MRPharmS is still granted by the RPS to its member but no longer has an automatic link to current registration as a pharmacist. In Northern Ireland regulation has not been removed from the PSNI and therefore registration as a pharmacist and membership of the PSNI are still simultaneous, granting use of the postnominals MPSNI (Member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland).


Northern Ireland[edit]




In Ireland, the MPharm is awarded after five years: four years of undergraduate study leading to a BSc.Pharm and a one-year placement in a community or hospital pharmacy setting.


India / Australia[edit]

Master of Pharmacy (MPharma) in India is offered as post graduate (graduate) course after completion of BPharma degree. The MPharma course is normally of two years duration. In some universities it is one-year research and one year theory examination, while some offers M Pharm by research completely leading to doctorate degree. The course focuses on specialisation in the field of pharmacy. The MPharma courses are offered by pharmacy colleges affiliated to unite leading to entry into the pharmacy profession. In 2004, the University of Newcastle introduced a two-year postgraduate MPharm coursework program, to provide an alternative means to gain qualification for registration to practice as a pharmacist for graduates with a bachelor's degree in any science or medical science that includes the required prerequisites. The MPharm degree is not an advanced follow-up degree for pharmacists. Following the commencement of the MPharm program at the University of Newcastle, other universities across Australia also began offering MPharm coursework programs. At present, either the BPharm or MPharm degree is accepted for registration as a practicing pharmacist.

See list of pharmacy schools: Australia for a listing of institutions offering the MPharm degree.

MPharm (Clinical)/MClinPharm[edit]

With the success and popularity of the MPharm coursework degrees, research MPharm degrees have now been redesignated Master of Pharmacy (Clinical) (abbreviated MPharm (Clinical)) or Master of Clinical Pharmacy (abbreviated MClinPharm). This degree offers advanced training to graduates of a Bachelor of Pharmacy, and does not by itself meet the requirements for registration as a pharmacist. These are the following colleges imparting M Pharma in India in various specialties like Industrial Pharmacy, Bulk Drugs, Pharmacology, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacognosy, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology etc.:

  • MIT World Peace University School Of Pharmacy , Pune
  • Nalanda college of Pharmacy, Nalgonda
  • Gyani Inder Singh Institute of Professional Studies, Dehradun
  • J.S.S College of Pharmacy, Mysore/ Ootty
  • Pad. Dr. D. Y. Patil Institute of Pharmaceutical Science and Research, Pimpri, Pune, Maharashtra, India
  • Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Guru Nanak Dev University(GNDU), Amritsar, Punjab
  • Hindu College of Pharmacy, sonepat, Haryana.
  • Dr. Hari Singh Gour University, Sagar, Madhya Pradesh
  • Suresh Gyan Vihar University, Jaipur, Rajasthan
  • Alwar Pharmacy college, Alwar, Rajasthan
  • Sri Jayadev College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Naharkanta, Bhubaneswar.
  • Bombay College of Pharmacy, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Banaras Hindu University (BHU ), Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
  • Delhi Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research (DIPSAR), New Delhi
  • ISF College of Pharmacy, Moga, Punjab
  • Manipal University, Bangalore, Karanataka
  • Madras Medical College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  • NIPERs at Mohali, Hajipur, Rae baraeli, Hyderabad etc.
  • Jamia Hamdard University,Delhi
  • Mahakal institute of pharmaceutical studies, Ujjain
  • Department of Pharmaceutical sciences and drug research Punjabi University Patiala
  • Shri Guru Ram Rai institute of technology and science Dehradun(Uttarakhand Technical University, Dehradun)
  • Department of Pharmacology, KIET School of Pharmacy, Ghaziabad 201 206
  • Department of Pharmacology, KIET, Ghaziabad, NCR Delhi
  • NSHM College of Pharmaceutical Technology, Kolkata, West Bengal
  • Himalayan Pharmacy Institute, Majhitar, East Sikkim
  • University Department of Pharmaceutical Science, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha


1. Department of Pharmacy, University of Development Alternative (UODA) [1]

2. Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Dhaka [2]

3. Department of Pharmacy, Jagannath University [3]

4. Department of Pharmacy, State University of Bangladesh [4]

5. Department of Pharmacy, University of Science and Technology Chittagong [5]

6. Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences- North South University (NSU), Masters in Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacy (PCP), Masters in Pharmaceutical Technology (PTB), MPharm in Dual Major[6]


The postgraduate MPhil program is offered in Pakistan instead of Master of Pharmacy in four disciplines, namely, pharmaceutics, pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmacology and pharmacognosy. A new discipline, pharmacy practice, is also introduced by some universities.


In Kenya, the School of Pharmacy, University of Nairobi, offers three Master of Pharmacy degrees:

  • Master of Pharmacy in Pharmacoepidemiology & Pharmacovigilance.
  • Master of Pharmacy in Clinical Pharmacy (M.Pharm. Clin.Pharm) offered by the Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmacy Practice
  • Master of Pharmacy in Industrial Pharmacy (M.Pharm. Ind.Pharm) offered by the Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmacy Practice

These are 2-year Master's degree programs that have both taught and research components.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Thomas D (November 2018). Clinical Pharmacy Education, Practice and Research. ISBN 9780128142769.
  2. ^ "Faculty of Health Sciences - School of Pharmacy".
  3. ^ "Pharmacy - Pharmacy - University of Malta". Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  4. ^ "School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health : Pharmacy - Durham University". Retrieved 2017-04-15.

PharmD 4 Years to be completed [1]