MPharm Pharmacy with a Placement Year


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Degree of Master of Pharmacy



UCAS Course Code
B231
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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 your studies will be almost the same as the MPharm programme with only some 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 give 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.

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.

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. You’ll also 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 working towards being 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.

Designed to develop you as both a scientist and a practitioner, our degree programme will give 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 and leadership.

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 five 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 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 your final two years you’ll bring together everything you have learnt and apply it to complex patient situations.

In year four, you’ll undertake your first six-month pre-registration placement. On return to the university you’ll be able to select a pharmaceutical subject of special interest to you to study alongside the core teaching.

In your final year, under the supervision of an academic working at the cutting-edge of pharmaceutical science or practice, you’ll complete your final year project. Some examples of the areas your research could focus on include:

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

After completing your project you’ll undertake the second of your two pre-registration placements. After which you’ll 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.

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 the above will prepare you for a role that often commands a competitive salary and has excellent career prospects.

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

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 industrial pharmacy when you graduate.

Career destinations

Examples of careers that you could enter include:

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

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. Science A-levels must include a pass in the practical element.
  • International Baccalaureate 33 points including HL6 in Chemistry and HL5 in one other Science subject 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 the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 30 level 3 credits and Merit in 15 level 3 credits, including 12 levle 3 credits of Chemistry and 12 level 3 credits of a second Science from Physics, Biology and Mathematics.
  • BTEC DDM in Applied Science or Applied Science (Medical Science). Public Services is not accepted. BTEC and A-level combinations are considered - please contact us.
  • European Baccalaureate 75% overall including 70% in Chemistry and one other Science from Physics, Biology or Mathematics.

Entry Requirement

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

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.
  • A Level ABB 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 5. 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 Mathematics grade 5 and English Language grade 6 or grade 5 plus IELTS 

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.

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

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

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EU Students

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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:

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Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

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