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Pharmacy

MPharm
Entry requirements 2015: 320 UCAS points
Entry requirements 2016: ABB / 320 UCAS points
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
UCAS code: B230
Suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Life Sciences
            

Overview

Pharmacy is a broad and challenging profession in which pharmacists are key members of the healthcare team in the community and hospitals.

We are regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and have a separate leadership body known as the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

95% of our 2013 Pharmacy graduates found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating

Accreditation/Recognition

Entry to the profession of pharmacy is regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). Both our MPharm programmes have recently been fully reaccredited for the maximum period of six years by the GPhC.

Why Bradford?

In September 2012 we started to deliver our newly-accredited and innovative pharmacy curriculum using team-based learning, built with advice from leading pharmacists, employers, recent graduates, patients and other key stakeholders to ensure patients get the best out of their medicines.

We are the only UK University to offer the 5-year practice-integrated MPharm programme, during which you have paid pre-registration placements and are able to qualify as a pharmacist when you leave university.

We have run this course successfully for over 40 years.

Alternatively you can choose the 4-year continuous programme where you complete your one-year pre-registration training after graduation.

The 5-year programme embeds two separate six-month periods of paid pre-registration experience within the course (£8,000-£10,300 per six-month placement), 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 Bradford School of Pharmacy, and the two-placement structure brings you into contact with a wide range of patients, employers and healthcare professionals.

Entry requirements for 2015

Typical offer: 320 UCAS points

A levels:

Typically from 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 science AS levels. General Studies and Critical Thinking points are not considered.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DDD from the BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science with the following units: Maths and Stats for Science Technicians or Mathematical Tools in Science and Using Statistics; plus four Chemistry units - all at Distinction.

BTEC Extended Diploma applicants also need to obtain a grade B in A-level Chemistry.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Access to Higher Education Diploma in Science to include a minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction in Chemistry, 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction in one other Science subject, and the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Plus minimum of:

A-level applicants: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above which must include English, Maths and Science.

BTEC applicants: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above which must include English and Maths, as well as 2 science subjects at minimum grade B

Additional entry requirements:

Will there be an interview?

Based on your personal statement and the admissions criteria, you will be invited to an Applicant Visit Day to learn more about our courses and to view our facilities. During the Applicant Visit Day, you will have an interview to determine your suitability for the course. Offers for entry to the MPharm are not made unless a successful interview has been conducted. Pharmacists are expected to practice using the 6 core values of the NHS constitution (external link):

  • Working together for patients
  • Respect and dignity
  • Commitment to quality of care
  • Compassion
  • Improving lives
  • Everyone counts

These values will be taken into consideration during the selection process.

Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks

All students are required to complete an enhanced DBS check on enrolment. Pharmacy is a profession that is exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, any applicant that has a criminal conviction, including cautions, warnings, reprimands, (penalty notice of disorder or equivalent) or if to your knowledge you are currently the subject of any Police investigation, either in the UK or in another country, should contact the admissions team to discuss their situation as this may have an impact on their admission to the course.

Please note that we reserve the right to remove any student who has a positive check.

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) will carry out their own health and good character checks before registering an applicant. These checks relate to registration and are additional to checks made by universities and employers. The GPhC may not register a student if a check is failed, even if they passed their previous university checks. Please note the GPhC will not provide prospective registration advice.

What other qualifications do you accept for entry?

We accept a wide range of qualifications from around the world including International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Advanced Higher, in all cases good grades in chemistry and biology will be essential. Applicants with non-standard qualifications should contact the admissions team for advice before applying.

Code of Conduct/Fitness to Practice

All pharmacy undergraduate students in England and Wales are subject to the Code of Conduct and Fitness to Practice processes determined by the regulatory body (see GPhC website for further details). All applicants who are invited to one of our applicant visit days will be required to complete a 'good character declaration' form.

Health status

We accommodate people with a range of backgrounds, health conditions & disabilities. However, the regulatory body state that a health condition may make it impossible for a student to graduate with an accredited MPharm.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.5 or the equivalent.

Entry requirements for 2016

Typical offer: ABB / 320 UCAS points

A levels:

The AB grades must be from Chemistry and one other Science subject, and grade B from one other subject. General Studies and Critical Thinking points are not considered.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DDD from the BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science with the following units: Maths and Stats for Science Technicians OR Mathematical Tools in Science AND Using Statistics; PLUS four Chemistry units — all at Distinction. You must also obtain A-level Chemistry at grade B.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Access to Higher Education Diploma in Science to include a minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction in Chemistry, 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction in one other Science subject, and the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Plus minimum of:

5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English Language and Maths (note: GCSE English Language and Maths equivalences will not be accepted) and 2 sciences (i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Combined Science).

