International Foundation in Pharmacy



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

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 hours

25 hours per week minimum

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.

Maximum class size for English language teaching



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
Program length 3 Terms

Entry requirements

Age requirement


Academic entry 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 minimum of 6.0 in all subskills) or equivalent.
Additional information

If you have achieved the minimum IELTS score overall but do not have the required score in writing for direct entry, you will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Dates & fees

September 2020 start (3 Terms)

Mon 14 September 2020 to Fri 18 December 2020

Mon 11 January 2021 to Thu 1 April 2021

Mon 19 April 2021 to Fri 18 June 2021


*Please note the dates and prices for the academic year 2020-2021 are not yet confirmed.

We will confirm all dates and prices for the academic year 2020-2021 on or before 20 January 2020, with the prices being subject to a maximum increase of up to 5% on the prices for the current academic year.  If you submit an application prior to this date and are eligible to be issued with an offer of a place it will contain pricing for the current academic year. If you accept an offer and confirm your place before 20 January 2020 you will be charged the current price. If you accept an offer and confirm your place on or after 20 January 2020 the increased prices will apply and we will issue you with a new offer showing the new prices payable by you.


Core modules

Credit value: Credits

This module builds on the fundamental principles of general chemistry, including:

  • concepts of physical, inorganic and organic chemistry
  • the social, environmental, economic and technological impact of chemistry on the community

Credit value: Credits

The module prepares you for independent study through developing your research skills and abilities. The aim of this module is to:

  • introduce you to the academic culture of UK higher education
  • provide you with the intellectual development necessary for undergraduate study in the UK
  • help support key study skills for successful undergraduate study

Credit value: Credits

The module introduces reading techniques for academic study and the structure and function of academic writing. You will cover:

  • English writing skills
  • academic discussions
  • working in groups and presenting ideas
  • time management
  • research and lecture notes

Credit value: Credits

This module will teach you various ICT skills, including:

  • word processing and spreadsheets
  • databases
  • internet, email and VLE software

This module is compulsory, but not credit-bearing.

Specialist modules

Credit value: Credits

This module takes an evolutionary approach to biology, considering:

  • the different levels of organisation in living systems
  • the study of life processes and similarities between living things

Credit value: Credits

This module is intended for more expert mathematicians and explores complex areas of mathematics.

Credit value: Credits

You will develop a methodical approach to problem solving using mathematical techniques and theory

Credit value: Credits

A wide variety of topics is included of particular relevance to students wishing to pursue a degree in physics or an engineering-related field.


Earth and Planetary Sciences-BSc (Hons)

Including one science subject

AAB including one science subject

B with no sub-skill below B

Pharmacy-Mpharm (Hons)

AAB to ABB (inc Cheh all other international applicants).mistry; Maths or Biology and one other rigorous academic subject). INTO Manchester students are required to attend an interview (in line wit



P = Placement option available A = Study abroad option available