Leicester School of Pharmacy

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MPharm with Honours

Designed to meet the developing role of pharmacists.

Study MPharm at DMU|
Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists

Providing pharmacists with the qualification required to practice as independent prescribers.

Clinical Pharmacy|

Providing opportunities for personal and professional development


Professor Larry Goodyer| introduces the Leicester School of Pharmacy

Pharmacy has been taught at our current location in De Montfort University’s Hawthorn Building for more than 100 years and we have gained a reputation for producing graduates of the highest calibre. Students are taught in our recently refurbished facilities, which include specialist laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment.

Our MPharm undergraduate curriculum is specifically designed to prepare pharmacists for their developing role in providing healthcare through both community and hospital pharmacy, while retaining a strong science foundation. The programme is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council.

The BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Science| degree is designed for students interested in a career in those industries. The programme is highly practical, with many sessions in our state of the art laboratories. Many of our graduates have pursued very successful careers in the Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic sectors.

Completing our range of undergraduate programmes is BSc (Hons) Forensic Science|, accredited by the Forensic Science Society. This programme provides training in a wide range of laboratory skills and forensic techniques and opens up employment opportunities with forensic science providers, constabularies and a number of other scientific areas.

For postgraduate students we provide a well-established postgraduate Clinical Pharmacy| programme for pharmacists by distance learning and a 45 credit Independent Prescribing| for Pharmacists PG Cert course. We also offer two science based MSc programmes, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology| and Pharmaceutical Quality by Design|.

Global partnerships:

  • Partnerships with internationally-recognised  Chinese organisations and universities, such as Wuhan Institute of Technology, Shanghai Institute of Technology and hospitals in Nanjing
  • Our partnerships in Egypt have helped to develop education and training initiatives to support the Egyptian Health Sector; with pharmacy summer schools and the ongoing development of an international Master’s in Clinical Pharmacy
  • In Iraq, we have also contributed to the internationalisation of the Higher Education sector, in collaboration with the British Council and Kerbala University

World-leading research:

Research within the Leicester School of Pharmacy has been recognised as internationally significant in the latest Research Assessment Exercise. Notable research projects in the school are:

  • Dried blood spot analysis, led by Doctors Sangeeta Tanna and Graham Lawson; nominated for ‘Research Project of the Year’ in the prestigious Times Higher Education Awards
  • The development of an artificial Pancreas, led by Professor Joan Taylor
  • The development of a skin cancer detection tool, led by Doctors Geoff Smith and Huseyin Seker, working in collaboration with the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

DelPHE-Iraq – the benefits of HEI partnerships|

Bachelor's degrees

Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Science
This course is focused on converting ‘raw’ drugs into dosage forms that are safe for patients.

The course has a high practical content, hands-on experience and opportunities for a one-year industrial sandwich placement.

It is aimed at those who wish to establish a career in the pharmaceutical or cosmetic industries.

Forensic Science|
Our dedicated BSc (Hons) Forensic Science is designed and taught by forensic scientists, academics and crime scene investigators.

This course teaches you the techniques of biological and physical sciences that are employed at a scene of crime and in analytical work in forensic laboratories.

You will also learn about crime scene processing, forensic IT and the criminal justice system.

Undergraduate Master's degree

As a pharmacy student you will learn about aspects of medicine development and use, looking at the issues surrounding drug development and formulation, how medicines interact with the body and the complex ethical issues and laws governing the dispensing and supply of medicines to patients. You will undertake placements in community and hospital pharmacy as well as learning alongside other health care professionals.

In 2012 our MPharm programme received the full six years re-accreditation from the General Pharmaceutical Council, with no conditions or recommendations and three areas of strength recognised. You can read the full report, here|.

Continuing Professional Development for Pharmacists|
The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences has opportunities for research degrees and continuing professional development in clinical pharmacy, medicines management, supplementary prescribing, pharmaceutical sciences and many other topics.

Master's and Research opportunities

World's first artificial pancreas

Health and Life Sciences Newsletter >|

90.5% of all Health and Life Sciences graduates are in employment or further study within six months of completing their course, and earning an average salary of more than £22,478.86. DLHE 2011/2012

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