Additional entry requirements:

As part of the selection process, we interview short-listed candidates prior to making offers. All places are offered subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and health check.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.5 or the equivalent.

Modules

Module name Type
Year 1
Capability in Pharmacy 1core
Foundation Studies for Pharmacy 1 (Molecules to Systems)core
Foundation Studies for Pharmacy 2 (Lifecycle of a Medicine)core
Foundation Studies for Pharmacy 3 (Promoting Health and Wellbeing)core
Foundation Studies for Pharmacy 4 (Prescription Processing)core
Year 2
Capability in Pharmacy 2core
Nutrition, Metabolism and Reproduction 1core
Senses, Thoughts and Movement 1core
Transport 1 (Cardiovascular, Urinary and Respiratory)core
Year 3
Capability in Pharmacy 3core
Nutrition, Metabolism and Reproduction 2core
Senses, Thoughts and Movement 2core
Transport 2 (Cardiovascular, Urinary and Respiratory)core
Year 4
Capability in Pharmacy 4core
Consultation Skills A (Minor Ailments)core
Consultation Skills B (Long-term Conditions)core
Consultation Skills C (Optimal Medicines Use)core
Student-Selected Component – Pharmacy Special Studiescore

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Placement

We were the first UK University to offer the 5-year practice-integrated MPharm programme which allows you to qualify as a pharmacist when you leave university and we have run this course successfully for over 40 years.

Alternatively you can choose the 4-year continuous programme where you complete your one-year pre-registration training after graduation.

The 5-year programme embeds 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.

Career support and prospects

Employment statistics

95% of our 2013 Pharmacy graduates (most recent data) found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.

Career prospects

A career in pharmacy allows you to work in a variety of different sectors such as community, hospital, industry, primary care, GP Practice, academia.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2013 Pharmacy graduates on the four-year course was £18,037 for a pre-registration placement.

For our 2013 Pharmacy graduates on the five-year course (registered Pharmacists) it was £29,647.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need work experience and if so, how much?

Competition for a place on the MPharm course is high and when selecting candidates the admissions team is not just looking for evidence of academic achievement although that is very important. The selection panel is also looking for evidence that an applicant is committed to studying Pharmacy and has investigated Pharmacy as a career. Work experience such as job shadowing, talking to community pharmacists, visits to community or hospital pharmacies or work placements however brief, are all evidence of this commitment.

What are the differences between the 4 and the 5-year courses?

On completion of the 4-year MPharm graduates undertake 12 months of pre-registration training. Normally, this would mean that after obtaining the 4-year Master's degree in pharmacy you would be required to undertake one year of 'Pre-registration Experience' in a pharmacy approved by the regulatory body and under the supervision of an experienced pharmacist.
The 5-year course is described as a sandwich or practice-integrated course because it contains two six-month periods of professional training. These two periods together satisfy the pre-registration requirements of the regulatory body and are undertaken in between periods of academic study.

When do I have to choose between the 4- and 5-year courses?

On application, a student may choose either course, and most students make their choice during the UCAS cycle. Students need to make up their minds about which course they would like to be registered on during the UCAS cycle and should think carefully about the differences for them personally. The final decision must be made prior to enrolment as changes during the 1st year are by exemption only.

Do you accept graduate entry?

We do accept students who have already completed degrees in relevant subjects (first class or upper second class) however we still require applicants to hold suitable GCSE and science A-level qualifications, including chemistry. Please note that tuition fees for graduate entry are usually classed as ELQ (Equivalent or lower qualifications) and have a different fee structure.

Can I transfer from another course (into year 2?)

We do not normally accept students after studying for one or two years on courses at other Universities. We may consider students who hold A-level qualifications that meet our standard entry criteria but any offer will be for entry to YEAR 1 ONLY.

Research

Bradford School of Pharmacy research expertise extends from drug design to formulation, drug delivery to clinical trials, neuroscience and natural products.

Read more on our Research website

Facilities

We have a well-equipped Clinical Skills Suite; our own community pharmacy; hospital ward; and a number of seminar rooms. Our pharmacology facilities are laboratories which include simulation software and computers to enable all of our students to have the same learning experience. You will also be taught in our new Simulation Suite which includes a human simulator (iSTAN) and a 3D virtual Anatomage Table where you will learn about anatomy and physiology.

Fees and Financial Support

Tuition fees

2015/16 Home/EU:

  • £9,000 per year
  • Sandwich Placement Year Fee: £900

2015/16 International:

  • £14,410 per year
  • Sandwich Placement Year Fee: £1,440

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

How do I find out more?

For more information contact the Admissions Office

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.