2022/23 entry

MPharm Pharmacy

Start date:

September 2022

Study mode:

Full time

Course Duration:

4 years

UCAS code:

B201

Points required:

120

Campus:

City

Tuition fees (per year)

Home (full-time):
£9,250
International (full-time):
£16,600
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

General enquiries:

0151 231 5090

Faculty of Science:

0151 231 2888

ScienceAdmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

International enquiries

international@ljmu.ac.uk

Send a message >

Why study Pharmacy at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • Accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Taught by one of the oldest and well-established schools of pharmacy in the world
  • Excellent links and work placement opportunities with leading local hospitals
  • Strong focus on the application of science to clinical practice
  • Work placements, student-patient engagement and inter-professional learning from Year 1
  • Strong support for students’ personal and professional development to help achieve their full potential
  • This degree is available to study following a foundation year​ - subject to attainment
  • International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more

About your course

By studying the professionally-accredited undergraduate Masters degree in Pharmacy (MPharm) 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.

The study of pharmacy is essentially about the design, manufacture, 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.

The MPharm Pharmacy programme offers you the opportunity to develop as a key healthcare practitioner with an advanced understanding of the science-basis for practice. We place a strong emphasis on ensuring the development of knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviours and values necessary for individuals to work in partnership with other healthcare professionals in order to provide accessible, compassionate and integrated person-centred care with a focus on enhancing patient outcomes.

Over the next few years our MPharm programme will evolve based on the new General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) standards for the ‘Initial Education and Training of Pharmacists 2021’, providing our students with the necessary and appropriate knowledge, skills and confidence to become competent, safe and effective person-centred prescribing practitioners, while still retaining the advanced scientific knowledge and skills basis that is so unique to pharmacy.

Students will graduate from the LJMU programme with the confidence to continue personal and professional development more independently, with the confidence to begin making good clinical and professional decisions based on evidence and risk assessment, and with a spirit of team-based working. Following graduation with an MPharm Pharmacy degree, students will be fully prepared to begin the Foundation Training Year for trainee pharmacists, as part of the formal professional development path leading towards registration with the GPhC.

"You are prepared for the challenges you may face in your career and the future. The course is based on the application of knowledge to real life scenarios, enabling you to think critically"

Zahra Abul, Graduate

Professional accreditation/links

Accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council.

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students

Fees

The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)

Money

  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)

Funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.

Additional course costs

There will be transport costs for placements across all levels.

Employability

The MPharm qualification is your first step towards qualification as a pharmacist in the UK.

When you graduate, you will need to undertake a Foundation Training Year in practice and be successful in a national registration assessment to register 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.

The School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences has strong links with a number of leading hospitals, including Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Broadgreen, Aintree, Arrowe Park (Wirral), Countess of Chester and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, and also with local GP medical centres and community pharmacies. This means you can be confident that you will have excellent training during your studies.

A career in pharmacy has excellent prospects and salaries are very competitive. Most pharmacists work in hospitals, health centres and community pharmacies. There are also opportunities in the drugs development industry or in university-based research. 

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.

Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.

Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.

Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.

A life-changing experience 

There's so much more to university than just studying for a degree.

News and views

Browse through the latest stories and updates from the University and beyond

What you will study on this degree

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

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.

Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

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

Programme specification document (PDF)

Level 4

Core modules

Integrated Foundations of Pharmacy
120 credits

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
  • linking structure to properties and activity
  • making drugs into medicines and interactions with the body
During semester 2, the knowledge and skills developed and established in semester 1 are revisited and applied to specific topics, namely:

  • gastrointestinal physiology and pathophysiology
  • 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

Core modules

Medicines, Patients and the Pharmacist
120 credits

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 topic.​

Level 6

Core modules

Complexities of Healthcare
120 credits

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. For example, the concepts of formulation, drug monitoring, medicines optimisation, adverse drug reactions and toxicity will initially be delivered in the context of topics introduced in previous years, such as cardiovascular and respiratory systems. 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

Core modules

Advancing Patient-Centred Care
120 credits

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.

