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MPharm (Hons) 4 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

128-136

% applicants receiving offers

50%

Subjects
  • Pharmacology, toxicology & pharmacy
Student score
88% MED
% employed or in further study
100% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£18.5k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
ABB-AAB

Chemistry and (Biology or Physics or Mathematics).

Scottish Highers
AAABB

Specific science subjects required

Scottish Advanced Highers
AAB

Specific science subjects required

BTEC Diploma
DDD

Applied Science (Forensic Science, Laboratory & Industrial Science or Medical Science)

BTEC Certificate
DD

Applied Science (Forensic Science, Laboratory & Industrial Science or Medical Science), or Pharmacy Services & NVQ level 3.

International Baccalaureate
33

6 points in higher level Chemistry and either Biology or Physics. 5 points in higher level or 6 points in standard level Mathematics.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128-136 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

50%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,250

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Aston University is home to one of Europeâ??s leading Pharmacy Schools. The Pharmacy School has over 100 years of history, coupled with an international research reputation, and has recently introduced a new, enhanced course which has been fully accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council. This new course has been designed to meet the developing role of pharmacists in all branches of the profession. In designing the course, an emphasis has been placed on enhanced patient care, which is complemented by Aston Pharmacy Schoolâ??s long-established links with six large NHS Trusts and a number of major community pharmacy employers. An important part of our course design is that students complete work-based learning in all years of the programme; Pharmacy at Aston is ranked 1st in the UK with respect to employability in the latest Complete University Guide and Sunday Times University Guide.

Modules

Year 1: Cell biology and medical microbiology; human physiology; medicinal chemistry; principles of pharmaceuticals (preparation and formulation of medicines); dispensing; quantitative methods and information technology. Year 2: Pharmaceutical microbiology and asepsis; pharmacology (biological actions of medicines); immunology; medicinal chemistry; biochemistry and phytochemistry; pharmaceutical formulations; introduction to law and dispensing. Year 3: Chemotherapy; molecular biology and genetic engineering; drug metabolism and drug analysis; drug delivery; pharmacokinetics; pharmacology; introduction to clinical pharmacology and therapeutics; pharmacy law and ethics; health and lifestyle; social pharmacy. Year 4: Clinical pharmaceutics (drug targeting); modified release systems; clinical pharmacology and therapeutics; professional practice; clinical pharmacy; ethical decision making; evidence-based medicine; optional studies; research project.

Aston University

Lakeside residences

At Aston we are dedicated to developing people and ideas that will shape the businesses and communities of tomorrow. Aston is ranked as the top UK University outside London for graduate employability, and is in the top 10 UK universities for producing millionaires. The Aston Student Village is transforming accommodation and the redeveloped Woodcock Sports Centre offers top sports facilities.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
36%
64%

Year 1

32%
68%

Year 2

38%
62%

Year 3

32%
68%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
71%
16%
13%

Year 1

73%
18%
9%

Year 2

71%
23%
6%

Year 3

30%
47%
23%

Year 4

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 94%
Student score 88% MED
Able to access IT resources

95%

Staff made the subject interesting

86%

Library resources are satisfactory

92%

Feedback on work has been helpful

75%

Feedback on work has been prompt

81%

Staff are good at explaining things

96%

Received sufficient advice and support

88%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
13% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
60% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
23% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
358 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
82% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
4% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 100% HIGH
Average graduate salary £18.5k MED
Graduates who are health professionals

99%

Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

1%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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 in demand with the pharmaceutical and medical industries alike and there are some worries about whether the UK is producing enough graduates, though of late, unemployment rates have actually been a little high. 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, although there have been some concerns expressed about whether opportunities have kept pace with a subject that has rapidly increased in popularity, unemployment rates are ultra-low and over 95% of working pharmacy graduates had jobs as pharmacists (mostly as retail pharmacists) six months after they left their courses; telling you that these are degrees in demand.
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