Pharmacy jobs are on the increase as more responsibility for responding to patients’ symptoms and advising on treatments now lies within the remits of pharmacists.
Applications to pharmacy degrees have seen an increase in recent years, with higher education being at the forefront of the discovery of new drugs and treatments which meet the complex health challenges of the 21st century.
Pharmacy Practice lecturers teach undergraduate and postgraduate students following a Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) degree programme. They also carry out research into related areas, such as drug design, development and distribution.
- Conducting and disseminating pharmacy-related research projects.
- Attracting research income
- Teaching and assessment of undergraduate and postgraduate pharmacy practice students
- Curriculum development and placement supervision
- Delivery of seminars, laboratory classes and workshops
What qualifications and experience do you need?
A PhD or Professional Doctorate in Pharmacy would be essential for pharmacy practice lecturer positions. You would also need to demonstrate postdoctoral research experience as well as being registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).
The job of pharmacist has been added to the Government’s Shortage Occupation List. Therefore, universities are particularly interested in hiring qualified pharmacists who have experience of working in a community pharmacy or hospital, to enable students to benefit from more hands-on training and experience.
A Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), as well as a recognised teaching qualification would be highly desirable.
What’s the pay?
Salaries for lecturers in pharmacy practice start in the range of £42,149 to £50,296, depending on qualifications and experience.
What can it lead to?
On gaining experience, you could move up to a role as a senior lecturer or associate professor. Promotion would depend on the quality of your teaching practice and research output.
- Teaching Assistant in Pharmacy
- Lecturer in Health Data Science
- Lecturer in Pharmacy Education
Where can I find pharmacy jobs?
You will find pharmacy practice lecturer jobs in higher education pharmacy schools and departments, which are evenly spread across the UK HE sector. Lecturing roles in pharmacy tend to be offered on a fixed-term, permanent basis, therefore jobs have limited availability.