Pharmacy MPharm

1. Overview

The role of the modern pharmacist has evolved greatly in recent years, making it a hugely varied and rewarding profession.

Pharmacists advise on and deliver the latest in cutting-edge treatments and medicines to millions of patients every day. Whether on the frontline of the NHS as a community pharmacist, working on a hospital ward, in a GP practice, in research or within industry, pharmacists are an integral part of the healthcare team. Pharmacy offers a challenging and patient-focused career path.

Our course produces effective practitioners with the knowledge and skills to deliver the very best pharmaceutical care for patients underpinned by sound scientific principles. This is achieved through a student-centred approach, developing you as a life-long learner and reflective practitioner. An emphasis is placed on inter-professional learning where you will learn with and from other professions such as medicine, dentistry, nursing and allied healthcare professions.

You will develop an understanding of how the body works; the effects of disease; how drugs are made, delivered to and affect the body; and importantly, how to achieve shared decision making with patients that ensures the maximum benefit from medicines with the minimum incidence of side effects.

Facilities

You will benefit from studying in our new purpose-built facilities, particularly our Pharmacy Simulation Centre. The modern, state-of-the–art chemistry, formulation, biomedical and microbiological laboratories will allow you to develop the fundamental scientific skills which underpin modern pharmacy practice.

2. What you will study

Our course has three strands: The Pharmacist, The Patient, The Medicine, which are introduced separately and then become increasingly interlinked and developed over four years. The emphasis is on preparing graduates for a profession undergoing change, and to reflect the need for continuing professional development and life-long learning.

Development of generic transferable skills, including numeracy, communication, IT and presentation skills, is an embedded element within all of the taught subjects and reflective practice is undertaken through the use of a personal development e-portfolio.

Year 1

The emphasis is on science relevant to pharmacy and the skills required to both complete the course and for professional practice. An insight into the profession of pharmacy covering the drug journey from discovery to pharmaceutical care and prescribing is offered.

Year 2

The science becomes more applied with the study of biochemistry, therapeutics, pharmaceutical microbiology and the design and manufacture of medicines and their supply within a professional and legal framework.

Year 3

The concepts developed in previous years are consolidated with further integration of the strands; The Patient, The Medicine and The Pharmacist. An approach to professional practice is developed that promotes the improvement of health outcomes alongside further development of therapeutics, integrated with a strong science base emphasising quality assurance. The skills necessary to conduct a research project in year four are introduced.

Year 4

The skills, knowledge and attitude necessary for the demands of a dynamic profession are strengthened using an integrated approach to pharmaceutical care, public health, professional service development and practice including prescribing, and students undertake an individual research project.

3. Entry requirements

SQA Higher: AABB to include Chemistry plus two further sciences from Maths, Physics or Biology (Human Biology) at Grade B or above at first sitting. Higher English (or subject requiring the use of English) should be achieved at a minimum of Grade C.

GCE A Level: ABB to include Grade B in Chemistry plus one further science from Maths, Physics or Biology (Human Biology) at Grade B or above at first sitting. English must be achieved at GCSE Grade B or above and Maths at GCSE Grade B or above if not at A level.

Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: AAB1B1B2 to include Chemistry plus two further sciences from Maths, Physics or Biology at Grade B1 or above at first sitting. English must be achieved at a minimum of B3.

IB Diploma: 32 to include Higher Level Chemistry at Grade 6, one further science (or Maths) at Higher Level Grade 5 and a written subject at HL Grade 5. One further science (or Maths) must also be achieved at Standard Level Grade 6.

English Language requirementsfor those whose first language is not English.

All applicants whose first language is not English are required to have an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.5 in all elements or an appropriate equivalent.

Alternative Qualifications: Equivalent overseas qualifications, SQA, BTEC, S/NVQs and some Access programmes will be considered. Graduates with a 2:1 or above in an appropriate discipline will be considered for entry.

Additional Information: Applicants should note that General Pharmaceutical Council Fitness to Practise regulations apply to pharmacy students. Offers of a place on the MPharm course are subject to compliance with these regulations and a satisfactory Good Health and Good Character declaration. Home UK students will be required to complete Standard Disclosure Scotland. EU or overseas students will need to obtain their country’s equivalent (such as police verification of good conduct) prior to commencing the MPharm at Robert Gordon University. More information about Fitness to Practice.

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

4. Placements and accreditations

Placement

Placements take place in a variety of settings, both on and off campus, where you will have the opportunity to put into practice the skills and knowledge acquired in the course. These interactions with experienced pharmacists, other healthcare professionals and patients will allow you to develop your professional skills including reflective practice through the use of an e-portfolio.

Find out more about Health Professions Placements & Professional Links

Professional Accreditation

The course is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council. Therefore on graduation, provided you comply with Fitness to Practise requirements you will be eligible to undertake a pre-registration year. At the end of this you will have to demonstrate various competencies and pass a registration assessment to be eligible to register as a pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council.

5. Student Funding

If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:

Scholarships

6. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2014/2015

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £8,500 per academic year

International Students

  • £13,000 per academic year

For Academic Year 2013/2014

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £8,500 per academic year

International Students

  • £12,250 per academic year

For Academic Year 2012/2013

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £8,500 per academic year

International Students

  • £11,800 per academic year

All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery.

For further information see Student Finance pages

 

7. How to apply

All full-time undergraduate course applications to Robert Gordon University must be made through UCAS at www.ucas.com/students/apply.

It is important that you keep track of your application process using the UCAS website, as it will update you on whether you have been offered a place from the University. It is also where you should respond to offers and receive confirmation of your place within your chosen course, rather than contacting the institution in the first instance.

8. Prospects

Pharmacists have wide and varied career options. You may focus on a clinical career and progress as a hospital clinical pharmacist, or work in a community pharmacy. You may train and register as a non-medical prescriber, follow a management career route either within the NHS, industry or a community pharmacy company, or work in research or academia. Or you could follow a career in a more unusual area such as veterinary pharmacy, regulation, the military or health journalism. Additional postgraduate qualifications could allow you to become an advanced practitioner in an area of specialist practice. Whichever you choose the challenges are enjoyable and the rewards are high.

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  • Pharmacy education at Robert Gordon University has been hailed joint best in the UK in an official government ranking.

    Ninety-nine per cent of students of the Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) course have said they are satisfied with its quality. This places the Scottish university joint highest with Queen’s University, Belfast and ahead of 27 other UK pharmacy courses.

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MPharm
UCAS Code
B230
Start date
September 2015
Course length
4 years
Mode of Attendance
Full-time
Academic school
School of Pharmacy & Life Sciences
More information:
Undergraduate Admissions (01224) 262728
Accredited By
General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
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