Full-time: Four Years
B230; Short form: MPharm/P
Preston (Campus code: U)
Our MPharm (Hons) degree ensures that you will have the knowledge and skills to be a key member of the healthcare team – becoming a pharmacy expert, health advocate, communicator, collaborator, scholar and professional. You’ll study aspects of medicine development and use, from how medicines are formulated to how they work on the body to treat various diseases. We integrate science and practice throughout each of the four years of the degree, and ensure that your experiential learning increases year on year. Through structured placements in each year, you will gain an appreciation of the different sectors that pharmacists work in, and their role in these different teams. Each year you will participate in session working with the patient and the public, gaining the patient’s perspective, and ensuring that patient-centred care is at the heart of everything that we do. Every year, students will participate in inter-professional engagement sessions, working alongside medical, dentistry, nursing, physiotherapy, healthcare science, physicians’ associates, and social care students.
Entry is only permitted onto year 1 (level 4) of the course.
Entry requirements for those taking A levels*
A-levels: Minimum grades ABB at A2 level including Chemistry and one other Science (Biology, Maths, Physics). A Levels in General Studies and Critical Thinking are excluded from the 'A' levels considered by the School for admission to the MPharm course.
GCSEs: A minimum of 5 GCSE subjects at grade C or above which must include Maths and English.
Entry requirements for graduates*
A 2:2 in a relevant science subject plus appropriate pharmacy work experience.
Whatever the qualification, admission onto the MPharm course is exclusively into year 1, no credit exemption is permitted.
Entry requirements for those taking BTEC qualifications*
BTEC ND: Science DDD; We require Maths and Stats for Science Technicians OR Using Mathematical Tools in Science AND Using Statistics at Distinction. We also require 3 of the following Chemistry modules at Distinction: Scientific Practical Techniques. Chemistry for Biological Technicians. Practical Chemical Analysis. Industrial Chemical Reactions. Chemical Periodicity and Application. Industrial Application of Organic Chemistry.
Entry requirements for other non-standard routes
Vocational A-Levels*: One 6-Unit VCE A-Level (AVCE) accepted in place of an academic A-Level. A-Level Chemistry and an A-Level in Biology, Mathematics, or Physics also required. Grades BBB required.
AVCE*: Double award accepted in Science plus one other A-Level or 6 Unit VCE in a relevant subject. To assist the University a detailed module description should be listed on the UCAS application form.
Access or Foundation Course*
30 out of 45 credits at Level 3, passed with Distinction. Students must also have 15 credits of Chemistry at Level 3 passed with Distinction AND 15 level 3 Distinction credits in another single science subject.
NVQ*: NVQ3 in Pharmacy Services together with A-Levels in Chemistry (grade B) and at least one other science subject (eg. Biology, Mathematics, or Physics).
Irish leaving Certificate*: Successful completion of the certificate. ABBBB including Chemistry, and Biology, Mathematics, or Physics, along with one further rigorous subject (eg. the sciences listed above, English, or a modern language).
Scottish Highers*: A minimum of five Scottish Higher subjects with a mixture of grades A and B. Requires combination with Advanced Higher grade B in Chemistry and Biology.
International Baccalaureate*: Successful completion of the Baccalaureate with an overall grade of 27 with minimum Higher Level grades 6/6/5 from Chemistry and either Biology, Maths or Physics. To assist the University a detailed module description should be listed on the UCAS application form.
Accepted English Language Qualifications other than stated above: IELTS at 7.0 (with no individual component less than 6.5), or the corresponding equivalent qualification, plus an interview.
All offers of a place are subject to:
Satisfactory health and good character checks
* Please contact Course Enquiries if you would like further clarification on relevant subjects.
ABB - AAB at A2 including Chemistry & 1 other science (Biology, Human Biology, Maths,Physics).
Distinction, Distinction, Distinction Applied Sciences INCLUDING A Level Chemistry at B
5 GCSEs Grade C including Maths & Eng.
For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information.
Visa options for new applicants for the pharmacy pre-registration year
All international students from outside the European Economic Area, graduating with an MPharm
from a UK university, must apply for a visa in order to work in the UK i.e. to undertake their pre-registration training.
Information on visa options which may be suitable for the pre-registration training year can be found on the UK Visas and Immigration website. Students may wish to consider whether applying for Tier 2 or Tier 5 sponsorship may be suitable for their particular circumstances. Note however, that the UK Visas and Immigration website provides current information; it is possible that there may be changes to visa and/or immigration policy by the time applicants start their pre-registration training - particularly in light of the recent Government response to the Migration and Advisory Committee Tier 2 report. See also: Tier 2 work visas - guidance for employers.
Applicants should be aware that it may not be possible for every international student to obtain a
visa for the pre-registration year. There is no guarantee that international students will be able to
stay in the UK to complete pre-registration training once they have completed an MPharm from a UK university.
For further guidance on visas for the pre-registration year please contact UCLan’s International Office, or RPS support via telephone 0845 257 2570, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Preparation for Professional Practice
Professor Peter Seville, Head of School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, is pleased to announce that the Registrar of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has confirmed that the MPharm degree offered by the University of Central Lancashire has been re-accredited for a period of 6 years.
The newly design re-accredited course will commence September 2016.
This is a great success, securing 6 years of re-accreditation for the integrative MPharm course. The overarching philosophy of the UCLan MPharm (Hons) degree is to produce a graduate equipped with the necessary skills, attitudes and knowledge to enter the preregistration year leading to the eventual registration as a pharmacist with the GPhC.
The aims of the course are to produce graduates who:
The pharmacy course has been built around developing graduates who are able to demonstrate six attributes which are of vital importance to demonstrate effective practice. These are:
The MPharm (Hons) course will facilitate your education to gain relevant experiences, skills and attitudes to enable you to succeed as a pharmacy professional. Our programme is tailored towards pharmacy practice, ensuring that you can apply the knowledge required in real-life situations.
