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Aston University, Birmingham

Pharmacy

UCAS Code: B230

Master of Pharmacy (with Honours) - MPharm (H)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B-A,B,B

A Levels ABB-BBB (must include Chemistry and one other science subject from: Biology, Maths OR Physics.) A Level applicants who select this course as their Firm UCAS choice may be eligible for our lowered offer scheme. This means that the grades that you will need in order to be accepted on to the course will be reduced. Excluded Subjects: We welcome the following subjects as an additional A level, but not as one of the core three A levels - General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies. We welcome applications from students who have tried to improve their examination grades by taking resits and only your latest grades will be accepted. We treat these applications in exactly the same way as other applications.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Five GCSEs which must include Mathematics and English all at grade C/4. Please note we do not accept Key skills or Functional skills in place of these.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32-31

32 - 31 points overall in the IB Diploma which must include 5, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects. These subjects must include Chemistry and one other science subject from: Biology, Maths OR Physics. You must also have Standard Level grade 5 in both Maths and English.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DD

With this BTEC you must achieve grade BB in Chemistry PLUS Biology, Physics or Maths. We can accept any subject in the BTEC. If you are taking the BTEC in Applied Science subject we can accept a grade B in Chemistry.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)

D

With this BTEC you must achieve grade BB in Chemistry PLUS Biology, Physics or Maths A-Level. We can accept any subject in the BTEC.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

With this BTEC you must achieve grade BB in Chemistry PLUS Biology, Physics or Maths If you are taking the BTEC in Applied Science subject we can accept a grade B in Chemistry

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,B,B

To include Chemistry, Biology and Maths.

UCAS Tariff

120-153

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64%
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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Pharmacy

Our four year MPharm (Hons) Pharmacy course has been designed to meet the rapidly changing requirements for the practise of pharmacy.
From the start of the course you will be encouraged to apply your understanding of the scientific principles of pharmacy within a patient focused setting, through case based workshops, problem based learning, integrated scientific and clinical scenarios.

The course benefits from substantial links with the profession including consultant pharmacists, experts from pharmaceutical industry and pharmacy entrepreneurs. We have strong links with six large NHS trusts and a range of employers from the community and primary care sectors. This means we are able to bridge the gap between the student and career pharmacist at multiple levels – giving you an informed choice of how you might specialise and develop your career.

Our long established reputation and professional accreditation ensures that career prospects of our graduates are first-class. We have a long track record of producing high-quality pharmacy graduates, our predecessor institutions can trace their roots all the way back to 1847. Since we received our charter in 1966, we are proud to have produced over 5,000 pharmacy graduates. The course has been specifically designed for employability in all areas of pharmacy– community, primary care trusts, hospitals and industry.

**Key course benefits:**

- Accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), which is the independent regulator for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy premises in Great Britain, they are responsible for defining the education and training requirements for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

- First and only Pharmacy School to be awarded a Regius Professorship in Pharmacy by HM the Queen.

- 90.4% Overall Student Satisfaction (MPharm Pharmacy, NSS, 2019).

- Pharmacology & Pharmacy at Aston is ranked in the Top 10 in the UK for Graduate Prospects (Complete University Guide, 2020).

- Pharmacology & Pharmacy at Aston is ranked Top 10 in the UK for Research Quality (Complete University Guide, 2020).

- Pharmacology & Pharmacy at Aston is ranked in the Top 15 in the UK for Student Satisfaction (Complete University Guide, 2020).

Modules

Year 1*
Develop the scientific base on which your skills as a pharmacist will be built, learn about the pharmacist’s role in the healthcare system and begin to apply your knowledge to clinical situations.

Year 2*
Extend your understanding of pharmaceutical sciences and perfect your ability to supply medicines safely and legally. This is supported by experiential learning in community pharmacy and hospital environments.

Year 3*
Develop your evidence-based medicine and critical appraisal skills to enable you to assess the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of medicines. Apply prior scientific and clinical learning to the management of ‘real world’, patients with multiple conditions, supported by intensive experiential learning opportunities in secondary care.

Final year*
Develop your confidence in applying your pharmaceutical knowledge to maximise individual patient benefit from treatment, including in highly complex cases. Consider wider aspects of pharmacy such as overtreatment, de-prescribing, medicines optimisation, and personalised medicine. Undertake specialised experiential learning in a number of sectors of practice such as hospital pharmacy, community pharmacy and primary care.

For more information about what you will study, please visit our website.

*In order to offer you the best possible experience and keep your programmes up to date and relevant, the
University is going through a transition period at the date the content is set out (January 2019). The University is reconfiguring a number of its programmes so for the latest information please refer to our university website

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£18,900
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Aston University, Birmingham

Department:

School of Life and Health Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

80%
med
Pharmacy

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Pharmacy

Teaching and learning

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
93%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

88%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
81%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

86%
UK students
14%
International students
35%
Male students
65%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Pharmacology, toxicology and pharmacy

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
low
Average annual salary
99%
med
Employed or in further education
76%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

98%
Health professionals
1%
Health associate professionals
1%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

As only a relatively small number of students study pharmacology or toxicology, these statistics refer most closely to the graduate prospects of pharmacy graduates, so bear that in mind when you review them. Only a handful of students take first degrees in pure toxicology every year — the subject is more popular at Masters level. Pharmacology is a degree that tends to lead to jobs in the medical and pharmaceutical industries, and outcomes are improving again after a difficult time in the last few years. Jobs in pharmacology are often very specialist and so it’s no surprise that pharmacologists are amongst the most likely of all students to go on to a doctorate — if you want a job in research, start thinking about a PhD. As for pharmacy, unemployment rates are below 1% and 95% of pharmacy graduates had jobs as pharmacists (mostly in retail pharmacists) six months after they left their courses - employment rates have gone up significantly in the last couple of years.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Pharmacy

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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£22k

£32k

£32k

£33k

£33k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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