• Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code B231
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  • Start Date(s) 18 September 2023
  • Award MPharm (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time
  • Course Length Full-time (4 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School School of Pharmacy
  • Course Status This course is subject to approval
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Why choose this course?

The MPharm course at Wolverhampton aims to produce pharmacy graduates who are highly equipped to meet the needs of the profession, future employers and, most importantly, patients.

The friendly and supportive environment in which you will study focuses on developing the right knowledge, skills and attributes to equip you on your learning journey. As you progress, you will become an independent learner who is adaptable, self-aware and inherently capable of developing the profession and going on to enjoy a successful and rewarding career in your chosen area of pharmacy.

The programme itself is highly clinical and patient-focused, benefiting from our extensive use of lecturers and practitioners who have experience working in the various sectors of the profession.

Benefit from our recent £3 million investment in professional teaching spaces.

The School of Pharmacy, based in the University’s Wulfruna Building, has been revamped to offer larger, multipurpose teaching spaces for use by students. Improvements to facilities include an extension of the existing practice suite offering a flexible working space for students.

In 2022 we opened new exciting new facilities for Pharmacy students, including a new flexible professional learning space has been created incorporating a dispensary, counselling rooms and simulation space for the development of clinical and consultation skills. There are also two new meeting rooms and a new reception area as well as a new multi-purpose flexible teaching space which will be able to accommodate up to 120 students.

These new facilities will enable our students to collaborate and learn using the latest industry-standard technology and resources.

At Wolverhampton, the traditional disciplines of science and practice which underpin pharmacy are taught as an integrated whole using a thematic approach. This is achieved by organising your study around, patient, medicine and professionally orientated themes which transcend the traditional pharmacy subject areas. Content is then revisited each year at increasing levels of complexity as you become more equipped to apply and integrate the knowledge and skills which you develop on your journey.

We particularly emphasise:

  • the clinical pharmacotherapeutic management of minor and major diseases based on the underpinning actions, effects and properties of drugs
  • the development and use of medicines from drug entities
  • the development of interpersonal, writing and research skills needed to optimise medicine use and development
  • the development of professionalism

A major feature of the new Wolverhampton MPharm programme involves the introduction of innovative, contemporary learning approaches, including Team-based Learning and Case-based Learning. These are designed to maximise your engagement and satisfaction with the course and to support you in realising your full potential.

Our learning methods will help you to apply acquired knowledge and skills to realistic pharmacy scenarios, enhance your critical thinking skills and enable you to work effectively in team environments. You will experience class time as “quality time” that is much more focused on interaction and feedback. What’s more, the important knowledge you will need at each stage will be committed to long-term memory making you better equipped to deal with exams and other assessments both here and when you leave us to enter the pre-registration stage of your training.

What happens on the course?

Each year of the spiralled curriculum corresponds to a carefully constructed stage of your development:

At Stage 1 scientific and professional knowledge and skills are developed using four strands which integrate related disciplines or tasks. Molecules, Cells and Systems introduce the biochemical building blocks of life, the structure and function of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells and human anatomy and physiology. Processes associated with these cells and systems are compared and contrasted in both health and disease. Introduction to Drugs and Medicines covers the basic principles of drug discovery and development and provides you with an understanding of organic and physical chemistry, and the pharmacological principles pertinent to medicinally important molecules.

Pharmacists, Patients and Medicines explores how pharmacists use their expert knowledge of medicines, health and disease for the benefit of patients and the population through exploration of pharmacists’ roles and how medicines are distributed and handled in patient-facing settings. Concurrently the Informed Pharmacy Learner strand aims to introduce and develop university-level skills, techniques and attributes including, laboratory, communication, learning and study skills.

In Stage 2 three strands are incorporated. Medicines in Development and Use explores how drugs are developed into medicines and how they act and interact within specific body systems. The strand provides a comprehensive overview of the current usage of drugs and the prediction of drug actions and effects. The principles of medicines design, delivery, packaging, handling, analysis and characterisation are covered in the context of the body systems in which they are used.

