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Pharmacy 5 years (including pre-registration training)

MPharm (Hons)
Entry 2018: ABB / 128 UCAS points
Duration: 5 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: MPharm (Hons)
UCAS code: B231
Placement: Placement year available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Life Sciences
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Overview

At the University of Bradford we've been teaching pharmacy since 1927, and are experts in preparing students for the world of clinical practice.

Our innovative and award winning degree programme, delivered predominately by Team-Based Learning (TBL), has been designed by pharmacists, educators, students and employers to ensure that you will graduate not only with necessary knowledge and skills of a pharmacy graduate, but also with the confidence, communication, team-working, and problem-solving skills needed to secure employment. Our classes simulate the workplace and you will work in small teams to solve real-world problems, many of which are brought into the classroom from pharmacy practice by our team of pharmacist teacher-practitioners.

Our unique 5-year MPharm programme has been running for over 45 years and will enable you to undertake your pre-registration training as part of the programme. This means you will leave us as a qualified pharmacist pending successful completion of the GPhC registration exam. We also offer a 4-year programme, where you will need to complete a 1-year pre-registration period after graduation.

Whichever one you choose, you can be assured that our MPharm programmes have been specially designed so that you leave us fully prepared for contemporary pharmacy practice, and with the skills and confidence to succeed and achieve your full potential in your future employment.

QS World University Rankings 2017

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

Entry to the profession of pharmacy is regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). Both our MPharm programmes were accredited for the maximum period of six years by the GPhC in 2012.

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"The new MPharm programme has led to pre-registration students who are more ready for practice. Their clinical knowledge and problem solving skills are developed from much earlier in the course, leading to graduates ready to apply these skills from day one in their placement.  This has been very advantageous to us, as employers, and to the students themselves".

Clare Roberts, Advanced Pharmacist
Education & Training, Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS

Why Bradford?

In September 2012 we started to deliver our newly-accredited and innovative pharmacy curriculum using Team-Based Learning, built with advice from leading pharmacists, employers, recent graduates, patients and other key stakeholders to ensure patients get the best out of their medicines.

We are the only UK University to offer the 5-year practice-integrated MPharm programme, during which you have paid pre-registration placements and are able to qualify as a pharmacist when you leave university.

We have run this course successfully for over 40 years.

Alternatively you can choose the 4-year continuous programme where you complete your one-year pre-registration training after graduation.

The 5-year programme embeds two separate six-month periods of paid pre-registration experience within the course (£8,000-£10,300 per six-month placement), and gives you the opportunity to experience two different aspects of pharmaceutical practice (usually hospital and community practice), thereby broadening your experience.

Each six-month placement is arranged and supervised by the Bradford School of Pharmacy, and the two-placement structure brings you into contact with a wide range of patients, employers and healthcare professionals.

Learn about Ita Razak's experiences of studying Pharmacy at Bradford

Rankings

QS World University Rankings 2017

Entry requirements

Typical offer: ABB / 128 UCAS points

A levels:

Chemistry or Biology and one other Science subject (Maths, Physics, Biology, Chemistry or Psychology) required at minimum AB. General Studies or Critical Thinking is not accepted.

Students offering A-levels should complete them within a 3-year time frame to be eligible for entry onto this programme.

Please note that where a science A-level is taken, the University will require applicants to pass the practical element (for A-levels awarded from August 2017 onwards).

BTEC Extended Diploma:

For applicants who have taken the new BTEC Extended Diploma assessed by written examinations and coursework: DDD. Applied Science with minimum four Chemistry or Biology units and two Maths units at Distinction.

For applicants who have taken the BTEC Extended Diploma assessed by coursework only:  DDD. Applied Science with minimum four Chemistry units and two Maths units at Distinction AND either A-level Chemistry or A-Level Biology at grade B.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

128 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Higher Education Diploma - Science subject required. Must include a minimum of 12 credits of Chemistry at Distinction and 12 credits at Distinction in one other Science subject.

Plus minimum of:

Five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4, including English Language, Maths (note: GCSE English Language and Maths equivalences will not be accepted) and two sciences (i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Combined Science).