This programme considers all aspects related to design, formulation, administration, mechanism of action, adverse reactions, modifications of dosing as appropriate and providing information to patients and other healthcare professionals related to medicines usage.
Transfer from other Degree Courses: Students wishing to transfer from an existing degree course to pharmacy will only be considered if they meet our A2 requirements.
Further Information: All offers of a place on this course are subject to satisfactory interview, DBS clearance and appropriate health and good character checks both assessed by completion of a Fitness to Practise form.
Fitness to Practise: Pharmacy students are expected to behave professionally at all times.
The School is required to carry out health and good character checks on all students admitted to the course in line with the regulatory body guidance. As part of this process, you will be asked to declare any issues relating to your health and/or character by completing the Fitness to Practise form, and to undergo a DBS check. We will give you further information about this process when you attend one of our Applicant Days.
The School wishes to promote entry to a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds. If you declare an issue relating to your health and/or character, it will not necessarily prevent you from being admitted to the course. The School will make an informed and considered judgement in each case in line with University procedures and relevant regulatory body guidance.
We strongly encourage you to discuss any issues or concerns with us as soon as possible so that we can support and advise you accordingly.
The nature of formative assessment varies between modules. In some there are short tests or essays, in others there is informal feedback via activities included within seminars, workshops or discussion of experiment results during laboratory sessions.
The summative assessment strategy in each module is designed to test your achievement of the module outcomes. Some assessments are on a group basis, and in this case there may be included an element of peer assessment. Examinations will take place within each year of the course and will test your ability to apply your knowledge and experience to make informed decisions.
Within the final year you will sit an examination which will be in the form of the GPhC’s registration assessment, allowing you to become familiar with the type of question you will be required to answer following your pre-registration training.
In addition, in each year of the MPharm course, there is a pharmaceutical calculations assessment, which is a pass/fail element with a pass mark of 70%. This higher pass mark mirrors the GPhC's requirements for the calculations assessment in the registration assessment (Part 1), which is set at 70% to "ensure candidates are appropriately numerate to practise as a pharmacist". The calculations strategy for the MPharm course is based on the tenet of increasing calculation complexity as the course progresses, ranging from straightforward mathematical manipulations in Year 1 to questions requiring multiple steps and in the style of the GPhC registration assessment in Year 4. A consistent pass mark of 70% in the pharmaceutical calculations assessments throughout the course ensures competence at each level and ensures patient safety is not compromised.
For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)
Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.
This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.
Our MPharm programme has strong links with a variety of local and national pharmacy companies, including Boots, Lloyds Pharmacy, Rowlands, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals, East Lancashire Hospitals, Wockhardt and HM Prison Manchester. Placements with these organisations are offered at various points throughout the programme. We hold a Careers Fair twice a year to give you the opportunity to talk to employers about summer placement opportunities with them, as well discovering what pre-registration and pharmacist careers are available.
This course is subject to formal re-accreditation by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and final confirmation will be published here when received. The GPhC sets the standards and requirements in respect of the education, training, acquisition of experience and continuing professional development that it is necessary for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to achieve. Re-accreditation is a process that all MPharm courses have to go through and will require a visit from the GPhC at least every 3 years.
The School recognises the main purposes of assessment as a statement of achievement and of potential. Assessment is continuous and comprises formative and summative methods. Formative assessment encourages the development of personal self-awareness and self-evaluation such that you can instigate corrective change to improve your work. Formative feedback is central to your development from a dependent to independent worker which is at the heart of the course philosophy. This self-assessment begins during year 1 of the course and will be developed throughout the course along with you being required to produce reflective writing of your work and progress.
This will include the compilation of your portfolio which you will continue with throughout the course, gathering evidence to support your reflections of your progress as a learner, looking particularly at the six key attributes of an MPharm graduate; analysing your performance and developing action plans to address any areas of weakness, or build on strengths; thus demonstrating your progression as a prospective pharmacy professional.
The academic staff that will be teaching you are all highly qualified and specialists in the areas that they teach. All staff are engaged in research and/or scholarly activity which helps enrich your experiences through the provision of research led and research informed teaching. Many of the staff within the School are practising Pharmacists who bring their practice based expertise to ensure that the development and delivery of the course reflects and extends current practice.
In Year 1, you will undertake a one-day placement in a community pharmacy, and a further one day experience in a hospital pharmacy. Years 2 and 3 will see you spending three days in a community pharmacy (Year 2) and three days in a hospital pharmacy (Year 3). In the final year of the MPharm programme, you will participate in a three-day placement in an area of pharmacy that you have expressed a preference in. Typical placement opportunities include academia, industry, hospice, prison and mental health trust, as well as community and hospital pharmacies.
Once you have successfully completed your MPharm degree, subject to GPhC approval, you will then undertake your pre-registration training year. Further details on this can be found on the GPhC’s website.
Following a successful pre-registration year, there are many career options available to you. Some of these careers may lead to you undertaking a postgraduate qualification, e.g. postgraduate diploma or Masters qualification, or training to become an independent prescriber.
The lecturers are not only inspiring but also approachable and friendly. Whenever you have a problem you can just arrange a meeting and they will help you out. My experience at UCLan has been an enriching one. I would definitely recommend UCLan to anyone who wants to study in the UK.
Stephanie Ah-Sen, current 4th year student
My lasting memory of UCLan is the relationships that I, along with my fellow students, shared with the lecturers. They were always approachable friendly and enthusiastic towards our development.
Mark Henry, 2012 graduate
We have excellent laboratory facilities. Over £500K has been invested in equipping our state-of-the-art pharmaceutics laboratory facilities.