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Course summary

Course summary Studying at Aston Pharmacy School will help you to develop the skills, knowledge and outlook required to become an outstanding pharmacist. You’ll experience work-based learning through our extensive network of healthcare and industry partners, develop your skills in dedicated specialist facilities, and benefit from the experience and insight of our expert teaching staff. 2023 sees us celebrate our 100th year of involvement in pharmacy education and with our roots stretching back even further, to the establishment of the Birmingham Pharmaceutical Institution in 1847, we have a strong history that has helped to shape the futures of thousands of pharmacists to date. Through our history we have forged strong links with the NHS and healthcare industry, and Aston is the ideal place to learn about this fascinating, and ever-changing profession. You will benefit from extensive patient contact throughout the course, both within the University, and through a series of professional experiences in different workplace environments such as hospitals, community pharmacies, GP surgeries and primary care settings. We also have a strong focus on interprofessional practice and collaborative care, offering opportunities for you to learn with, from and about other healthcare specialities. In addition to this, our final year students have the opportunity to personalise their learning through elective choices and research projects, including in pharmacy practice, which can be based in either community, hospital or primary care practice. Key course benefits:

  • In 2019 the MPharm programme underwent a radical revision with a very sharp focus on the future direction of pharmacy practice. This included a considerable emphasis on the pharmacist’s role in therapeutics within a deeply integrated spiral curriculum in a 120-credit module structure.
  • Accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), which is one of the key requirements to practice as a pharmacist in the UK. Accreditation took place in May 2019 and the MPharm programme was re-accredited for six years, the maximum period possible. Re-accreditation is currently underway to align the MPharm with updated GPhC standards which include prescribing skills.
  • 92% of our students ranked the course as intellectually stimulating (NSS 2022).
  • Access to a range of specialist facilities in our recently redeveloped Wilson Pharmacy Suite. This includes our clinical skills room with a mock hospital bay set up, dispensing and patient counselling suites with discrete video recording capabilities.
Please note that we no longer offer a Foundation Programme. If you select Year 0 on your application form, this will be amended to Year 1 at the admissions review stage.

Modules

Learning and Teaching You will benefit from working with our highly qualified and knowledgeable team of academics, scientists, leading researchers and practising pharmacists from a variety of healthcare areas. Our interconnected course structure enables us to put all teaching firmly in the context of delivering patient centred care as part of a multi-disciplinary team. We have a strong and deliberate focus on interprofessional practice and collaborative care, working closely with Aston’s many healthcare courses to increase the opportunities for you to learn with, from and about other healthcare specialities. Your learning will be delivered via a range of teaching methods from problem-based learning and video recording sessions to computer aided learning and patient-simulators. We utilise a range of learning technologies, which are combined with high-fidelity simulations of healthcare practice to provide you with a realistic and safe environment in which to learn skills and develop your knowledge. Each year of study is worth 120 credits, with each credit equivalent to 10 learning hours. The learning hours may include but are not limited to lectures, seminars, tutorials, lab sessions, practicals, online activity, reading, other independent study, reflecting on assignment feedback and work placements. As a Pharmacy student, you will have access to a range of specialist facilities in our recently redeveloped Wilson Pharmacy Suite. This includes our clinical skills room with a mock hospital bay set up, dispensing and patient counselling suites with discrete video recording capabilities where clinical skills for the safe and effective delivery of healthcare and prescribing can be developed, refined and assessed in a controlled environment. You will also utilise a range of cutting-edge laboratory spaces and equipment used in the design, development and testing of drug products including an aseptic suite and our main teaching lab. You will have access to tabletting machines, high-performance liquid chromatographs, gas chromatographs, NMR spectroscopies, dissolution vessels and a range of additional equipment used industry wide in formulation characterisation and quality assurance processes. Teaching rooms range from large lecture theatres to small study rooms and facilitate a range of teaching formats. Assessment Our MPharm curriculum utilises a range of different assessment types and the assessment strategy reflects both the national educational requirements in the FHEQ and the professional educational standards and learning outcomes from the GPhC. The four levels within Miller’s Triangle have been used within the national pharmacy educational standards and applied to the outcomes defined in the 2021 GPhC Standards. Assessment formats include diagnostic tests, written examinations, synoptic assessments, coursework, oral presentations, poster presentations, clinical simulation activities, OSCE and other case-based assessments, portfolios, laboratory practicals and calculations, amongst a range of others. Clinical and therapeutic summative assessments in Stages 3 and 4/F have been developed to include prescribing skills. .

Assessment method

Learning and teaching You will benefit from working with our highly qualified and knowledgeable team of academics, scientists, leading researchers and practising pharmacists from a variety of healthcare areas. Our interconnected course structure enables us to put all teaching firmly in the context of delivering patient care as part of a multi-disciplinary team. We have a strong and deliberate focus on interprofessional practice and collaborative care, working closely with Aston’s many healthcare courses to increase the opportunities for you to learn with, from and about other healthcare specialities. Your learning will be delivered via a range of teaching methods from problem-based learning and video recording sessions, to computer aided learning and patient-simulators. We utilise a range of learning technologies, which are combined with high-fidelity simulations of healthcare practice to provide you with a realistic and safe environment in which to learn skills and develop your knowledge. Each year of study is worth 120 credits, with each credit equivalent to 10 learning hours. The learning hours may include but are not limited to lectures, seminars, tutorials, lab sessions, practicals, online activity, reading, other independent study, reflecting on assignment feedback, field trips and work placements. Assessment Our recently revised MPharm curriculum utilises a range of different assessment types which may include written examinations, coursework, oral presentations, poster presentations, clinical simulations activities and laboratory assessments. What learning facilities can I expect? As a Pharmacy student, you will have access to a range of specialist facilities in our recently redeveloped Wilson Pharmacy Suite. This includes our clinical skills room with a mock hospital bay set up, dispensing and patient counselling suites with discrete video recording capabilities. You will also have access to and use a range of cutting edge laboratory equipment used in the design, development and testing of drug products which includes tabletting machines, high-performance liquid chromatograph, gas chromatography, NMR spectroscopies and dissolution vessels.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • General Pharmaceutical Council

How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
B230
Institution code:
A80
Campus name:
Main Site
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Admissions Review Process Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard (however, initial offers will not be lower than stated above). The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor. If you are shortlisted, you will receive an interview invitation which will be conducted virtually. The virtual interview is a compulsory element of the application process and no offer will be made without a successful interview being conducted first. When applying, please ensure you include an up to date email and telephone number as this is important information for us if you are shortlisted for interview. Further information about the interview and application process will be made available to you post-application.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://www.aston.ac.uk/study/courses/pharmacy-mpharm/

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks

Interview


Unistats information

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
81%
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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £20700 Year 1

Additional fee information

**The latest information relating to EU students and tuition fees for 2023 can be found on the UCAS website at: https://www.ucas.com/finance/finance-international-and-eu-students. ***The United Kingdom government has confirmed that European Union (EU), other European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals commencing academic courses in England from August 2021 will no longer be eligible for home fee status. ^^Tuition fees for students are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. Any such increase shall always be in accordance with the law.
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