After completing the MPharm degree, a further 12 month pre-registration period and passing a final examination, you will become a registered pharmacist.
Currently, the majority of MPharm graduates work in community pharmacy. In this role you will need to have excellent people skills and enjoy talking and listening to patients. As part of your duties you will dispense prescriptions, advise GPs on what medicine to prescribe, give advice to patients on health related matters, prescribe treatment for minor ailments and run various clinics from diabetes to medication reviews.
A significant number of MPharm graduates work in secondary care as hospital pharmacists. Hospital pharmacy work is very varied and can range from working in a dispensary to leading teams of staff on the wards. Most hospital pharmacists will work on the wards with doctors and nurses and specialise in specific disciplines such as cardiology or paediatrics. Others provide specialist medicines information, prepare sterile medicines for cancer therapy or prescribe medicines for patients.
A growing area of practice is that of the primary care pharmacist. As a primary care pharmacist you could work in a GP surgery, helping doctors prescribe effectively and support other staff such as nurses. Increasingly, primary care pharmacists are responsible for co-ordinating the care of patients with long-term chronic conditions such as diabetes or heart disease and some will prescribe medicines.
Some pharmacists also work in the pharmaceutical industry and are involved with clinical trials, regulatory affairs, medicines information and medicine production.
Of course, just because you have a pharmacy degree does not mean that you have to practice pharmacy. Pharmacy is a science-based degree and therefore other careers can be pursued.