MPharm Pharmacy with Foundation Year - currently closed for 2022 applications
Why study Pharmacy with Foundation Year - currently closed for 2022 applications at Liverpool John Moores University?
- Applications for this course are closed for 2022 entry
- 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 the start
- Strong support for students’ personal and professional development to help achieve their full potential
This course is no longer accepting applications for 2022 entry
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 Foundation Year is ideal if you have the interest and ability to study for a degree, but do not have the qualifications to enter directly onto the MPharm programme yet. Once you pass the Foundation Year you will progress directly onto the first year of the MPharm - subject to attainment.
About MPharm Pharmacy
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"
Accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council.
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students
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
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)
- 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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Student Futures - Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service
We are committed to ensuring all 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 during Level 4, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities.
Every student has access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools, resources and jobs board. There are opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, LJMU’s in-house recruitment service, ensuring students can build experience whilst they study.
One-to-one careers and employability advice is available via our campus-based Careers Zones to accelerate your job search and applications, CV and interview technique. Themed careers and employability workshops, a programme of employer events and recruitment fairs run throughout the year and students have the opportunity to hear from a range of alumni who openly share their own onward experience.
Student Futures work with businesses to create opportunities for fully funded internships which help students increase their network within the Liverpool City Region and beyond. Our Start-Up Hub can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business or become a freelancer.
A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan. You can access LJMU’s Careers, Employability and Enterprise Services after you graduate and return for one-to-one support for life.
LJMU aims to make international opportunities available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree at one of our 100+ partner universities across the world. You could also complete a work placement or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. If you wanted to go abroad for a shorter amount of time, you could attend one of our 1-4 week long summer schools.
Our Go Citizen Scheme can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all of these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?
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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.
This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy. Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.
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)
Human Anatomy and Physiology
The aim of this module is to develop your knowledge and understanding of the basic structure and function of key physiological systems and metabolic processes. It will also introduce the concepts of human physiology and their inter-relationships.
Fundamental Science Skills
This module aims to provide and develop the basic skills required to successfully study a programme in the molecular bioscience areas.
Introduction to Chemistry
This module covers introductory laboratory skills and fundamental physical and inorganic chemistry concepts, alongside a brief introduction to organic chemistry.
Introduction to Biochemistry and Cell Biology
This module provides an introduction to cell structure and biochemistry.
This module covers fundamental organic chemistry concepts.
Introduction to Molecular Biology and Genetics
This module provides an introduction to molecular biology and genetics.
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
- linking structure to properties and activity
- making drugs into medicines and interactions with the body
- gastrointestinal physiology and pathophysiology
- pain and the peripheral nervous system
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 topic.
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. 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.
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.
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, online activities and clinical practice sessions, small-group tutorials, 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.
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 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.
Progression to year 1 of the MPharm programme is dependent on success in all of the modules during the preparatory science foundation year, as well as meeting the necessary standards for all Fitness to Practice requirements. The progression criteria are more stringent than for other degree programmes and it is a requirement that students achieve a pass in all assessments to be eligible.
Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning
Dr Neil Henney
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"
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.
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