MPharm Pharmacy with a Placement Year


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Degree of Master of Pharmacy



UCAS Course Code
B231
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ABB (2019/0 entry) See All Requirements
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Key facts

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Our five-year MPharm degree with Placement will see you graduate as a fully-qualified pharmacist on passing of the degree and the General Pharmaceutical Council pre-registration exam at the end of year 5. The first three years will be almost the same as the MPharm programme with only very subtle differences. In your fourth and fifth year, in addition to two semesters at University, you’ll undertake two integrated six-month periods of pre-registration placement training, which on successful completion will entitle you to register to practice soon after graduation. Designed with overseas students in mind, the course will enable you to carry out all of the above under a single student visa.

Our Pharmacy degree is designed to help you develop as both a scientist and a practitioner, with embedded practical and experiential learning throughout to optimise your development. You’ll get to work with patients, developing your clinical skills to maximise your employability after graduation.

Overview

Our five-year course has been designed as a modification to our four-year MPharm course, which has a global reputation for exceptional, innovative teaching, backed by world-class research.

Designed for international students, the first three years of this integrated course will largely follow the same structure as our four-year programme. In each of your final two years, however, you’ll undertake a six-month placement: one in a hospital setting and the other in a community pharmacy setting.

Our course structure means you retain your student status for the duration of your course, removing the need to seek a separate Tier 2 visa for pre-registration training after graduation.

During your five years you’ll focus on practical experience in both the lab and clinical settings, and cultivate professional skills on placements from the very beginning. So you’ll benefit from extensive real-world training, and start to build a professional portfolio before you have 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. Our course covers everything to need to be a pharmacist including the following topics:

  • Disease causes, prevention and treatments
  • Drug design and discovery
  • Mechanisms of drug action
  • The science of medicine formulation
  • Improving patient care through medicines optimisation
  • Precision medicine
  • The role of the pharmacist
  • Professionalism and ethics
  • Preparation for the workplace

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 international students that wish to become a registered Pharmacist in the UK. If you wish to register in your home country we recommend you check this course is acceptable for that purpose in your country.UK and EU students should apply for our four-year MPharm programme (B230).

Course Structure

Our five-year MPharm with Placement degree programme is carefully structured to cover a number of compulsory topics on essential pharmaceutical theory and methodology, plus completion of two six-month pre-registration training placements in line with the requirements of the GPhC.

Our Pharmacy degree is designed to help you develop as both a scientist and a practitioner, with embedded practical and experiential learning throughout to optimise your development. You’ll get to work with patients, developing your communication skills and maximising the benefits of every prescription. As well as developing your employability skills through professional development, you’ll be taught about clinical and pharmaceutical management.

Our course covers topics in an integrated way, centered around different diseases and clinical topics. Throughout your degree you will develop your skills through patient-facing experiences and placements. Some parts of your learning will be alongside other healthcare professionals, just like it would be in the workplace.

In Year 1 in the module Preparing to Become a Pharmacy Professional you will have an introduction to the different areas of pharmacy: the biology behind how drugs work (pharmacology), dosage form design (pharmaceutics), how medicines are designed and made (medicinal chemistry) and, patient care and the practice of pharmacy. Building from this the degree is taught around different clinical topics, starting first with hypertension, one of the most commonly treated clinical symptoms.

In Year 2 you will build on your knowledge in areas relating to the Management of Common Conditions such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Infectious diseases
  • Cancer

You also start to develop your skills in pharmacy management, where you will work within a team to run a pharmacy within our dedicated dispensary suite.

In year two we’ll prepare you to attend a selection day at the start of year three, encompassing interviews and practical assessments with employers.A successful outcome will result in your pre-registration placements being allocated to you at this stage. If you are unsuccessful, you’ll be required to transfer to the four-year MPharm degree programme, and you will be responsible for securing your own pre-registration training position and the corresponding Tier 2 visa.

