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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • Community pharmacy
  • National Health Service

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Pharmacist
  • Pre Registration Pharmacist

Overview

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The MPharm programme at Ulster will provide you with an academically challenging and vocationally relevant pharmacy education and training.

Summary

Study Pharmacy at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

The aim of the MPharm course at Ulster is to educate pharmacy students to a high standard in an environment of modern clinical relevance, thereby facilitating their immediate integration into a forward thinking, healthcare-based profession that practises clinical excellence and understands fully the pharmaceutical principles underpinning therapeutic application of drug substances. The MPharm programme is designed to provide academically challenging and vocationally relevant pharmacy education and training underpinned by appropriate science elements (pharmaceutical sciences) and appropriate professional practice skills (pharmacy practice and patient care).

The MPharm programme offers a modern, innovative, and integrated Masters degree level education in Pharmacy that meets the standards of the University and the requirements of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI). The MPharm programme will provide students with the knowledge, understanding, skills and appropriate training required for them to be responsible for the manufacture, safe, legal and professional control, distribution and use of medicinal products. This programme also incorporates detailed studies of all aspects of drug action, design, formulation and use.

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About this course

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About

The MPharm course at Ulster University, Coleraine is mainly delivered from the Saad Centre for Pharmacy and Diabetes, by the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Specialised teaching laboratories, seminar rooms, a facsimile of a pharmacy shop, a computer suite, a drug information suite, store areas and staff accommodation have all been finished to a high specification for the delivery of the MPharm. MPharm students will also have access to the extensive facilities available to courses in the School of Biomedical Sciences on the Coleraine campus.

This is an exciting and challenging time for pharmacy. The government has introduced many changes that schools of pharmacy must deliver, including graduates with the clinical skills required to allow them to focus on patient-centred clinical care, i.e. to provide a more clinical MPharm. In order to provide high quality education in clinical practice it recommends that schools of pharmacy increase their practice workforce and have an increased clinical input from practising pharmacists at Ulster. In Coleraine we will achieve this by delivering a course that will provide a sound and comprehensive knowledge base developing into the clinical and professional practice of pharmacy. Appropriate modules will be delivered by practicing community and clinical pharmacists, so that our students will be learning from both knowledge and experiences.

We will integrate as many of our students as we can into the profession from the start. There will be placements within all years of the course during pharmacy practice and clinical skills modules, to allow students to see in practice, both in hospital and community, what they are learning about in the classroom. This will promote the professional attitudes and behaviours expected of practising pharmacists. In addition, where possible, pharmacy students will be taught alongside students from other professions, in addition to case study analyses with these students, resulting in the valuable experience of interprofessional education. The hospital clinical placements will be delivered by clinical Teacher Practitioners based in Trust hospitals in Northern Ireland, while the community placements will be provided by independent and multiple community pharmacists within Northern Ireland. During these placements students will be provided with portfolios to develop their learning skills, including lifelong learning and reflective and personal development skills.

The further development of practical experience is facilitated by developing partnerships with the employers in the region, so that students who wish to seek part-time employment, will be assisted in taking up this employment within their chosen profession from the start. This initiative has been named the ‘Pharmacy Job Shop’.

In the MPharm at Ulster University, the course team have produced an exciting, dynamic course that will meet the needs of the students, prospective employers and the pharmacy profession as a whole; resulting in graduates who have both the knowledge and social skills to begin their pharmacy career as competent junior pharmacists who are fit to practice.

Attendance

This is a 4 year full-time course. Average attendance hours per week: 22 hours.

Start dates

  • September 2017
How to apply

Modules

Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

Professional Practice Skills 1

Year: 1

To provide an overview of pharmacy, pharmaceutical legislation and profession in the delivery of pharmaceutical care to patients; pharmaceutical calculations and numeracy; basic statistical methods and core mathematical techniques used in experimental reports and research, and to develop essential learning skills, within This module provides these concepts and professional skills within an integrated framework, at the beginning of a spiral curriculum which will revisit these key concepts and skills over the period of the MPharm degree.

Pharmaceutical Biosciences 1

Year: 1

This module provides an introduction to pharmaceutical biosciences. It covers the general descriptive physical, organic and inorganic chemistry and the principles underlying chemical properties and reactions of simple organic and inorganic compounds and provides and introduction to the study of human physiology and anatomy to underpin study in health and disease.

