Pharmacy MPharm

4 years

Train to become a medicines-focused clinician. With placements throughout the course, you will have extensive opportunities to apply your learning to patient care. After completion of Foundation Training, you can register as a pharmacist and prescribe medicines for acute and chronic conditions.

Pharmacy MPharm, 4 years

Train to become a medicines-focused clinician. With placements throughout the course, you will have extensive opportunities to apply your learning to patient care. After completion of Foundation Training, you can register as a pharmacist and prescribe medicines for acute and chronic conditions.

Start date:

2024

Course information

UK fee £9,250

UCAS code B230

Institute code L34

Course description

Course description

Please note, this course is being advertised subject to approval.

Developed and taught by our School of Healthcare, the Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) programme is a gateway to a rewarding career in Pharmacy.

Pharmacists work in a wide range of healthcare settings, including hospitals, general practices and community pharmacies. Increasingly, pharmacists take a leading role in optimising medicines use in patients with acute and chronic conditions, including through prescribing. The role of the pharmacist is expanding, and Pharmacy is a growing employment area nationally.

This course is provisionally accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), and we are working towards full accreditation - the standard procedure for a new MPharm degree. This means once you graduate, you can enter Foundation Year training and then become a registered pharmacist.

On this degree you will develop your knowledge and skills through a mix of academic study and work-based learning. We believe that gaining practical, real-world experience is one of the best ways to develop the professional competencies demanded of a pharmacist. Starting in your first year, throughout the MPharm you will spend over 40 weeks on clinical placement in a wide range of settings. This includes three, 13-week clinical placements where you will work with pharmacy teams across the Midlands in hospitals and General Practices, and locally or nationally in community pharmacy. Spending time on placement will allow you to apply your learning, develop your practice and improve your clinical skills with patients. 

For the first three years, you will join other healthcare students from across the College of Life Sciences (Medicine, Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Diagnostic Radiography, Operating Department Practitioners) in a series of inter-professional teaching and learning sessions. Learning alongside other healthcare students is ideal preparation for the workplace environment.

In your final year, you will have the opportunity to complete a research project and an elective, either or both of which may be undertaken overseas. This provides an unrivalled opportunity to gain insight of global health systems. Students in the School of Healthcare have previously completed placements in the United States of America and Tanzania, amongst other locations. 

Facilities

MPharm students will learn in our dedicated School of Healthcare teaching spaces, both on the university campus and at the nearby Leicester Royal Infirmary. 

There may be additional costs associated with studying on the MPharm programme e.g. travel to and from placements, electives etc. NHS England are currently considering whether to include undergraduate pharmacy students in the NHS Learning Support Fund, as is currently provided to most other medical, nursing and allied health students, but a decision has not yet been made.

Themes

The MPharm curriculum comprises 12 subjects (‘themes’) which weave longitudinally throughout modules across all four years.  

  • Anatomy, physiology and pathology 
  • Infectious Diseases and Immunology
  • Biochemistry and Genetics 
  • Pharmaceutics 
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry 
  • Pharmacy Calculations 
  • Epidemiology and Public Health 
  • Psychology and Sociology 
  • Quality of Care 
  • Clinical and Communication Skills 
  • Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Prescribing 
  • Professional, Ethical and Legal 
  • Inter-professional learning and practice 
  • Research inspired Education

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A-levels: ABB, of the three A-Levels, two must be science subjects including Biology or Chemistry and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths or Psychology, but excluding General Studies, Citizenship Studies, Critical Thinking or Global Perspectives.
  • GCSE: You must have a minimum Grade 6 in English Language and Mathematics.  Grade 6 in a science subject (preferably Chemistry or Biology if not taken at A level) 
  • International Baccalaureate: Diploma with 32 points overall including 6,6,5 at higher level.  Subjects considered will be Biology or Chemistry, and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths or Psychology, at higher level and three further subjects at standard level. 
  • BTEC Nationals: D*DD in either Applied Science or Biomedical Science.
  • Access to HE Diploma: The following specialisms will be considered on a case-by-case basis with a full list of unit titles and credit values - Pharmacy and Bio-Medical Sciences, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences or Medicine. Access to HE course must have at least 15 level 3 credits in Chemistry or Biology and 15 credits in another Maths or science subject in order to be considered. Please contact the Admissions Team with the full details of your Access to HE Diploma for eligibility.

Mature Applicants (21+): Applicants achieving a 2.1 or above, in a related science degree may apply for the programme.

