MPharm Pharmacy

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Develop your clinical skills and the study the underpinning science of medicines and health at one of the UK’s leading Pharmacy Schools. Our Pharmacy degree is designed to help you develop as both a scientist and a practitioner, giving you as much hands-on experience through practical and experiential learning as possible. You’ll get to work with real patients, developing your communication skills and maximising the benefits of every prescription.

Our innovative teaching methods include problem and team-based learning and practical assessments. You’ll also benefit from studying alongside students from the other medical, healthcare and nursing professions, working closely with other disciplines, just as you will in your career.

All of which will prepare you for a role that often commands a competitive salary and has excellent career prospects.

Overview

Our MPharm degree programme has a global reputation for exceptional, innovative teaching, backed by world-class research. You’ll focus on practical experience in the lab and clinical settings, and cultivate professional skills on placements from the very beginning of this four-year course. So you’ll benefit from extensive real-world training, and start to build your own professional portfolio before you’ve even graduated.

With support from leading researchers and practitioners, you’ll hone your knowledge of chemistry and biology, and learn how to apply it to drug design, drug delivery and pharmacology to ultimately optimise patient care.

As well as exceptional training in the core requirements, you’ll cover a broad range of subjects integrating healthcare and science, enabling you to identify and specialise in the areas you find most interesting. And you’ll have opportunities to establish links with organisations where you might hope to secure future employment.

Whatever your focus, your course will reflect the most up-to-date developments in pharmaceutical science and the most recent advances in clinical practice and is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

This course is intended for UK and EU students that wish to later register as a Pharmacist in the UK. If you wish to register overseas we recommend you check this course is acceptable for this purpose in that country.

Course Structure

Our Pharmacy degree is designed to help you develop as both a scientist and a practitioner, giving you as much hands-on experience through practical and experiential learning as possible. You’ll get to work with real patients, developing your communication skills and maximising the benefits of every prescription. And you’ll be taught about clinical and pharmaceutical management.

Our course covers topics in an integrated way, focused on different diseases. Its carefully structured programme includes a number of compulsory topics on essential pharmaceutical theory and methodology. During your four years you will cover areas including:

  • Life sciences chemistry
  • Cells, physiology and pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutics and dosage form design
  • Drug design and mechanisms of drug actions
  • Neurology
  • Endocrinology
  • Immunology
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Renal disease
  • Gastrointestinal disease
  • Infectious diseases

In your final year you’ll bring together everything you’ve learnt and apply it to complex patient situations. You’ll focus on the two pharmaceutical subjects that best reflect your strengths and interests. Then, under the supervision of an academic working at the cutting-edge of pharmaceutical science or practice, you’ll complete your final year project either in the UK or abroad at one of our European partner organisations.

A few examples of the areas your research could focus on:

  • Novel drug delivery systems
  • Understanding the cellular response to drug molecules
  • Synthesis of molecules as potential new drugs
  • Evaluation of Pharmacy services in hospitals

Teaching and Learning

Our course combines a variety of teaching methods, designed to help you make the most of your learning and your ability to perform the professional role of a pharmacist.

We promote active learning, with a large proportion of workshops, practicals and simulations designed to help you get to grips with applying your knowledge to deliver benefits to patients and the public.

You’ll work in small groups to solve problems, and teams to help you recognise your own strengths and weaknesses, and to support your development to becoming a healthcare professional.

Independent study

The course is designed to give you space to reflect on the experiences to help you to optimise your potential. You’ll have opportunities to research, test and apply your knowledge in your own time, supported through tasks and activities delivered via our virtual learning environment.

Assessment

We employ a range of innovative assessment methods based on the procedures you will use as a qualified pharmacist, including portfolio-based assessment and objective clinical pharmacy examinations. The current assessment tools used within the school include:

  • Short answer and multiple choice papers
  • Essays and laboratory reports
  • Pharmaceutical Care Plans
  • Objective structured clinical examinations
  • Portfolios
  • Unseen critical appraisal assessments
  • Oral and poster presentations
  • Group project work reports
  • Scientific paper writing
  • Staff and peer assessment

Optional Study abroad or Placement Year

In your final year you’ll carry out a research project, giving you the chance to gain a greater insight into a specialist subject area. You can choose to undertake it at an English-speaking laboratory or research group in a European university. We currently have arrangements with pharmacy schools in Germany, France, Spain and Norway.

After the course

After completing your MPharm degree you’ll need to complete a 12-month structured pre-registration training period, leading to registration as a pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council.

Career prospects for pharmacists are excellent. In many areas of the UK there is a shortage of pharmacists, presenting exciting employment opportunities for you in community, primary care, hospital and industrial pharmaceuticals when you graduate.

