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Course starts: 14 September 2020Apply now
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Course starts: 14 September 2020Apply now
Our highly-regarded Pharmacy course begins with a broad overview of the fundamental pharmaceutical and biological sciences. You will develop more specialised knowledge and skills in medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics, therapeutics, clinical management and patient-focused clinical skills.
The course lasts four years and you will graduate as a Master of Pharmacy. The MPharm is the only undergraduate qualification in the UK which leads to professional registration as a pharmacist.
We will continue our high standard of teaching and provision of a great student experience while you train and prepare for your future. From September 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic requires the MPharm course to be delivered in a way that is both safe for staff and students, whilst allowing students to develop the required knowledge and skills that are essential to enter the pharmacy profession. We will therefore be adopting a hybrid approach to our teaching, blending face-to-face and online teaching. Alongside embedding a key knowledge, practical 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 and practical-based activities, including seminars, clinical skills and laboratory classes will be taught and practiced face-to-face in our outstanding Science Complex teaching facilities. These sessions will run according to government advice on social distancing and infection control. Online elements will include a mix of pre-reading and recorded sessions, alongside live virtual lectures and interactive online seminars, 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.
The Pharmacy team are spending the summer preparing for your arrival, we look forward to seeing you in September for the next step on your journey to a great future at the University of Sunderland.
Lectures cover key principles and are delivered by experienced and research active academics in the field. You will also learn in small seminar groups, practical laboratory classes and dispensing classes.
Assessment methods include examinations, time constrained tests (some web-based), assignments, essays, reports and presentations.
Study the fundamental principles of pharmaceutical chemistry and the formulation of medicinal products. Explore the various types of dosage forms and the commonly used routes of administration in clinical practice. Learn to identify sources of drugs and discuss the regulatory structure that ensures quality and patient safety in the preparation of pharmaceutical products.
Gain an understanding of the fundamental principles of biological sciences. Be introduced to the anatomy and the functions of body systems, which will integrate well with the clinical skills studied at this Stage. Study the fundamental principles of physiology, pharmacology and microbiology and consider how these are applied to the care of patients.
Be introduced to the professional practice of pharmacy and discuss the various roles of a pharmacist as part of the multidisciplinary healthcare team. The underlying concepts of professionalism and the regulation of pharmacy professionals by the General Pharmaceutical Council will also be explored. Undertake placements in community pharmacy and develop your clinical skills through sessions with patients. Integrate the material from all Stage 1 modules and apply the concepts covered to patient focused case studies.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Build on the professional elements of Stage 1. Develop the knowledge and skills needed in order to practice legally as a pharmacist in the UK. Study several important components of practice in the UK, namely; pharmacy law, pharmacy practice, pharmaceutical calculations, professionalism and ethics. Undertake placements in both community and hospital pharmacy and work with students from other healthcare professions.
Focus on cardiovascular, cerebrovascular and renal disease. Cover the clinical management of diseases of these systems, supported by developing your knowledge of relevant underpinning scientific principles and the application of these to patient care. Cover major areas including hypertension, heart failure, ischaemic heart disease, stroke, acute and chronic renal failure. Continue to develop your clinical skills and work with patients throughout this module.
Focus on respiratory and gastrointestinal disease. Cover the clinical management of diseases of these systems, supported by developing your knowledge of relevant underpinning scientific principles and the application of these to patient care. Cover asthma, COPD, allergies, cough, cystic fibrosis, ear, nose and throat pathology, peptic ulcer disease, GORD inflammatory bowel disease, emesis, constipation, diarrhoea and alcohol/drug-induced hepatic disorder. Continue to develop your clinical skills and work with patients throughout this module.
Undertake your own research project in a specific area related to pharmacy; we currently offer research projects in pharmaceutical chemistry, analysis, drug discovery, formulation, clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice.
