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Pharmacy

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B-B,B,B

AAB-BBB, 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. 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.

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

31

IB Diploma with 666 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.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDD-DDM

Must be in Applied Science, plus A level Chemistry.

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DDD-DDM

Must be in Applied Science, plus A level Chemistry.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DDD-DDM

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.

UCAS Tariff

120-136

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Pharmacy

**Overview**
Play a part in the pharmaceutical advances of the future and learn how to use modern drug tech to make a difference to society with this MPharm (Hons) Pharmacy degree, accredited by the GPhC (General Pharmaceutical Council).

You'll practise using the skills and knowledge you learn under supervision from GPhC-registered Pharmacists and get valuable on-the-job experience with patients and the public on placements.

When you complete the course successfully, you just need to complete a foundation training year to become a fully qualified Pharmacist. You could also go onto a career in areas such as drug development and formulation, and clinical trials.

- Learn from qualified Pharmacists who have backgrounds in community and hospital pharmacy settings

- Practise applying your skills and scientific knowledge in a fully-stocked model pharmacy and in simulated consultation rooms, a care home, surgery and hospital wards

- Check and dispense real prescriptions on placements under the supervision of experienced Pharmacists

- Study alongside students from other healthcare disciplines to get an understanding of all stages of the patient experience

- Take opportunities to get further pharmaceutical experience in settings such as GP surgeries and mental health hospitals

- Get support arranging your foundation training year after the course

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

**Careers and opportunities**
Demand for qualified pharmacists is increasing. After the course, you can become a fully qualified pharmacist within a year by doing a foundation training and passing the GPhC registration examination.

Many graduates do split foundation training in general practitioner surgeries and other clinical settings. You can also split foundation training between the pharmaceutical industry and a hospital or community setting.

**Foundation training support**
Our Careers and Employability Service can support you in applying for your foundation year 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.

**Potential salary**
As a fully qualified Pharmacist in the NHS, you'll usually start at the bottom of band 6 of the Agenda for Change pay scale (£32,306 in 2021/22). As your NHS career progresses, you could reach band 9 as a chief pharmacist (£93,735–£108,075 in 2021/22).

**What other roles can you do with a Pharmacy degree?**
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

**Graduate destinations**
Recent graduates have gone on to work for organisations including:
- Novartis

- Reckitt Benckiser

- Boots

- Superdrug

- Goldchem

- Virgin Care

- Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

**Placements and work experience**
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

You'll also have the chance to volunteer in the local community, providing health checks to groups such as homeless people. Our Careers and Employability Service can help you find further work experience opportunities during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary opportunities – including a summer research placement at a European university – that will complement your studies and build your CV.

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
- Preparation for Clinical 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
£18,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of 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

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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.

83%
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

68%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
69%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
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

86%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
71%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

81%
UK students
19%
International students
34%
Male students
66%
Female students
100%
2:1 or above
8%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

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.

Pharmacology, toxicology & 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.

Pharmacology, toxicology and 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

£34k

£34k

£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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