Clinical and Professional Skills for Pharmacists introduces the skills required to apply to knowledge of medicines and to optimise their use in patients. The strand focuses on safe systems of working, professional responsibility and accountability, and ethical practice. It also develops your skills in consultation techniques, case analysis and prescription analysis, and introduces the strategies used to rationalise and optimise medicine use and patient care. The Applied Pharmacy Learner strand further develops your skills in reflective learning, information retrieval, academic writing, and team working.

Stage 3 incorporates two strands. Therapeutic Management of Patients revisits the range of conditions in the major body systems covered in stage 2 but with a focus on their diagnosis and therapeutic management. You will consider rational drug choice based upon clinical evidence and patent factors and characteristics; and also health promotion.

Concurrently you will apply knowledge of advanced drug development processes from discovery through to the patient. This includes complex drug delivery technologies; the development and use of biological treatments; and pharmacogenetics, pharmacogenomics and personalised medicine. In the Established Pharmacy Learner strand study skills are further enhanced by considering more advanced communication and consultation techniques, research methodologies pertinent to pharmacy; and by undertaking effective team-working in an interprofessional setting.

Stage 4 incorporates three strands. Frontiers in Pharmacy focuses on pharmaceutical research and development. It considers public and population health, health policy and the roles of medicines and pharmacists in meeting these agendas. Research and critical analysis skills are applied to a research project in an area of personal interest and also to an extended piece of work focussing on developing initiatives in pharmacy.

Effective Patient Management introduces you to increasingly complex scenarios, cases and prescriptions that require higher level pharmaceutical input. These will involve patients with altered drug handling states, patients with multiple co-existing disease states, and patients with additional counselling or drug administration requirements.

The Accomplished Pharmacy Learner considers more challenging consultation scenarios and calculations and will develop coaching, teaching, management and leadership skills. At the conclusion of the programme, you will demonstrate that you are an accomplished reflective practitioner with the necessary skills, knowledge and attributes to meet the GPhC’s standards for pharmacy graduates and that you are ready to enter their pre-registration year.

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Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The Wolverhampton MPharm is a contemporary, patient-focused and clinical course which aims to develop the knowledge and skills that you will need to build a successful career in your chosen area of pharmacy. A team of expert academic pharmacists and scientists have developed the programme and, along the way, we have consulted with employers, practising pharmacists, patients, carers and students in order to make sure that the product you are investing in is of the highest possible standard and relevance.

At Wolverhampton, our smaller cohort sizes and extensive use of practitioners and educators from the different pharmacy sectors provide you with a more interactive learning experience that puts your learning fully into context. Our placements and simulations are aligned carefully with the material you cover in class and they are staged in a way which helps you gradually build up confidence as each year progresses. Our theme-based approaches to teaching cross over the traditional pharmacy disciplines such as pharmacology, pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmaceutics and pharmacy practice. This helps you to integrate your studies and make the links between the different aspects of theoretical content and its application to the world of work.

The course seeks to produce pharmacy graduates who are fit for purpose to enter pre-registration training/professional practice. You will be equipped with the knowledge and skills required to meet the needs of patients and the profession. Wolverhampton MPharm graduates will be independent thinkers and effective team workers who are adaptable and self-aware.

At the conclusion of the course you will:

  1. be able to understand, apply and critique the scientific principles of health, disease and the drug entity to the design, development and uses of medicines in patients
  2. be able to understand roles and functions of pharmacists and their place within the healthcare team
  3. develop and apply appropriate skills and attributes required for the professional practice of pharmacy
  4. utilise and critically evaluate scientific and healthcare information and data in order to inform change in practice and knowledge

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £13950 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23

Additional Course Costs

Disclosure and Barring Service Check = £46

Occupational Health initial processing fee = £10 (plus students may have to pay for vaccinations if they haven’t already had/or cannot show evidence of having the required vaccinations)

Calculator = £7

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

Key Entry Requirements:

Use the UCAS Tariff Calculator to check your qualifications and points.

