PDA Students

We understand that throughout your degree, you work hard to achieve your goals, with many of you preparing for exams and submitting coursework all alongside working in various pharmacy settings in the evenings and at weekends.

We recognise this commitment to the profession and work to ensure that you have the protections, support and encouragement to achieve success.

The PDA is committed to supporting you throughout your journey to becoming a qualified pharmacist. The views you share with us and the issues of concern to you are of importance both because you are the profession of tomorrow and because you already matter today.

PDA membership is free to pharmacy students and pre-regs. If you have not yet joined, we encourage you to join today and encourage your colleagues to do the same.

Join today for free

Find out what you get for your FREE membership here.

Have your say on the issues that matter

Your views are important to us, the PDA team attend university career days and deliver lectures, seminars and workshops for students across the UK not only to share information about the PDA but also to learn about the issues affecting you. On your behalf and with your help, we will work tirelessly to continue to campaign for change and raise the profile of the profession and represent your interests.

Get involved

Along with becoming a PDA member for free, you also have the opportunity to become a PDA Student Rep and play a key role in supporting student members and shaping the future of pharmacy.

Find out more about how you can get involved and become a PDA Student Rep here.

If you are a fourth-year pharmacy student, you will soon be interested in visiting our pre-reg web page where you can find everything you need to support you in your pre-reg year.

Download our student flyer

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related articles

  • Third-year pharmacy students: Oriel applications are now open

    Thu 10th June 2021 The PDA

    Oriel applications are now open for third-year students in England, Scotland and Wales who wish to begin their training in July/August 2022. The application deadline is Wednesday 23 June 2021. 

  • PDA hosts ‘Get Mentally Prepared’ for the exams workshop with Pharmacist Support

    Tue 1st June 2021 The PDA

    Last month, student and pre-reg members joined the PDA for a wellbeing workshop hosted by Pharmacist Support.  

  • Student e-newsletter – April 2021

    Thu 22nd April 2021 The PDA

    In this edition, read first-hand accounts of how MPharm students across the UK are coping with studying during a global pandemic.  

  • What I’ve found out talking to pharmacy students

    Thu 22nd April 2021 The PDA

    The PDA is committed to supporting members throughout their journey to becoming qualified pharmacists. As part of this work, the PDA regularly listen to the concerns of pharmacy students in order to offer them help and support. Hannah Baker is currently working with the PDA as a Student Recruitment Assistant and shares her journey of speaking to first-year students to gain an understanding of their needs. 

  • How the coronavirus crisis has impacted on pharmacy students – part 6

    Wed 21st April 2021 The PDA

    In our latest member voice article, Jay Patel recalls how last year, while in his third year at university, he worked at an independent pharmacy to support staff and patients during the pandemic. Jay goes on to voice his concerns for fellow students and shares his views on the importance of community pharmacy. 

  • Adjusting to blended learning: A day in the life of a first year MPharm student

    Wed 21st April 2021 The PDA

    In our latest member voice article, first-year MPharm student Caroline Matthew shares her 'day in the life' experience of adjusting to life as a pharmacy student during a global pandemic.  

  • Useful tips and helpful learning techniques for the OSCEs

    Wed 21st April 2021 The PDA

    As future pharmacists, it is important that we develop our communication skills. This includes verbal and non-verbal communication. During our pharmacy degree, we have classes and exams to practise and see where we can improve. Whether working in a hospital, community, GP, or practising in class, how we communicate helps us to properly consult. It also affects the trust that patients and other healthcare providers have in us.  

  • PDA call on employers to support exam candidates once results are announced

    Sun 18th April 2021 The PDA

    The GPhC have confirmed that provisionally registered pharmacists who do not pass their assessment will be removed from the register at 09:00am on Thursday 29th April 2021.  

  • PDA hosts student members webinar

    Thu 1st April 2021 The PDA

    In response to student member concerns about wanting to develop a greater understanding of the opportunities and experiences of pre-reg placements and working as a pharmacist in different settings, the PDA recently held an online student member event titled 'Life as a pharmacist: What to expect in your pharmacy career.'  

  • GPhC extend Provisional Registrant arrangements until 2022 and delay this year’s Summer exam dates

    Fri 12th March 2021 The PDA

    The GPhC has announced that they are extending the provisional registrant arrangements until January 2022, and due to an associated delay to the Summer registration exam date, any of the current (20-21) cohort of pre-registration trainees wishing to practice from 1 August will now have to also become provisional registrants until the results are released and they are eligible to join the pharmacist register.    

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