Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) Master of Pharmacy course has been successfully reaccredited by the UK’s independent regulator for pharmacists.
The university’s MPharm degree has been reaccredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council for the full period of six years with no conditions or recommendations.
The course was also commended on its strength in ‘Continuing the development of Interprofessional Education.’
Head of the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences at RGU, Professor Donald Cairns, welcomed the achievement and praised staff for their hard work during the assessment.
“This is a fantastic outcome for us to do so well in a very important process,” he said. “The teaching and support staff for Pharmacy at RGU can be proud of this achievement as we have gained the highest level of recognition for one of our most popular courses.”
Taught within RGU’s School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences, the MPharm degree is a masters level programme taught over four years.
The role of the modern pharmacist has grown significantly in recent years and the course prepares students for entry into the profession through a combination of teaching, laboratory work and clinical placements.
The School of Pharmacy’s fully-equipped chemistry and formulation laboratories, in addition to its sterile products manufacturing facility allows students to learn the fundamental techniques a pharmacist needs.
This latest accolade comes only a few months after 99 percent of students on the course said they were satisfied with its quality. This placed RGU joint highest in the country with Queen’s University, Belfast and ahead of 27 other UK pharmacy courses.
The statistics, which were published by Unistats - the UK Government’s official online comparison site for higher education institutions, saw RGU receive a ranking based on official data on each university and college's satisfaction scores in the National Student Survey, jobs and salaries after study and professional accreditation.
Other results contributing to the course’s high standing include:
• 100% of students go on to work or further study six months after completing the course
• MPharm graduates command a salary in the high pay bracket at an average of £21,000 just six months after completing the course
• The course’s professional accreditation with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain
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