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I still haven't really decided what I want to do... I like the aspect of learning how drugs work and doing a pharmacy degree seems pretty good. I am also really interested in skincare/cosmetic science things too. I would love to be able to formulate certain skincare and perhaps something like being a perfumer . I just want to know whether there are any routes I could take from pharmacy to do so...
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Pharmacy is an allied health professions degree designed to train you to become a dispensing pharmacist. What you are discussing are aspects of pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences/medicinal chemistry which are academic degrees which train you in the science behind how drugs work and how drugs are designed and formulated. I would recommend unless you wish to become a pharmacist (which will probably be working in community pharmacy as I understand hospital based roles are limited and very competitive), you should look at those latter degree programmes.
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The above poster makes a very good point. Unless you actually want to become a Pharmacist, there's no point doing Pharmacy when you could just do Pharmacology instead. However, in a Pharmacy degree you still would do modules on formulation (tablets, creams, ointments, gels, suspensions etc.) which you probably would like. However, you do this in degrees like Pharmacology too so you may as well just do that.
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I agree with the others. I am a pharmacist and in my opinion the MPharm is not a flexible degree at all (although it’s advertised as flexible). I am very interested in formulation especially in dermatology and cosmetic science and have been trying to get into this industry for years.

A little story from my experience...

Even with some experience in these fields, emphasising my relevant modules and doing a whole dissertation in formulation, I’ve had no luck (even for entry level roles). Same as my colleagues and friends (looking at other scientific industries). Employers usually look for at least one year of experience which you’d usually get during a placement year which you rarely (if not at all) do whilst studying pharmacy. Also you’ll be questioned to as why you studied a healthcare course - because of this employers expect a lot of work experience (even if it’s working at a makeup stall) especially for cosmetic science.

I would recommend that you study courses like cosmetic science, pharmaceutical science or chemistry and do a placement year.
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