Those applying with Access courses are only required to have GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or grade 4.

Additional entry requirements:

As part of the selection process, we interview short-listed candidates prior to making offers. All places are offered subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and health check.

Applicants who do not hold the specified A-Level subjects may be considered for the Clinical Sciences Foundation Year with a view to entering year one of the MPharm the following year. Entry onto the MPharm would be conditional on assessment performance at the end of the foundation year. Entry onto the MPharm is normally subject to passing all modules at first attempt and achieving a minimum of 60% in the chemistry module and an overall average of 65% or higher. Students that do not achieve this standard, but who pass the foundation year, would transfer to another programme within the Faculty of Life Sciences (e.g. BSc ChemistryBSc Biomedical SciencesBSc Clinical Sciences). Please note that you would be nominated and supported as a potential future pharmacy student and as such this route does not permit transfer to study medicine at the University of Leeds.

If you are an international student and you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.5 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

Modules

The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Find more information on our module descriptors page.

This innovative programme is devised with advice from leading pharmacists, employers and other key stakeholders to achieve the patient-centred outcomes needed by pharmacists in practice.

Our aim is to have an engaging curriculum which will create a capable pharmacist practitioner. The curriculum places emphasis on health problems and pharmacy interventions in the community setting. There is strong integration between basic sciences and their application to practice and there are opportunities for early patient contact and for relevant inter-professional learning.

Year 1

All modules are taught over the first and second semesters.

Foundation Studies for Pharmacy 1 (Molecules to Systems) (30 credits)

This module introduces you to the structure, function and properties of biological membranes, microorganisms and human cells and tissues in order to understand their role in the functioning of the body in health and their importance in the process and treatment of disease.

Foundation Studies for Pharmacy 2 (Lifecycle of a Medicine) (30 credits)

This module introduces you to the stages in the life cycle of a medicine, from drug discovery to prescription and administration, to its clearance from the body.

Foundation Studies for Pharmacy 3 (Promoting Health and Wellbeing) (20 credits)

This module introduces you to the principles of the public health agenda and the pharmacists' role in supporting it.

Foundation Studies for Pharmacy 4 (Prescription Processing) (20 credits)

This module introduces you to the legal, ethical and professional requirements and principles in processing a single-item prescription for commonly prescribed medicines.

Capability in Pharmacy 1 (20 credits)

This module develops your professional capabilities as a pharmacist.

Year 2

All modules are taught over the first and second semesters

Nutrition, Metabolism and Reproduction 1 (Semester 1 & 2) (30 credits)

This module provides you with the knowledge to recognise the normal structure and function of the gastrointestinal, endocrine and reproductive systems; recognise important symptoms of disease of the these systems; recognise the contribution of the gastrointestinal system to drug absorption; explain how drugs acting on the gastrointestinal, endocrine and reproductive systems; identify the strengths and weaknesses of oral transmucosal, oral, rectal and vaginal drug delivery; understand the application of a range of theories of change that are used in the development of health promotion interventions and the role of the pharmacist.

Transport 1 - Cardiovascular, Urinary and Respiratory (Semester 1 & 2) (30 credits)

This module provides you with the knowledge to recognise the normal structure and function of the cardiovascular, urinary and respiratory systems; recognise important symptoms of disease of the these systems; explain how drugs acting on the cardiovascular, urinary and respiratory systems; identify the strengths and weaknesses of drug delivery by inhalation; understand the application of a range of theories of change that are used in the development of health promotion interventions and the role of the pharmacist

Senses, Thoughts and Movement 1 (Semester 1 & 2) (40 credits)

This module provides you with the knowledge to recognise the normal structure and function of the nervous and musculoskeletal systems, the eye, ear and skin; recognise important symptoms (and signs) of disease of these systems and organs; explain how drugs acting on the nervous system, eye and skin work; identify the strengths and weaknesses of transdermal and topical drug delivery; understand the application of a range of health promotion theories of change that are used in the development of health promotion interventions and the role pharmacists can play in this.

