How to Apply to a Master’s in Pharmacy Abroad in 2019

Medical developments have made our lives better and longer, and pharmaceutical drugs play an important part in this story. That’s why we study degrees in Pharmacy.

But while a Bachelor’s in Pharmacy is enough to land you a stable job, a Master’s in Pharmacy abroad is the way to go if you want to do research or develop a career in the pharmaceutical industry. And what can be more rewarding than helping the world get out of bed, stop focusing on the past and turn its life around?

If you are looking to become an international student by pursuing a Master’s in Pharmacy abroad, we are here to guide you in your application process.

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1. Pick the right university for your Pharmacy degree

If you want to study a Pharmacy Master’s abroad, you’ll soon discover that there are thousands of universities worldwide that could become your alma mater. When choosing a university, you should consider the quality of the Pharmacy programmes, but also if the country and city fit your style and budget.  You should also consider how accessible they are: Do they have open applications now? Is the application process easy?

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2. General admission requirements for a Master’s in Pharmacy

To apply to a Master’s in Pharmacy you’ll need to have a Bachelor’s degree in this field or a closely related subject including Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Microbiology or Molecular Biology.

Additionally, many graduate programmes require you to be registered as a practising pharmacist or have some experience in the pharmaceutical industry.  

Naturally, in order to do an English-taught degree you’ll also need proof of language proficiency.

Another important factor is a clean criminal record. As a pharmacist, you will work with potentially dangerous and addictive drugs, so you can understand the universities‘ concern.

Admission documents for a Master’s in Pharmacy

Before applying to a degree in Pharmacy, you should make sure you gather all the necessary documents. The list is usually available on the programme websites and typically includes:

  • Application form
  • Statement of purpose
  • GPA scores
  • TOEFL, IELTS or other similar English tests
  • Official transcripts and Bachelor’s diploma
  • CV
  • Receipt of application fee
  • Passport copy
  • Criminal record/ police clearance

3. Exams required for a Master’s in Pharmacy

The most important exam certificates in your application are language scores and GPA scores. The first show your ability to understand and work with English at an academic level. The second shows your rational, analytical and writing skills.

English Language Exams

A Pharmacy Master’s requires very technical English skills as there are a lot of medical and chemical terms you need to know. Most universities accept the following language exams and minimum scores:

  • TOEFL iBT ®: 88
  • TOEFL®PBT: 570
  • IELTS: 6.5 – 7.0
  • C1 Advanced: 180

GPA Scores

The GPA is your Grade Point Average, from previous studies. Universities can be picky about this one. Most Pharmacy programmes do not accept applicants with a GPA lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Another accepted score is the CGPA (Cumulative Grade Points Average). The minimum CGPA for a Master’s in Pharmacy is 2.50 if you have 2 years of work experience in a relevant field, and 2.75 if you don’t have work experience.

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4. Special requirements for a Master’s in Pharmacy

Previous Pharmacy experience

Most universities value - or outright require - that you are either a registered pharmacist or you have had work experience in the pharmaceutical industry.

For example, British universities require registration as a practising pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council and two year's UK-based patient-facing experience.

If you have relevant work experience, but no specialised previous studies you might still be considered for a Master’s in Pharmacy after you pass an admission interview.  If you have both experience and relevant studies, chances you are that you won’t need to go through an admission interview.

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Pharmacy preparation courses

A way to make sure you have a strong application to a Master’s in Pharmacy if you don’t have a Bachelor’s in Pharmacy is to take a preparation course which will introduce you to key terms, concepts and practices in the pharmaceutical industry.

Tip! If you take the Pre-Master at the same university you intend to apply to a Master’s this will be evidence of your genuine interest in pursuing your studies at that uni. (Flatter them a bit)

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