Pharmacy

MPharm (Hons)



Entry 2018

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UCAS code

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The new MPharm programme has led to pre-registration students who are more ready for practice. Their clinical knowledge and problem solving skills are developed from much earlier in the course, leading to graduates ready to apply these skills from day one in their placement. This has been very advantageous to us, as employers, and to the students themselves Clare Roberts, Advanced Pharmacist Education & Training, Leeds Teaching Hospital

Entry requirements

A levels

Chemistry or Biology and one other Science subject (Maths, Physics, Biology, Chemistry or Psychology) required at minimum AB. General Studies or Critical Thinking is not accepted.

Students offering A-levels should complete them within a 3-year time frame to be eligible for entry onto this programme.

Please note that where a science A-level is taken, the University will require applicants to pass the practical element (for A-levels awarded from August 2017 onwards).

BTEC Extended Diploma

For applicants who have taken the new BTEC Extended Diploma assessed by written examinations and coursework: DDD. Applied Science with minimum four Chemistry or Biology units and two Maths units at Distinction.

For applicants who have taken the BTEC Extended Diploma assessed by coursework only:  DDD. Applied Science with minimum four Chemistry units and two Maths units at Distinction AND either A-level Chemistry or A-Level Biology at grade B.

Applicants on Access Programmes

128 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Higher Education Diploma - Science subject required. Must include a minimum of 12 credits of Chemistry at Distinction and 12 credits at Distinction in one other Science subject.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

128 UCAS tariff points to include either HL Chemistry or Biology at Grade 6, 1 other HL Science subject at Grade 6 and a third HL subject at Grade 5. Plus HL 3 or SL 4 in Maths and English Language and Literature A or English B.

Plus minimum of

Five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4, including English Language, Maths (note: GCSE English Language and Maths equivalences will not be accepted) and two sciences (i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Combined Science).

Those applying with Access courses are only required to have GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or grade 4.

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.

Applicants who do not hold the specified A-Level subjects may be considered for the Clinical Sciences Foundation Year with a view to entering year one of the MPharm the following year. Entry onto the MPharm would be conditional on assessment performance at the end of the foundation year. Entry onto the MPharm is normally subject to passing all modules at first attempt and achieving a minimum of 60% in the chemistry module and an overall average of 65% or higher. Students that do not achieve this standard, but who pass the foundation year, would transfer to another programme within the Faculty of Life Sciences (e.g. BSc ChemistryBSc Biomedical ScienceBSc Clinical Sciences). Please note that you would be nominated and supported as a potential future pharmacy student and as such this route does not permit transfer to study medicine at the University of Leeds.

English language requirements

Minimum IELTS at 6.5 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details »

CIFS entry requirement

If you are an International student and do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Certificate of International Foundation Studies (CIFS)

80 UCAS points or equivalent (see individual country pages for details) plus Maths and 2 Science qualifications equivalent to GCSE Grade C. UKVI approved IELTS of 5.5 overall with no sub-test less than 5.0. In addition applicants will need to succeed in the selection/interview process for the degree programme.

CIFS modules to be taken

Students study the four core modules plus:

  • Foundation in Human Biology
  • Foundation in Chemistry

Progression requirements for degree programme

An overall average of at least 65% and at least 60% in Foundation in Chemistry and at least 50% in English Language for Specific Academic Purposes with additional sub-test requirements.

Please note: Pharmacy has additional entry requirements of a disclosure and barring service check and a health check 

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.

Learning and assessment

Our award-winning Pharmacy programme has been designed by nationally acclaimed pharmacy educational experts with input from pharmacy employers, patients and our alumni.

The programme is predominantly taught using an innovative and active learning method called Team-Based Learning (TBL).

In TBL classes you will actively practice applying your knowledge to solve real-world pharmacy problems through team discussion and class debate facilitated by our expert academic staff.

TBL develops your confidence, your problem-solving skills, and the communication and team skills necessary for employment in pharmacy.

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.

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.

What are we looking for in our applicants?

We are looking for evidence of work experience, ideally in a health related environment. You will need to be able to show your motivation to study pharmacy, demonstrate that you have experience of taking responsibility, and that your values are congruent with those of a future healthcare professional.

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.

How do I register as a pharmacist?

Entry to the profession of pharmacy is regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). In order to be eligible to register as a pharmacist you must:

  • Hold a Master's level degree in pharmacy awarded in the UK which has been accredited by the GPhC
  • Satisfactorily complete one year of pre-registration experience in an approved pharmaceutical establishment under the guidance of a pharmacist
  • Pass the registration assessment at the end of the pre-registration year
  • Complete the application process by declaring your fitness to practise and a health declaration

Please note that completion of the MPharm degree alone does not guarantee that you will be successful in securing a pre-registration training placement or registering as a pharmacist. However, we will provide you with help and support to optimise your ability to do so. Please note that the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) does not offer prospective registration advice, if registration is refused then an applicant can appeal against this decision via the GPhC’s Appeals Committee.

Study support

Our comprehensive support services will help you to achieve your full potential – both academically and personally. 

We provide all you need to make the very best of your time with us, and successfully progress through your studies and on into the world of graduate employment. 

Our support services include: 

  • Personal tutors 
  • Disability services 
  • Counselling services 
  • MyBradford student support centres 
  • The Students’ Union 
  • Chaplaincy and faith advisers 
  • An on-campus nursery 
  • Halls wardens 

We have well-stocked libraries and excellent IT facilities across campus. These facilities are open 24 hours a day during term time, meaning you’ll always find a place to get things done on campus. 

Our Academic Skills Advice Service will work with you to develop your academic, interpersonal and transferable skills. 

Research

Research expertise at the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences includes drug design, formulation, drug delivery, clinical trials, neuroscience and natural products.

Read more on our Faculty website

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.