In Year 3 you will further develop your research and clinical skills in the module Person-Centered Medicine from Bench to Bedside where you will learn about:

  • Skin disorders
  • Diseases of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Neurological diseases
  • Management of pain.

You will also study a number of more specialised areas such as veterinary pharmacy and nutraceuticals. In addition to the clinical topics, you will take part in an exciting research project as part of a group where you will decide not only how to design, test and formulate a medicine, but also how best to counsel a patient who needs to take the medication.

You will also attend a number of lectures and workshops in preparation for your first six month pre-registration placement in Year 4, and you will undertake a week long orientation at your first placement site.

In Year Four, you’ll undertake your first six-month pre-registration placement. On return to the university you’ll bring together everything you’ve learned and apply it to complex patient situations in the module Managing Complexity in Patient Care. You will also get to focus on the two pharmaceutical subjects that best reflect your strengths and interests in Advanced Topics.

In your final year, you will study Clinical and Pharmaceutical Management in Practice. Also, under the supervision of an academic working at the cutting-edge of pharmaceutical science or practice, you will complete your final year research project. Research in the school of Pharmacy covers a wide range of areas including fundamental frontier science for health, age related diseases and development of next generation therapeutics. You will be able to specialise in:

  • Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology
  • Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical Materials and Soft Matter
  • Patient Care
  • Innovations in Pharmacy Education

After completing your project you will undertake the second of your two pre-registration placements, after which you will graduate and become a fully qualified pharmacist, providing you have passed all of your associated modules and assessments, including the GPhC pre-registration assessment.

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.

We give you plenty of practice of the things you will need to do as a working Pharmacist from developing a portfolio to counselling a patient and preparing a care plan, everything is taught in context.

Independent study

The course is designed to give you space to reflect on the experiences to help you to maximise 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.

We carefully select our assessment methods to:

  • Optimise student learning and development
  • Develop professionalism
  • Develop clinical decision making skills
  • Prepare students for professional and scientific practice

Support for assessment is central to our ethos.  This is achieved through provision of:

  • Mock assessments and feedback for exams
  • Feedback on first drafts of course assignments
  • Drop in sessions to provide time to support students throughout the degree

Examples of assessment types include:

  • Short answer and multiple choice tests
  • Essays and laboratory reports
  • Pharmaceutical care plans
  • Objective structured clinical examinations
  • Professional development portfolios
  • Oral and poster presentations
  • Scientific paper writing
  • Staff and peer assessment

Optional Study abroad or Placement Year

The integrated pre-registration placements are a unique and attractive aspect of this course, and constitute 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. This course removes the need for international students to secure a Tier 2 visa to gain this experience.

Placements are guaranteed, provided a successful outcome is achieved on the previously mentioned selection day. We have developed links with many local hospitals and community pharmacy multiples to provide our placements, including Cambridge University Hospital Trust, Guy’s & St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Day Lewis Plc.

After the course

If you are successful in completing the GPhC registration assessment at the end of your MPharm with Placement degree, you can apply for registration as a pharmacist with the GPhC.

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 the pharmaceutical industry when you graduate.

Career destinations

Examples of careers that you could enter include:

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

Course related costs

You will need to pay for a Disclosure and Barring Service check and any immunisations required as part of the occupational health check to enable to students to go on placement.

Pre-registration placements are covered within your fees, however – as with the rest of your time at University – you’ll be responsible for your living costs. As a student you will not receive remuneration during your pre-registration placements.

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

Course Modules 2017/8

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

DRUG DESIGN AND MECHANISMS OF DRUG ACTION

Gain knowledge of the underpinning medicinal chemistry principles and understand how this relates to drug design, mechanism of action and metabolism. You 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. You will be instructed in basic microbiology and the formulation of sterile products. You will be instructed in pharmacokinetics and dose calculations.

PHA-5003Y

35

INTRODUCTION TO THE PRACTICE OF PHARMACY

You will be introduced 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

You will gain an understanding of the peripheral nervous and endocrine systems and this module introduces you to their major diseases and their therapies.

