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University of Central Lancashire


UCAS Code: B230

Master of Pharmacy (with Honours) - MPharm (H)

Entry requirements

A level


including Chemistry or Biology, and one other Science. (Human Biology, Mathematics, Use of Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Environmental Management, Psychology, Engineering, Geography). General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Pass Access to HE with 128 points including 15 level 3 credits of Chemistry or Biology at Distinction AND 15 level 3 credits in another Science subject at Distinction.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including Maths and English or equivalent, and Chemistry and Biology if no A2 in that subject. Equivalent qualifications are Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English or Level 3 Key Skills in Maths and Communication.

Pass IB. Grade 6 at Higher Level Chemistry or Biology and second Higher Level Science at grade 6 and a third subject at Higher Level grade 5. Standard level required in Chemistry and Biology if not taken at Higher Level.

128 UCAS points from A and B grades or H1 and H2 grades. Must include Chemistry or Biology and another Science subject.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)


RQF BTEC: Distinction in the following THREE externally assessed ‘mandatory’ units: 1 Principles and Applications of Science I (90 GLH) 3 Science Investigation Skills (120 GLH) 5 Principles and Applications of Science II (120 GLH) AND: Distinction in THREE of the following internally assessed ‘optional’ units: 8 Physiology of Human Body Systems (60 GLH) 9 Human Regulation and Reproduction (60 GLH) 10 Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways (60 GLH) 11 Genetics and Genetic Engineering (60 GLH) 12 Diseases and Infections (60 GLH) 13 Applications of Inorganic Chemistry (60 GLH) 14 Applications of Organic Chemistry (60 GLH) 17 Microbiology and Microbiological Techniques (60 GLH) 18 Industrial Chemical Reactions (60 GLH) 19 Practical Chemical Analysis (60 GLH) QCF BTEC: Distinction in the following TWO ‘mandatory’ units: 1 Fundamentals of Science (10 credits) L3L3 (this unit covers Chemistry, Biology and Physics) 3 Scientific Investigations (10 credits) L3 AND: Distinction in the following ONE ‘mandatory’ units: 6 Using Mathematical Tools in Science (5 credits) L2 OR: Distinction in the following TWO ‘optional’ units: 7 Mathematical Calculations for Science (5 credits) L3 AND 8 Using Statistics in Science (5 credits) L3 AND: Distinction in FIVE of the following ‘optional’ 11 Physiology of Human Body Systems (10 credits) L3 12 Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction (10 credits) L3 13 Biochemistry and Biochemical Techniques (10 credits) L3 15 Microbiological Techniques (10 credits) L3 18 Genetics and Genetic Engineering (10 credits) L3 19 Practical Chemical Analysis (10 credits) L3 22 Chemical Laboratory Techniques (10 credits) L3 26 Industrial Chemical Reactions (10 credits) L3 27 Chemical Periodicity and Its Applications (10 credits) L3 28 Industrial Applications of Organic Chemistry (10 credits) L3 43 Diseases and Infections (10 credits) L3

128 points from top two grades (Can be combined with Highers). Must have Chemistry or Biology and another Science.

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Our fully GPhC accredited MPharm (Hons) degree ensures that you will have the knowledge and skills to be a key member of the healthcare team – becoming a pharmacy expert, health advocate, communicator, collaborator, scholar and professional. You’ll study aspects of medicine development and use, from how medicines are formulated to how they work on the body to treat various diseases. We integrate science and practice throughout each of the four years of the degree, and ensure that your experiential learning increases year on year.

Through structured placements in each year, you will gain an appreciation of the different sectors that pharmacists work in, and their role in these different teams. Each year you will participate in session working with the patient and the public, gaining the patient’s perspective, and ensuring that patient-centred care is at the heart of everything that we do. Every year, students will participate in inter-professional engagement sessions, working alongside medical, dentistry, nursing, physiotherapy, healthcare science, physicians’ associates, and social care students.

In Year 1, you will undertake a one-day placement in a community pharmacy, and a further one day experience in a hospital pharmacy. Years 2 and 3 will see you spending three days in a community pharmacy (Year 2) and three days in a hospital pharmacy (Year 3). In the final year of the MPharm programme, you will participate in a three-day placement in an area of pharmacy that you have expressed a preference in. Typical placement opportunities include academia, industry, hospice, prison and mental health trust, as well as community and hospital pharmacies.

Once you have successfully completed your MPharm degree, you will then undertake your pre-registration training year. Further details on this can be found on the GPhC’s website.

Following a successful pre-registration year, there are many career options available to you. Some of these careers may lead to you undertaking a postgraduate qualification, e.g. postgraduate diploma or Masters qualification, or training to become an independent prescriber.


Year 1: Journey of a medicine; Target identification, Identification of lead compounds, The physicochemical properties of molecules that influence, Formulation, ADME, Bringing a medicine to the market, Patient–specific factors around taking medicines, Pharmaceutical calculations. Health and Disease; Basic cell biology, Molecular biology, Major organ systems, Anatomy, Physiology, Homeostasis, Infection and Immunity, Anti-infectives (structure activity), Inflammation and repair. Foundations in Pharmacy Practice; Skills essential for practice - Communication, Consultation, Clinical reasoning, Handling prescriptions. Law and ethics, Determinants of health, Health behaviours, Roles and responsibilities of healthcare professionals, Personal and professional development

Year 2: Systems-Based Patient Care 1; Aetiology, pathophysiology and epidemiology of conditions, Clinical presentation, Diagnosis of disease, Therapeutic management of the conditions, Pharmacology of drugs used in the therapeutic management, Side effects of drugs, and an introduction to the sources of drug interactions, Introduction to clinical guidelines

Year 3: Systems-Based Patient Care 2; Differential diagnosis, Treatment regimens - evidence based and guidelines approach, Clinical management, Monitoring, including therapeutic drug monitoring, Management of polypharmacy & drug interactions, Risks of disease and role of pharmacist to modify/manage risk, Medicines optimisation, Long term management of patients including complications of disease

Year 4: Preparation for Professional Practice; Women who are pregnant and/or breastfeeding; People who are hepatically or renally impaired, People who are Immunocompromised/immunosuppressed, The young and the old, People with cancer, Screening, health prevention and intervention services, Pharmacoeconomics & commissioning, Ethical decision-making

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