Pharmaceutical Biosciences 2

Year: 1

The module is designed to provide an introduction to biological systems and the cells and macromolecules involved in these systems, the chemical processes underlying life and the role of pharmaceutical chemical sciences for the study and understanding of structures, properties and behaviour of drug molecules which will interact with these systems

Year two

Professional Practice Skills 2

Year: 2

To develop essential skills and understanding of the strategic context of pharmacy, and the application of standards and practice within pharmacy. To demonstrate ability to use professional decision making skills and apply the code of ethics for pharmacists in a range of situations requiring analysis. Maintaining the spiral theme of professional skills the students will also further develop their knowledge of the legislation that governs pharmacy professional practice, and will undertake work-based learning within community and hospital practice.

Central nervous system (inc. anaesthesia), joints, eye and ENT 1

Year: 2

The module will develop knowledge and understanding of the modes of action of pharmacological agents implicated in the treatment of diseases of the central nervous system, joints and the eye. Students will be able to develop an understanding and expertise in the qualitative and quantitative analysis of pharmaceutical products. The concepts and protocols associated with responding to symptoms (pain & musculoskeletal) including in paediatric patients are covered.

Cardiovascular, endocrine, renal, nutrition and blood 1

Year: 2

This module will provide the knowledge and professional skills required in the application of pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmaceutics and pharmacology to the therapeutic use of medical products pertaining to cardiovascular, endocrine, renal, nutrition and blood systems. It is taught within the integrated framework of a scientific degree, in the midst of a spiral curriculum which will cover, develop and implement upon these key concepts and skills relating to drugs that act on these systems over the period of the MPharm degree.

Respiratory, reproductive, urinary tract, skin, gastrointestinal and liver disease 1

Year: 2

To provide an understanding of physicochemical properties of drugs and excipients and how these contribute to formulation of medicines aimed for management of respiratory, reproductive, urinary tract, skin, gastrointestinal and liver diseases and how and why some of these medicines are dispensed. Students will also develop knowledge and understanding of the modes of action of pharmacological agents used to treat disorders of the respiratory system and GI tract as well as understanding endocrine control of reproduction and drugs affecting it.

Cancer, infection and immunology 1

Year: 2

This module will provide the knowledge and professional skills required in the application of pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmaceutics and pharmacology to the therapeutic use of medical products pertaining to the treatment of cancer, infection and immune disorders. It is taught within the integrated framework of a scientific degree, in the midst of a spiral curriculum which will cover, develop and implement upon these key concepts and skills relating to drugs that act on these systems over the period of the MPharm degree.

Year three

Professional Practice Skills 3

Year: 3

To provide the skills and knowledge to prepare a scientific proposal through critical review and evaluation with the application of research governance and ethics. To demonstrate ability to use professional decision making skills and apply the code of ethics in a range of situations requiring analysis. Maintaining the spiral theme of professional skills the students will also further develop their knowledge of the legislation that governs professional practice, and will undertake work-based learning within community and hospital practice.

Cancer, Infection and Immunology 2

Year: 3

To provide an understanding of the principles underpinning the use of chemotherapeutic drugs in the treatment of cancer, infectious disease and disorders of the immune system and emphasising challenges presented to convention. It is taught within the integrated framework of a scientific degree, in the midst of a spiral curriculum which will cover, develop and implement upon these key concepts and skills relating to drugs that act on these systems over the period of the MPharm degree.

Cardiovascular, Endocrine, Renal, Nutrition and Blood 2

Year: 3

To provide an overview of pharmacy, pharmaceutical analysis, preformulation and dosage form leading ultimately to the delivery of pharmaceutical care to patients. Pharmaceutical calculations, the principal of drug assays as well as preparing extemporaneous pharmaceutical formulations will be looked at and the effect on patient care if these are incorrect. This module will provide the student the opportunity to demonstrate professional skills taught within the integrated framework of a scientific degree.

Central nervous system (inc. anaesthesia), joints, eye and ENT 2

Year: 3

To provide an overview of and develop appropriate knowledge and skills for applying physicochemical principles and preformulation information in relation to centrally acting drugs. To further develop essential skills in proprietary dispensing and responding to symptoms. This module will provide an awareness of the concepts and professional skills taught within the integrated framework of a scientific degree, in a spiral curriculum which will develop key concepts and skills relating to centrally acting drugs over the period of the MPharm degree.

Respiratory, reproductive, urinary tract, skin, gastrointestinal and liver disease 2

Year: 3

To provide an overview of and develop appropriate knowledge and skills for applying fundamental physicochemical principles and preformulation information to the design and production of stable pharmaceutical dosage forms in relation to drugs / medicinal products used for respiratory, reproductive, urinary tract, skin, gastrointestinal and liver diseases. This module will provide the student the opportunity to demonstrate professional skills taught within the integrated framework of a scientific degree.

Year four

Veterinary Pharmacy

Year: 4

This module provides students with a comprehensive and detailed understanding of companion animal health care and related public health issues, with the skills to critically appraise and integrate this knowledge to their area of practice.

