Pharmaceutical Scientists

Join the professional body for pharmacy

  • Get pro feedback on your publications or proposals
  • Support for YOUR research, with one-to-one advisory sessions
  • Opportunities to show your work at our Annual Conference
  • And much more...

Become an RPS member, and be part of something bigger!


Serious about Science
Professor Parastou Donyai, the RPS Chief Scientist, oversees our dedicated Science & Research Team, and promotes pharmaceutical science.

Why become an RPS member?

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  • Access to research and career development services, such as one-to-one support sessions and our Mentoring scheme
  • Professional feedback and advice on your research proposals, grant applications, journal articles and other publications
  • The ability to become a Qualified Person (QP) through the RPS
  • Access to our four Research Journals published in partnership with Oxford University Press
  • Free subscription to the Pharmaceutical Journal
  • Access to essential pharmacy texts in our e-Library
  • Up to 50% off essential publications, such as the BNF
  • Complimentary ticket to our Annual Conference
  • The European Industrial Pharmacy Group (EIPG) newsletter and webinars
  • Access to our pharmacy webinars and events
  • The Pharma Scene podcasts, with guests from across the profession
  • Access to specialised guidance for pharmaceutical scientists.

    And, as an RPS member, you can show your professional status by adding SRPharmS after your name.


    We also offer discounted membership for those not working, on maternity leave, or with long-term illness.

Three RPS Honours for pharmaceutical scientists
The Hanbury Medal, Harrison Medal, and OPERA (Outstanding Pharmacy Early-career Researcher Award).
  • Am I eligible to join the Royal Pharmaceutical Society?
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    To become a Pharmaceutical Scientist member you must:

    • Hold, at least, a bachelor degree (or equivalent), in a subject related to the pharmaceutical sciences
    • Be working in, or having worked in, the basic or applied sciences, or the social sciences, impinging on the discovery, development, delivery, quality, safety, efficacy, regulation, or usage of medicines and medical devices and their educational development
    • You must also be working, or have worked, in an area of pharmaceutical science (retired pharmaceutical scientists can become members)
    • Have at least two years experience in a pharmaceutical scientist role
    • Be able to provide two sponsors.

    The following roles do NOT fulfil the definition of pharmaceutical scientist:

    • Non-pharmacist community pharmacy owners and managers
    • Those working in medicines wholesalers (supply of medicines)
    • Those with a “pharmaceutical science degree” but who are not working in pharmaceutical science, e.g., a manager or administrator.