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Pharmacy MPharm (Hons)

This course equips you with the practical and professional skills needed to work as a pharmacist in your chosen career path.

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Overview

Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy Helen Root talks about the benefits of studying Pharmacy MPharm at DMU.

Pharmacists are responsible for supplying medicines to patients and giving advice on correct dosage, explaining how to take prescribed drugs, and discussing any potential side effects.

They ensure that the supply of medicines is within the law and suitable for a particular patient, and will liaise with other healthcare professionals or carers to offer help and advice.

Pharmacists also supervise the medicines supply chain and ensure that pharmacy premises and systems are fit for purpose.

With over 100 years of experience, our Leicester School of Pharmacy will help provide you with the practical and professional skills needed to work as a pharmacist. With pharmacy being the third largest healthcare profession in the UK, your career opportunities are extensive and varied.

You’ll study a range of topics including an introduction to pharmacy, cardiovascular/respiratory and infection/inflammation, preparing for practice, professional clinician, integrated patient care and more.

Key features

  • Benefit from integrated work placements across all four years of the course.
  • Learn in our dedicated teaching spaces with industry standard facilities – including a purpose-built practice suite and laboratories – and use our online, objective skills and diagnostic development tool created here at DMU.
  • Collaborative working with other future health and social care experts allows students and practitioners from a wide range of professions to learn together through our Inter-Professional Education (IPE), which has been commended as a beacon of good practice by the General Pharmaceutical Council.
  • Learn about our award-winning, real-world research projects such as our life-changing development of the artificial pancreas, and dried blood-spot analysis.
  • Our students have gained international experience related to their studies through our DMU Global programme. Pharmacy students have previously visited New York to understand the healthcare provision provided by pharmacists in America and learned about the medicinal uses of hemp and cannabis on a trip to Amsterdam.
  • Or graduates gain rewarding and stimulating careers in all pharmacy sectors – DMU students have gone on to work for major employers such as Boots, Lloyds and Well Pharmacy, and with NHS hospital trusts, primary care contractors, local commissioners, and within the global pharmaceutical industry.

Find out more about the roles available in community pharmacies.

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  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: B230

Duration: Four years full-time

Start dates: September 2022

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding: 

2022/23 tuition fees for UK students: £9,250

 

Additional costs: You may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations.

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: B230

Duration: Four years full-time

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Start dates: September 2022

Fees and funding:

2022/23 tuition fees for international students: £15,250

Find out more about available funding for international students.

If you wish to undertake pre-registration training in the UK on completion of the Pharmacy MPharm (Hons) degree, most overseas students will be expected to apply for a Tier 2 visa or a two year work visa under the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme.

Anybody wishing to work as a pharmacist in the UK is required to complete one year of postgraduate training and pass the GPhC registration assessment after successfully completing the Pharmacy MPharm with Honours degree. Please visit the pre-registration training visa requirements for more information.

Additional costs: You may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations.

Entry criteria

GCSEs

          • Five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including: English and Maths

Plus one of the following:

A-Level

    • A minimum of 120 points from 3 A-levels, including Chemistry and at least one of the following at grade B or above: Biology, Maths, Physics or Psychology (General Studies is not accepted)*

BTEC

  • BTEC National Diploma in Science - Distinction/Distinction/Merit, with Chemistry A level at grade B

Alternative qualifications include:

Access to HE Diploma

  • Pass Access to Science HE diploma overall with 120 UCAS tariff, with 15 level three chemistry credits at distinction, and 15 credits at merit in other science subjects (biology, maths, physics, psychology). 

English Language and Maths GCSE grade C/ 4 required as separate qualifications. Equivalency not accepted within the Access qualification.

International Baccalaureate: 30+ points with six higher level points in Chemistry and another science subject (Biology, Physics, Psychology or Maths)

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5, with no element at lower than 6.0, or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information.

*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.

Interview: Yes

The interview will comprise of a structure tests numeracy as well as values and judgement. 

Interviews are currently being conducted remotely via Microsoft Teams.

Work experience: None required

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.

Non-academic requirements

As well as academic requirements, you will also be required to meet and fulfil non-academic requirements which are stated below:

  • Self-Declaration Form clearance
  • Occupational Health clearance
  • Enhanced DBS disclosure clearance

Continuance on the MPharm programme is subject to enhanced DBS clearance and annual completion of a self-declaration. It is important that your application is completed by the end of teaching week 3 after enrolment, and self-declaration completed by end of teaching week 1 in years 2 to 4 at the latest.

Failure to engage with this process will result in a review of your continued registration, the normal outcome of which will be discontinuation of your registration from the MPharm programme.

