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Our highly-regarded Pharmacy course begins with a broad overview of the fundamental pharmaceutical 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 qualification in the UK which leads to professional registration as a pharmacist.
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.
Take an introductory look at the profession and programme of Pharmacy. Gain an understanding of plant, prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell structure, function and physiology. Learn about the role of the pharmacist within public health, as well as the sources and physical properties of pharmaceutical substances, including reactivity and interactivity.
Understand the processes involved in drug absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination, as well as the various routes of administration of pharmaceutical products based upon their physical and chemical properties and patient specific requirements.
Gain an understanding of the importance of biochemical molecules and relate their characteristics to different biological functions within a range of cell types. Perform a range of laboratory techniques, analyse the data and communicate the outcomes in oral and written form.
Learn fundamental clinical skills and how those skills may be applied in the pharmacist-patient consultation, as well as the role of pharmacists in the safe and effective use and distribution of medicinal products.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Focus on the epidemiology, natural history, aetiology, pathogenesis, pathophysiology and clinical presentation of diseases of the cardiovascular, cerebrovascular and renovascular systems. Understand the legal supply of medicines and related products, as well as due recognition and appreciation of the legal, statutory and ethical requirements for prescribing.
Learn physical examination skills in order to conduct a cardiovascular examination of a patient, including communication and consultation skills.
Examine the epidemiology, aetiology, pathogenesis and pathophysiology of diseases of the gastro-intestinal system and respiratory system. Understand the safe and effective supply of medicines and appropriate related products in primary and secondary care, covering concepts around clinical governance including audit, risk, patient safety, error reporting and the context of CPD within a professional governance framework.
Apply the acquired integrated knowledge and skills to patient-focused pharmaceutical care, with due regard to critical awareness of clinical literature, current evidence-based management guidelines and standard operating procedures.
Gain an understanding of the epidemiology, aetiology, pathophysiology, diagnostics and treatment aspects of a variety of central nervous system and musculoskeletal disorders.
Acquire knowledge of modern drug discovery techniques used to design CNS drugs, and understand the theoretical and practical aspects of topical drug delivery systems and their manufacture. Calculate parameters associated with pharmaceutical care including drug dosages, and critically evaluate appropriate therapy for CNS and musculo-skeletal disorders.
Acquire comprehensive knowledge of the epidemiology, aetiology, pathophysiology and treatment aspects of endocrine and genito-urinary conditions. Further develop essential skills in communication, medication history taking, personalised patient counselling and critical appraisal of prescribing. Examine public health issues and the role of the pharmacist in public health intervention.
Gain a critical understanding of the clinical therapeutics strategies in relation to the treatment of cancer, immunological disease and infectious disease in the context of the practice of pharmacy.
Equip yourself with knowledge of the application of biological nanoparticles in drug delivery and theranostics for the treatment of infectious disease, immunological disorders and cancer. Use appropriate communication and physical examination skills to assess patients in context of cancer, infectious disease and immunology.
Equip yourself with the knowledge and skills needed to enter the clinical workforce as a pharmacy graduate able to contribute fully to the delivery of safe, effective, evidence-based patient care. Understand the principles and wider implications underpinning evidence-based therapeutics in the key clinical specialities, as well as the legal and ethical responsibilities of pharmacists working in all sectors.
Objectively analyse the rationale underlying the treatment of disease, including pharmacological therapy and non-pharmacological therapy, with consideration of the evidence-base, underpinning scientific principles, cost and political agenda around healthcare.
Our typical offer is 120 UCAS points from three A Level passes or equivalent, which must include Chemistry and one other science subject at Grade B or above excluding General Studies.
We also require at least three passes at GCSE grade C or above which must include Mathematics and English Language. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
Access Courses: We would require successful completion of an Access to Higher Education course that is accredited by the Quality Assurance Agency. Our typical offer is three distinctions which must include Chemistry and one other science subject. We would also require a minimum of grade C in GCSE in Mathematics and English Language or the equivalent.
If English is not your first language, you need an overall IELTS score of 6.5, with at least 5.5 in each band.
All offers are subject to interview.
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.
100% of our Pharmacy graduates are in a professional or managerial position six months after graduating, according to DLHE 2015/16 (based on UK students).
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 community pharmacists range from £21,000 - £35,000 depending on 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.
This one-year course is known as the ‘pre-registration training year’. We offer this course at Sunderland: Pharmacy pre-registration training programme.
Once this pre-registration training year is complete, you will be qualified to sit the registration exam set by the General Pharmaceutical Council and 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 chemical research and working in Research & 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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