International Foundation in Pharmacy



Preparing students for direct entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree in Pharmacy at The University of Manchester.

On campus and online study options
This program is available to study either on campus or online – giving students the flexibility to choose what’s best for them.

If your student starts online, they’ll have the opportunity to transfer to an on-campus program the following term. They’ll need to meet any visa requirements and demonstrate good attendance and performance during their studies online.

If your student applies for an Online Extended program, they’ll be offered an Online Academic English plus online or on-campus academic pathway study plan.

Key information

  • Gain practical experience through laboratory work in the University’s fully equipped science labs.
  • Practise academic writing skills, particularly relating to laboratory reports.
  • Meet final year students and admissions tutors at an open afternoon.
  • Benefit from specialist labs and a dispensing suite when you progress to MPharm (Hons).

Fast facts

Class duration

Typically held Monday to Friday between 08.00 - 19.00 excluding bank holidays. However, there may be instances where classes need to be held outside these times due to unforeseen circumstances.

Class Size

Maximum class size for English language teaching 25


International Foundation Certificate (RQF Level 3) from NCUK.


Teaching methods

  • Lectures.
  • Seminars.
  • Practical exercises.
  • Group work.

Why The University of Manchester?

  • Gain clinical experience through placements in each year of our GPhC-accredited course.
  • Learn in modern facilities including specialised aseptic laboratories and a SimMan 3G patient simulator.
Start Dates September January
Program length 3 Terms

Entry requirements

Age requirement


Academic requirements

Completion of 12 years of schooling (or local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades.

English language entry requirements

3 Terms: IELTS 6.0 (with a maximum of one subskill at 5.5 and all others at 6.0 or above) or equivalent

Dates & fees

September 2022 start
(3 Terms)

Mon 12 September 2022 - Fri 16 December 2022
Mon 9 January 2023 - Fri 31 March 2023
Mon 17 April 2023 - Fri 16 June 2023

January 2023 start
(3 Terms)

Mon 9 January 2023 - Thu 6 April 2023
Mon 17 April 2023 - Fri 26 May 2023
Tue 30 May 2023 - Fri 25 August 2023


Term 1 modules

Credit value


Critical Thinking

English for Academic Purposes and Study Skills

Information Communication Technologies (ICT)

Term 1 specialist modules

Credit value


Further Mathematics




 =  Placement option available
 =  Study abroad option available

Degree subject

Final level %

English level %

Additional requirements

Pharmacy-Mpharm (Hons)



ABB in Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics, students are required to attend an interview.