Covid-19 vaccination requirements*

There is a mandatory requirement for those working in a health and social care setting to have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. This includes students on placement (unless medically exempt). As this course includes compulsory clinical placements, you will be required to evidence full vaccination against COVID-19 in order to successfully complete the programme.

You can find out how to book your vaccinations here. You can also check the UK government’s definition of full vaccination here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/countries-with-approved-covid-19-vaccination-programmes-and-proof-of-vaccination

Please note, we do not normally accept applicants who have previously enrolled on a Pharmacy MPharm degree in the UK.

 

*On the 31 of January 2022 the Health Secretary announced that the policy of vaccination as a condition of deployment in England is being reconsidered. The government’s decision is subject to parliamentary process and will require further consultation and a vote to be passed into legislation. We are now in the process of reviewing our advice and guidance following the announcement and will update the webpage shortly. 

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Accreditations

 

 

First year

  • Preparing for Practice (1) - Professional Portfolio
  • People and Medicines (1) - Introduction to Pharmacy
  • People and Medicines (2) - Gastrointestinal/Nutrition


Second year

  • Preparing for Practice (2) - Professional Portfolio
  • Pharmacotherapy (1) - Infection/Inflammation
  • Pharmacotherapy (2) - Cardiovascular/Respiratory

Third Year

  • Preparing for Practice (3) - Professional Portfolio
  • Advanced Therapeutics (1) - Personalised Healthcare
  • Advanced Therapeutics (2) - CNS/Endocrine


Fourth Year

  • Preparing for Practice (4) - Professional Portfolio
  • Professional Clinician (1) - Skills for Advanced Practice
  • Professional Clinician (2) - Integrated Patient Care

The programme has been designed around an ethos of student-centred learning with resources such as workbooks, online resources such as Replay lectures and interactive large group sessions preparing students for laboratory periods, workshops and seminars representing the main teaching sessions. In addition, there are a series of placement-based learning events and the inter-professional education (IPE) programme in all years.

Laboratory classes, skills for practice sessions (which include simulated role play), seminars and workshops provide the opportunity for students to:

  • acquire the practical and manual skills needed by a pharmacist
  • illustrate theoretical material
  • engage in problem-solving exercises
  • discuss integrated practice-based cases
  • undertake ‘pharmacy challenge’ exercises
  • learn to retrieve information from a variety of sources
  • record, analyse and critically appraise data
  • develop their skills in scientific report writing and data presentation
  • communicate information to their colleagues
  • work in teams
  • recount what they have learnt from their student-centred learning activities
  • exchange information with their colleagues

 

Other teaching strategies employed in various course components include:

  • Enhanced Learning through Technology 
  • Placement experiences
  • Inter-professional education (IPE) events
  • Case discussions

 

Teaching contact hours

Contact hours in a typical week will depend on the level and modules of study. However, typically you will have up to 16 contact hours of teaching.

Personal study: approx. 20 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using hand-outs, online activities, etc.

Accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) - The Leicester School of Pharmacy’s most recent re-accreditation (2018) was for the full six year term with no conditions or recommendations; demonstrating the quality of our academic teaching and student experience.

It is expected that students who start the MPharm from 2021-22 onwards will transfer to the new GPhC initial education and training standards in readiness for entering the fully implemented foundation training year with independent prescribing in the 2025-26 academic year.

Facilities and features

Hawthorn Building

Substantial investment in Health and Life Sciences has developed our teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.

Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to apply theory to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff, to ensure that your practical ability in the clinical skills suites is accurate.

Library and learning zones

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

More flexible ways to learn

We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

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Placements

As part of this course you will have the opportunity to complete a work placement, which offers invaluable professional experience.

Placements are typically provided across Leicester and the wider East Midlands in community pharmacies, hospitals and the primary care sector, including GP practices. This allows you to apply theoretical knowledge to practical situations under the supervision and guidance of professional practitioners.

Our careers programme #DMUworks can help you secure a placement through activities such as mock interviews and practice aptitude tests, and you will be assigned a personal tutor to support you throughout your placement.

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Graduate Careers

Our graduates have gone on to work in rewarding and stimulating careers across all pharmacy sectors for major employers in community pharmacy and the NHS.

Throughout the course we will help you to enhance your employment opportunities by embedding transferable skill into the programme and providing opportunities to collaborate with key employers and stakeholders through the Leicester School of Pharmacy’s careers events and mentoring scheme.

We also offer a range of postgraduate opportunities including:

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#DMUglobal

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Students on this course have previously undertaken #DMUglobal trips to places such as New York, where they were able to gain more understanding of the healthcare provision provided by pharmacists in America.

 

 

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