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International Year Zero - Pharmacy

This course gives you the solid foundation in the principles of chemistry and biochemistry that you need to be able to study towards a pharmacy degree with the prestigious Leicester School of Pharmacy

Course Overview

If you would like a rewarding career in healthcare helping patients and caring for others, then Pharmacy is for you.

DMUIC’s IYZ: Pharmacy is the first step to your career in the health services.

There is huge demand for pharmacists all around the world and DMU’s Pharmacy degree has an exceptionally high employment rate. More than 96 per cent of DMU graduates are in work or full-time education within six months of graduating.

Qualified pharmacists have a wide variety of exciting and challenging career choices in the industry – for example, they can work alongside family doctors, in busy hospitals or pursue medicines research.

DMU has invested millions in facilities so you will have access to the very latest laboratory equipment. Our Pharmacy school is home to world-leading academics who are conducting life-changing research.

On this course you will:

  • Have access to DMU’s state of the art laboratories which includes a real-life Pharmacy centre
  • Learn how medicines work in the human body
  • Discover how medicines are made and tested
  • Gain a basic understanding of chemical processes in the laboratory

The university’s School of Pharmacy has been producing talented Pharmacy graduates for more than 100 years. Once you complete the IYZ, you can continue with your degree of choice in this exciting area.

Once you progress to the MPharm you will need to complete your enhanced DBS application. All YZ or IYZ MPharm students will need to complete a self-declaration by end of teaching week 3 after enrolment, and self-declaration completed by end of teaching week 1 in years 2 to 4 at the latest. Failure to engage with this process will result in a review of your continued registration, the normal outcome of which will be discontinuation of your registration from the YZ or IYZ MPharm programme. For international students a certificate of good conduct from your home country is required in lieu of a DBS check.

English Language Requirements

Course English Language Requirement
Minimum IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.5 in each component
+6 week Pre-Sessional English IELTS 5.0 with no less than 4.5 in each component
+12 week Pre-Sessional English IELTS 4.5 with no less than 4.0 in each component

What you will study

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What you will study

Cell Biology

This module aims to introduce you to the basic concepts of anatomy, histology and physiology as an integrated experience of theory and laboratory observation. It provides a foundation to teaching that you encounter when you begin your studies at degree level. Topics covered include cellular anatomy, cellular function and how cells form tissues, the physiological function of tissues and the form and function of tissues.

Chemistry I

You may have already studied chemistry but this module will ensure you have the knowledge and practical skills to study at degree level. Students will learn the theories which support the study of chemistry and see them demonstrated in the laboratory. This module includes how to write formulae, atomic structure and chemical bonding – all vital to your future studies.

Chemistry II

The aims of this module are to introduce further topics in Chemistry and to build on the subject knowledge and practical skills acquired and developed in Chemistry I.

Students will further develop their understanding of basic theoretical principles and associated laboratory practice. These are important skills as degree courses will expect you to study how pharmaceutical drugs work on a chemical level.

Introductory Biochemistry

How do our bodies fight off infection? What does an illness do to our cells and tissues? This introduction to basic biochemistry will give you a perfect grounding to begin your Medical or Biomedical degree at DMU. Learn about basic processes such as how humans get their energy from food, how exercise keeps us healthy and how diseases attack the body.

Key Information



5 years:1 year pathway + 4 years degree


Start Dates

January 2024September 2023November 2023


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