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University of Manchester

Pharmacy with a Foundation Year

UCAS Code: B231

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

Entry requirements


We require Grades DDC-BCC including Chemistry and Maths and/or Biology plus one further rigorous academic subject (excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking). You will also need to meet the widening participation selection criteria detailed on our application process page (`How your application is considered'). We also consider students who have obtained A-levels (or equivalent) at standard entry Grades (ABB-AAB), but in subjects inappropriate for direct admission to the MPharm degree. A Grade B/5 in English Language and Mathematics in GCSE or equivalent will also be required. In this case applicants will NOT need to meet our widening participation selection criteria. Typical Contextual Offer: BBB (non-science subjects only).

We do not accept AS grades in place of A2-level grades.

We do not accept Access/foundation course applications to the MPharm with a Foundation Year.

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects with Grades ABB-AAB provided a minimum of three non-science subjects are taken. We also consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects provided you have achieved Grades DDC-BCC including Chemistry and either Maths or Biology and one further rigorous academic subject (not General Studies or Critical Thinking) and provided you meet the selection criteria explained on our application process page. If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

We require at least five GCSEs at minimum Grade B/5 (including English Language and Mathematics).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

35-33

33-35 points for Arts-based students with three Higher Level subjects at Grades 6,6,5.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

We will consider the Cambridge Technical Diploma (science-based only) at Grade DD alongside one A-level at Grade C. You will also need to meet the selection criteria explained in our application process page.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D

We accept the Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate at Grade D in lieu of the third A-level only. It must be offered alongside A-level Chemistry and either A-level Biology or Mathematics at Grades BC. You will also need to meet the selection criteria explained in our application process page.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDD-DDM

We require successful completion of a Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma (science-based only) at Grades DDD-DDM along with GCSE-level English Language and Mathematics at Grade 5. You will also need to meet the selection criteria explained on our application process page.

We will consider the Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma (science-based only) at Grade D alongside two A-levels at Grades BC You will also need to meet the selection criteria explained in our application process page.

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

DD

We will consider the BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (science-based only) at Grade DD alongside one non-science A-level at Grade C. You will also need to meet the GCSE requirements and the criteria explained in our application process page.

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

D

We accept the BTEC National Extended Certificate at Grade D in lieu of the third A-level only. It must be offered alongside A-level Chemistry and either A-level Biology or Mathematics at Grades BC. You will also need to meet the GCSE requirements and the criteria explained in our application process page.

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

DDD-DDM

We require successful completion of a BTEC National Extended Diploma (science-based only) at Grades DDD-DDM along with GCSE-level English Language and Mathematics at Grade 5. You will also need to meet the GCSE requirements and the criteria explained in our application process page.

We will consider the BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (science-based only) at Grade D alongside two non-science A-levels at Grades BC. You will also need to meet the GCSE requirements and the criteria explained in our application process page.

We require a minimum of two As and three B's in five subjects (no more than two science subjects). English Language and Mathematics not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF Level 5 (minimum National 5) Grade B.

We require a minimum of two As and three B's in five subjects (no more than two science subjects). English Language and Mathematics not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF Level 5 (minimum National 5) Grade B.

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this. We require an overall Grade A in the Welsh Baccalaureate alongside two GCE A-level arts-based subjects (Grades AB). If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

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About this course


Course option

5.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Pharmacy

Our five-year Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) with a Foundation Year prepares you for degree-level study if you do not have the right qualifications for direct entry to the four-year course .

The foundation year will help you adapt to the higher education system and is taught at Xaverian College , which is a short walk from the main campus.

You will still be registered with The University of Manchester, with access to all of our facilities and support systems.

Students are accepted from a wide range of educational backgrounds and each application will be considered individually.

Entry to the four-year MPharm course is automatic on satisfactory completion of the foundation year.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£24,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

The University is committed to supporting students from low-income households through our financial support packages detailed below. Full-time UK students do not need to apply for Manchester’s bursaries separately but should ensure that they consent to share their financial details with the University when making an application to Student Finance England. http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/student-finance/2019/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Manchester

Department:

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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.

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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

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
90%
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

89%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
76%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

80%
UK students
20%
International students
36%
Male students
64%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
A
A

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.

£18,500
med
Average annual salary
98%
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Employed or in further education
66%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

88%
Health professionals
5%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
1%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
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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£29k

£29k

£30k

£30k

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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Post-six month graduation stats:

This is from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, based on responses from graduates who studied the same subject area here.

It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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Graduate field commentary:

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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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