Career destinations

Examples of careers that you could enter include:

  • Community practices
  • Hospital pharmacies
  • Primary care
  • Pharmaceutical industry

Course related costs

Prior to commencing the course you’ll need to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which also involves a fee. And you’ll need to undergo an occupational health check and pay for any necessary vaccinations before going on placement.

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of course-related costs.

Course Modules 2018/9

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

PREPARING TO BECOME A PHARMACY PROFESSIONAL

In this module you will build your scientific knowledge and begin to apply it in the context of drugs and medicines, with a focus on hypertension, using a diverse range of teaching methods. You will start to develop your clinical, communication and professional skills to support safe, compassionate patient care. By expanding your transferable skills and enhancing your employability you will begin your journey to become a highly-regarded pharmacy professional.

PHA-4010Y

120

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

MANAGEMENT OF COMMON CONDITIONS

NEW - available in 2019/20 You will build your scientific knowledge and skills in the context of a range of common medical conditions including cancer, asthma, diabetes and infections. You will develop your clinical and professional skills and apply your knowledge to manage these diseases and support patient care.

PHA-5010Y

120

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

PERSON CENTRED MEDICINE FROM BENCH TO BEDSIDE

NEW - available in 2020/21 In this module you will develop advanced, integrated knowledge in the design and development of medicines and their pharmacological actions. You will recognise the relationships between medical conditions, begin to develop clinical judgement and apply evidence-based approaches to patient care. Central to this module is the "bench to bedside" project where you will apply your experimental skills to take a drug molecule from conception to administration to patients.

PHA-6020Y

120

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

MANAGING COMPLEXITY IN PATIENT CARE

NEW - available in 2021/22 In this module you will apply previously acquired clinical and scientific knowledge and skills to complex situations. You will work through a range of multifaceted case studies and professional dilemmas in a variety of care environments. It will provide you with an excellent grounding to your early career as a pharmacist.

PHA-7020B

40

PHARMACEUTICAL RESEARCH PROJECT

NEW - available in 2021/22 Learn how the boundaries of pharmaceutical knowledge are advanced through research and develop an understanding of the research and communication skills associated with scientific best practice. In collaboration with an academic supervisor, you'll conduct a research project leading to an expertise or in-depth knowledge in a selected area of pharmaceutical research at the forefront of the academic discipline. Following the project work, you'll prepare a research paper commensurate with journal publication and deliver an oral presentation at a student research conference.

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60

SPECIAL TOPICS FOR PHARMACISTS

You will draw upon the investigative techniques developed in the Pharmaceutical Research Project and build on your knowledge and skills developed in all modules in Levels 1, 2 and 3 of the course. In this module you will study two (of a range) pharmaceutically-related special topics in depth and develop an extensive knowledge in these selected areas.

PHA-7023B

20

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • A Level AAB including Chemistry with a second Science or Maths. Science A-levels must include a pass in the practical element
  • International Baccalaureate 33 points including HL Chemistry at 6 and one other Science or Maths at 6
  • Scottish Advanced Highers AAB including Chemistry and one other Science subject
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AAAABB including Chemistry and one other Science subject
  • Access Course Pass Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 36 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 9 credits at Level 3 including 12 Level 3 credits in Chemistry and 12 Level 3 credits in one other Science subject
  • BTEC DDD in Applied Science
  • European Baccalaureate 80% overall including 85% and 70% in Chemistry and one other Science subject

Entry Requirement

You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade B or Grade 5 or above at GCSE Level.

Applicants without traditional A levels e.g. those with Access or BTEC qualifications, if they are successful at interview, will be asked to complete a chemistry test at the University during the Summer. Information concerning the content of the chemistry test will be made available to such applicants.

A level retakes will only be considered if BCC or above was achieved in the first sitting and AAB is predicted in the retakes. We do not consider third sits of A-Levels for entry onto this programme.

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Please note, you will be required to fulfill additional paperwork to ensure you are able to participate in placements, information about this can be found in the intake section. The School of Study will lead you through this process following registration. 

This course is intended for UK and EU students that wish to later register as a Pharmacist in the UK. If you wish to register overseas we recommend you check this course is acceptable for this purpose in that country. 

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

Interviews

Applicants submitting UCAS applications that include a good personal statement and academic reference as well as a strong academic background will be asked to attend the University on one of our Applicant Days.  

As part of our selection process on the Applicant Day there will be three different activities: an interview, a demonstration and a group exercise. You don’t need to prepare or bring anything with you, we will give you all the information you need on the day.  These activities take about an hour in total.

The selection process is designed to help us choose students with the appropriate skills and attitudes to become excellent pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists.  

If an applicant is located outside the UK, we will arrange a structured competency based one-to-one telephone interview.  This will be held with a member of academic staff from the School of Pharmacy.  We will be in touch prior to the interview to arrange a suitable time.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact admissions@uea.ac.uk directly to discuss this further.

