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Undergraduate Factfile 2014 entry: Pharmacy MPharm
Mode of Study: Four years full time
Fast fact: With this degree and an additional year’s paid training, you will qualify as a registered member of the General Pharmaceutical Council, which means you can work in any branch of pharmacy in communities, hospitals and health centres.
- Course in depth
- Entry requirements
- Finance / Fees
- Course feedback
- Career prospects
- How to apply
Alex, Pharmacy graduate”
Course at a glance
- Accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
- Taught by one of the oldest schools of pharmacy in the world
- Pre-registration training and work placement opportunities with leading local hospitals
- Specialist modules in professional practice, prescribing and drug design
- Excellent career prospects with very competitive salaries
Degree preparation courses for international applicants
LJMU offers international students the option of completing pre-undergraduate programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These programmes offer progression routes onto a range of degrees at the University. For more details, go to www.ljmu.ac.uk/isc
Your tutors come from a long tradition of high-quality teaching, innovation and student support within the Liverpool School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences. The School dates back to 1849, making it one of the oldest Schools of Pharmacy in the world. Teaching is directly informed by research, so you can be confident that what you learn on the course is relevant to today’s professional pharmacist.
The study of pharmacy is essentially about the design, production, testing and use of medicines and most pharmacists work with the public, providing medication and advice out in the community, in hospital ward clinics or in GP practices. In this programme you will learn how new drugs are discovered, how they produce their effects and how they are manufactured. There is also a strong clinical strand in which you will learn how to examine and interact with patients and make sure that the right patients get the right medicines.
Due to the School's heritage, we have links with a number of local leading hospitals that provide excellent pre-registration training and work placement opportunities.
Teaching is via a combination of lectures, interactive workshops, practical laboratory and dispensary sessions, small-group tutorials, seminars and professional placements. You will be expected to do additional research around lecture subjects in your own time using our Learning Resource Centre and virtual learning environment, Blackboard. As the course progresses, practical work accounts for an increasingly large proportion of your study time, and in the final masters-level year you will work on an independent research project.
The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course.
- Practical and Key Skills for Pharmacy
- Introduction to the Profession and Practice of Pharmacy
- Physical Pharmaceutics
- Pharmaceutical Chemistry
- Pharmaceutical Microbiology
- Foundation in the Scientific Basis of Therapeutics
- Pharmaceutical Sterile Products and Microbiological Quality Control
- Medicinal and Biomolecular Chemistry
- Quantitative Methods for the Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Pharmaceutical Science and Practice
- The Scientific Basis of Therapeutics II
- Dosage Form Design
- Chemotherapy and Applied Biotechnology
- Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
- The Profession and Practice of Pharmacy
- The Scientific basis of Therapeutics III
- Research Methods in Pharmacy and the Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Research Project in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Professional Practice and Prescribing
- Principles of Prescribing
- Preparing for Practice
Option modules: (choose one from)
- Advanced Drug Delivery and Pharmaceutical Technology
- Drug Design and Discovery
- Advances in Phytotherapy
- Industrial Pharmaceutical Science
- Performance and Image Enhancing Drugs
- Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology
Assessment and feedback
We acknowledge that all students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of different assessment methods. Coursework could be in the form of a report on a pharmaceutical topic, a laboratory report, preparation and delivery of a seminar or a computer-based assessment. Over the course of the programme, exams range from multiple-choice or short answer questions to longer analytical essays or discussions of therapeutic strategies in a clinical scenario. You will also have to carry out a clinical examination of a patient and sit practical exams to ensure that you can dispense prescriptions and prepare medicines efficiently, safely and in compliance with legal and NHS administrative requirements.
Furthermore your graduate skills and World of Work Skills Certificate details will be published in your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), providing employers with extensive evidence of your development as a professional as well as your academic achievements at LJMU.
Applying scientific principles to practical clinical situations is the key focus of this programme, and there is no better way to practise this than by undertaking a professional placement. Thanks to our links with many local hospitals and community pharmacies, you will be able to gain direct experience of the day-to-day work of a pharmacist and build up your skills in preparation for your pre-registration training. Employers tell us that our graduates are able to apply excellent clinical skills as soon as they begin work, and this is largely down to practical experience gained on the course.
Support and guidance
One-to-one support is crucial for your academic and career development, and for this reason you will be allocated a personal tutor for the duration of your studies at LJMU. They will arrange regular tutorials with you to discuss course issues, monitor progress and plan project work.
Application and selection - what are we looking for?
All successful pharmacy students should complete a health screening program before commencing clinical placements. The standards for training in pharmacy are defined by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and the Department of Health (DH). These standards meet the criteria in the Equality Act in that they are a proportionate means of achieving the legitimate aim of ensuring patient safety. For further information go to: http://www.heops.org.uk/HEOPS_Pharmacy_Students_fitness_standards_v4.pdf
All successful pharmacy students are also subject to a DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) Check.
Will I be interviewed?
Interview and Test Required
Can this course be deferred?
Yes, please contact us to discuss your options
Course entry requirements
Fees and Funding
To find out more about the student funding available from LJMU as well as government grants and loans and targeted support for students with children/dependants or disabilities, go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/feesandfunding
Different funding arrangements will apply if you are from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or other countries in the EU. If you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will still be eligible for loans for tuition fees as well as grants and/or bursaries plus loans for living costs. It's just that the amounts available may different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.
