Applied Chemistry - Liverpool John Moores University

2017 entry

MPharm Pharmacy

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*
Full time international tuition fee: £12,660 per annum

*Subject to yearly increases

Course type

MPharm

UCAS info

Points required: 120

UCAS code: B201

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Four years full time

About your course

By studying the professionally-accredited MPharm (Hons) Pharmacy at Liverpool John Moores University you will enjoy innovative and high quality pharmacy teaching, plus opportunities to complete placements in community and hospital settings, inter-professional learning, patient/public engagement, and practice simulations with other healthcare students.

  • Accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council
  • 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

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

The School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences has strong links with a number of leading hospitals, including Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Broadgreen, Aintree, Wirral and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. So you can be confident that you will receive excellent pre-registration.

Work-related learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience.

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

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.

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, support professional development and plan project work.

Course details

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 MPharm 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.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 4: Integrated Foundations of Pharmacy

During semester 1, your studies will focus on the scientific foundation of pharmacy, while incorporating aspects of practice where possible, and includes topics such as:   

  • cells and biomacromolecules
  • structure to properties and activities
  • making medicines
  • effects of drugs on the body focus

During semester 2, the knowledge and skills developed and established in semester 1 are revisited and applied to specific topics, namely:   

  • the gastrointestinal tract
  • pain and the peripheral nervous system
  • blood

Concurrently, the professional development strand will introduce and develop fundamental graduate skills, techniques and attributes including laboratory, clinical, communication, learning and study skills.   

Level 5: Medicines, Patients and the Pharmacist
   

Your studies will build upon the foundations of the previous year and continues the development of integrated multidisciplinary learning. You will learn the principles of developing quality medicines through the processes of formulation and manufacture, and the application of science and practice to ensure patient safety. This new knowledge and skills will then be revisited and contextualised into specific topics with the pathophysiology, therapeutics, and prevention of diseases focused on at this level.

Topics include the cardiovascular, respiratory and central nervous systems along with infectious disease processes in the body and the population, their responsible pharmaceutical treatment and conservation of the valuable antimicrobial resource.

You will also learn the necessary skills and knowledge of how pharmacists can meet the distinct needs of particular patient groups which is undertaken in the cycle of life and personalised medicines topics.

Level 6: Complexities of Healthcare

During this year, you will take the single modality learning of disease and illness from previous levels and transfer this to multi-morbidity long-term conditions, whose treatment relates to wider health and social care provision.

As in previous levels, new knowledge will be incorporated into your existing knowledge, augmenting your development of a representative integrative perspective of the programme and health and social care provision.

For example, the concepts of formulation, drug monitoring, medicines optimisation, adverse drug reactions and toxicity will initially be delivered in the context of cardiovascular and respiratory systems, which were introduced in the previous year. These concepts will then be applied to the endocrine system, mental health, musculoskeletal disorders, and oncology topics. The balance between evidence-based medicine and personalised treatment will be further explored both at the level of the individual’s health and that of the public.

Professional development will be firmly embedded into your learning with increasingly complex clinical skills being immersed in the range of multi-morbidity long-term conditions. You will continue to progress the development of your research skills with a series of research seminars, including understanding of research philosophy, the underlying tenets of the relevant scientific and social science methodologies inherent in pharmacy.

Level 7: Advancing Patient-centred Care

Your final year focuses on utilising highly complex patient-centred and population-based scenarios to ensure you are able to respond appropriately to the complicated concepts and challenging problems inherent in delivering quality healthcare.

You will consider how health policy impacts on the provision of health and social care services for both individuals and the public. The transition of patient care between care settings (for example, from hospital to community care) will be explored, with a focus on the pharmacists’ role in improving patient outcomes and minimising the disruption to good care during and around the period of transfer, and beyond.

Specialist areas of practice will be covered in multi-disciplinary sessions (Masterclasses) delivered by expert speakers that will provide you with an understanding of the highly complex nature of health care and the impact of the pharmacist’s role on patients’ health and social wellbeing.

The professional development strand will involve more challenging consultation scenarios and calculations, and further develop formative leadership and management skills. Building upon the research from the previous year, you will utilise and apply your independent-research and critical analysis skills to an extended research project.

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources.

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.
 

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support.

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.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose.

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.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications

120

Application and selection

​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

GCSE and equivalents

  • Applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English Prior to starting the programme

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 3
  • Subject specific requirements: A2 Chemistry (Grade B)
  • Is general studies acceptable? No
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Average A Level offer: BBB
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20 UCAS points

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma (QCF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma subjects / grades required: BTEC acceptable only with an A2 Chemistry Grade B and AS Biology Grade C
  • Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma subjects / grades required: BTEC acceptable only with an A2 Chemistry Grade B and AS Biology Grade C

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: Access programme must have been taken in a relevant subject area. Applicants must achieve a Distinction in all of the graded level three Access programme modules.

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 26 IB Diploma Points

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 120 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects

Additional entry requirement information

​All offers are subject to satisfactory interview and aptitude test.

Will I be interviewed?

Interview and Test Required

IELTS

7.0 (minimum of 6.5 in each component)

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

Yes

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Applications for RPL will not be accepted on this programme.

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Finance and fees

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.

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 scholarships

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 bursary

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.

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.

Tuition fees

In line with most universities, LJMU charges an annual tuition fee of £9,250 for most of our degrees.

If you opt to complete a foundation year as part of your degree, your first year tuition fee will be £7,700.

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 over the threshold. Currently the threshold is £21,000 for students resident in England.

As long as you have not been to University before and meet the residency rules both full and part-time students are eligible to apply 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

Living costs

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible students 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 over the income threshold, currently £21,000 for those resident in England.

Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.

For more information on student loans, go to:www.gov.uk/student-finance

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Paying back your student loans

Any loans you take out while studying will be added together into one loan account. This means that when you start paying back your student loans, you will only make one affordable monthly payment. This monthly repayment will be the same regardless of how many loans you have taken out. That’s because your repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you borrowed from the Student Loans Company.

The current threshold for students normally resident in England is £21,000. Once your income goes over this threshold your employer will start taking repayments from your salary just like tax and national insurance. If your income falls below £21,000 your repayments will stop.

Career prospects

The MPharm qualification 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 Disclosure Barring Service 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.

Useful links

Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)

The site provides more information on pharmacy as a career; the different sectors pharmacists can work in – such as community, hospital and industry; and videos of different specialisms within pharmacy – such as A&E pharmacists.

General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) is the pharmacy regulator. The Council’s job is to protect, promote and maintain the health, safety and wellbeing of members of the public by upholding standards and public trust in pharmacy. The site includes details regarding the education requirements of become a pharmacist.

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.

International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

Each year, LJMU offers a range of prestigious international scholarships. Further details of the scholarships offered to applicants wishing to study at the University from September 2017 onwards will be available on this page in the coming months.

For the most up-to-date information about studying at Liverpool John Moores University, and the International Scholarship programme, please visit the International pages.

International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes

LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These 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.ljmuisc.com/

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 UKVI-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.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry Requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country please visit the international pages.

Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

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 an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers (www.ljmuisc.com/) or email: international@ljmu.ac.uk for more details.

Tuition fees

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.

Living Costs

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.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The UKVI 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, visit the international students section.

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 (int-admissions@ljmu.ac.uk)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:

  • Passport
  • 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

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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