Contextual Offers: These offers will be made where University of Leicester criteria are met. The same GCSE requirements as above will be required, and A-Level subjects studied, but A-Level grades will be reduced to BBB.

You will be expected to show academic attainment at the required entry level within 3 years of the course proposed start date.

Application stage

Apply through UCAS or directly using the information below.

  • Course title: Master of Pharmacy (MPharm)
  • UCAS course code: B230
  • University code: L34
  • Duration: 4 years full time

Please refer to the UCAS website for further information on deadlines and the application process.

Selection process

In line with the National Health Service Constitution, we use an NHS values-based recruitment approach in seeking candidates with the appropriate values to support effective team working in delivering excellent patient care. When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.

Applicants who meet the entry criteria will be invited for an online selection process. This process comprises of a group activity, a situational judgement test (SJT) and an interview. Further information on the selection process will be sent to shortlisted candidates with the invitation.

Health requirements

All students who receive an offer to study our healthcare programmes are subject to Occupational Health clearance. This is to ensure that you are fit for all aspects of the course, and to protect the public who may be affected by your placement activities.

As an MPharm student, you must comply with any Department of Health, General Pharmaceutical Council or University guidelines on immunisations, vaccinations, and screening required to protect you and your patients during the course of your work. This also includes compliance with any health and safety requirements stipulated by these organisations such as the wearing of facemasks etc.

In order to undertake placement activities, you will be required to be vaccinated for some infectious diseases. Placement providers may specifically request certain vaccinations. Without these, we cannot guarantee all of the placement hours required for successful completion of the course. In addition, our service users involved in teaching can request that students involved in this face-to-face experience be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

During your course, you will be given the opportunity to be screened and given any relevant vaccinations at no cost to you. Without appropriate immunity or vaccinations, your place on the course may be at risk. If you receive an offer, you will be required to complete and submit an Occupational Health Questionnaire Form.

Criminal Records Check (DBS)

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 does not apply and all convictions, including those which are spent, must be disclosed. This is in accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. As part of the course entry requirements, you must provide the university with an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate. 

Overseas students

Offers are subject to you providing a Certificate of Good Standing or Good Conduct Letter from your embassy or local police force, which should be no more than 6 months old prior to starting the course. This must specifically include confirmation that there is no known reason that you cannot work with vulnerable adults and children.

If you have studied in the UK for a minimum of 12 months prior to starting the course we will not require the Good Conduct Letter but will require a satisfactory ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ (DBS) check (as required for home students) upon arrival.

For both home and international students, an offer to study this course at the University of Leicester is subject to satisfactory occupational Health clearance and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before the first placement. The university will bear the cost for this and will provide successful applicants with details of how to obtain their DBS certificate prior to the start of the course.

Specific learning difficulties and disabilities

Candidates with specific learning difficulties or disabilities are welcome to apply and will be considered according to the University’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2023-2028. The MPharm programme team may be able to make reasonable adjustments for such candidates, including at interview. However, it must ensure that all candidates will be able meet the core learning outcomes and competencies of the programme, and in addition be able to practise as a pharmacist on completion of the course. Initial scoring of the UCAS form and selection process will be undertaken separately to any subsequent Occupational Health assessment. If you have a declared additional learning need or disability, please inform the MPharm admissions team as soon as possible when you receive your interview invitation so that we can discuss reasonable adjustments. However, a satisfactory Occupational Health assessment may be a conditional part of any subsequent offer to determine if reasonable adjustment can be made.

Fitness to Practice (FtP)

The MPharm programme requires students to undertake clinical practice with patients, clients or service users and is linked to professional registration. As such healthcare programmes including the MPharm are governed by the UofL College of Life Sciences Fitness to Practise Regulations and students will be subject to the procedures for dealing with student-related FtP issues which include both conduct and health. 

Students will also be expected to comply with GPhC FtP regulations and be aware of the implications of FtP issues for their ongoing registration on the programme. For further information please visit GPhC guidance on managing fitness to practise concerns in pharmacy education and training.

Age requirement

You must be at least 18 years old when you start the course. If you are not yet 18 you can still apply but you will need to defer your entry by a year if your 18th birthday will be after the start of the course.

General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) Accreditation

We are working towards accreditation with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). The course is provisionally accredited until the programme receives full accreditation. 