LJMU's scholarships are open to all full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, and if successful you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course worth between £1,000 and £10,000. This money does not need to be repaid and it's up to you to decide what you want to spend it on.
LJMU Bursaries are means-tested, which means your household income must be below a certain level in order for you to qualify for this funding. In 2014 / 2015, eligible students will receive an annual cash bursary of £500. The money you receive does not have to be repaid and is intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student. You will receive a bursary for each year of your course providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.
National Scholarship Programme
LJMU's National Scholarships are also means-tested and consist of a £2000 cash bursary. This scholarship is only awarded to new full-time Level 4 (first year) undergraduates. Any money received does not have to be repaid.
LJMU will be charging an annual tuition fee of £9,000 for most of our degree programmes.
The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront when you enrol. Instead you can take out a tuition fee loan, which doesn't have to be repaid until after you leave LJMU and start earning more than £21,000. Both full and part-time students are eligible for tuition fee loans. For more information on tuition fee loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance
LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at LJMU. Our programmes have no hidden costs and your tuition fee covers all expenses associated with your core modules, including:
- Safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
- Uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placement students (if applicable)
- UK field trips
- Educational visits
- Student exchanges
- Criminal Records Bureau checks
- Professional sector regulatory body membership
- Governing body awards
You can also choose to take out a maintenance loan for each year of your course to help you meet the costs of being a student. The money will have to be paid back but only after you leave LJMU and starting earning at least £21,000. Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.
In 2014/2015, the maximum amount you can get while studying at LJMU is £5,555 if you are living away from home or £4,418 if you are living in your parental home.
For more information on student loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance
This means-tested award is available to students whose household income is below a certain level. You don't have to pay this money back and it's up to you to decide what to spend it on. Part-time students are not eligible for this grant.
- your household income has to be £42,620 or less, in order for you to qualify for this funding
- full-time students with a household income of £25,000 or less will receive a full grant of £3,387 per year
- Partial grants will also be available to students with a household income over £25,000 up to (and including) £42,620.
For more information on maintenance grants, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance
"This degree has allowed me to pursue the career I want; since graduating I have received several job offers and am now considering the right choice for me. I know it is a cliché but Pharmacy opens doors to the future for successful graduates and LJMU has given me the start I need to my career. Thank you LJMU."
Alex, Pharmacy graduate
Professional accreditation / links
Accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council
The School has strong links with a number of leading hospitals, including Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Broadgreen, Aintree, Wirral and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. This means you can be confident that you will have excellent pre-registration training, which could potentially lead to a permanent position.
Your career prospects
The MPharm is your first step towards qualification as a pharmacist in the UK. When you graduate, you will need to undertake a year’s pre-registration and training (usually salaried) to qualify for registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). Once you have demonstrated your practical competence, taken professional examinations and provided the GPhC with a statement of fitness to practice (and sometimes evidence of a Criminal Records Bureau check), you will be eligible to work in any branch of pharmacy.
A career in pharmacy has excellent prospects and salaries are very competitive indeed. Most pharmacists work in high street and supermarket pharmacies, in hospitals and in health centres but there are also opportunities in the drugs development industry or in university-based research. The MPharm degree also provides a sound scientific training, so if you eventually decide that pharmacy isn’t for you, you will be perfectly well-placed to apply for other science-based careers.
International funding advice
Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects. When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.
International students are liable to pay a minimum of 50% of their tuition fees when they complete their enrolment at the University. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of your enrolment date. Confirmed fees for 2013/14 are available on the LJMU website: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The UKBA requires that students studying outside London must have £7,200 to pay for their living costs (or £800 per month). LJMU’s undergraduate courses run over an academic calendar of nine months so you will need to show that you have at least £7,200. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £4,800.
Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Highly Trusted Sponsor. For more details, go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)
If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.
You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/
Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team (firstname.lastname@example.org) for guidance.
Your visa application
As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.
Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:
- A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
- Evidence of financial support for the programme
- Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
- All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
- A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study
English language qualifications
All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKBA-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.
This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU.
Please note: your specific course requirements may differ.
|Type of Programme||IELTS||Pearson|
|International Foundation Programme||4.5||50-57 (Min 51 in each component for UKBA Purposes)|
|Undergraduate degrees||6.0||50-57 (Min 51 in each component for UKBA Purposes)|
For up-to-date details on all courses and entry requirements please go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/courses
To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
English language support to improve IELTS
If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete a pre-sessional English course. LJMU offers pre-sessional English language courses to undergraduate and postgraduate students to help develop your English language ability ahead of starting your course. Before completing the online application form, please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers (www.studygroup.com/isc/ljmu/) or email: email@example.com
Degree preparation courses
LJMU offers international students the option of completing pre-undergraduate programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. LJMU’s degree preparation courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmu.ac.uk/isc
How to apply
All applicants should apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) system at www.ucas.ac.uk. If you need help or advice on your individual application, you should contact your careers adviser or call the UCAS Customer Service Unit on 0871 468 0468, open Monday to Friday, 08:30-18:00 hrs (UK time)
If you are calling from outside the UK and are unable to use the number above, please contact them on 0044 871 468 0 468
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