Pharmacy with Integrated Training Year 

(2018 Entry)

MPharm (only available to international students)

As well as innovative teaching practice and state-of-the-art facilities, you will gain invaluable work experience to prepare you for your future career.

Integrated master's
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5 years

UCAS code: B233

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Course Overview

Pharmacy with Integrated Training Year

School link:
School of Pharmacy

Integrated Master’s awards are delivered through a programme that combines study at the level of a Bachelors degree with honours to study at Master’s level. The 5 year MPharm (with Integrated Training Year) shares the same indicative modules of the four year MPharm course.
The fourth year is split across years four to five, to provide opportunity for the Integrated Training Year.

Keele has excellent links with the local health service; dedicated teaching facilities; modern, well-equipped laboratories and analytical facilities; an enthusiastic, multidisciplinary teaching team; and a stimulating research environment. In common with all other UK Schools of Pharmacy, Keele requires external accreditation of its course by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). The MPharm programme achieved full accreditation in May 2010 and we were successfully reaccredited in December 2014.

*The School of Pharmacy is working towards accreditation and the course will be provisionally accredited until the programme receives full accreditation. Please visit for further information.

What will this mean for my future?

Pharmacists are the experts in drug discovery, development, preparation and usage of medicines. They are both professional scientists and qualified healthcare practitioners. Pharmacists work in hospitals, in the community, and in the pharmaceutical industry and also in a wide variety of other roles including academia, regulatory affairs, primary care, and the armed forces.

Indicative modules

The 5 year MPharm course (with Integrated Training Year) shares the same core topics of the four year MPharm course (see below). Graduates from the 5 year MPharm course are required to take and pass the GPhC's registration assessment before they can register to practise as a pharmacist.

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 five 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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