English Language Requirements

IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent). If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

Other official national and international qualifications considered from across the world. Find your country in the list below to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements and English Language equivalencies. If your qualification or country is not listed, please contact us for more information, including the name and result of the qualification you have studied.

Countries List

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK Students

Starting in 2024 

  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in 2024

Tuition fees for 2024/25 are yet to be confirmed. As an indication of what you might pay, the fees for students who started on similar course in 2023/24 were:

  • £25,900 per year

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

This course is provisionally accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), and we are working towards full accreditation - the standard procedure for a new MPharm degree. This means once you graduate, you can enter Foundation Year training and then become a registered pharmacist. Pharmacists can work in the community, hospital and GP surgeries prescribing medicines for acute and chronic conditions. The other career routes include industry and academia where they are involved in research and development, production and quality control of drugs. Those going into academia undertake teaching and research.

Job prospects are excellent. Current labour market data indicates jobs in Pharmacy are set to grow by 6.9% to 2027 (against the UK workforce average of 6% growth). Pharmacists are on the Government’s skilled worker shortage list.

Please visit Royal Pharmaceutical Society, for further information about pharmacist careers. 

Our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Placements

This degree is one of the few MPharm courses that offers significant clinical placement opportunities. Practical, real-world experience is one of the best ways to develop your professional competencies demanded of a pharmacist. You will apply your learning, develop your practice and improve your clinical skills with patients. Starting in your first year, you will spend over 40 weeks on clinical placement in a wide range of settings. This includes three, 13-week clinical placements where you will work with pharmacy teams across the Midlands in hospitals and General Practices, and locally or nationally in community pharmacy. 

Currently students complete placements in the following areas; however, we are consistently expanding and exploring new placement opportunities so this may change. (Placements are allocated by the School of Pharmacy and are dependent on availability.)

  • University Hospitals Leicester NHS FT (UHL) 
  • Northampton General NHS Trust 
  • University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS FT 
  • North West Anglia NHS FT 
  • Boots 
  • Day Lewis 
  • Tesco

Support during your placement 

You will have a named clinical educator and visiting tutor during each placement. You will also have access to support from the wider clinical and academic teams. Each student has a personal tutor who will provide support throughout the degree. You can access support via the School of Healthcare placements Blackboard site, which has information about placement providers, transport whilst on placement, the placement handbook and other useful resources to support you whilst on placement. All clinical uniforms will be provided.

Course structure

Year 1

Year 1

Modules will be delivered across standard university terms (terms 1-3).

Core modules

  • Core Clinical and Professional 1: Gastrointestinal and Cardiovascular Systems 
  • Core Clinical and Professional 2: Respiratory system, Blood, Skin and Special Senses 
  • Placement 1 
  • Pharmacy Calculations 1

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

Modules will be delivered across standard university terms (terms 1-3).

Core modules

  • Core Clinical and Professional 3: Endocrine, Renal and Central Nervous Systems 
  • Placement 2 
  • Core Clinical and Professional 4: Musculoskeletal System, and Special Patient Groups 
  • Pharmacy Calculations 2

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

  • Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Pharmaceutics

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 3

Year 3

Modules will be delivered across standard university terms (terms 1-3).

Core modules

  • Placement 3 
  • Complex Clinical and Professional 5 
  • Complex Clinical and Professional 6  
  • Pharmacy Calculations 3 

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

  • Microbial Pathogenesis and Genomics
  • Cellular Physiology of the Cardiovascular system
  • Hit to Lead Drug Discovery 

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 4

Year 4

Modules will be delivered across standard university terms (terms 1-3).

Core modules

  • Clinical and Professional 7: Preparing to Prescribe 
  • Research Project 
  • Pharmacy Calculations 4 
  • Elective 

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester?

Join Dr Dan Greenwood, Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy as he talks about the key benefits of our Masters of Pharmacy (MPharm) programme.

Teaching and learning

University learning

Most of your learning will be in small groups and will be led predominantly by academic and clinical pharmacists who can share their knowledge and experience.  

As a student in the College of Life Sciences there are opportunities for inter-professional learning with our medical, nursing and midwifery and physiotherapy and radiography students. 

Placements

This degree is one of the few MPharm courses that offers significant clinical placement opportunities. This includes three 13-week clinical placements where you will work with pharmacy teams across the Midlands in hospitals and General Practices, and nationally in community pharmacy, to develop your practice and with patients to develop your clinical skills.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.

Your contact hours will depend on the option modules you select. You can see details of the contact hours on individual module pages.

Academic support

Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

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