OverviewRanked top 20 in the UK for Pharmacy according to the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014.
Pharmacy is a broad and challenging profession in which pharmacists are key members of a healthcare team. It is a rewarding career that involves extensive contact with patients to enable them to take their medicines safely and appropriately.
We are regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and have a separate leadership body known as the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. Registration as a pharmacist is conditional upon successful completion of a degree in pharmacy, one year of pre-registration training in an approved pharmacy, and passing an examination set by the GPhC.
Our five-year MPharm degree enables you to undertake that training in two six-month periods as part of the degree. This enables you to undertake your professional examination and hence register as a pharmacist immediately after graduation, providing you satisfy the conditions of the GPhC.
Please note that this list is indicative. Modules are subject to change and we reserve the right to modify the provision and content of our modules.Core Modules:
- Foundation Studies for Pharmacy 1 - Molecules to Systems
- Foundation Studies for Pharmacy 2 - Life Cycle of Medicines
- Foundation Studies for Pharmacy 3 - Promoting Health and Wellbeing
- Foundation Studies for Pharmacy 4 - Prescription Processing
- Capability in Pharmacy 1,2,3 & 4
- Nutrition, Metabolism & Reproduction 1 & 2
- Transport 1 & 2 - Cardiovascular, Urinary & Respiratory
- Senses, Thoughts and Movement 1 & 2
- Consultation Skills A - Minor Ailments
- Consultation Skills B - Long-term Conditions
- Consultation Skills C - Optimal Medicines Use
- Student-Selected Component
Learning Activities and Assessment
In September 2012 we started to deliver our newly-accredited pharmacy curriculum. This provides a framework for you to develop the necessary knowledge, skills and capabilities for you to practise as a pharmacist in the future. This innovative curriculum has been built with advice from leading pharmacists, employers, recent graduates, patients and other key stakeholders to achieve patient-centred outcomes need by pharmacists in practice.
Our facilities along with our new curriculum are designed to develop independent learners who possess the skills to manage their own lifelong learning needs; accordingly, the strategies used to develop these skills include directed self-study of subject content out of class with the emphasis of 'in-class time' being placed on learning how to use this new knowledge. You will learn by a combination of team-based learning, case method, practical work and simulation, patient contact and inter-professional learning.
If you follow our five-year MPharm degree, you will undertake two separate six-month periods of pre-registration experience within the course.
Your degree award is based on a variety of assessments, which are designed to provide an accurate indication of your all-round ability. The programme includes regular diagnostic, mock and final assessments with plenty of feedback opportunities. The types of assessment include traditional written examinations, oral assessments, and assessed coursework alongside innovative assessments of professional, clinical, communication and consultation skills.
Our unique and highly regarded five-year MPharm degree is the only one in the country to embed two separate six-month periods of pre-registration experience within the course, and gives you the opportunity to experience two different aspects of pharmaceutical practice (usually hospital and community practice), thereby broadening your experience. Each six-month placement is arranged and supervised by the School, and the two-placement structure brings you into contact with a wide range of patients, employers and healthcare professionals.
A career in pharmacy allows you to work in a variety of different sectors such as community, hospital, industry, primary care, GP Practice, academia etc. It is an exciting time to be joining pharmacy, the role of the pharmacist is evolving with the introduction of new services and high expectations from the UK government.
Employment six months after the course
98% of our 2011 Pharmacy graduates (most recent data) found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.
(These statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.)
Average salary six months after the course
The average starting salary for our 2011 Pharmacy graduates on the four-year course was £18,385.
The average starting salary for our 2011 Pharmacy graduates on the five-year course (registered Pharmacists) was £35,000.
Entry requirements for 2014
Typical offer (UCAS tariff points): 320
Typically 3 A-level subjects - with 220 points (A,B) from Chemistry and one other science subject, and 100 points from one other subject. OR 2 A-level subjects, one of which must be Chemistry, plus 2 AS levels, with Biology and Maths highly desirable if not offered at A level. General Studies and Critical Thinking points not counted. All offers will be subject to interview.
GCSE English and Maths minimum grade C.
Or DDD in the BTEC Diploma in Applied Science with the following units at Distinction: Maths and Stats for Science Technicians OR Mathematical Tools in Science AND Using Statistics at Distinction grade, PLUS four Chemistry units at Distinction grade. You will also need 5 GCSEs at grade C or above which must include Maths and English as well as 2 science subjects at minimum grade B.
Minimum IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.
How do I find out more?
For more information contact Dr Sam McLean
- Tel: 01274 236294
- Fax: 01274 309742