Pharmacy MPharm (Hons) Modules

Year 1

  • Preparing for Practice (1) - Professional Portfolio - the first of a series of non-credit bearing modules which is based on a Professional Portfolio that prepares the student for a career as a caregiver, communicator, decision-maker, teacher, life-long learner, leader, manager and researcher in a national and international context. Community and hospital pharmacy visits and IPE events provide an opportunity to gain experience of communication in the context of the multi-professional healthcare team and also to contextualise learning throughout the programme. You will also be required to demonstrate competence in performing calculations, including: concentrations, molecular weight, conversions between strengths/units, basic quantities to supply, dilutions, percentages, order of operations, doses and dose regimes. 
  • People and Medicines (1) - Introduction to Pharmacy - this module starts by laying the foundation knowledge of biological sciences as applied to the skin, eye, ear, nose and blood. This incorporates normal physiological structure and function, microbiological principles and recognition of common disorders or situations encountered by the practising pharmacist. The challenges of formulating medication for application to the skin, eye, ear and nose will be discussed and how physicochemical principles are applied to the development of a range of products. The practical use of medicinal products is demonstrated through an introduction to dispensing, pharmacy law, ethics and communication with patients on how to use a range of specific topical products.
  • People and Medicines (2) - Gastrointestinal/Nutrition - this module is focused on developing a holistic understanding of the gastrointestinal system, associated conditions and nutrition. The module content integrates and applies knowledge from the physical and biological sciences to the work of the practising pharmacist. As the gastrointestinal tract allows absorption of drugs into the blood stream, key areas of drug absorption and the delivery of oral products are considered. You will be encouraged to take a holistic view of medicine and how it is used, developing a

    n understanding of the active pharmaceutical ingredient and formulation into a suitable dosage form, as well as patient-centred issues surrounding supply, administration and communication. 


Year 2

  • Preparing for Practice (2) - Professional Portfolio - following on from Porfessional Portfolio module in the first year, you will use your personal development planning skills to focus on the implementation of personalised plans to around the theme of ‘Pharmacotherapy’. In collaboration with your personal tutor, you will identify specific action points and provide evidence of continuing professional development by the submission of a reflective journal as part of your professional portfolio. You will also be required to demonstrate competence in performing calculations, including: quantities to supply (reducing and loading doses), infusion rates, half lives, displacement values (suppositories) and mixing concentrations (alligation).
  • Pharmacotherapy (1) - Infection/Inflammation - this module outlines the inflammatory response in health and disease to facilitate an understanding of the pathophysiology of a range of inflammatory and infective conditions. An analysis of the pharmacological basis of drug action and resistance will explain the basis of rational prescribing, while the challenges of drug development and formulation in the context of treating infection/inflammation will be explored in the laboratory. You will be introduced to various techniques used in bacterial identification. Emphasis in laboratory sessions will be on transferable skills including: aseptic technique, numeracy, interpretation of data, accuracy and application to practice. In addition, you will have the opportunity to debate and decide on the antibiotic stewardship and guardian role of pharmacists, as part of the wider healthcare team. You will also undertake an observational placement where the focus will be on medicines usage in conditions associated with infection and inflammation.
  • Pharmacotherapy (2) - Cardiovascular/Respiratory - the module adopts a patient-centred approach to learning about cardiovascular and respiratory function and disease.  Learning is centred on a number of clinical case studies to ensure that underpinning scientific knowledge remains patient focused, enabling students to draw clear links to pharmacy practice.  Students are introduced to fictional patients including their background, medical history, circumstances and symptoms. Commonly encountered conditions associated with cardiovascular and respiratory morbidity/mortality are covered, with emphasis on: Cardiovascular system - hypertension, ischaemic heart disease, heart failure, and thromboembolic disorders; Respiratory system - asthma and COPD. The focus of the module remains on the patient throughout, with national guidelines for the management of the conditions being taken into account at all stages (e.g. NICE).  


