Pharmacists, also known as chemists or druggists, are health professionals who specialize in the use of medicines, as they deal with the composition, effects, mechanism of action and proper and effective use of drugs. Here are steps you should take when applying for a masters degree in pharmacy:
1. Choosing 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
2. 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. 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. As a pharmacist, you will work with potentially dangerous and addictive drugs, so you can understand the universities concern.
3. Exams For a Masters 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.
4. English Language
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
5. 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. 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.