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Pharmacy MPharm (Hons)

About the course

Pharmacy

The MPharm degree places the way in which a pharmacist can serve the needs of patients as central to the ethos of the students’ learning experience.

Pharmacists are experts in all aspects of medicines and drugs ; as such they play a vital role in providing quality healthcare to patients.

The patient , and the way in which a pharmacist can serve the needs of patients, is a central focus of the course. At the same time we recognise that pharmacy is a science-based profession and that a strong scientific basis will enable you to make informed decisions in practice .

Inter-professional education will encourage you to meet and work with students from other health and social care disciplines and to learn more about how to work in a multi-professional team.

The course aims to produce graduates with a standard of scientific knowledge, interpersonal skills and the professional outlook necessary to embark on a career in any branch of the profession.

Why study Pharmacy at DMU

  • Accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council and recently redesigned to meet standards for the initial education and training of pharmacists
  • Successful completion of the degree is one step in becoming a pharmacist
  • Two WR Evans bursaries of £3,000 are available for two full-time undergraduate students for their first year of study
  • Pharmacy classes started in Leicester in 1886 and moved to their present location in 1909
  • Practical work placements enable you to apply theoretical knowledge to practice, and gain direct work experience.

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Key facts

UCAS course code: B230

Duration: Four years full-time

Institution code: D26

Entry and admission criteria

2014 and 2015 entry

GCSEs

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths and English Language

Plus one of the following:

UCAS Points

Minimum of 300 points (BBB)

A levels

  • BBB including Chemistry and at least one of the following Biology; Maths; Physics at grade C or above. General Studies is not accepted. The third A level may be in a non-science subject or replaced by AS levels in different subjects, which must be taken at the same sitting as the A levels.

BTEC

  • BTEC National Diploma - Science Distinction/Distinction/Merit with Chemistry A level at  grade C
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - Science Distinction/Distinction/Merit with Chemistry A level at grade C

International Baccalaureate :
30+ with 6 higher level points in Chemistry and another Science subject (Biology; Physics; Maths).

Access Course (started before September 2014)
Pass Access to Science HE diploma with 15 level three chemistry credits at distinction. English and Maths equivalency of 12 level 2 credits in each subject required. Test will be required for English, Maths and Chemistry at approximately A2 standard.

Access to Higher Education Diploma (started in or after 2014) in the following courses:

  • AHE (Health Professions)
  • AHE (Science)

Due to the recent changes to Access qualifications nationally DMU are currently reviewing the academic content of the new AHE Diplomas with the relevant Access Award Validating Agencies in order to set our entry criteria. It is envisaged that applicants will need to have performed well (Merit or Distinction) in science modules at level 3, and have recognised level 2 qualifications in English and Maths. An update of our entry requirements will be given on our website and on UCAS as soon as it is available.

Interview - Yes (tests only no interview) - at the discretion of the admissions team

Work Experience : No

You will be expected to comply with the UHL uniform policy for your placements. You must complete an occupational health check, declaration form and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service disclosure application form before starting the course, which needs to be cleared in accordance with DMU's admission policy. Contact us for up-to-date information

International Students : If English is not your first language, we require an English language level of IELTS 7.0 or equivalent.  English language tuition | is available at DMU both before and during the course if required.

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Personal Statement selection criteria

  • Clear communication skills, including good grammar and spelling
  • Information relevant to the course applied for
  • Interest in the course demonstrated with explanation and evidence
  • If relevant for the course - work and life experience.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods include:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Laboratory and clinical work
  • Problem solving workshops
  • Group work
  • Placement visits

You will have approximately 16 hours of taught sessions each week, supported by at least 16 hours of independent study.

Assessment methods include; examinations and coursework, problem solving, critical assessment of pharmaceutical data, and objective structured clinical examinations.