Year 3

  • Preparing for Practice (3) - Professional Portfolio - the emphasis in this module is on reflection and refinement of the personal development plan in relation to the required outcomes of the third year theme ‘Advanced Therapeutics’. In collaboration with your personal tutor, you are required to look back at previous academic performance, identify specific action points and provide evidence of continuing professional development by the submission of a reflective journal as part of your professional portfolio. You will be challenged to consider your future identity as a ‘medicines expert’ and how self-audit, appropriate planning, implementation and evaluation can contribute to your personal professional journey. You are also required to demonstrate competence in performing calculations, including: estimating kidney function, using provided formulae, pharmacokinetics, displacement volumes (infusions / reconstitution), and paediatric calculations.
  • Advanced Therapeutics (1) - Personalised Healthcare - this module will address the holistic personalisation of healthcare.  This will be in the context of appropriate therapeutic option, medicine delivery, factors which affect personal engagement with healthcare and personalisation for particular patient groups. A major focus of the module will be malignant disease but a variety of other diseases will be addressed to provide context for the themes of the module relating to personalisation in the context of age, gender, social economic factors, beliefs and co-morbidities. This module also provides the opportunity for the learner to consolidate previous themes from the therapeutic areas already encountered.  
  • Advanced Therapeutics (2) - CNS/Endocrine - the module integrates knowledge of the molecular basis of drug action with a patient- focused approach to the treatment of conditions associated with the central nervous system (CNS) and endocrinology. The background pathophysiology and associated treatment of CNS and endocrine systems will be applied to the management of different clinical scenarios. In order to prepare for future practice, you will examine clinical issues related to: detection and prevention, patient safety, consultation skills, identifying therapeutic problems and making appropriate choices. There is an emphasis on the understanding of a range of data including laboratory data, to develop the critical skills required to discuss therapeutic options.


Year 4 

  • Preparing for Practice (4) - Professional Portfolio - the emphasis in this module is on evaluation of personal development planning in relation to the required outcomes of the fourth year theme ‘Professional Clinician’ and looking ahead to the preregistration year. In collaboration with your personal tutor you will identify specific action points and provide evidence of continuing professional development by the submission of a reflective journal as part of your professional portfolio. You will be required to demonstrate competence in performing calculations. In addition to the types of calculation included in the first three years, health economics calculations are integrated into the final year modules. The emphasis at this level is the consolidation of a range of examples involving calculations of different complexity and adapting to different scenarios. You will be provided with the opportunity to demonstrate that you can verify and accurately perform calculations in preparation for your pre-registration year.
  • Professional Clinician (1) - Skills for Advanced Practice - this module will provide you with the opportunity to consolidate your knowledge of pharmacy by conducting a substantial independent research project in a topic area directly related to pharmaceutical science or practice. It builds on your knowledge of research methods and aims to develop skills of intellectual enquiry, time and project management and independent study skills in preparation for continuing professional development. You will develop a practical understanding of how techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret new knowledge in pharmaceutical science and practice and demonstrate the capacity for independent thought, creativity and rigour in the application of your knowledge. You will also develop and demonstrate personal leadership and management skills and behaviours. The module will advance your knowledge regarding the structure of the NHS and financial movement around the health service; you will identify how pharmacy can contribute to financial planning within health organisations and explore the concept of bids for NHS services.
  • Professional Clinician (2) - Integrated Patient Care - this module integrates knowledge from all previous years and prepares for the preregistration year, by providing you with the opportunity to evaluate and interpret information, in order to contribute to clinical decisions in complex patient situations. You will achieve this through the application of scientific principles and clinical, evidence-based assessment of the latest therapeutic advances and guidelines for specific therapeutic areas. These applications will be considered alongside any additional professional and ethical frameworks, which will support decision-making and recommendations for individual patient care. A series of practical workshops will be included, to develop the extended skills a clinical pharmacist needs and will include, practical diagnostic testing and interpretation, patient history taking, differential diagnosis and prescribing recommendations. In addition, practical skills to support national and local pharmacy service provision, such as those needed for the community pharmacy seasonal flu vaccination service, will be developed.