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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 protection, 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 includes indemnity and legal defence costs insurance, access to lawyers and pharmacist advisors, and membership of the PDA Union. If you want any advice or support, you don’t need to feel alone and isolated; you can contact us.

PDA membership is FREE to pharmacy students and trainees. 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 trainee pharmacist web page where you can find everything you need to support you in your trainee year.

Download our student flyer

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  • Student Newsletter – November 2022

    Fri 25th November 2022 The PDA

    In this edition, read about Pharmacist Support’s new grants portal and ways you can de-stress during your MPharm. Also, one PDA student member shares their experience of repeat prescriptions while working in a community pharmacy. 

  • Taking the Stress out of Exams

    Fri 11th November 2022 The PDA

    Especially for PDA student members who have exams coming up, the PDA is hosting a ‘Taking the Stress out of Exams’ course as part of the PDA’s commitment to supporting pharmacy students. 

  • Student Newsletter – July 2022

    Fri 15th July 2022 The PDA

    In this edition, read about an opportunity for students to come together to talk about high levels of stress and how to make improvements on Saturday 16 July, what it is like to be a PDA Student Rep, and an award-winning pharmacy student’s commitment to better the profession. 

  • Trainee and potential pharmacists need to share details of issues with online exams

    Tue 5th July 2022 The PDA

    The PDA are reiterating the call for candidates who took the online examination last week to share more information about their experience. 

  • An award-winning pharmacy student’s commitment to better the profession

    Tue 24th May 2022 The PDA

    In order to highlight the exceptional work of those dedicated to the profession, we caught up with PDA member David Dinneen, who recently won the 2022 Northern Ireland Pharmacy Student Leadership Award. David talks about how he became interested in pharmacy and shares advice for first-year pharmacy students. 

  • Student Newsletter – May 2022

    Sat 7th May 2022 The PDA

    In this edition, read about top tips that can benefit you while preparing for exams, what it is like to be a PDA Student Rep, and the PDA’s advice for returning to in-person examinations.  

  • Northern Ireland Healthcare Award winners 2022 announced

    Wed 4th May 2022 The PDA

    Last week (28 April), the Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards returned for its 23rd year. Once again Northern Ireland’s healthcare sector joined together under one roof to celebrate the achievements of healthcare professionals. 

  • Pharmacy students return to in-person examinations

    Wed 27th April 2022 The PDA

    The PDA has been contacted by many student members who are apprehensive about the return to in-person assessments. This is due to their continuing worry of Covid-19 transmissions and anxiety caused by changing exam formats and procedures. 

  • An award-winning pharmacy student’s commitment to the profession

    Sat 9th April 2022 The PDA

    In order to shine a light on a pharmacy student who has gone above and beyond in his commitment to his studies and the profession, we find out more about PDA member, Jack Murphy and why he was awarded the 2021 Scottish Pharmacy Student Leadership Award.  

  • Advice to pharmacy students as lecturers take strike action

    Mon 14th February 2022 PDA Union

    The PDA has issued advice to pharmacy students who may face pickets lines and find that their lecturers and other course staff are not at work due to industrial action by members of the University & College Union (UCU).  

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