MPharm Pharmacy with a Placement Year


Attendance
Full Time
Award
Degree of Master of Pharmacy



UCAS Course Code
B231
A-Level typical
AAB (2017/8 entry) See All Requirements
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Our MPharm with Placement course is designed to give international students the chance to become a fully registered pharmacist before graduating. Many international students need to extend their visas once they’ve graduated so that they can register in the UK. As a result, we’ve introduced this integrated five-year course to allow you to remain on a student visa during that crucial year.

The degree focuses on practical experience, both in the lab and in the dispensary. We give you the opportunity to attend placements from the very start of your degree, encourage you to build a professional portfolio during the course and provide extensive professional skills training.

We pride ourselves on our innovative, contemporary teaching methods and our students really recognise the benefits; we’ve been top of the National Student Survey for Pharmacy six times in the last nine years and our graduates’ registration success rates are extremely high.

Overview

Our five-year degree

UEA is one of the best places to study pharmacy in the UK.

We’re also one of the few universities to offer an integrated five-year degree that ensures our international students can register and graduate at the same time. UK or EU students should apply for our four year MPharm programme (B230). Your first three years will largely follow the same structure as our four-year MPharm, but the final two years each involve a six-month placement in a hospital or pharmacy.

That means you remain a student for the duration of your year-long placement, so you won’t need to seek a separate visa and risk missing out on your pre-registration.

Firsts in Pharmacy

UEA’s School of Pharmacy has always been forward-thinking in its approach, conducting cutting-edge research and promoting innovative teaching methods.

We were the first Pharmacy course in the UK to:

  • Provide our students with significant professional experience, by including first year placements and portfolio assessments.

  • Give students a more practical and broad-based experience, through Problem-based learning and Interprofessional learning.

  • Offer strong support to prepare our students for future employment, through extensive careers advice and in-depth research projects.

These firsts for Pharmacy education have translated into firsts for UEA Pharmacy in teaching and research. We came first in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 for research output.

Benefit from our excellence

The MPharm course is the product of all our innovation in teaching and quality in research.

The course allows you to study a wide range of subjects which integrate science and healthcare, with a strong focus on the practical experience that the pharmacy sector prizes.

You will develop your skills and knowledge of practice and patient care, helping you to prepare for your professional career as a pharmacist. You will work directly with patients to help them gain the maximum benefit from the medication prescribed to them and, after completing your two pre-registration modules, you’ll be a fully qualified pharmacist.

Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to see where your professional interests lie and westablish links with practices where you might secure a placement and future employment. You will be given every opportunity to develop your own areas of interest and expertise, while receiving exceptional tuition on the core requirements. Pharmacists can expect to command competitive salaries and there are excellent opportunities for career progression within the sector, whichever path you choose.

The course has been specifically designed to reflect recent developments in pharmaceutical science and changes in practice, and to meet the needs of students from a variety of backgrounds. It’s also been approved by the General Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, but will only receive full accreditation once the first cohort of students has completed the course (this is standard practice for new degrees).

Course Structure

This five-year course follows a carefully structured degree programme, in which you will study a number of compulsory topics on essential pharmaceutical theory and methodology. You will also undertake a research project in your final year and take two six-month pre-registration placement modules.

First Year
Your first year of study is made up of four compulsory modules that introduce you to pharmaceutical science and the profession of pharmacy, with modules including ‘Life Sciences Chemistry’ and ‘Foundations in Pharmacy Practice’.

Second Year
In your second year, you will continue to follow a carefully designed programme, increasing your awareness and knowledge of all pharmaceutical subjects. You will engage with more specific and complex topics as well as carrying out further practical laboratory work and learn how to safely and effectively supply medicines. At the end of your second year, you will be interviewed to determine whether you will continue onto the full five-year programme or transfer to the four-year MPharm.

Third Year
Your third year is designed to develop your pharmaceutical and clinical knowledge and enhance your patient consultation skills.

