MPharm Pharmacy with a Foundation Year


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Degree of Master of Pharmacy



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8B23
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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 five-year Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) with a Foundation Year prepares you for University-level study if you don’t have the right qualifications for direct entry to the four-year degree course.

We’ll 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.

Overview

The foundation year of this five-year course is designed to arm you with the skills and knowledge you need to move on to study our MPharm degree. You’ll not only focus on fundamental skills in mathematics, biology and chemistry, but also specialise in principles in pharmacy. Upon successful completion of the Foundation Year, you’ll continue on the full MPharm Pharmacy four-year course.

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 the MPharm degree 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 five-year course follows a carefully structured program. In year one – your foundation year – you’ll focus on developing fundamental skills in mathematics, biology, chemistry and pharmacy, which are needed to move onto our MPharm degree. 

From year two you’ll develop as both a scientist and a practitioner, gaining 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

For details on the years of study beyond the Foundation Year, please see the course pages specific to the MPharm Pharmacy.

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 which 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

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

Year 1 (Foundation Year)

Compulsory Study (80 Credits)

  • Introductory Biology (semester 1)
  • Further Biology (semester 2)
  • Introductory Chemistry (semester 1)
  • Further Chemistry (semester 2)
  • Introduction to Pharmacy Skills (semester 2)

Optional Study A (20 Credits)

Students will be assigned to the relevant mathematics course based on their previous qualifications.

  • Foundation Mathematics (semester 1)
  • Basic Mathematics I (semester 1)

For the course profile of your degree of choice, please consult the relevant course pages.

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 BCC. All Science A-Levels must include a pass in the practical element.
  • International Baccalaureate 29
  • Scottish Advanced Highers CDD
  • Irish Leaving Certificate 6 subjects at H3
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Merit in 30 level 3 credits and Pass in 15 level 3 credits
  • BTEC DMM. Public Services is not accepted
  • European Baccalaureate 60% overall

Entry Requirement

GCSE requirements: GCSE English Language grade C/4 and Mathematics grade C/4

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted

This programme is a Widening Participation Initiative and is designed for mature students, students who have not previously studied science at A level and for students from under performing secondary schools. We welcome applications from pharmacy technicians holding NVQ Level 3 qualifications.

Contextual Criteria

We use contextual criteria for entry. Applicants must meet ONE of the following criteria:

  • You have been out of full time education for at least 3 years prior to your application.
    or

  • You have not previously studied more than one science (Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Mathematics) at A Level or equivalent.
    or

  • You have been in Local Authority Care.
    or

  • Your secondary school (GCSE education) achieved an Attainment 8 score of 50% or less, in the year you sat your GCSEs, according to the Department for Education data (www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/). For applicants who sat GCSE’s prior to 2016/7 your secondary school must have 60% or less students achieving 5+ grade A*-C GCSEs including Maths and English in the year you achieved your GCSEs.

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.

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: 6.5 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

All applicants will be invited for interview before offers are made to this programme.

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.

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

This course is open to UK and EU applicants only. Foundation courses for international applicants are run by our partners at INTO.
  • A Level BCC - all Science A-Levels must include a pass in the practical element.
  • International Baccalaureate 29 points. If no GCSE equivalent is held, offer will include Mathematics and English requirements.
  • Scottish Highers Only acceptable in combination with Advanced Highers.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers CDD. A combination of Advanced Highers and Highers may be acceptable
  • Irish Leaving Certificate Six subjects at H3
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma
  • BTEC DMM. Excluding Public Services.
  • European Baccalaureate 70% overall

Entry Requirement

GCSE requirements: GCSE English Language grade 4 and Mathematics grade 4

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted

This programme is a Widening Participation Initiative and is designed for mature students, students who have not previously studied science at A level and for students from under performing secondary schools. We welcome applications from pharmacy technicians holding NVQ Level 3 qualifications.

Contextual Criteria

We use contextual criteria for entry. Applicants must meet ONE of the following criteria:

  • You have been out of full time education for at least 3 years prior to your application.
    or

  • You have not previously studied more than one science (Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Mathematics) at A Level or equivalent.
    or

  • You have been in Local Authority Care.
    or

  • You have previously studied science but your Secondary School had 60% or less students achieving 5+ grade A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent) including English and Maths in the year you took your GCSE's - Data from Department of Education website: www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/

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

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: 6.5 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

All applicants will be invited for interview before offers are made to this programme.

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 requirements. Please contact us for further information.

Course Open To

This course is open to UK and EU applicants only. Foundation courses for international applicants are run by our partners at INTO.

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

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

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