Course modules

Year 1 Fundamental Aspects of Pharmaceutical Science

  • Professional and Scientific Skills I
  • Fundamental Cell Biology and Physiology
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Fundamentals of Medicine Design
  • Foundation Skills in Pharmacy Practice

Year 2 Medicines Delivery

  • Professional and Scientific Skills 2
  • Principles of Physiology and Pharmacology
  • The Central Nervous System, Endocrinology and Immunity
  • Medicine Development and Manufacture
  • Law, Ethics and Practice

Year 3 The Pharmacist as a Practitioner

  • Professional and Scientific Skills 3
  • Pharmacotherapy: from Person to Population
  • Inflammation, Cancer and Infection
  • Drug Discovery and Delivery
  • Skills for Practice

Year 4 Application of Pharmacy Knowledge and Skills

  • Professional and Scientific Skills 4
  • Evidence Based Medicine
  • Public Health and Patient Safety
  • Project
  • Elective

You must comply with the Code of Conduct for Pharmacy Students. Successful completion of the degree is one step in becoming a pharmacist; you must also successfully complete preregistration training and pass the national exam, set by the General Pharmaceutical Council, to be able to register as a pharmacist.

The General Pharmaceutical Council will not offer prospective registration advice. Applicants can appeal against a registration refusal. Any appeal must be made to the General Pharmaceutical Council's Appeals Committee. Our MPharm graduates are given support in finding a pre-registration work placement.

Sample timetable

Below is a sample timetable for a first year [Course Title] student.

The timetable as an idea of the types of classes you may attend and an indication of contact hours per week. You will be expected to complete at least [X] hours of self-directed study in addition to these schedules classes.

Sample Timetable

Work experience and placements

You will attend placements in both community and hospital environments, allowing you to apply theoretical knowledge to practical situations, under the supervision and guidance of professional practitioners.

UHL Uniform and Dress Code Policy

This course includes compulsory hospital placements; these are an essential component for completion of the course. Whilst on placement, students must adhere to the dress code policy of University Hospitals of Leicester NHS (UHL) trust.

The UHL trust has given careful consideration to religious needs and every attempt has been made to accommodate these, however, there are some areas where the need to fully comply with infection control guidance has overridden religious requirements.

Further information can be obtained by contacting UHL direct on +44 (0) 300 303 1573

Graduate careers

Our graduates progress on to rewarding and stimulating careers in community and hospital pharmacy, and in leading pharmaceutical companies, such as; Boots, Lloyds Pharmacy, Superdrug and NHS.

We also offer a range of postgraduate opportunities relevant to your career interests.

Learn more about graduate employability and careers >
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Becoming a pharmacist >
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You must comply with the Code of Conduct for Pharmacy Students. Successful completion of the degree is one step in becoming a pharmacist; you must also successfully complete pre-registration training and pass the national exam, set by the General Pharmaceutical Council, to be able to register as a pharmacist.

The General Pharmaceutical Council will not offer prospective registration advice. Applicants can appeal against a registration refusal. Any appeal must be made to the General Pharmaceutical Council’s Appeals Committee.

Fees and funding

Fees 2014/15

UK/EU
Full-time £9000
International
Full-time
Band 2 £11,750

Learn more about fees and funding information|.

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Scholarships

We are pleased to be able to offer a specific Pharmacy scholarship for students starting their studies in 2013/14. Find out more information about the WR Evans Award, the criteria, and the application form|.

Facilities

You will benefit from teaching and learning in our dedicated Pharmacy Practice Suites, as well as numerous Clinical Science, Chemistry and Pharmaceutics laboratories, where you will develop your practical and professional skills to prepare you for employment.

How to apply

Applications for undergraduate courses from UK/EU applicants must go through UCAS, you can fill out an application form through their website ucas.ac.uk|. If you do not have regular access to the internet or find it difficult to fill out applications online you can request an alternative format from UCAS either through their website ucas.ac.uk or via the contact details below.

International students can apply to study at DMU using our online applications portal|.

Customer Service Unit
UCAS 
PO Box 28 
Cheltenham 
GL52 3LZ, UK

T: 0871 468 0 468

Contact details

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Admissions Team
De Montfort University
Edith Murphy Building
Leicester, LE1 9BH

Online enquiry form|

T: +44 (0)116 250 6070
E: hls@dmu.ac.uk|
W: dmu.ac.uk/hls|


 
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