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Pharmacy MPharm (Hons) Modules

Year 1

Fundamental Aspects of Pharmaceutical Science

  • Professional and Scientific Skills 1 - the PaSS module is a non-credit bearing module, centring on essential professional and scientific skills, which prepares the student for a career as a caregiver, communicator, decision-maker, teacher, life-long learner, leader, manager and researcher
  • Fundamental Cell Biology and Physiology - the aim of this module is to provide a foundation for the body systems and clinical studies modules which occur in the higher levels of the programme. It provides core knowledge of the structure and biology of cells and infectious agents and then applies this knowledge to the study of two multicellular systems, the peripheral nervous system and muscle. It also provides an introduction to the concepts of pharmacology and its importance to pharmacy
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry - the aim of this module is to give students an understanding of aspects of chemistry relevant to Pharmacy. This will provide a knowledge basis for further study of the science that underpins the practice of pharmacy
  • Fundamentals of Medicine Design - the form in which a drug is given plays an essential role in the patient’s treatment, and it is important that the pharmacist has a good understanding of the principles of medicine design. This module introduces the principles of medicine design, relating physicochemical principles to therapeutic effect, and showing how and why various liquid and semisolid dosage forms are made
  • Foundation Skills in Pharmacy Practice - this module will promote the development of basic professional skills through an exploration of professionalism and reflective practice in pharmacy. Students will also develop a variety of communication skills which are relevant to practice taking into account issues such as cultural variations and ethical problems. Community pharmacy and inter-professional education (IPE) events will provide an opportunity to gain experience of communication in the context of the multi-professional healthcare team 

Year 2

Medicines Delivery

  • Professional and Scientific Skills 2 -the PaSS module is a non-credit bearing module, centring on essential professional and scientific skills, which prepares the student for a career as a caregiver, communicator, decision-maker, teacher, life-long learner, leader, manager and researcher
  • Principles of Physiology and Pharmacology - this module develops understanding of the fundamentals of drug action at receptors and how drugs act. It will also cover the physiology of the systems involved in the absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination of medicines (lung, skin, liver, kidney and gastrointestinal tract) integrated with an introduction to pharmacokinetics. The pathophysiology of the GI tract and treatment of these conditions will also be covered. The module additionally focuses on the cardiovascular system and its regulation by the autonomic nervous system, a patient-centred approach to the clinical pharmacology of gastrointestinal and cardiovascular conditions is employed, involving the use of simplified case histories in patient cantered case studies
  • The Central Nervous System, Endocrinology and Immunity - this module will cover the central nervous system (CNS), endocrinology and the basic principles of immunity. The module will address the physiology; diseases and treatments associated with the CNS and the endocrine systems and will also provide an overview of innate and adaptive immunity. Important pathophysiological problems are highlighted and used as a basis for discussion of the principles of drug action within the CNS and endocrine systems. The module is combining molecular basis of drug action with a patient focused approach through participation in workshops built on clinical case reports in relevant areas
  • Medicine Development and Manufacture -the module aims to provide an overview of how solid dosage forms and sterile products are developed and manufactured so that they deliver the intended therapeutic response in the patient. As such, the module addresses the formulation design, manufacture and testing of tablets, and the preparation, sterilisation and testing of sterile products. There will be a focus on product quality throughout, including biopharmaceutical aspects of solid dosage forms, the requirements of Good Manufacturing Practice and chemical analysis/testing to ensure that safe and effective medicines can be dispensed to the patient
  • Law, Ethics and Practice -this module is concerned with the role of the pharmacist (in its broadest sense) in the sale and supply of medicinal products; the aim of the module is to equip students with the skills and knowledge required to perform these roles safely and effectively

Year 3

The Pharmacist as a Practitioner

  • Professional and Scientific Skills 3 -the PaSS module is a non-credit bearing module, centring on essential professional and scientific skills, which prepares the student for a career as a caregiver, communicator, decision-maker, teacher, life-long learner, leader, manager and researcher
  • Pharmacotherapy: from Person to Population - the aim of this module is to provide students with an opportunity to apply pharmacological, pharmacokinetic and pharmacogenomic principles to 'real-world' patient care and population settings. Students will be challenged to apply their scientific knowledge in a manner that demonstrates how person specific or population specific patient care can be enhanced or influenced
  • Inflammation, Cancer and Infection - this module seeks to place the use of pharmaceutical agents in context with regard to the diseases covered. The topics covered in this module build on the delivery on normal biological processes and physiology covered within the preceding two years of the course
  • Drug Discovery and Delivery - the module discusses the processes from drug discovery to delivery. Case studies will be used to illustrate how new medicinal agents can be designed; e.g. from the identification of lead-compounds (e.g. natural products) which show promising pharmaceutical activity in screening assays to semi-synthetic derivatives or chemical analogues
  • Skills for Practice - this module has a practical focus and is designed to provide learning experiences that will support students in the development of interactive practice skills. The development of skills in this module is linked to the foundation practice skills encountered in year 1 and year 2. There are key links between this module and the previous emphasis on medicines delivery in Year 2. Examples used throughout this module provide clear links to previous and current physiology and pharmacology teaching within a practical context

Year 4 

Application of Pharmacy Knowledge and Skills

  • Professional and Scientific Skills 4 - the PaSS module is a non-credit bearing module, centring on essential professional and scientific skills, which prepares the student for a career as a caregiver, communicator, decision-maker, teacher, life-long learner, leader, manager and researcher
  • Evidence Based Medicine - this module is designed to enable students to develop the generic skills required to practice evidence based medicine using specific therapeutic topic areas. The module adopts an approach which will build on the students’ prior learning in areas such as formulation, drug delivery, pharmacology and pharmacokinetics and extend that knowledge to study the management of disease with an emphasis on the evidence of the therapeutic effect of drugs in a clinical situation
  • Public Health and Patient Safety - this module will develop the knowledge and skills required to practice pharmacy safely from a patient and public health perspective. The module builds on skills developed throughout the programme in areas of communication, individual professional responsibility and working in an integrated team
  • Project -this module provides students with the opportunity to conduct an independent research project in a topic area directly related to pharmaceutical science and practice. It builds on the students' knowledge of research methods and aims to develop skill of intellectual enquiry, time and project management and independent study skills in preparation for continuing professional development
  • Elective -this module extends the students knowledge, gained in the core course
 
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