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.

Teaching is provided via a combination of lectures, online learning, interactive workshops, practical laboratory and clinical practice sessions, small-group tutorials, online activities, seminars and professional placements. You will be expected to engage fully with all aspects of the programme (including, for example: lectures, workshops, practicals, simulation and placements) and to undertake additional study around the taught subjects in your own time using our libraries and virtual learning environment, Canvas. 

As the course progresses, practical work and clinical skills development accounts for an increasingly large proportion of your study time, and you will also develop some of the skills you need to undertake independent research. 

The MPharm Pharmacy programme makes full use of innovative learning enhancement practices, which our students tell us they value very highly. This includes the use of technology to enhance the learning experience, for example through the use of interactive patient communication/clinical assessment mannequins and virtual patient technology during “clinical simulation” workshops. We also provide virtual placement experiences with our pharmacist teacher practitioners to support preparation for the external practice-based placements in different pharmacy and healthcare sectors. In addition, we incorporate development of the range of clinical, professional and interpersonal skills necessary for becoming an effective and safe independent prescriber.   

Work-related learning

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 Foundation Training Year. 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 work.

The school is fully committed to promoting a learning environment that supports a culture of equality, diversity and inclusivity (EDI) and has a Disability Support Coordinator, an EDI Coordinator and a School EDI Working Group. Personal Tutors also play a vital role in promoting awareness of support services for students.

Assessment

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

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.

We pride ourselves on developing our students by ensuring we equip you with the knowledge and skills base required in your journey to become competent professional pharmacists. As such, we have designed our assessments to test key knowledge and skills throughout the programme.

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.​

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Neil Henney

Dr Neil Henney

Programme Leader

Neil began his professional career as a pharmacist, practising firstly in hospital and then the community and the prison sectors while he studied for his PhD. During this time, he developed a keen interest in teaching, scholarship and research and this in turn guided his career as an academic pharmacist. Neil's research interests are primarily in pharmacology, particularly electrophysiology and diseases caused by, or that are associated with, ion channel dysfunction, such as cardiac arrhythmias or neurological disorders. He also has a keen interest in identifying approaches to optimise antibiotic use and reduce the impact of antimicrobial resistance. 

"It is a pleasure to see each student develop as they progress through the pharmacy curriculum, picking up new skills and gaining confidence in making clinical decisions about patient care. And it’s an even greater pleasure when I come across former students, long since graduated, who are now leaders in the profession and providing quality patient services around the world"

Facilities

What you can expect from your School

You will study at the Byrom Street site in the university’s City Campus in the heart of Liverpool. Our state-of-the-art laboratories and teaching spaces will ensure you enjoy a first-class study environment. The Avril Robarts library is within easy walking distance and here you'll find all the information you need to support your studies.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications: 120


GCSE and equivalents

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:

  • 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
  • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
  • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Numb

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 3
  • Subject specific requirements: 120 points from 3 A Levels: One A level in chemistry or biology, and a second science A level in one of chemistry, biology, physics, maths or psychology.
  • Is general studies acceptable? No
  • Average A Level offer: BBB
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

BTEC qualifications

  • National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma subjects / grades required: BTECs acceptable only with A level Chemistry or Biology grade B, and at least one other science subject.
  • National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: BTECs acceptable only with A level Chemistry or Biology grade B, and at least one other science subject.

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. Biology and Chemistry must be covered.

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Minimum 26. Grade 6 in Chemistry and Biology (higher level).

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. Biology and Chemistry must be taken at higher level.

NVQ

  • Are Level 3 NVQs acceptable? Not Acceptable

Alternative qualifications considered

Will I be interviewed?

Interview required

IELTS

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

Yes

International requirements

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

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

​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. 

Admissions process

All places awarded for MPharm will be subject to a successful interviews.

Guidance for international applicants

Requirements you must complete before you arrive in the UK.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because 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. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.