(2018 Entry)


In Pharmacy, you’ll experience innovative and inclusive teaching, state-of-the-art facilities, visits and placements in hospital, community and industrial settings, all of which will prepare you for your future career.

Integrated master's
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4 years

UCAS code: B230

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Course Overview


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School of Pharmacy

Pharmacists play a key role in many aspects of the design, development, delivery, and optimisation of the use of medicines. They’re clinicians and scientists, but they also need strong management and communications skills. That’s because, although many pharmacists work in community pharmacy, hospitals and GP surgeries, they’re also very much in demand in the pharmaceutical industry, academia, regulatory affairs and public health.

Pharmacists promote the safe and effective use of medicines and ensure quality patient care. They are both professional scientists and qualified healthcare practitioners. Often, they are the first point of information for the public and other healthcare professionals, and as such must be effective communicators.

All aspects of the Pharmacy programme are taught in dedicated, well-equipped facilities using a combination of teaching methods. Placements form an important learning experience throughout all years of the course giving you the opportunity to place your learning in context within different working environments.

What will this mean for my future?

Graduates from this course will have a portfolio of skills that are attractive to potential employers in health authorities, hospitals, community pharmacies and in the pharmaceutical industry both in the United Kingdom and globally. Throughout the course, you will be able to assess which areas of pharmacy are of most interest to you and practising pharmacists will be available to provide advice. MPharm graduates need to complete a statutory one year pre-registration period to qualify to practice.

Indicative modules

The programme provides a truly integrated and fully contextualised MPharm degree. Each year of the programme is based on a single 120-credit module that spans both semesters.

Core topics can include:

  • The roles required of the modern pharmacist
  • The underpinning science essential for the practice of pharmacy
  • Legal, ethical and professional aspects of healthcare
  • Service quality and standards applying to pharmacy
  • Understanding the signs and symptoms of illness
  • Improving the public's health
  • Medicines management
  • Advice to other healthcare providers

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

The programme is planned as four 120-credit modules – one for each year of study. During each year teaching material is delivered within themes that are designed to integrate the physical and social sciences within the context of patient care and public health.

During Level 7 students have the opportunity to choose topics to study within an electives strand that is designed to complement their chosen career path within Pharmacy. Students will choose from a range of specialist topics taught in small seminar groups and an extended project. The number of specialist options chosen and the length / nature of the project may be varied to suit each student’s interests and aspirations.

Shown on the following pages are the learning outcomes for each level of study. Further details of the mapping of learning outcomes to themes are provided in the module guides for each level of study.

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