Pharmacy University of Portsmouth

Undergraduate

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.

  • Qualification

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

  • Study mode

    Full-time

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Start date

    16 September 2019

  • Duration

    4 years


Course details

Modules

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

Year 1
Core units in this year include:

Cells to Systems
Developing Life-long Learning for Pharmacy
Introduction to Formulation
Introduction to Neuroscience and Pharmacology
Introduction to Pharmacy Practice
Pharmaceutical Chemistry
There are no optional units in this year.

Year 2
Core units in this year include:

Drug Development and Formulation
Immunology and Microbiology in Health and Disease
Medicines Patients and Public Health
Neuroscience, Endocrine, and Gastrointestinal Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Respiratory, Renal and Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
There are no optional units in this year.

Year 3
Core units in this year include:

Antimicrobial Chemotherapy - Theory and Practice
Bioactives Natural and Synthetic
Delivering Pharmaceutical Care to Patients
Pharmaceutical Formulation and Quality Assurance
Pharmacy Research Methods and Ethics
There are no optional units in this year.

Year 4
Core units in this year include:

Clinical Skills for Pharmacists
Evidence Based Practice
Integrated Studies in Mental Health
MPharm Research Project
Personalised Medicine and Cancer
There are no optional units in this year.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through:

diagnostic tests
written assignments
simulated patient-focused case studies
oral and poster presentations
online tests
clinical skills assessment
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

Year 1 students: 50% by written exams, 23% by practical exams and 27% by coursework
Year 2 students: 58% by written exams, 18% by practical exams and 24% by coursework
Year 3 students: 33% by written exams, 30% by practical exams and 37% by coursework
Year 4 students: 47% by written exams, 20% by practical exams and 33% by coursework

Professional bodies

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

  • General Pharmaceutical Council

How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January *

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code B230
Institution code P80
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 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.
A level ABB - BBB 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.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM Must be in Applied Science, plus A level Chemistry.
Access to HE Diploma 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 points 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.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.
Scottish Advanced Higher BCC - CCC 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.

Additional entry requirements

Admission tests

Institutions Own Test (IOT)

Pharmacy Test. You will be assessed on your knowledge of Biology, Chemistry, Maths, English and situation judgement as part of your interview. Login details are provided to the applicant by email in advance.

Criminal records declaration (Disclosure Scotland)

All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

Interview

All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 176 with no component score less than 169.
Cambridge English Proficiency Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 176 with no component score less than 169.
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
PTE Academic 61.0 An overall score of 61 with a minimum of 54 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT) 91.0 91 with a minimum of 20 in Reading, 19 in Listening, 21 in Speaking and 20 in Writing
Trinity ISE Trinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £15,900 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Home/EU/Islands Year in placement/industry £925 Year abroad of a language course £925. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-fees-and-student-finance International (Non-EU) Year in placement/industry £2,400 Year abroad of a language course £2,400. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/international-students/funding **Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation.**