Fourth and Fifth Years
Your final two years enable you to use all your previously learned knowledge in complex situations for the benefit of patients. In the fourth year, you will be able to select two pharmaceutical subjects which are of special interest to you, and you will undertake the first of your six-month pre-registration placements.

In the fifth year, you will bring all your learning together into your final year project, which can be undertaken either abroad or in the UK, and will be supervised by a leading edge researcher. This will be followed by the second of your pre-registration placements, leaving you a fully qualified pharmacist.

NB: Since you remain a student of UEA during your placement, you’ll be required to pay full fees for the five-year duration and secure accommodation during your placements.

Examples of areas of study for the research projects:

  • Novel drug delivery systems

  • Tissue culture methods

  • Synthesis of new drugs for the treatment of neurological diseases

  • Introduction of electronic prescribing systems

Your pre-registration placement

The unique and attractive aspect of this particular course is the integrated pre-registration placement that constitutes most of your fourth and fifth years of study.

All future pharmacists need to spend at least one year working in an actual pharmacy before they become fully registered and enter the job market – while this is not a problem for most Pharmacy graduates, International students (those from outside the EU) can struggle to extend their visa after graduating and therefore miss out on the opportunity to gain a placement in the UK.

To make sure this doesn’t happen to our students, we’ve integrated the pre-registration placement into the five-year degree so you become fully registered at the same time as you graduate.

The placements aren’t guaranteed, but we’ve developed links with many local hospitals and commercial pharmacies – including Cambridge University Hospitals trust and Guys & St. Thomas – so we can help our graduates as much as possible. You’ll be interviewed by potential employers when securing your placements, so we also provide full support in interview techniques and presentation skills. To succeed, you’ll need to demonstrate the values of the National Health Service, have competency in the English language and complete practical tasks.

If, for any reason, you are unsuccessful in securing a placement you can still transfer onto our four-year course, and find a placement afterwards.

Assessment

The MPharm incorporates innovative assessment methods that are based on 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

For further information about the innovative teaching methods we use, see ‘Why Choose Us’.

Need to know more? Read our Integrated MPharm FAQ guide to have all your questions answered.

Course Modules

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

CELLS, PHYSIOLOGY and PHARMACOLOGY

The unit introduces the student to fundamental cellular structure, function and biochemistry. The biological and biochemical properties of each of the major classes of cellular (life) molecules are presented, together with details of some of the essential processes in which they are involved. The unit also provides a basis of understanding of the principles of molecular biology, including the role of DNA and genetics in diseases, and the application of human genomics and biotechnology in medicine. Some of the inter- and intra-cellular signalling processes in cells are uncovered, including receptors and drugs. The student will understand the physiology of the major organ systems and a knowledge of basic principles of pharmacology. This unit provides the underlying knowledge of cell biology, physiology and pharmacology which form the basis of the Clinical Therapeutics units in future years.

PHA-4004Y

20

FOUNDATIONS IN PHARMACY PRACTICE

This module introduces students to the world of pharmacy. Students will study the structure and functions of the UK health system and develop an understanding of the role pharmacists play. Students will learn about the legal and ethical frameworks pertaining to pharmacists and begin to develop some of the core skills needed to practice as a pharmacist including: dispensing, clinical interpretation of simple prescriptions, communication, calculations and reflective practice. In addition, they will begin to explore the wider issues relevant to health care including public health, evidence based medicine and health services research. This module uses a range of teaching methods including problem based learning, dispensing workshops and electronic supportive assessments.

PHA-4001Y

35

LIFE SCIENCES CHEMISTRY

The unit aims to provide the student with an introduction to the basic chemical principles that underpin understanding of the bonding interactions that hold drug molecules together, the structures and reactivities of carbon based compounds, and the specificities of drug-target interactions. In the practical element of this module the students will be introduced to basic laboratory etiquette and techniques used in pharmaceutical analysis of raw materials and formulated products. Students will be introduced to the requirements of "Good Control Laboratory Practice" and the discipline and documentation required for pharmaceutical quality control. They will then carry out modules covering a wide range of basic analytical methods commonly encountered in the British Pharmacopoeia while testing raw materials and familiar formulated products. In the second semester the unit will build on the students' chemical knowledge and will introduce the student to fundamental cellular structure, function and biochemistry. The biological and chemical properties of each of the major classes of cellular (life) molecules are presented, together with details of some of the essential processes in which they are involved.