Capability in Pharmacy 2 (Semester 1 & 2) (20 credits)

This module continues to develop your professional capabilities as a pharmacist.

Year 3

All modules are taught over the first and second semesters.

Nutrition, Metabolism and Reproduction 2 (30 credits)

This module provides you with the integrated knowledge and skills needed to understand the aetiology, epidemiology, natural history and clinical features of a range of common long-term conditions and minor ailments affecting the gastrointestinal, endocrine and reproductive systems; and allows you to evaluate, implement and monitor an agreed management plan for a range of common long-term conditions and common minor ailments affecting these systems.

Transport 2 - Cardiovascular, Urinary and Respiratory (30 credits)

This module provides you with the integrated knowledge and skills needed to understand the aetiology, epidemiology, natural history and clinical features of a range of common long-term conditions and minor ailments affecting the cardiovascular, urinary and respiratory systems; and allows you to evaluate, implement and monitor an agreed management plan for a range of common long-term conditions and common minor ailments affecting these systems.

Senses, Thoughts and Movement 2 (40 credits)

This module builds on Senses, Thoughts and Movement 1, and provides you with the integrated knowledge and skills needed to understand the aetiology, epidemiology, natural history and clinical features of a range of common long-term conditions and minor ailments affecting the skin, eye and the nervous and musculoskeletal systems; Evaluate the management options and formulate, implement and monitor an agreed management plan for a range of common long-term conditions and common minor ailments affecting these systems.

Capability in Pharmacy 3 (20 credits)

This module continues to develop your professional capabilities as a pharmacist.

Years 4 & 5

All taught modules are in the first and second semesters.

Six-month pre-registration training 1

Six-month pre-registration training 2

Patient Centred Care (80 Credits)

This module allows you to develop the skills and knowledge required to consult with patients who present with undifferentiated symptoms; diagnose & negotiate a management plan for a range of minor ailments; recognise & refer symptoms of potentially serious disease and initiate life-saving procedures in an emergency; carry out medicines review for a range of common long-term conditions & advise patients on the prevention, treatment and management of their health problems; consult with patients and optimise the use of their medicines when processing multiple-item prescriptions.

Capability in Pharmacy 4 (20 Credits)

This module continues to develop your professional capabilities as a pharmacist.

Student Selected Component – Pharmacy Special Studies (20 Credits)

This module provides you with an opportunity to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of a study topic of your choice, from a range of options that reflects different interests and/or career aspirations. You will further develop skills in independent learning, problem solving and reflection.

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

Our award-winning Pharmacy programme has been designed by nationally acclaimed pharmacy educational experts with input from pharmacy employers, patients and our alumni.

The programme is predominantly taught using an innovative and active learning method called Team-Based Learning (TBL).

In TBL classes you will actively practice applying your knowledge to solve real-world pharmacy problems through team discussion and class debate facilitated by our expert academic staff.

TBL develops your confidence, your problem-solving skills, and the communication and team skills necessary for employment in pharmacy.

Placement

We were the first UK University to offer the 5-year practice-integrated MPharm programme which allows you to qualify as a pharmacist when you leave university and we have run this course successfully for over 40 years.

Alternatively you can choose the 4-year continuous programme where you complete your one-year pre-registration training after graduation.

The 5-year programme embeds two separate six month periods of pre-registration experience within the course, and gives you the opportunity to experience two different aspects of pharmaceutical practice (usually hospital and community practice), thereby broadening your experience. Each six month placement is arranged and supervised by the School, and the two-placement structure brings you into contact with a wide range of patients, employers and healthcare professionals.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

92.5% of our 2016 five-year Pharmacy graduates found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*
Read more on our website »

Career prospects

A career in pharmacy allows you to work in a variety of different sectors such as community, hospital, industry, primary care, GP Practice, academia.

