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Global Pharmacy

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Global Pharmacy

Key facts

MSc, PGDip, PGCert

Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 2 years

Eligible applicants: UK, international

Due to visa restrictions, international students requiring a student visa (including EU/EEA who require a student visa) are eligible to apply for BSMS full-time Masters courses only. Part-time Masters courses, all PGDip and all PGCert courses are open to UK and Irish students and international students (including EU/EEA) who have an alternative visa/immigration permission to stay in the UK (such as settled/pre-settled status, Tier 2/work visa, indefinite leave to remain etc).

Location: University of Sussex Falmer campus and University of Brighton Falmer campus

Course Leader: Dr Sarah Marshall

Read Dr Sarah Marshall's profile here >

General enquiries:

This course is validated by the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex. Applications for 2022/23 entry are now open. 

Apply for the Global Pharmacy course here >

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Key areas of study

  • Social determinants of health and ill health
  • Global burden and management of disease
  • Access to good quality medicines
  • Affordability of medicines
  • Supply chain management
  • Rational use of medicines
  • The role of the pharmaceutical industry in global health
  • Pharmacy and global health
  • Pharmacy and humanitarian responses 
  • Research practice in global contexts

Course overview

The course develops students’ understanding of how pharmacy can impact global health. Students are provided with a foundation in the complex determinants of health and the global burden and management of disease.

The curriculum then focuses on the twin strands of pharmaceuticals and pharmacists, and their role in improving global health, with a particular emphasis on addressing health inequities. The course brings together experts from many disciplines to deliver a vibrant and stimulating programme.

The Global Pharmacy course is suitable for anyone interested in taking a multidisciplinary approach to how pharmacy and global health are related.

This course is particularly relevant for pharmacists, those working in the pharmaceutical industry and pharmaceutical policy makers, as well as others interested in how global health and pharmacy intersect.

The course comprises two terms of face-to-face teaching on the Falmer campus, followed by one term focusing on a research-based MSc dissertation.

Textbooks and Medicines

“This unique and innovative course explores how pharmacists and pharmaceuticals affect the health of the world’s populations. You will learn from experts in a supportive and friendly environment, preparing you for your role in improving global health.”

Dr Sarah Marshall, Teaching Fellow in Global Health, BSMS

 "I have found the Access to Medicines lectures very interesting and such a privilege to be lectured by such experts in their fields."

Lubanji Maseka, Access to Medicines module student 2019-2020

"The module was filled with enthusiastic and knowledgeable speakers from around the globe. I can't imagine having access to such a variety of expertise on any other course!"

Karin Remmelzwaal, Access to Medicines module student 2016-2017

"This module has not only taught me a lot about the complexity and importance of access to medicines, but has given me the chance to hear from and interact with some inspirational people working in the field. It has been a truly engaging and eye-opening module"

Jennifer Hockey, Access to Medicines module student 2016-2017

"Incredible. This has opened my eyes to the near infinite expanses of my profession."

Pharmacy and Global Health module student 2017-2018 

"The Access to Medicines module really ended up being my absolute favourite, the most informative and thought-provoking...I am really grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of it." 

Monika Kowalska, Access to Medicines module student 2018-2019


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Meet our speakers

We are fortunate to have colleagues from Brighton and Sussex Medical School, the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex teach on the Global Pharmacy programme. In addition we are very grateful for the input and enthusiasm of some internationally renowned speakers.

Meet our Global Pharmacy Speakers >

Course benefits 

This course equips students to apply their specialist knowledge and skills to make a unique contribution to improving global health through pharmacy. 

The course has a particular focus on overcoming health inequities: the avoidable differences in health globally. Graduates will have the skills to work as global pharmacy practitioners, policy makers, consultants or researchers, with international health and development agencies or in global health-related aspects of the pharmaceutical industry.

Course structure


  • Global Health Principles
  • Access to Medicines
  • Pharmacy and Global Health


  • Global Health Principles
  • Global Burden and Management of Disease
  • Research Practice in Global Contexts 
  • Access to Medicines
  • Pharmacy and Global Health


  • Global Health Principles
  • Global Burden and Management of Disease
  • Research Practice in Global Contexts 
  • Access to Medicines
  • Pharmacy and Global Health
  • Dissertation (Research Project)

Entry requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent.

For international students an IELTS score of 7 or above is required, with no less than 6.5 in each section.

Global Pharmacy MSc Scholarship

BSMS offers a scholarship for students admitted to the full-time Masters degree in Global Pharmacy at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Global Health Research.

The scholarships are funded by BSMS, and confirm the emergence of the Global Health and Infection department as a national and international leader in Global Health and Global Pharmacy postgraduate study. The BSMS Global Pharmacy scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic and/or professional merit and financial need. The scholarship provides one £2,500 award towards tuition fees.

UK, EU and International (Non UK/EU) students are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Application procedure

You must first apply for admission to the Global Pharmacy MSc course via our online application process (see 'apply here' section). You will need your applicant number to complete the BSMS Global Pharmacy Scholarship application form.

The completed application form should be submitted as a single Word document saved as a PDF and sent via email to Dr Sarah Marshall ( The closing date is Friday 26 June 2020 at 10am. Unfortunately we are not able to provide feedback regarding unsuccessful applications.

If you are from a low or lower middle income country you may be eligible to apply for a scholarship from the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID). Check the website for details of forthcoming opportunities. Not all low and lower middle income countries are eligible so do check the criteria.

more about the OPEC Fund >

Chevening Scholarships are available to applicants for the Global Pharmacy MSc.

more about the Chevening Scholarships > 

Some postgraduate applicants may be eligible to apply for Rotary International Global Grant Scholarships.

More about Rotary International Global Grants >

Tips for applying for these and other scholarships are available here > 


Two of our Global Pharmacy MSc students, Tash Cornwell and Noella Manirakiza, share their views on how they benefitted from applying for scholarships. 

Tash and Noella Talk Scholarships >

Fees and funding

The fees listed below are the overall costs for full-time courses taken in the academic year 2022/23. Where courses are taken part-time over more than one academic year, fees are usually charged pro-rata for the modules taken during each academic year.  


UK £9,500
International £18,975


UK £6,336
International £12,654


UK £3,168
International £6,327

Other scholarships 

All BSMS students on Masters courses accredited jointly by the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton are eligible to apply for University of Sussex postgraduate scholarships in 2022/23. 

more about Sussex Postgraduate Scholarships >

Find out more information about the government loans for postgraduate study now available for the Global Pharmacy MSc.