Professional Practice Skills 4

Year: 4

This module will provide the, knowledge and understanding of pharmaceutical public health in relation to the practice of pharmacy and develop the professional attitudes and skills necessary for prescribing practice. It will provide an overview of the principles and applications of entrepreneurship. Maintaining the spiral theme of professional skills the students will also further develop their knowledge of the legislation that governs pharmacy professional practice, and will undertake work-based learning within community and hospital practice.

Translational Medicine 1

Year: 4

Translational medicine is about translating pharmaceutical research into practice ? delivering the chemical entity to the patient in order to achieve a desired therapeutic outcome. This module facilitates this understanding in students by teaching through the use of case studies. Building on skills and knowledge acquired throughout the programme, this module explicitly takes a chemical entity from the drug discovery and development stage, through approval and marketing to use in the clinical setting and ultimately patient outcomes.

Translational medicines 2

Year: 4

Translational medicine is about translating pharmaceutical research into practice ? delivering the chemical entity to the patient in order to achieve a desired therapeutic outcome. This module facilitates this understanding in students by teaching through the use of case studies. Building on skills and knowledge acquired throughout the programme, this module explicitly takes a chemical entity from the drug discovery and development stage, through approval and marketing to use in the clinical setting and ultimately patient outcomes.

Research Project

Year: 4

This module provides experience in research philosophy, planning and methodology by relevant literature survey, and generation and evaluation of original data.

Business Practice and Commercial Awareness

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module provides students with the fundamental principles of business practice, commercial awareness and staff management and the opportunity to critically evaluate these principles within the context and application of pharmacy practice.

Complementary Medicines

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module provides students with the principles and background of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and its evaluation according to the principles of evidence-based practice.

Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module provides an introduction to the understanding of the formulation, characterisation, evaluation and application of novel pharmaceutical delivery systems based on nanotechnology.

Pharmacy Practice in the Republic of Ireland

Year: 4

This module is optional

To provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the legislative and practice requirements, and the organisational structures within which they will be working, for the practice of pharmacy in the Republic of Ireland.

Novel Targeting Agents in Cancer

Year: 4

This module is optional

To provide the students the opportunity to consider all of the issues relating to the development of a novel drug or formulation from early laboratory testing, through animal studies, human trials and the implementation of a licensed drug as a routine treatment.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

Grades AAB to include Chemistry and one science subject from Mathematics, Physics or Biology. Biology preferred as second science.

Applied Science Double Award is acceptable only when offered with A level Chemistry at least at Grade B.

BTEC

Pass overall BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Laboratory and Industrial Science) with DDD to include at least 11 distinctions.

The following modules must be included at Distinction level: Fundamentals of Science; Scientific Practical Techniques; Industrial Applications of Chemical Reactions; Chemical Periodicity and its Applications, Industrial Application of Organic Chemistry.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Overall Irish Leaving Certificate Higher Level profile H2, H2, H2, H3, H3

Specific subjects and grades required include Chemistry and Biology at H2 and one other science subject from Mathematics or Physics.

Applicants are also required to have Irish Leaving Certificate Higher Level English and Maths grade H6 or above or Irish Leaving Certificate Ordinary Level English and Maths grade O4 or above.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum 28 points with at least 14 points at higher level and to include at least 6 points in HL Chemistry and at least 7 points from one other science subject at higher level (Physics, Biology or Maths).

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Pass overall Access course with a minimum mark of 70% plus 70% in each level 3 module - only science-based programmes are accepted

We also accept many alternative qualifications including:

Pass HND with overall Distinction to include 90 distinctions in level 5 credits/units will be specified

Pass HNC with overall Distinction to include 120 distinctions in level 4/5 credits/units will be specified

You may also meet the course entry requirements with combinations of different qualifications to the same standard as recognised by the University (provided subject requirements as noted above are met). Examples of acceptable combinations include:

2 A Levels and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

OCR National Diploma and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

2 A Levels and Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma

A Level and BTEC National Diploma

For further information regarding combination offer requirements, please contact Faculty Office staff T: +44 (0)28 7012 4159 or E: science@ulster.ac.uk.

GCSE

GCSE profile to include passes at Grade C or grade 4 or above in Mathematics and English.

Grade C(grade 4) or above in Chemistry or grade CC or above in Double Award Science also required.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 7.0 with no band score less than 6.5.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

Applicants should note that, as they will be engaged in 'regulated activity' involving children or vulnerable adults as part of their course, there is a compulsory, legal requirement to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure from AccessNI or other relevant authority. There is a cost for this service. More information on Enhanced Disclosures may be accessed at http://www.accessni.gov.uk/

Prospective students will be required to be in good health as evidenced from a satisfactory medical report (SENDO compliant). There is a cost for this service.