Intakes

The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health Check

During your first semester, we ask that you apply for a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. In addition to your DBS check, if you have lived outside of the UK for a continuous period of 4 months or more within the last five years, you will also be required to complete and submit a police check, (from your home country if this is not the UK) or a Certificate of Good Conduct. A template for this is provided by the Student Disclosure Service when they begin your DBS check.

You will also be required, as are all UK pharmacy students, to sign up to a national "Code of Conduct for Pharmacy Students". You may view this document at:

http://www.pharmacyregulation.org/education/pharmacist/student-code-conduct

In addition to reviewing the "Student Fitness to Practice Policy and Procedures" which are developed to address any concerns about a student's fitness to practice, including issues relating to conduct and health in relation to patient safety and professional standards.

PLEASE NOTE: Non-completion of the DBS or Occupational health checks or an adverse DBS outcome may result in withdrawal from the programme.

Course Open To

This four year course is open to UK and EU students only. International students should apply for our five year MPharm Pharmacy with a Placement Year programme (B231).
  • A Level AAB including Chemistry and a second science or Mathematics. All science A levels must include a pass in the practical element
  • International Baccalaureate 33 points including HL Chemistry at 6 and one other science or Mathematics at HL 6. If no GCSE equivalent is held offer will include Mathematics and English requirements
  • Scottish Highers Only accepted in combination with Scottish Advanced Highers
  • Scottish Advanced Highers BBC including Chemistry and a second science or Mathematics. A combination of Advanced Highers and Highers may be acceptable
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AAAABB or four subjects at H1 and two subjects at H2, including Chemistry and a second science or Mathematics
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 36 credits at level 3 and Merit in 9 credits at level 3, including 12 credits of chemistry and 12 credits of a second science. Science pathway required.
  • BTEC DDD in a relevant subject. Excluding Public Services. Applied Science and Applied Science (Medical Science) preferred. BTEC and A level combinations are considered - please contact us
  • European Baccalaureate 80% overall including 70% in Chemistry and 70% in one other science or Mathematics

Entry Requirement

GCSE requirements: GCSE English Language grade 5 and GCSE Mathematics grade 5

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted 

Applicants with Access or BTEC qualifications who receive an offer will also be asked to complete a chemistry test at the University during the summer 

This four year course course is designed for UK or EU students. International students should apply for our five year Integrated MPharm programme (B231). Please note, you will be required to fulfil additional paperwork to ensure you are able to participate in placements, information about this can be found in the intake section. The School of Study will lead you through this process following registration.

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level. 

This course is intended for UK and EU students that wish to later register as a Pharmacist in the UK. If you wish to register overseas we recommend you check this course is acceptable for this purpose in that country. 

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing) at the following level:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)

We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Please click here for further information.

INTO University of East Anglia 

If you do not yet meet the English language requirements for this course, INTO UEA offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:

Interviews

Applicants submitting UCAS applications that include a good personal statement and academic reference as well as a strong academic background will be asked to attend the University on one of our Applicant Days.  

As part of our selection process on the Applicant Day there will be three different activities: an interview, a demonstration and a group exercise. You don’t need to prepare or bring anything with you, we will give you all the information you need on the day.  These activities take about an hour in total.

The selection process is designed to help us choose students with the appropriate skills and attitudes to become excellent pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists.  

If an applicant is located outside the UK, we will arrange a structured competency based one-to-one telephone interview.  This will be held with a member of academic staff from the School of Pharmacy.  We will be in touch prior to the interview to arrange a suitable time.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year, believing that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and may wish to contact the appropriate Admissions Office directly to discuss this further.

Intakes

The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health Check

During your first semester, we ask that you apply for a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. In addition to your DBS check, if you have lived outside of the UK for a continuous period of 4 months or more within the last five years, you will also be required to complete and submit a police check, (from your home country if this is not the UK) or a Certificate of Good Conduct. A template for this is provided by the Student Disclosure Service when they begin your DBS check.

You will also be required, as are all UK pharmacy students, to sign up to a national "Code of Conduct for Pharmacy Students". You may view this document at:

http://www.pharmacyregulation.org/education/pharmacist/student-code-conduct

In addition to reviewing the "Student Fitness to Practice Policy and Procedures" which are developed to address any concerns about a student's fitness to practice, including issues relating to conduct and health in relation to patient safety and professional standards.

PLEASE NOTE: Non-completion of the DBS or Occupational health checks or an adverse DBS outcome may result in withdrawal from the programme.

Alternative Qualifications

We encourage you to apply if you have alternative qualifications equivalent to our stated entry requirement. Please contact us for further information.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

UK students

EU Students

Overseas Students

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Service prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Service
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

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