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Master of Pharmacy (with Honours) - MPharm (H) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Pharmacology, toxicology & pharmacy
Student score
67% LOW
% 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

including Chemistry or Biology, and one other Science. (Human Biology, Mathematics, Use of Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Environmental Management, Psychology, Engineering, Geography). General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Must include the following modules from a BTEC Applied Science; We require the following Maths modules at Distinction: Using Mathematical Tools in Science OR Mathematical Calculation for Science AND Using Statistics at Distinction AND Distinctions in 3 of: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques Physiology of Human Body Systems Human Regulation and Reproduction Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways Genetics and Genetic Engineering Diseases and Infections Applications of Inorganic Chemistry Microbiology and Microbiological Techniques Industrial Chemical Reactions Practical Chemical Analysis

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128 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


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


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

Our fully GPhC accredited MPharm (Hons) degree ensures that you will have the knowledge and skills to be a key member of the healthcare team – becoming a pharmacy expert, health advocate, communicator, collaborator, scholar and professional. You’ll study aspects of medicine development and use, from how medicines are formulated to how they work on the body to treat various diseases. We integrate science and practice throughout each of the four years of the degree, and ensure that your experiential learning increases year on year. Through structured placements in each year, you will gain an appreciation of the different sectors that pharmacists work in, and their role in these different teams. Each year you will participate in session working with the patient and the public, gaining the patient’s perspective, and ensuring that patient-centred care is at the heart of everything that we do. Every year, students will participate in inter-professional engagement sessions, working alongside medical, dentistry, nursing, physiotherapy, healthcare science, physicians’ associates, and social care students. In Year 1, you will undertake a one-day placement in a community pharmacy, and a further one day experience in a hospital pharmacy. Years 2 and 3 will see you spending three days in a community pharmacy (Year 2) and three days in a hospital pharmacy (Year 3). In the final year of the MPharm programme, you will participate in a three-day placement in an area of pharmacy that you have expressed a preference in. Typical placement opportunities include academia, industry, hospice, prison and mental health trust, as well as community and hospital pharmacies. Once you have successfully completed your MPharm degree, you will then undertake your pre-registration training year. Further details on this can be found on the GPhC’s website. Following a successful pre-registration year, there are many career options available to you. Some of these careers may lead to you undertaking a postgraduate qualification, e.g. postgraduate diploma or Masters qualification, or training to become an independent prescriber.


Year 1: Journey of a medicine; Target identification, Identification of lead compounds, The physicochemical properties of molecules that influence, Formulation, ADME, Bringing a medicine to the market, Patient–specific factors around taking medicines, Pharmaceutical calculations. Health and Disease; Basic cell biology, Molecular biology, Major organ systems, Anatomy, Physiology, Homeostasis, Infection and Immunity, Anti-infectives (structure activity), Inflammation and repair. Foundations in Pharmacy Practice; Skills essential for practice - Communication, Consultation, Clinical reasoning, Handling prescriptions. Law and ethics, Determinants of health, Health behaviours, Roles and responsibilities of healthcare professionals, Personal and professional development Year 2: Systems-Based Patient Care 1; Aetiology, pathophysiology and epidemiology of conditions, Clinical presentation, Diagnosis of disease, Therapeutic management of the conditions, Pharmacology of drugs used in the therapeutic management, Side effects of drugs, and an introduction to the sources of drug interactions, Introduction to clinical guidelines Year 3: Systems-Based Patient Care 2; Differential diagnosis, Treatment regimens - evidence based and guidelines approach, Clinical management, Monitoring, including therapeutic drug monitoring, Management of polypharmacy & drug interactions, Risks of disease and role of pharmacist to modify/manage risk, Medicines optimisation, Long term management of patients including complications of disease Year 4: Preparation for Professional Practice; Women who are pregnant and/or breastfeeding; People who are hepatically or renally impaired, People who are Immunocompromised/immunosuppressed, The young and the old, People with cancer, Screening, health prevention and intervention services, Pharmacoeconomics & commissioning, Ethical decision-making

University of Central Lancashire

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UCLan is a 'modern' university, created in 1992, but its roots go back to 1828 with the founding of the 'Institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge'. There are 102 different nationalities represented among UCLan's international and domestic student body. At UCLan, we want to give students the advantage they need through teaching and support to achieve their ambitions.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 68%
Student score 67% LOW
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



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
6% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
58% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
12% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
347 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
1% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
12% 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


Graduates who are functional managers and directors


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 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.
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