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The course is designed for qualified pharmacists outside the European Economic Area who are looking to become registered pharmacists in the UK, and is one of a small number that are accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council.
Completing the OSPAP postgraduate diploma allows for entry to the next stages of registering as a pharmacist in the UK, and in addition you can also apply to undertake a Masters research project. The content of this course reflects the accreditation requirements of the General Pharmaceutical Council.
You can choose to study this course as a Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) or a Masters (MSc). If you choose to study the Masters level, you will also undertake a research project. This will be an original piece of work in which you will demonstrate both theoretical and practical knowledge.
We will be continuing our high standard of teaching and provision of a great student experience while you train and prepare for your future. From September 2020, the OSPAP will be delivered as a hybrid model blending face-to-face and online teaching due to the restrictions and challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic. Alongside embedding a key knowledge and professional skill base, our experience has shown that this method opens new learning opportunities for all, enabling students to develop graduate skills such as time management, self-care and workload prioritisation, with support from the academic team and the wider University services.
Learning will be complemented by problem-based and interprofessional learning activities that will ensure you are able to fully engage with your teaching, peer-group and wider student body. In particular, professional activities, including case-based seminars, clinical skills and simulated pharmacy classes will be taught and practiced face-to-face in our outstanding Science Complex teaching facilities. These sessions will be scheduled in small groups giving opportunities to work closely with peers and academic staff, and will run according to government advice on social distancing and infection control. Attendance to these components is compulsory and the course will not be available as a purely online qualification. Online elements will include lectures, directed learning and preparation for practical classes which will be delivered using various online teaching tools supported through our virtual learning environment (Canvas). Some placement activities will also be available.
The Sunderland Pharmaceutical Students Association (SPSA) remains active and will be meeting you during the first week to say hello, along with all of the teaching team and our amazing Patient, Carer and Public Involvement (PCPI) volunteers who support your learning acting as patients, sharing experiences and helping with your assessments.
Staff are spending the summer preparing for your arrival and we look forward to meeting you in September for the next step on your journey to a great future at the University of Sunderland.
We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, debate sessions, online learning packages, tutorials and seminars. Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working.
Assessment methods include end-of-year examinations, practical assessments as well as assignments throughout the year.
Teaching takes place on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with most classes from 9am to 5pm. Occasionally an assessment or placement may run on a Monday or Friday. The main teaching takes place over two terms of approximately 12 weeks from September to December and January to April. If you are doing the MSc module, this will run from June to September after the two diploma modules are completed.
This module will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to practise legally and safely as a pharmacist in the UK. Areas covered in this module include legal and regulatory aspects of pharmacy practice; the dispensing process; the public health role of the pharmacist; and pharmaceutical calculations.
This module will extend your ability to respond appropriately to clinical situations. You will cover core therapeutic areas including epidemiology, aetiology, pathogenesis, pathophysiology, clinical presentation and evidence-based treatment strategies. You will also gain experience of clinical case scenarios, ‘expert’ patients, patient simulators and practical sessions where you will be taught physical examination techniques.
This module covers a wide range of topics for conducting scientific research from conceptualising research to statistical analysis. You will gain both a theoretical and practical framework for conducting pharmaceutical practice research. You are expected to apply this knowledge in the project report where you will focus on a particular area of a hospital, community or general practice.
There are two routes for this programme - a Postgraduate Diploma route in which you must achieve 120 credits from 'Pharmacy, Law, Ethics and Practice' and 'Clinical Therapeutics', and a Masters route in which you must achieve 180 credits.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
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The time it takes to complete a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) is approximately two-thirds of the time it takes to complete a Masters (MSc). For this reason, the fees for the PGDip are two-thirds of the cost of the MSc.
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If you are unsure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
The Skills Boost North East Discount is a 20% waiver on the full cost of course fees for postgraduate taught Masters courses for any worker who has been furloughed, has been made redundant, or is likely to be made redundant and who has a local connection to the North East region. The discount is also available to anyone with a connection to the North East who graduated in academic year 2019/20 with an undergraduate degree from any university, or who has graduated with an undergraduate degree from a university in the North East in academic year 2019/20 and has been unable to secure full-time graduate employment due to pressures of Covid-19. Read more about the discount.
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This is one of the few courses in the UK that allow pharmacists from other countries to qualify for practising in the UK. Currently there is virtually no unemployment of qualified pharmacists.
On completing the OSPAP postgraduate diploma you can enter pre-registration training, this is the next stage of your training process. You must successfully complete a 52 week pre-registration position and pass the General Pharmaceutical Council’s (GPhC) registration assessment before being allowed to apply to join the register and practise as a pharmacist in the UK.
An entry-level pharmacist usually starts within Band 5 of the NHS pay rates (up to around £28,000). Advanced pharmacists, consultants, team managers and managers of pharmaceutical services are rated as Bands 8-9 and can earn up to £99,000.
Typical starting salaries for community pharmacists range from £21,000 to £35,000 depending on location, conditions of employment and experience.
Community pharmacy: this involves working in pharmacies on high streets or in large stores. You will dispense prescriptions, deal with minor ailments, advise on the use of medicines and liaise with other health professionals.
Hospital pharmacy: this involves the purchasing, dispensing, quality testing and supply of medicines used in hospitals.
Primary care: this involves working in General Practice surgeries, either as an employee of the Practice or the Primary Care Trust. Roles include Medicines Management Pharmacists, who are responsible for prescribing budgets and the development of prescribing directives.
Secondary care: this involves working in hospitals to supply medicines, manage clinics, provide drug information and prescribe medicines.
Industrial pharmacists: this involves areas such as research and development, quality assurance and product registration.
The application process and interviews will all take place before you start your OSPAP course. Once the application deadline has passed late applications will not be accepted, therefore if you wish to be considered for a pre-registration position starting immediately after the OSPAP course you must complete this process before starting at the university. Applications usually open in the May/June before you start your OSPAP course.
Pharmacy trade magazines such as the Pharmaceutical Journal and Chemist and Druggist also advertise pre-registration training places.
Only one application will be required to apply for all programmes advertised and you will be able to preference both hospital and community programmes. All English and Welsh hospital preregistration pharmacist training programmes will be recruited to via Oriel plus a large number of community pharmacies have joined the scheme.
For applications to Scotland visit NHS Education for Scotland.
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