PHA-5004Y

25

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

APPLIED IMMUNOLOGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES

How does the immune system work? This module will answer that question and provide an introduction to inflammatory and infectious diseases. Exploring these topics in detail, you will gain in depth knowledge of the aetiology and pathophysiology of common inflammatory diseases, as well as the pharmacology and medicinal chemistry of associated therapeutic interventions. You will also explore the treatment options and prevention strategies for infectious diseases.

PHA-6014Y

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-6013Y

30

INTEGRATING PATIENT CARE THROUGH PHARMACY

The module enables you to be able to supply medicines legally, accurately and safely, whilst recognising ethical dilemmas and responding appropriately to them. It provides you with some of the skills required for effective communication, management and leadership. On completion of the module you 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 you 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 taken in the previous years.

PHA-6012Y

25

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM, NEURODEGENERATIVE DISEASE AND MENTAL HEALTH

You will focus 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

As part of this module, you will evaluate the management of patients with multiple pharmaceutical needs. You will be able to demonstrate leadership and management skills, engage in multidisciplinary team working and demonstrate appropriate communication behaviours with patients and healthcare professionals. You will also prepare for your research project by conducting a literature review.

PHA-7006B

20

PRE-REGISTRATION PLACEMENT 1

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

PHA-7005A

60

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

CLINICAL AND PHARMACEUTICAL MANAGEMENT IN PRACTICE

This module utilises all the concepts you have 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 your experiences from placement to inform the development of a pharmaceutical business case for the purpose of commissioning a novel pharmacy service. Your leadership and management skills will also be developed further through consideration of a variety of scenarios.

PHA-7008A

20

PHARMACEUTICAL RESEARCH PROJECT

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.

PHA-7007A

40

PRE-REGISTRATION PLACEMENT 2

You will undertake a 6 month placement in a pharmacy setting where you will follow the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) pre-registration training programme under the supervision of a tutor. You will be required to collect evidence to demonstrate your competence against the GPhC performance standards. At the end of the placement you should reach a satisfactory level where your tutor can sign you off 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. 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 ABB including Chemistry and a second Science from Physics, Biology or Mathematics
  • International Baccalaureate 32 points including HL5 in Chemistry and HL5 in one other Science subject from Physics, Biology or Mathematics
  • Scottish Highers AAABB including Chemistry and a second Science from Physics, Biology or Mathematics
  • Scottish Advanced Highers BCC including Chemistry and a second Science from Physics, Biology or Mathematics
  • Irish Leaving Certificate 3 subjects at H2 and 3 subjects at H3 including Chemistry and a second Science from Physics, Biology or Mathematics
  • Access Course Pass Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 30 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 15 credits at Level 3, including 12 credits in Chemistry and 12 credits in a second Science from Biology, Physics or Mathematics
  • BTEC DDM in Applied Science, or Applied Science (Medical Science) is acceptable. Excludes BTEC Public Services
  • European Baccalaureate 75% overall including 70% in Chemistry and one other Science from Physics, Biology or Mathematics

Entry Requirement

GCSE Mathematics grade B/5 and English Language grade C/4 are required plus IELTS or equivalent if required for a visa.  

Science A-levels must include a pass in the practical element.

A-Level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

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

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 international students that wish to become a registered Pharmacist in the UK. If you wish to register in your home country we recommend you check this course is acceptable for that purpose in your 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. Review our English Language Equivalences here.

INTO University of East Anglia 

If you do not meet the academic and/or English language requirements for this course, our partner INTO UEA offers progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a foundation programme and an interview. Depending on your interests and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:

INTO UEA also offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:


Interviews

Interviews are required as part of the selection process 

 

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 will also be required to review 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 requirements. Please contact us for further information.

Course Open To

International students only. UK or EU students should apply for our B230 MPharm Pharmacy course.

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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