PHA-4003Y

30

PHYSICAL PHARMACY

This module introduces students to Physical Pharmacy. They will study the underpinning physical and chemical sciences as they pertain to the development, manufacture and analysis of pharmaceutical products intended for human use. Students will be instructed in the small-scale manufacture of a range of conventional liquid and semi-solid pharmaceutical formulations and will be expected to show competence in their production.

PHA-4002Y

35

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

DRUG DESIGN AND MECHANISMS OF DRUG ACTION

This module will provide underpinning medicinal chemistry principles and relate this to drug design, mechanism of action and metabolism. Students will be instructed in basic organic synthesis as well as complementary spectroscopic techniques.

PHA-5001Y

35

INDUSTRIAL PHARMACY

This module will provide underpinning physical chemistry and material science and relate this to design, manufacturing and in vivo performance of pharmaceutical formulations. Students will be instructed in basic microbiology and the formulation of sterile products. Students will be instructed in pharmacokinetics and dose calculations.

PHA-5003Y

35

INTRODUCTION TO THE PRACTICE OF PHARMACY

This module introduces pharmacy students to the laws and standards surrounding medicines supply, the processes required to minimise risk and to basic statistical tests underpinning the application of evidence based medicine.

PHA-5002Y

25

NEUROPHYSIOLOGY, SYNAPTIC PHARMACOLOGY AND ENDOCRINOLOGY

This module explains the peripheral nervous and endocrine systems to students and introduces disease and therapies for major diseases of the endocrine system.

PHA-5004Y

25

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

APPLIED IMMUNOLOGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES

This module explains the immune system to students and introduces inflammatory and infectious diseases. It will provide students with a detailed knowledge of the aetiology and pathophysiology of common inflammatory disease and the pharmacology of the associated therapeutic interventions as well as infectious diseases and their treatment options and prevention strategies.

PHA-6006Y

30

EVIDENCE BASED CARE OF CARDIOVASCULAR AND RENAL DISEASE

This module builds on physiology and pharmacology, endocrinology and peripheral nervous system modules and covers the physiology of the heart, vascular system and kidney. It will provide students with a detailed knowledge of the aetiology and pathophysiology of common cardiovascular, cerebrovascular and renal diseases and the pharmacology and evidence base of associated therapeutic interventions. By the end of the module students will be able to prepare pharmaceutical care plans, review therapeutic approaches, solve pharmaceutical problems and describe appropriate pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical interventions of the above disease states. The module will introduce students to the concepts of health services research and on completion they will be able to perform basic critical appraisal of health services research and simple descriptive and comparative data analysis.

PHA-6004Y

30

INTEGRATING PATIENT CARE THROUGH PHARMACY

The module enables students to be able to supply medicines legally, accurately and safely, whilst recognising ethical dilemmas and responding appropriately to them. It provides students with some of the skills required for effective communication, management and leadership. On completion of the module the students will also be fully prepared to undertake their subsequent pre-registration placements.

PHA-6011Y

35

THERAPEUTIC APPROACHES TO GASTROINTESTINAL DISEASES AND CANCER

This module provides students with a detailed knowledge of gastrointestinal diseases and cancer. It covers the physiology of the gastrointestinal tract, the basic biology of cancer, the role of nutrition in preventing disease and the aetiology and pathophysiology of common gastrointestinal diseases and cancers. Conventional therapeutic interventions will be discussed, alongside innovative approaches, nutraceuticals and novel delivery systems. The role of natural products in these diseases will be highlighted. The module builds on physiology and pharmacology, medicinal chemistry and drug delivery modules in the previous years.

