Best Pharmacy Schools in the World - University Rankings 2021

Are you considering a career as a professional pharmacist? Not sure what university would best fit your study abroad experience? There are several lists featuring the best universities for studying Pharmacy, Pharmacology, and Toxicology, created by the top international university rankings in the world.

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Times Higher Education Rankings, QS Rankings, US News Rankings, and Shanghai Rankings all offer lists with the best pharmacy schools in the world. Check them out and have your pick.

If studying at the best pharmacy universities in the world is a hard pill to swallow because of high tuition fees, the far-away location, the language barrier or limited scholarships, rest assured you can still find a lot of great university options by checking out

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021: Pharmacy & Pharmacology

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Best Global Universities for Pharmacology and Toxicology 2021

Explore other ranked pharmacy schools on the U.S. News website.

ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020 - Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences

  • Harvard University, US
  • University of California, San Francisco, US
  • University of California, San Diego, US
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, US
  • Karolinska Institute, Sweden
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), US
  • University of Oxford, UK
  • University of Cambridge, UK
  • University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • University College London (UCL), UK

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Academic Influence Rankings – Real-time objective rankings

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You can also study an online Bachelor's or Master's in Pharmacy from the comfort of your home.

What to expect from studying at a great pharmacy school?

  • You’ll have to learn a lot of information and even reinvent the way you’ve been learning up to now.
  • Classes almost always include patient case studies.
  • Tests are more focused on patient cases as opposed to raw theory and memorising information.
  • Study groups are a great way to learn for exams and understand complex concepts.
  • There are many great student organisations to join that will help you to establish connections and offer you extra-curricular experience.
  • Most learning and exams happen on your personal laptop, so you’ll have to get used to using apps and digital tools.

Read more about the first-year study experience at pharmacy school.

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How to know if pharmacy school is right for you?

Consider the following factors:

  • Are you passionate about Chemistry, chemical substances and patient care?
  • Do your grades and previous experience fit the university requirements?
  • Can you afford it? Are there any scholarship opportunities?
  • Consider an internship or take some time as an assistant in a pharmacy to see if it’s something you’d like to do.
  • Ask practising pharmacists how they like their job and if they would do anything differently in their career.
  • Do you like research and have an analytical mind? There will be plenty of research, so you’d better!
  • If you can afford the trip and the time, try visiting the school before applying. You’ll get a feel of the atmosphere on campus, the city life and your future colleagues.
  • How far the school is from your home country and how ok are you with being very far or too close to home?

The answers to these questions can be different for everyone. Don’t take other people’s answers for granted and do your best to find your own. If you decide pharmacy school is for you, that’s great. If not, that’s alright as well. There are plenty of other degrees and future careers to consider and we’re here to help you find them.

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