Liverpool John Moores University

Degree level: Undergraduate
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Course summary

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By studying the professionally-accredited undergraduate Masters degree in Pharmacy (MPharm) at Liverpool John Moores University you will enjoy innovative and high quality pharmacy teaching, plus opportunities to complete placements in community and hospital settings, inter-professional learning, patient/public engagement, and practice simulations with other healthcare students.

  • Accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Taught by one of the oldest and well-established schools of pharmacy in the world
  • Excellent links and work placement opportunities with leading local hospitals
  • Strong focus on the application of science to clinical practice
  • Work placements, student-patient engagement and inter-professional learning from Year 1
  • Strong support for students’ personal and professional development to help achieve their full potential
  • This degree is available to study following a foundation year - subject to attainment
  • International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more

Course details


Level 4: Integrated Foundations of Pharmacy During semester 1, your studies will focus on the scientific foundation of pharmacy, while incorporating aspects of practice where possible, and includes topics such as: • cells and biomacromolecules • linking structure to properties and activity • making drugs into medicines and interactions with the body During semester 2, the knowledge and skills developed and established in semester 1 are revisited and applied to specific topics, namely: • gastrointestinal physiology and pathophysiology • pain and the peripheral nervous system • blood Concurrently, the professional development strand will introduce and develop fundamental graduate skills, techniques and attributes including laboratory, clinical, communication, learning and study skills. Level 5: Medicines, Patients and the Pharmacist Your studies will build upon the foundations of the previous year and continues the development of integrated multidisciplinary learning. You will learn the principles of developing quality medicines through the processes of formulation and manufacture, and the application of science and practice to ensure patient safety. This new knowledge and skills will then be revisited and contextualised into specific topics with the pathophysiology, therapeutics, and prevention of diseases focused on at this level. Topics include the cardiovascular, respiratory and central nervous systems along with infectious disease processes in the body and the population, their responsible pharmaceutical treatment and conservation of the valuable antimicrobial resource. You will also learn the necessary skills and knowledge of how pharmacists can meet the distinct needs of particular patient groups which is undertaken in the cycle of life topic.​ Level 6: Complexities of Healthcare During this year, you will take the single modality learning of disease and illness from previous levels and transfer this to multi-morbidity long-term conditions, whose treatment relates to wider health and social care provision. As in previous levels, new knowledge will be incorporated into your existing knowledge, augmenting your development of a representative integrative perspective of the programme. For example, the concepts of formulation, drug monitoring, medicines optimisation, adverse drug reactions and toxicity will initially be delivered in the context of topics introduced in previous years, such as cardiovascular and respiratory systems. These concepts will then be applied to the endocrine system, mental health, musculoskeletal disorders, and oncology topics. The balance between evidence-based medicine and personalised treatment will be further explored both at the level of the individual’s health and that of the public. Professional development will be firmly embedded into your learning with increasingly complex clinical skills being immersed in the range of multi-morbidity long-term conditions. You will continue to progress the development of your research skills with a series of research seminars, including understanding of research philosophy, the underlying tenets of the relevant scientific and social science methodologies inherent in pharmacy. Level 7: Advancing Patient-centred Care Your final year focuses on utilising highly complex patient-centred and population-based scenarios to ensure you are able to respond appropriately to the complicated concepts and challenging problems inherent in delivering quality healthcare. You will consider how health policy impacts on the provision of health and social care services for both individuals and the public. The transition of patient care between care settings (for example, from hospital to community care) will be explored, with a focus on the pharmacists’ role in improving patient outcomes and minimising the disruption to good care during and around the period of transfer, and beyond.

Assessment method

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose. We acknowledge that all students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of different assessment methods. Coursework could be in the form of a report on a pharmaceutical topic, a laboratory report, preparation and delivery of a seminar or a computer-based assessment. We pride ourselves on developing our students by ensuring we equip you with the knowledge and skills base required in your journey to become competent professional pharmacists. As such, we have designed our assessments to test key knowledge and skills throughout the programme. Over the course of the programme, exams range from multiple-choice or short answer questions to longer analytical essays or discussions of therapeutic strategies in a clinical scenario. You will also have to carry out a clinical examination of a patient and sit practical exams to ensure that you can dispense prescriptions and prepare medicines efficiently, safely and in compliance with legal and NHS administrative requirements.​

How to apply

This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.






Northern Ireland

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Course codeB201
Institution code L51
Campus nameLiverpool John Moores University
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 120 points ​All successful pharmacy students should complete a health screening program before commencing clinical placements. The standards for training in pharmacy are defined by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and the Department of Health (DH). These standards meet the criteria in the Equality Act in that they are a proportionate means of achieving the legitimate aim of ensuring patient safety. Admissions process The admissions criteria for the LJMU Pharmacy undergraduate programme (MPharm) has changed. Applicants are no longer interviewed or required to sit an admissions test. See the full details on our course page. Guidance for international applicants - MPharm Pharmacy ‘Before you Arrive’ guidance If you accept your offer of a place on the MPharm Pharmacy programme, you will need to complete a number of checks listed below. These are required by law and you will need to start this process prior to your arrival in the UK. • Health Questionnaire • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Check • Criminal Records Check (from your home country) • Letter of Good Character (written in English) Please note that the above additional requirements, non-UK ‘Criminal Records Check’ and ‘Letter of Good Character’ are in addition to your UK DBS check, and are not an alternative to it. Please see the details on our course page for further guidance. Please hand in your ‘Letter of Good Character’ and your ‘Criminal Records Check’, including your name and student ID number, to the Placement Learning Support Unit, Room 904 in the James Parsons Building at Byrom Street by Friday 27th September 2019. If you require support with any aspect of this process, please contact: Placement Learning Support Unit Liverpool John Moores University Room 904, James Parsons Building Byrom Street Liverpool L3 3AF United Kingdom Email: [email protected] Phone: 0151 231 2079
A level BBB Minimum number of A Levels required: 3 Subject specific requirements: 120 points from 3 A Levels with Chemistry (Grade C). We would prefer applicants to also hold a qualification in a second science subject Is general studies acceptable? No Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications Average A Level offer: BBB
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications Extended diploma subjects / grades required: BTEC acceptable only with an A2 Chemistry Grade C and AS Biology Grade C
Access to HE Diploma Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Further information: Access programme must have been taken in a relevant subject area. Applicants must achieve a Distinction in all of the graded level three Access programme modules. Biology and Chemistry must be covered.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 27 points International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Additional information: 27 IB Diploma Points. Needs to include higher level Chemistry and Biology.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Grades / subjects required: 120 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects. Biology and Chemistry must be taken at higher level.

Applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English Prior to starting the programme

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
International £16100 Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

All figures are subject to yearly increases. The Department for Education (DfE) have recently announced that they will be freezing tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year.
Pharmacy at Liverpool John Moores University - UCAS