PHA-6012Y

25

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM

This module focuses on the pathophysiology, pharmacology and treatment of common diseases of the central nervous system (including psychiatric disorders).

PHA-7001B

20

PHARMACEUTICAL DECISION MAKING AND RESEARCH SKILLS

The module will evaluate the management of patients with multiple pharmaceutical needs. Students will be expected to demonstrate leadership and management skills, engage in multidisciplinary team working and demonstrate appropriate communication behaviours with patients and healthcare professionals. Students will also prepare for their research project by conducting a literature review.

PHA-7006B

20

PRE-REGISTRATION PLACEMENT 1

Students will undertake a 6 month placement in a pharmacy setting where they will follow the GPhC pre-registration training programme under the supervision of a tutor. Students will be required to collect evidence to demonstrate their competence against the GPhC performance standards.

PHA-7005A

60

SPECIAL TOPICS FOR PHARMACISTS

This module is separate from, but complementary to, the other modules taught on the Level 4 M.Pharm. course. It draws upon the investigative techniques developed in the Pharmaceutical Research Project and builds on knowledge and skills developed in all modules in Levels 1, 2 and 3 of the M.Pharm. course. In this module the student will study two (of a range) pharmaceutically-related special topics in depth and develop an extensive knowledge in these selected areas.

PHA-7003B

20

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

CLINICAL AND PHARMACEUTICAL MANAGEMENT IN PRACTICE

This module utilises all the concepts gained throughout the course to date and further develops the skills required by a pharmacist in practice, with focus on complex patients with multiple conditions in real life situations. The module utilises student experiences from placement to inform the development of a pharmaceutical business case for the purpose of commissioning a novel pharmacy service.

PHA-7008A

20

PHARMACEUTICAL RESEARCH PROJECT

This module develops the student's understanding of how the boundaries of pharmaceutical knowledge are advanced through research and the research and communication skills associated with best scientific practice. The student will conduct a research project, in collaboration with an academic supervisor, 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, the student will prepare a research paper commensurate with journal publication and will present an oral presentation at a student research conference.

PHA-7007A

40

PRE-REGISTRATION PLACEMENT 2

Students will undertake a 6 month placement in a pharmacy setting where they will follow the GPhC pre-registration training programme under the supervision of a tutor. Students will be required to collect evidence to demonstrate their competence against the GPhC performance standards. At the end of the placement students should reach a satisfactory level where their tutor can sign them as being competent to register as a pharmacist upon passing the GPhC registration assessment.

PHA-7009B

60

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. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • A Level AAB including Chemistry and one other Science subject
  • International Baccalaureate 33 points including HL Chemistry at 6 and one other Science subject at HL 6

Entry Requirement

This five year course course is designed for international students. UK or EU students should apply for our four year MPharm programme (B230). 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.

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

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.

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. There are 35 places.

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 five year course is open to international students only. UK or EU students should apply for our 4 year MPharm programme (B230).
  • A Level AAB including Chemistry and one other Science subject (from Biology, Physics or Mathematics)
  • International Baccalaureate 33 points including HL Chemistry at 6 and one other Science subject (from Biology, Physics or Mathematics) at HL 6

Entry Requirement

This five year course course is designed for international students. UK or EU students should apply for our four year MPharm programme (B230). 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.

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 (SELT): 7.0 overall (minimum 6.0 in each components)

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, believing that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to take a gap year.

Special Entry Requirements

A level in Chemistry and one other science (from Biology, Physics, Mathematics) or equivalent.

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

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.

Intakes

The School's annual intake is in September of each year. There are 35 places.

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

International applicants living in the UK without traditional A-Levels e.g. those with Access or BTEC qualifications will be invited to attend a selection interview. If successful those students without A-levels 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

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

Course Open To

This five year course course is designed for international students. Home or EU students should apply for our 4 year MPharm programme (B230).

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: International Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for International Students. You will pay full international fees for the five years of the degree.

Scholarships

We offer a range of Scholarships for International Students – please see our website for further information.

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 Office prior to applying please do contact us:

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

Please click here to register your details online via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

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