Pharmacy at Ulster - FAQs for Canadian students
The route to becoming a registered pharmacist in the UK normally takes five years and is as follows:
A Tier 4 (General) student visa is required, which is the category for students coming to the UK for post-16 education.
You must meet the full requirements of the immigration rules and have 40 points in total as shown below:
Part-time work allowances while on a Tier 4 (General) student visa
There are two routes available for obtaining visas that will allow pre-registration to be completed in the UK.
Tier 2 is a sponsored route within the points based immigration system. Therefore, the employer needs to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) before the person offered the job can apply for a Tier 2 visa.
The employer can apply for a CoS if the candidate is a graduate from a UK university with a recognised degree and is switching from a Tier 4 student visa. The employer must be a licensed sponsor.
To be eligible for a Tier 2 visa, you must score a minimum of:
Students must apply for and pay for their own Tier 2 visa. They will need a CoS from their employer before they can apply for the visa. Prior to completing an application for a Tier 2 visa, students should read the Tier 2 policy guidance – April 2016.
Please note: Postal applications take approximately six weeks to process so start the application process as soon as you have been notified that you have passed your MPharm. You need a visa before you can start your pre-registration training.
These arrangements were introduced enabling overseas students to switch to a Tier 2 work visa with a minimum salary of £20,800 for both public and private pre-registration pharmacist posts.
Hospital pre-registration placements usually pay at this level (£20,800) or higher; however, the community pharmacy sector does not usually pay this minimum salary required. Students must be aware that these pre-registration places are limited and are awarded competitively at the discretion of the employer.
Overseas students completing the MPharm will continue to have the option of applying for pre-registration training with employers (mainly, hospitals) who are registered as Tier 2 sponsors with the UKVI and pay £20,800 or above.
However, overseas students who join the MPharm programme and hope to carry out pre-registration training in the UK must be aware that Tier 2 visa opportunities will inevitably be limited and cannot be guaranteed by Ulster University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
For more information about eligibility for a Tier 2 visa, please see the government website.
Another option completing the pre-registration year following graduating with an MPharm degree from the UK applies to certain nationalities, which includes Canadian students.
You can apply for a Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) visa if you:
You must apply for your visa within three months of receiving your certificate of sponsorship. You can apply using your passport as evidence that you are sponsored.
Places are limited and your application will be refused if all the places for a year have already been taken. Check on the Home Office website for announcements about whether all the places for your country have been taken.
*On 27 November 2008, Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) replaced a number of different schemes, including the Working Holidaymakers scheme for Commonwealth citizens. If you have already spent time in the UK as a Working Holidaymaker, you cannot apply under the Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme). You can apply only once under the Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme).
No. To start the Canadian licensure process, the minimum educational requirement is a four-year undergraduate degree in pharmacy. The MPharm degree meets this requirement.
A student does not have to complete the pre-registration year in the UK.
If you choose to complete a pharmacy degree outside Canada you will be required to complete the Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada requirements to practise in your home country.
The Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) will assess your qualifications and competence for entry-to-practice through a series of evaluations:
Every province/territory in Canada is unique in their requirements for licensure as a pharmacist.
Please refer to www.pharmacistsgatewaycanada.ca where you can review and compare the requirements needed for licensure within each Canadian jurisdiction.
Individuals who have graduated from a pharmacy program outside of Canada are considered international pharmacy graduate, regardless of citizenship.
You would still do the qualifying examination along with a period of practical experience through an apprenticeship/internship program
No. A level courses are standardised examinations taken in the UK at the end of high school which, if of a sufficient standard, allow entry to undergraduate programmes in the UK.
These courses are not available to students outside the UK, so different criteria are applied.
Canadian applicants may apply to study pharmacy at Ulster directly from high school or once they have completed an appropriate undergraduate degree.
We will examine your Grade Point Average (GPA) in your High School Diploma to help us decide whether you have the appropriate type and level of qualifications to enter the programme.
You can apply to our course at one of the following three stages:
Application deadlines are available here. If you have any queries please contact the admissions tutor.
All applications must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
If you have any queries please contact the admissions tutor.
All applications are administered through UCAS and you will receive communication from them accordingly. Generally, institutions have 40 days to consider your application.
We are happy to answer any queries that you may have at any time during the application process but we do not have any administrative control over the UCAS process.
Yes, if you meet our criteria. There are two types of offer that you may receive:
You should follow the application process as laid out by UCAS. We would usually expect at least one academic reference but a work-related reference may also be helpful.
Yes, Ulster University is approved for OSAP purposes.
Study in the US is more expensive than study as an international student in the UK.
Current US fees are at least twice as much and, in some cases, four times as much as Ulster University fees for international students.
Similarly, studying in Australia is much more expensive than in the UK as an international student.
Also, in Australia, the academic year starts in February rather than in September, which means that you would have a seven-month wait before beginning your studies.
Studying at Ulster University not only provides the opportunity to explore the UK and Ireland, but other European countries are on your doorstop and provide scope to broaden your horizons even further.