"Having supervised and tutored Bradford sandwich students for many years, the new MPharm programme has clearly led to pre-registration students who are more ready for practice. Their clinical knowledge and problem solving skills are developed from much earlier in the course leading to graduates who are ready to apply these skills from day one in their pre-registration placement. This has been very advantageous to us, as employers, and to the students themselves." - Clare Roberts, Advanced Pharmacist - Education and Training

Watch our video of 2015 Honorary Graduate Dr Keith Ridge CBE, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for NHS England speaking about his career and Bradford's Pharmacy graduates.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2016 Pharmacy (five-year) graduates was £32,277.*

*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need work experience and if so, how much?

Competition for a place on the MPharm course is high and when selecting candidates the admissions team is not just looking for evidence of academic achievement although that is very important. The selection panel is also looking for evidence that an applicant is committed to studying Pharmacy and has investigated Pharmacy as a career. Work experience such as job shadowing, talking to community pharmacists, visits to community or hospital pharmacies or work placements however brief, are all evidence of this commitment.

What are the differences between the 4 and the 5-year courses?

On completion of the 4-year MPharm graduates undertake 12 months of pre-registration training. Normally, this would mean that after obtaining the 4-year Master's degree in pharmacy you would be required to undertake one year of 'Pre-registration Experience' in a pharmacy approved by the regulatory body and under the supervision of an experienced pharmacist.
The 5-year course is described as a sandwich or practice-integrated course because it contains two six-month periods of professional training. These two periods together satisfy the pre-registration requirements of the regulatory body and are undertaken in between periods of academic study.

When do I have to choose between the 4- and 5-year courses?

On application, a student may choose either course, and most students make their choice during the UCAS cycle. Students need to make up their minds about which course they would like to be registered on during the UCAS cycle and should think carefully about the differences for them personally. The final decision must be made prior to enrolment as changes during the 1st year are by exemption only.

What are we looking for in our applicants?

We are looking for evidence of work experience, ideally in a health related environment. You will need to be able to show your motivation to study pharmacy, demonstrate that you have experience of taking responsibility, and that your values are congruent with those of a future healthcare professional.

Do you accept graduate entry?

We do accept students who have already completed degrees in relevant subjects (first class or upper second class) however we still require applicants to hold suitable GCSE and science A-level qualifications, including chemistry. Please note that tuition fees for graduate entry are usually classed as ELQ (Equivalent or lower qualifications) and have a different fee structure.

Can I transfer from another course (into year 2?)

We do not normally accept students after studying for one or two years on courses at other Universities. We may consider students who hold A-level qualifications that meet our standard entry criteria but any offer will be for entry to YEAR 1 ONLY.

How do I register as a pharmacist?

Entry to the profession of pharmacy is regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). In order to be eligible to register as a pharmacist you must:

  • Hold a Master's level degree in pharmacy awarded in the UK which has been accredited by the GPhC
  • Satisfactorily complete one year of pre-registration experience in an approved pharmaceutical establishment under the guidance of a pharmacist
  • Pass the registration assessment at the end of the pre-registration year
  • Complete the application process by declaring your fitness to practise and a health declaration

Please note that completion of the MPharm degree alone does not guarantee that you will be successful in securing a pre-registration training placement or registering as a pharmacist. However, we will provide you with help and support to optimise your ability to do so. Please note that the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) does not offer prospective registration advice, if registration is refused then an applicant can appeal against this decision via the GPhC’s Appeals Committee.

Research

Bradford School of Pharmacy research expertise extends from drug design to formulation, drug delivery to clinical trials, neuroscience and natural products.

Read more on our Research website

Facilities

We have a well-equipped Clinical Skills Suite; our own community pharmacy; hospital ward; and a number of seminar rooms. Our pharmacology facilities are laboratories which include simulation software and computers to enable all of our students to have the same learning experience. You will also be taught in our new Simulation Suite which includes a human simulator (iSTAN) and a 3D virtual Anatomage Table where you will learn about anatomy and physiology.

Explore the Faculty of Life Sciences' facilities using this interactive 360° tour:

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

2018/19:

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • Home/EU, sandwich placement year fee: £925
  • International: £17,800
  • International, sandwich placement year fee: £1,780

* Fees going forward have been capped by the Government at £9,250 in October 2017..

See our Paying your fees page for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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