MPharm

Pharmacy at the University of Wolverhampton gives you the basis you need for a successful career in this dynamic and flexible profession. 

Why pharmacy?

If you’re strong at sciences and a good communicator, pharmacy offers a satisfying, rewarding and flexible career path with plenty of job opportunities. Qualified pharmacists can expect excellent starting salaries and their skills are required across the globe.

How you will study

The format of traditional lectures and laboratory classes is employed in some parts of the course, although the curriculum focuses on the acquisition of skills through applying knowledge to identify, research and solve problems. You will learn independently and in groups, acquiring skills such as problem-solving and communication skills. Continuing Personal Development supported by an electronic portfolio will help you to undertake self-directed learning and self-reflection. Practice-based visits and learning also help contextualise learning from the classroom. Your study will include:

  • Practice visits to community pharmacies, hospitals GP surgeries, Primary Care trusts and the pharmaceutical industry
  • A variety of lectures, workshops and tutorials
  • Web-based learning, e-forums and electronic portfolios
  • Using our simulated pharmacy environmental and hospital ward facilities
  • Learning in our new pharmaceutical laboratory with formulation capabilities
  • Aseptics laboratory and practice visits to local hospital aseptics suite
  • Being taught by a range of practicing visiting lecturers, providing insight and experience of actual working practice
  • Guidance given with vacational experience and placements
  • Utilising a mixture of simulated, virtual, theoretical and actual working practice

Why Wolverhampton?

Our GPhC accredited MPharm degree is taught be excellent staff, offers placements across the region and uses the latest facilities in a friendly and supportive environment. To see our facilities in greater detail, we are proud to offer you the opportunity to view our virtual tour which takes you round our labs and equipment. The University of Wolverhampton itself offers modern Learning Centres, dedicated support staff and great accommodation in a city which has a thriving nightlife in the heart of the country.

CRB, OHC and fitness to practice

In order to study on the MPharm degree students must successfully complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (previously know as Criminal Record Bureau Check), an Occupational Health Check and comply to our Fitness to Practise code. These checks are in place to protect students and the patients our students may come into contact with during their studies. Upon acceptance onto the MPharm degree who will need to fill out some forms declaring your eligibility and dedication to this highly regarded profession.

Self development

You will develop and use excellent interpersonal skills to communicate with patients and prescribers so that the patient receives appropriate, effective and efficient care. This will include IT and research skills. You will be confident in the practical use of establishing a learning e-portfolio using the University-based, award winning Pebblepad, to prepare you for life long self development. This will provide a firm foundation for the maintenance of a Continuing Professional Development portfolio following registration as a pharmacist.

The future

This course offers an integrated and innovative approach to teaching, mixing theoretical knowledge with clinical practice placements. This will provide students with the confidence and clinical background skills to be medicines experts. After studying our MPharm degree most graduates choose a career as a Pharmacist however this is not the only option.

Becoming a Pharmacist after a UK based course:

After the successful completion of the course you will receive an MPharm degree. There are a number of further steps to go through before you will be able to register with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and practise as a qualified pharmacist in the UK.

Once you have completed an MPharm you will need to apply for a pre-registration year, this is where you will further develop the skills you gained during your degree as a paid employee in a professional environment. Entrance on a pre-registration year is competitive and there is no guarantee that you will receive a place. A proportion of these pre-registration places are with the NHS, but the majority of placements involve working with community pharmacists. Again, you should be aware that your place on the pre-registration year is not guaranteed as the number of available placements is dependent on different factors. One such factor is that the availability of pre-registration places offered by community pharmacies can vary from year to year. International students are also very likely to require a visa which can be dependent on meeting a number of conditions, including a minimum salary requirement.

After the completion of 52 weeks of pre-registration training, and subject to you passing the registration exam at the end of the training, you will be eligible to register with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and practise as a fully qualified pharmacist.

How to apply