Prospective students should be aware that there is a Code of Conduct required of Pharmacy Students (http://www.pharmacyregulation.com/education/pharmacist/student-code-conduct) that takes into consideration behaviour before and during their period of study. Failure to comply with this Code of Conduct could impair eligibility for a student to register as a pharmacist.

Prospective students should be aware that, in the interests of patient and public safety, your application form information will be shared with the Pharmacy Schools Council in order to verify your fitness to practise. If a fitness to practise outcome is made against you in the future, this information will be stored on this database.

Applicants should note that neither the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI) will offer prospective registration advice prior to commencing your MPharm. The GPhC / PSNI will carry out their own health and good character checks before registering an applicant, which are additional to the checks carried out by the university or a prospective employer. The GPhC / PSNI may not register a student if a check is failed, even if previous checks have been passed. An applicant may appeal against a registration refusal and appeals are heard by the Appeal Committee of the GPhC. Further information can be found at http://www.pharmacyregulation.org/about-us/who-we-are/gphc-committees/appeals-committee.

Teaching and learning assessment

The programme is taught as an integrated spiral curriculum, with the integration of science and practice elements being explicitly taught through a systems approach. Lectures, tutorials, case study orientated problem-based learning, practical classes, including CAL packages, dispensing practical sessions, clinical and community pharmacy placements and private study, supported by essential and desirable reading, including self-directed learning. Integrated seminars, in which students work on integrated case studies, enhance the integrated nature of the programme and facilitate students understanding and engagement with the concepts. Groups and individual projects will be included. Material will be delivered by blended learning, where lectures, assignments, on-line tutorials and past exam questions will be available on-line on BBLearn; or fully online, whereby all lecture materials and assignments will only be available on BBLearn, but supported by tutorial classes. Postings on discussion areas within some modules will be required.

Assessments are outcomes driven. Examinations and class tests, incorporating essay and multiple choice questions, will assess outcomes and facilitate learning and the integration of knowledge. Structured coursework will include practical reports, case studies, presentations, group reports, literature-based assignments and a research project report and poster presentations.

Exemptions and transferability

Studies pursued and examinations passed in respect of other qualifications awarded by Ulster or by another university or educational institution, or evidence from the accreditation of prior experiential learning, may be accepted as exempting candidates from part of an approved programme of study provided that they shall register as students of the University for modules amounting to at least the final third of the credit value of the award at the highest level.

It is anticipated that only in exceptional cases will an exemption[s] be permitted, and any exemption must be approved by the professional / regulatory bodies governing the profession.

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • Community pharmacy
  • National Health Service

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Pharmacist
  • Pre Registration Pharmacist

Career options

The future role of pharmacists lies in meeting patients' needs through working closely with patients, other healthcare professionals, the National Health Service (NHS) and the industry. Pharmacists are the only healthcare professionals with a unique knowledge and understanding of medicines from manufacture to their applications in patients, encompassing discovery and development, manufacturing, quality assurance, distribution, therapeutics, management and monitoring.

Qualified registered pharmacists can choose careers from a number of available options including healthcare provision in the high street (community pharmacists), clinical pharmacy duties and outpatient clinics (hospital pharmacists), running disease management clinics in GP practices (primary care pharmacists) and pursuing medicines research in industry or academia. Pharmacists can also be prescribers, which allow them to care for all patients' drug-related needs following medical diagnosis.

In summary, the career options for qualified pharmacists include hospital, community, primary care and industrial practice, general management and administration as well as research opportunities in industry, academia, or government laboratories. Opportunities are also available for MPharm graduates to enter into MRes and MPhil/PhD programmes.

Professional recognition

Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI)

Accredited by the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI) for the purpose of registration with that body.

General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)

Accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) in order to progress to pharmacist pre-registration training and then to register as a pharmacist.

Apply

Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2017

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Northern Ireland & EU:
£4,030.00
England, Scotland & Wales:
£9,000.00
International:
£12,890.00 - Please note that International tuition fees shown are for last year's entry.

Scholarships, awards and prizes

The School offers a suite of awards for academic achievement in each year of study.

Additional mandatory costs

Entry to the course is subject to a satisfactory medical check and also a criminal record check carried out through AccessNI. Students will be required to meet the costs of any vaccinations required and the AccessNI check.

Students will be required to meet the travel costs of attending placements during the programme.

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course. 

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees. 

Please contact the course team for more information.

Contact

School Office

T: +44 (0)28 7012 3512

E: g.kyle@ulster.ac.uk

W: http://www.science.ulster.ac.uk/pharmacy/

Faculty Office

T: +44 (0)28 7012 4159

E: science@ulster.ac.uk

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