Focus on the endocrine, genito-urinary and musculoskeletal systems. Cover the clinical management of diseases of these systems, supported by developing your knowledge of relevant underpinning scientific principles and the application of these to patient care. Cover diabetes and disorders of the thyroid, adrenocortical, hypothalamic, pituitary, sex hormones and bone metabolism. Discuss the formulation of injectable products such as insulin and the medicinal chemistry of key drugs such as those used in the treatment of diabetes. Undertake community, hospital, general practice and specialist sector placements.
Focus on the central nervous system and skin. Cover the clinical management of diseases of these systems, supported by developing your knowledge of relevant underpinning scientific principles and the application of these to patient care. Explore pain, mental health conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder, dementia and schizophrenia. Discuss other CNS conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy and the role of the pharmacist in the management of substance misuse. Continue to work with patients and with students from other healthcare professions.
Be prepared for clinical and professional practice and study the latest in pharmacy law, ethics and the evidence based therapeutic management of acute and chronic conditions. Spend a significant amount of time using our simulation suites, mock hospital ward and simulated pharmacy, and perform safe and effective consultations applicable to community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy and primary care settings. Undertake a one week placement in a sector of your choosing.
Gain an understanding of the principles of oncology and infectious disease. Put a greater focus on decision making and complex therapeutic interventions. Study various cancers seen commonly in clinical practice. Understand the use of chemotherapeutic and supportive interventions and the evidence base supporting their use in the treatment of cancer. Cover the management of common and serious infections and HIV.
Our typical offer is
We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or an equivalent qualification, for example; a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
If English is not your first language, you should have an IELTS (or equivalent) score of at least 7.0, with a minimum of 6.5 in each band.
Pharmacy is a registered health care profession for which the ability to practice safely and effectively is essential, so all pharmacy students will be subjected to Fitness to Practise procedures.
This means you are required to complete two self-declaration forms, one about your health and the other about your conduct. For UK students you will also be required to obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and for overseas students, a Certificate of Good Conduct from your home police force is necessary. All overseas students will then be required to obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check after six months after starting the programme.
A Fitness to Practise information pack containing the relevant documents will be sent to you by the University of Sunderland once you hold a conditional firm offer with us. These forms are then reviewed alongside your application, and you must meet both the academic and fitness to practice requirements before you will be given an unconditional offer. These checks enable us to make safer recruitment decisions by identifying candidates who may be unsuitable for certain activities including the pharmacy work experience placements.
The annual fee for this course is:
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
97.5% of our MPharm Pharmacy graduates are in graduate-level employment, further study or training within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2016/17 (based on full-time, first degree, home leavers).
Many of our students go on to work in Community Pharmacy, Primary care, Secondary care, and Industrial pharmaceuticals, or progress on to research degrees.
Financial rewards compare favourably with most other professions. Typical starting salaries for pharmacists range from £25,000 - £40,000 depending on sector, location, conditions of employment and experience. Currently, there is virtually no unemployment of qualified pharmacists.
On graduation as a Master of Pharmacy (MPharm), you will need to undertake a further year of postgraduate training after the end of the course to become eligible for registration as a pharmacist in the UK. We have never had an MPharm graduate who has not obtained a pre-registration placement and the University will support you in finding a position, however we are unable to guarantee one.
This one-year placement is known as the ‘pre-registration training year’ and involves you working under the supervision of a qualified pharmacist. We offer a support programme during the pre-registration year at Sunderland: Pharmacy pre-registration training programme.
On successful completion of the pre-registration training year, you will be required to pass the national registration assessment set by the General Pharmaceutical Council before you are eligible to start your career as a Pharmacist.
Although the MPharm is primarily a route to becoming a pharmacist, it can also open up many other career pathways where expertise in medicines is vital. Examples include pharmaceutical research and working in the Research and Development industry.
We have well-established links with professionals working in all the main branches of pharmacy. Through these links we organise a programme of guest speakers who help you relate academic theory to current trends and issues.
Many of the staff teaching on this course are practitioners from hospital, community and primary care backgrounds. This ensures that our course is employer-led, and means that you will have regular contact with the ‘real world’ of the pharmacy profession.
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