The role of the modern Pharmacist has evolved 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 working as a Community Pharmacist, or working on a hospital ward, in a GP practice, in research or industry, Pharmacists are an integral part of the Healthcare team.

Throughout this course, 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.

A wide range of professional experiences are integrated throughout the course involving patients, carers, Pharmacists and other Healthcare professionals. Through inter-professional learning you will learn with and from other professions such as Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing and allied Healthcare professions.

Award

MPharm

UCAS Code

B230

Course Dates

September

Course Length

4 years

Mode of Attendance

Full-time

Overview

Year 1

In 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 introduced.

Numeracy is developed through pharmaceutical calculations and an understanding of reflective practice.

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 in Year 2. This includes the importance of patient safety, decision-making, critical thinking and interpretation and evaluation of experimental data, with consultation skills developed in simulation.

Year 3

An approach to professional practice is developed through simulation and off-campus placements 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 4 are also introduced.

Year 4

In your final year, you will demonstrate the range of current practice and professional skills and competencies employed by Practitioners and the attributes of a developing professional.

Integration of Science into practice is through individual problem-based learning and the development of skills of supervision of others. Reflective practice is embedded to support the transition to pre-registration training through use of the e-portfolio and you will work as part of a team developing and presenting a pharmaceutical service bid for an NHS Board. 


Modules

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information. 

Full-time

Year 1 -- Semester 1
  • Biological Science
  • Foundations In Pharmacy Practice
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry
    Semester 2
  • Foundations In Pharmacy Practice
  • Foundations in Medicine Design
  • Integrated Physiology
    Year 2 -- Semester 1
  • Biomolecular Pharmacy
  • Developing Pharmacy Practice
  • Medicine Design And Manufacture
  • Clinical Pharmacology And Therapeutics 1
    Semester 2
  • Biomolecular Pharmacy
  • Biomolecular Pharmacy
  • Developing Pharmacy Practice
  • Medicine Design And Manufacture
  • Pharmaceutical Microbiology
  • Clinical Pharmacology And Therapeutics 1
    Year 3 -- Semester 1
  • Medicinal Analysis And Aseptic Control
  • Integrated Pharmacy Practice
  • Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics 2
  • Project Introduction
    Semester 2
  • Integrated Pharmacy Practice
  • Therapeutic Delivery
  • Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics 2
  • Project Introduction
    Year 4 -- Semester 1
  • Research Project
  • General Pharmaceutical Care Provision
  • Consolidating Pharmacy Practice
  • Public Health For Pharmacists
    Semester 2
  • Research Project
  • Consolidating Pharmacy Practice
  • Public Health For Pharmacists
  • Specialised Pharmaceutical Care Provision
  • Teaching and learning activities include an appropriate mix of small and large group teaching, individualised and experiential learning, as well as problem-based approaches. Individual practical skills in the Sciences are developed whilst at the same time teaching is designed to foster interpersonal and other professional skills.

    Professional experiences including interaction with patients and other Healthcare professionals allow you to develop as professionals.

    Extensive use is made of e-learning for delivery, directed and private study. The variety in approach means that the teaching and learning strategy provides a responsive environment to encompass individual needs and learning styles, yet also encourage group interaction.

    Year 4 activity summary

    Lectures

    • Approximately 120 students per group
    • Five hours per week

    Seminars

    • Approximately 120 students per group
    • Three hours per week

    Tutorials

    • Approximately 120 students per group
    • Two hours per week

    Project Supervision

    • Approximately 120 students per group
    • Five weeks full time

    Practical class or workshop

    • Approximately 120 students per group
    • Nine hours per week

    External Visits

    • Approximately 120 students per group
    • Four throughout year

    Placement / Work Based Learning

    • Approximately 120 students per group
    • 12 throughout year
    • Simulated Community Centre
    • Purpose built Clinical Skills Centre
    • University Library 

    Independent study summary

    You are encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning, formalised in the provision of directed study in all modules. You are expected to read widely from the provided reading lists, conduct your own research and meet with your peers to undertake allocated group work, complete tutorial assignments and work on assessments. Together, the scheduled teaching activities and independent study should equate to approximately 40 hours per week.

    Staff delivering this course

    Our staff feature in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union.

    The MPharm course is delivered by a team of highly qualified professionals who are experts in the various fields of Clinical and Professional Sciences, Pharmacy practice, and Pharmaceutical Sciences and includes a number of GPhC registered pharmacists.

    Teacher-practitioners and a number of visiting Healthcare professionals, including practicing Pharmacists are involved in the delivery of specialist elements along with e-tutors who provide online support and clinical expertise.

    Facilities

    • Simulated Community Centre
    • Purpose built Clinical Skills Centre
    • University Library 

    How you are assessed

    Typically students are assessed each semester:

    • Two Written exams, Average time of exam: two hours
    • One Written assignment, including essay
    • One Project Output
    • One Report
    • One Oral Assessment
    • One Practical Skills Assessment
    • Portfolio

    Feedback

    We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

    Academic Support

    The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

    Study Skills Support

    The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

    • Academic Writing
    • Study Skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
    • Maths And Statistics
    • English Language
    • Information Technology Support

    More on Study Support

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

    GCE A Level: ABB to include Chemistry plus one further science from Biology/Human Biology, Maths or Physics 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 held at A Level.

    Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H1H2H2H2 to include Chemistry plus two further sciences from Biology, Maths and Physics at H2 or above at first sitting. English must be achieved at a minimum of H3.

    IB Diploma: 32 to include Higher Level Chemistry at grade 6, one further science or Maths at Higher Level grade 5 and English (or a written subject requiring the use of English) at Higher Level grade 5.

    Alternative Qualifications: We welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications to those stated, including SVQs/NVQs, access programmes and overseas qualifications. Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

    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 obtain Protecting Vulnerable Groups clearance. 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

    International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.

    English Language

    Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 6.0, or an equivalent.

    We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

    English Language requirements

    * All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

    Around 35 hours of the course is spent in Practical Placement activity. These are both compulsory and optional.

    RGU is responsible for finding the compulsory placements. Students may also source their own optional summer placements but support is provided via the School and Careers service. Extensive support is also provided in finding a pre-registration place.

    More on placements

    Professional Accreditation

    The course is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). Therefore on graduation, provided you comply with the GPhC's 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.

    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 and Bursaries

    Several organisations award bursaries to Pharmacy students. These are advertised to students annually.

    Information on Laboratory, Biomedical & Sports Sciences Scholarships

    For Academic Year 2018/2019

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £9,000 per academic year

    International Students

    • £14,800 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2017/2018

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £8,820 per academic year

    International Students

    • £14,360 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2016/2017

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £8,820 per academic year

    International Students

    • £13,940 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2015/2016

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £8,500 per academic year

    International Students

    • £13,430 per academic year

    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

    Disclaimer

    Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

    For further information see Student Finance pages

     

    Scottish, EU and Rest of UK applicants

    You must apply online:

    Apply online via UCAS

    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.

    International fee paying students have the option of applying either via UCAS or direct using our application form.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions

    The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

    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, the pharmaceutical industry or a community pharmacy company. Some of our graduates return to academia to teach and carry out research. 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.

    The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

    Other Fees and Charges

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