Pharmaceutical Scientist


Following a decision by our members in 2011 to introduce a Pharmaceutical Scientist membership category, membership is now open to individuals working in, or those that have worked in, the basic, applied or the social sciences.

Their role must be focused on the discovery, development, delivery, quality, safety, efficacy, regulation or usage of medicines and medical devices and their educational development in all its many aspects and for the ultimate benefit of the patient and public.


If you wish to apply for Pharmaceutical Scientist membership you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Have a degree (or equivalent), in a subject related to the pharmaceutical sciences from a recognised institution
  • Must be working in, or have worked in, an area of pharmaceutical science as outlined above
  • Have at least two years experience in a pharmaceutical scientist role

We have added the term ‘or have worked in’ above as a criteria for eligibility to allow retired pharmaceutical scientists to be members.

Here’s an example of some of the roles that pharmaceutical scientists would be involved in:

Industrial pharmaceutical scientists

  • Creating formulations for new drugs and new methods of delivering existing drugs
  • Screening for new antimicrobial agents
  • Scaling up of processes for biological drugs
  • Assessing the toxicology of new drug modules
  • Providing advice to customers on the properties and uses of medicines

Academic pharmaceutical scientists

  • Teaching undergraduates in schools of pharmacy
  • Improving drug safety and concordance
  • Identifying or creating new candidate drug molecules
  • Researching how patients view their medicines or pharmacy workforce issues

Hospital pharmaceutical scientists

  • Assessing drug stability in pharmacy quality assurance departments
  • Involvement in clinical trials in patients
  • Developing medicines more appropriate for use in children and the elderly
  • Translational medicine – bench to bedside

Regulatory pharmaceutical scientists

  • Understanding the complex science involved in product licence applications for medicines

How to apply

If you meet the eligibility criteria, you can apply to become a member online. Your application will need to be supported by two members of the Society. You’ll also need to supply the following supporting information:

  • A copy of your degree qualifications
  • A portfolio of your relevant experience
  • Details of your sponsors
  • You may also wish to upload your CV, if you feel it supports your application

If you have all this information available, you can apply online now.

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As a Pharmaceutical Scientist member, you’ll belong to a professional body that is recognised as being the voice for pharmacy in Great Britain, and, as evidenced by the recent vote, a professional body that recognises the contribution pharmaceutical scientists make to the pharmacy profession.

Here are just some of the ways you can benefit from pharmaceutical scientist membership:

  • Consultations – contribute to our responses to consultations from Government and other bodies on issues relating to pharmaceutical science.
  • Lobbying - harness the lobbying power of the Society for pharmaceutical science issues and make use of the well developed links we have with Government, and other influential bodies, organisations, and groups.
  • Expert Advisory Panels (EAP) – the pharmaceutical science EAP is creating a Roadmap for the future of pharmaceutical science, while the education EAP is considering a range of educational issues including Modernising Pharmacy Careers
  • Events and Publishing – discounts on Pharmaceutical Press publications and reduced rates for RPS events. There’s also an opportunity to suggest new titles for publications and new events that would be of interest to pharmaceutical scientists.
  • RPS Support – your first port of call for advice and information. They can also signpost to sites relevant to pharmaceutical science. You’ll also get access to our professional support tools and guidance
  • Virtual networks and forum – there are opportunities to contribute to existing networks and forum, such as the science and research network and the recently launched Industrial Pharmacy Forum, and to establish new networks for pharmaceutical sciences and specialist groups within the discipline.
  • Member website - exclusive access to the members’ only area of the website and the ability to sign up to receive monthly e-news and e-alerts.
  • Library services – advice on literature searches; access to databases including Medline and International Pharmaceutical Abstracts; obtaining references.
  • Local Practice Forums (LPFs) – opportunities for pharmaceutical scientists to become involved in LPFs, to interact with the wider pharmacy community and to promote the pharmaceutical sciences  

And don’t forget as a Pharmaceutical Scientist member you’ll be able to use the letters SRPharmS after your name.

These are just a few of the services and benefits of membership. Find out more about all our services or apply online today.