Information for International Applicants to Pharmacy
We accept A-levels, International Baccalaureate (IB) and other equivalent qualifications. All applications for our MPharm Pharmacy degree will be considered on their own merit and suitable eligible applicants will be invited to attend an Assessment Centre in person or remotely for interview and selection.
Full entry requirements can be found on the MPharm Pharmacy course page.
Although we warmly welcome you to attend in person, as you will have opportunities to tour our facilities, the local area and meet our staff and current students, we do understand that this may be difficult if you are based overseas. You can rest assured that if you decide to undertake your interview remotely then you will be given equal consideration to those who attend the interview in person.
A member of our Pharmacy academic staff will first give an introductory presentation about our course and the format of the interview day. You will then have the opportunity to ask any questions that you have and also view our facilities on a tour led by students or staff.
Following the introductory talk you will attend the formal interview which is broken down into two stages:
1. Multiple-mini interview (MMI)
The MMI section will involve you spending 5 minutes at four different “stations” based around diverse themes. These may include: patient ethical dilemmas, calculations, the profession of pharmacy and problem-solving abilities.
The outcomes from the MMI stations will allow us to assess key competencies such as:
- oral communication
2. Group Task
The second stage of the interview is a separate group exercise in which team working skills will be evaluated.
This process will also allow us to observe a range of the personal quality attributes expected of a pharmacy professional. We have an expectation that candidates are polite, considerate, trustworthy, honest, empathetic, compassionate and respectful.
Successful candidates will be required to pay a £4000 deposit within 10 days of accepting any offer of a place, which will be deducted from the first fee instalment.
International Tuition Fees for 2022 are set at £19,600 and will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study. However, as an international student on our new MPharm Pharmacy degree we are offering guaranteed scholarships of £2000 per year for all students paying the full international fees.
Upon receipt of the deposit, Swansea University will issue a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) within 5 working days. You will need your CAS number to secure a Visa, which can take approximately 1 month.
*Please note: We may ask you for evidence to prove that you are overseas before we issue a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) Statement to you.
You must be able to prove to UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) that you have enough money to pay your tuition fees and living costs during your studies.
For courses of 9 months or more you will be required to show £9,135 plus course fees for the first year. Proof must be in the form of bank statements covering a consecutive 28 day period.
If you are an international student and have completed a previous course at Bachelor degree level or above in the UK and are intending to obtain further Tier 4 leave, please provide us with a detailed personal statement demonstrating how this course benefits your career aspirations in combination with the previous course for which you had Tier 4 leave.
Advice and support for International Students can be obtained from International@CampusLife.
They are the University's support network for International Students and applicants. Please find below a brief outline of Tier 4 processes and regulations more detailed information and support will need to be obtained through International@CampusLife.
The course starts in line with the normal Swansea University calendar.
In order to enrol on the MPharm degree, you will need to pay the first instalment of the fees (50% of Year one fee minus £4000 deposit)
The second instalment is due in the February
Students benefit greatly from wide and varied pharmacy placement experiences, as such placements may take place across the region. Transport between sites is typically at the expense of the student. Please contact the Medical School Student Information and Education Office for further information.
We are delighted to be able to offer all International students applying to study Pharmacy (MPharm) with us a £2,000 per year fee reduction.
Terms and Conditions:
Eligibility, terms and conditions.
- Students must be classified as overseas students for fee purposes. If the fee status of the Student changes after the scholarship has been awarded, then the University will withdraw the scholarship.
- Students must be self-funded i.e. not be in receipt of any sponsorship funding from their home country / sponsor body, or any other external third party organisation. If any funding is confirmed after the scholarship is awarded, then the University reserves the right to withdraw the scholarship.
- Students must be enrolling onto their first year (Year 1) of the MPharm (Hons) Pharmacy degree at Swansea University in academic years 2021/2022, 2022/23 or 2023/24. This is the ONLY degree to which the scholarship applies.
- The scholarship of £2,000 per annum will be applied as a discount off tuition fees for each of the four years of study in which a student is registered, up to a maximum of £8000. Students resitting a year will not receive a bursary for that resit year.
- Students in receipt of SIPS, may still apply for other scholarships or bursaries offered by the University or externally (subject to any cap) and SIPS will be given irrespective of other awards that are received. The Student acknowledges that it is their responsibility to check and confirm that the terms and conditions of any other awards can be given and accepted alongside SIPS. The University reserves the right to, and will, withdraw any additional University scholarships which have been awarded in error, and/or where circumstances have changed.
- If it is deemed necessary for a Student to suspend their studies, the remaining scholarship funding, for the academic year, will be held on university account and carried forward to the year of resumption of studies.
- Swansea University Alumni are eligible to apply.
- Scholarships will be used to offset tuition fees only and cannot be used for any other purpose.
- The scholarship will be applied to the course fees for the academic year stated in the post-offer letter. If an offer for a course is deferred, the scholarship will be deferred, as long as the student starts in 22/23 or 23/24. The academic year 23/24 is the last year that SIPS will be available.
- Students will have their tuition fee levied at enrolment and must accept an offer of a place on a course and pay their deposit.
- A Scholarship may also be withdrawn on grounds of failure to comply with any of the conditions attached to the Award. If the scholar feels that such a withdrawal is unjustified, they may appeal in writing to the Head of Pharmacy within 15 working days of the date of notification.
- The Department of Pharmacy reserves the right to make, amend, withdraw, suspend or cancel without notice these and such other regulations as may be in force from time to time and such decisions shall be final.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
By accepting a Swansea International Pharmacy Scholarship (SIPS), Swansea University will be required to collect, store, use and otherwise process information about you for purposes connected with the process and for reasons deemed necessary in order to take steps prior to entering into a contractual agreement with the University. See GDPR Article 6(1)(b).
All applicants are advised to ensure that Swansea University's MPharm Pharmacy degree is recognised by the relevant pharmacy regulatory body of the country in which they wish to practise.