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University of Portsmouth

Pharmacy

UCAS Code: B230

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B-A,A,B

BBB-AAB, or equivalent, to include A level Chemistry, plus an A level in a second Science subject or Mathematics. For A levels which include a separate science practical component, a pass is desirable and may strengthen an application. *Please note: A levels in Applied Science, General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies are not normally accepted.

122-138 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Science), with a minimum of 18 level 3 credits in Chemistry at Distinction, and 18 level 3 credits in Biology; 12 at Distinction and 6 at Merit.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

M2,M2,M2-D3,M1,M2

3 Principal Subjects at M2 M2 M2 - D3 M1 M2. To include a Principal Subject in Chemistry, plus a Principal Subject in a second Science or Mathematics.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English, Mathematics and Biology (or Double Science) at grade C or above, if not studied at a higher level/GCSE English, Mathematics and Biology (or Double Science) at grade 4 or above, if not studied at a higher level.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

29-30

IB Diploma with 666 - 776 at Higher Level, to include Chemistry and a second Science subject or Mathematics. Mathematics and English must be passed with at least 4 points at Standard Level (if not passed at GCSE grade C or above).

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H3-H2,H2,H2,H3,H3


To include Higher Level Chemistry plus a second Higher Level Science subject or Mathematics at H3.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DDM-DDD

Must be in Applied Science, plus A level Chemistry.

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B,C-C,C,C

CCC-BBC from Advanced Highers, to include Chemistry and a second Science subject or Mathematics. *Please note: Applied Science, General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies are not normally accepted.

BBB-AAB, or equivalent, to include A level Chemistry, plus an A level in a second Science subject or Mathematics. Other qualifications are considered including BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science at DDM-DDD plus A level Chemistry. For A levels which include a separate science practical component, a pass is desirable and may strengthen an application. All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview, which will include an admissions test. Applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before starting the course. *Please note: A levels in Applied Science, General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies are not normally accepted.

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Pharmacy

**Overview**
Are you interested in the how and why of diseases, and how to treat them? Do you want to embark on a career where you use your interpersonal skills and knowledge of medicines to improve people's health?

Pharmacists are experts in medicines. They're vital for ensuring quality and safe supply of medicines within the law, and advising patients and fellow medical professionals on the correct use of medicines. They also offer health advice to patients.

This Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) honours degree course, which is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), gives you the medical knowledge and practical skills you need to begin a career as a pharmacist.

You'll study topics including medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics and therapeutics, and develop patient-focused clinical skills and clinical management skills in lectures, workshops and lab classes.

You'll practise your skills and apply your knowledge using the equipment and facilities you'll use in your career, such as a fully stocked model pharmacy, consultation rooms and a simulated hospital ward, GP surgery, and care home. You'll also interact with patients and members of the public on campus and on short community and hospital-based placements, and check and dispense prescriptions as you shadow qualified pharmacists.

After the course you can undertake pre-registration training and qualify as a GPhC-registered pharmacist within a year, or work in areas such as drug development or marketing.

**Accredited by:**
This course is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

**What you'll experience**
On this course you'll:
- Be taught by pharmacy-qualified staff who have backgrounds in community and hospital pharmacy settings

- Practise patient assessment skills on medical manikins and work-through realistic scenarios in our safe and secure Centre For Simulation In Healthcare

- Get workplace experience by training in our fully stocked model pharmacy – you'll work through complicated cases in study groups, review hospital medication charts, and respond to medicine information queries

- Interact with patients and members of the public with our local community pharmacy partners

- Work alongside students from other healthcare disciplines, giving you an appreciation of all stages of the patient experience

- Check and dispense prescriptions with real medication under the supervision of General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) registered pharmacists

- Go on placement in general practitioner surgeries and a mental health hospital in your final year in addition to community and hospital placements in other years across the course

- Complete a final year project tailored to your interests and career ambitions

**Careers and opportunities**
After the course, you can become a fully qualified pharmacist within a year by doing pre-registration training and passing the GPhC registration examination.

Our Careers and Employability Service can support you in applying for the pre-registration training, helping with interview techniques and the application process. You'll get help, advice and support for up to 5 years after you leave the University.

The expanding responsibilities of pharmacists means you'll have many other job options at the end of the course. Areas you could work in include:

- Drug development and formulation

- Involvement with toxicity studies

- Clinical trials

- Marketing

- Regulatory affairs

- Medical writing

You'll get plenty of experience dealing with patients and the public on this course.

Possible placement locations include:

- Community pharmacies in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas

- Local hospitals such as Queen Alexandra in Portsmouth, St. Richard's in Chichester, Southampton General Hospital, and Royal County Hospital in Winchester

- GP surgeries in Portsmouth and surrounding areas

- Solent NHS Trust’s mental health in-patient services

Modules

Year 1
Core modules in this year include:
- Cells to Systems
- Developing Life-Long Learning for Pharmacy
- Introduction to Formulation
- Introduction to Neuroscience and Pharmacology
- Introduction to Pharmacy Practice
- Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Year 2
Core modules in this year include:
- Drug Development and Formulation
- Immunology and Microbiology in Health and Disease
- Medicines Patients and Public Health
- Neuroscience, Endocrine and Gastrointestinal Pharmacology and Therapeutics
- Respiratory, - Renal and Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Year 3
Core modules in this year include:
- Antimicrobial Chemotherapy - Theory and Practice
- Bioactives Natural and Synthetic
- Delivering Pharmaceutical Care to Patients
- Pharmaceutical Formulation and Quality Assurance
- Pharmacy Research Methods and Ethics

Year 4
Core modules in this year include:
- Clinical Skills for Pharmacists
- Evidence Based Practice
- Integrated Studies in Mental Health
- MPharm Research Project
- Personalised Medicine and Cancer

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through diagnostic tests, written assignments, simulated patient-focused case studies, oral and poster presentations, online tests, clinical skills assessment.
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£16,400
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Science and Health

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

81%
med
Pharmacy

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Pharmacy

Teaching and learning

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
95%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

84%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
75%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
37%
Male students
63%
Female students
94%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Pharmacy

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
99%
med
Employed or in further education
94%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

90%
Health professionals
3%
Science, engineering and production technicians
1%
Teaching and educational professionals

As only a relatively small number of students study pharmacology or toxicology, these statistics refer most closely to the graduate prospects of pharmacy graduates, so bear that in mind when you review them. Only a handful of students take first degrees in pure toxicology every year — the subject is more popular at Masters level. Pharmacology is a degree that tends to lead to jobs in the medical and pharmaceutical industries, and outcomes are improving again after a difficult time in the last few years. Jobs in pharmacology are often very specialist and so it’s no surprise that pharmacologists are amongst the most likely of all students to go on to a doctorate — if you want a job in research, start thinking about a PhD. As for pharmacy, unemployment rates are below 1% and 95% of pharmacy graduates had jobs as pharmacists (mostly in retail pharmacists) six months after they left their courses - employment rates have gone up significantly in the last couple of years.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Pharmacy

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£25k

£25k

£25k

£25k

£34k

£34k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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