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University of Portsmouth

Pharmacy

UCAS Code: B230

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,B

ABB-BBB, or equivalent, to include A level Chemistry, plus an A level in a second Science subject or Mathematics. For A levels which include a separate science practical component, a pass is desirable and may strengthen an application. *Please note: A levels in Applied Science, General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies are not normally accepted.

128 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Science), with a minimum of 18 level 3 credits in Biology at Distinction and a minimum of 18 level 3 credits in Chemistry at Distinction.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

M1,M2,M2

3 Principal Subjects at M1 M2 M2. To include a Principal Subject in Chemistry, plus a Principal Subject in a second Science or Mathematics.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English, Mathematics and Biology (or Double Science) at grade C or above, if not studied at a higher level/GCSE English, Mathematics and Biology (or Double Science) at grade 4 or above, if not studied at a higher level.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

30 points from the IB Diploma, with 665 at Higher Level, to include Chemistry and a second Science subject or Mathematics. Mathematics and English must be passed with at least 4 points at Standard Level (if not passed at GCSE grade C or above).

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H3,H3,H3

To include Higher Level Chemistry plus a second Higher Level Science subject or Mathematics at H3.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DDM

Must be in Applied Science, plus A level Chemistry.

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,C,C-C,C,C

BCC-CCC from Advanced Highers, to include Chemistry and a second Science subject or Mathematics. *Please note: Applied Science, General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies are not normally accepted.

ABB-BBB, or equivalent, to include A level Chemistry, plus an A level in a second Science subject or Mathematics. Other qualifications are considered including BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science at DDM plus A level Chemistry. For A levels which include a separate science practical component, a pass is desirable and may strengthen an application. All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview, which will include an admissions test. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance. *Please note: A levels in Applied Science, General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies are not normally accepted.

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About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Pharmacy

**Overview**
Are you interested in the how and why of diseases, and how to treat them?

Pharmacists are responsible for not only ensuring quality and safe supply of medicines within the law, but also advising patients and fellow medical professionals on the correct use of medicines.

This MPharm (Hons) Pharmacy integrated Master's degree course gives you the medical knowledge and practical skills you need to begin a career as a pharmacist. After the course you can undertake preregistration training and qualify as a pharmacist within a year, or work in areas such as drug development or marketing.

**On this course you'll:**
- Be taught by pharmacy-qualified staff who have backgrounds in community and hospital pharmacy settings

- Practice essential skills on medical mannequins and work-through realistic scenarios in our safe and secure Centre For Simulation In Healthcare

- Get workplace experience by training in our fully stocked model pharmacy – you'll work through complicated cases in study groups, review hospital medication charts, and respond to medicine information queries

- Interact with patients and members of the public in our local community pharmacy partner

- Check and dispense prescriptions with real medication under the supervision of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) registered pharmacists

- Go on placement in general practitioner surgeries and a mental health hospital in your final year in addition to community and hospital placements in other years across the course

**Work experience and career planning**
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find pharmacy-related work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary opportunities – including a summer research placement at a European university – that will complement your studies and build your CV.

**Careers and opportunities**
After the course, you can become a fully qualified pharmacist within a year by doing preregistration training and passing the GPhC registration examination. Many graduates do split preregistration training in general practitioner surgeries and other clinical settings. You can also split preregistration training between the pharmaceutical industry and a hospital or community setting.
The expanding role of pharmacists means you'll have many other job options at the end of the course. Areas you could work in include:
- drug development and formulation

- involvement with toxicity studies

- clinical trials

- marketing

- regulatory affairs

Whatever your choice when you finish the course, our careers and employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. You'll get help, advice and support for up to 5 years after you leave the University.

**Professional accreditations**
This course is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). This accreditation tells future employers that you have the prerequisite skills and knowledge you need to undertake preregistration training safely and effectively. It also means you can become a fully qualified pharmacist a year after you finish the course, following successful preregistration training.

Modules

In your first year you will have a general introduction to university-level education and to the integrated disciplines of science that relate to the study of pharmacy. You’ll also begin to practise the vocational and patient-facing skills you’ll need for professional practice. During the second year you will explore the systems of the body and the diseases that affect them. Your third year involves the study of more advanced topics and you’ll be developing your clinical practice skills to a much greater extent. Your study will be a lot more patient-orientated and you’ll be focused on the practice of high professional and ethical standards. The final year is the Master’s level of the course, where integration of knowledge and application is undertaken on a wider scale. Therapeutic frameworks, formulation and drug discovery, as well as strategies for cancer and mental health disorders, make up the topics for this year. You’ll also complete a research project of your choice, which can take the form of a laboratory investigation or a study of some aspects of professional practice.

Assessment methods

On this course there is a balance of formal examinations and coursework. You will be expected to complete coursework throughout the year, whereas exams take place at the end of the academic year. We assess you through diagnostic tests, written assignments, simulated patient-focused case studies, oral and poster presentations, online tests and group-based assessments.

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
£15,900
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Science

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.

76%
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

79%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
87%
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

94%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
62%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
42%
Male students
58%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
99%
med
Employed or in further education
93%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

90%
Health professionals
3%
Science, engineering and production technicians
1%
Teaching and educational professionals
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.

£22k

£22k

£27k

£27k

£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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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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