Either

  • A-levels: 120 UCAS tariff points. Grade profile of BBB 
  • Mandatory subject studied of Chemistry at minimum grade C or above.
  • A further subject studied from the following: Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics.
  • Subjects not accepted towards the BBB grade profile are Critical thinking and General Studies.
  • Access to HE: 120 UCAS Tariff points from either a Health Professions, a science subject or medicine which must include a minimum of 30 level 3 credits at Distinction.
    • We would expect to see 15 level 3 credits studied in Chemistry and 15 credits in another Maths or Science subject matter to be eligible for entry.
  • BTEC: Grade profile of DDM in Applied Science
    • Mandatory units required within the BTEC qualification at Distinction grade are:
      • Principles and Application of Science 1 & 2, Science Investigation Skills, Applications of Organic Chemistry.
  • We also accept a combined BTEC and A Level portfolio
    • BTEC 12 Unit Qualification in Applied Science D*D* and A Level Chemistry with a minimum of grade C or above
    • BTEC 6 Unit Qualification in Applied Science Grade, A Level Chemistry with a minimum of grade C or above and a further subject studied from Biology or Maths.
  • First Year of a related subject degree with a minimum of 65% in each module studied.
  • Foundation Years are assessed on a case by case basis, a minimum grade of 75% overall and 70% in Chemistry modules would also be required.

Plus

  • GCSE: English language and maths grades 9-5/A*-C or equivalent:
  • Equivalency Test: If you have not achieved your Level 2 qualifications, you are eligible to take our University equivalency tests. The tests for this course are free of charge and can be taken completely online. Our admissions team will confirm in your offer if you are required to take one of these assessments.

And

  • References & Personal Statement: Satisfactory references are a condition of the programme.  This will normally be from your educational institution, work, or voluntary experience.  The University reserves the right to request an additional reference where appropriate. Applicants will also be required to provide a satisfactory personal statement.  Pharmacy plays a vital role in society and public health, it is important that you can demonstrate this showcasing your experience and attributes that compliment this course area.

Interview:

Our Admissions team will use the entry criteria and your application information to shortlist successful candidates. If you are successful you will be invited to select an interview date through e:Vision. Your interview will consist of two components; a short Situational Judgment Test (SJT) and a group interview which is centred around a team activity - for further interview information click here.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health Check:

Due to the professional nature of this course, you are also required to complete a Declaration of Health and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check.  We will coordinate both non-academic condition checks if you accept an offer with us. The DBS cost is currently £46 in total.

Advanced Entry:

We are not able to offer advanced entry to any applicant, recognition of prior learning is not accepted for this course.

EU and International Applicants:

We have specific entry requirement information for EU and International applicants. Please also check the UK requirements above as these will also showcase if there are any additional subject requirements needed for entry.  

Academic Requirement:

Our country specific entry criteria are related to the curriculum you have studied. Please click here to find the correct information for the country you have studied in.

English Requirement:

All International Applicants are required to have a sufficient level of English to satisfy student visa requirements.

A minimum overall IELTS of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each element is required or an accepted equivalent, here is a list of acceptable English qualifications.

A high school English qualification is not accepted as an equivalence for this course.

Personal Statement Requirement:

All international applicants are required to showcase their reasons for applying to study in the UK please use our personal statement template to support your application.

Study Gap Information:

International applicants also provide education information and work experience information. It’s important that when you complete your application you cover all this information on your application to ensure we can satisfy this admissions assessment.

Contextual Offers

The university recognises that many students have additional barriers in progression to university, whether this be through disability, as a care leaver, from an area of deprivation or another factor. The university wishes to provide additional support for these students through the contextual offer scheme. If you are eligible, the University will apply a contextual Admissions decision, in the form of a reduced offer letter by up to two grades or 16 UCAS tariff points. Find out more.

Wolverhampton pharmacy graduates are highly regarded by employers in the various branches of the profession and enjoy high employment rates. As the number of pharmacy graduates competing for pre-registration places nationally continues to rise, the Wolverhampton School of Pharmacy relishes the challenge of maintaining the high employment rates and employer reputation that has been built.

Currently, the major area of employment for pharmacists nationwide (60-70%) is in the community sector, with most of the remainder entering the National Health Service (NHS) as hospital or ‘primary care’ pharmacists. A small proportion of pharmacy graduates and pharmacists enter careers in the pharmaceutical industry or in academic pharmacy.

Community pharmacists provide an expanding range of healthcare services ranging from the supply of medicines through to running minor ailments schemes, supporting the management of long-term conditions, undertaking medicines reviews and performing public health screening services. In a hospital, pharmacists are involved across the whole spectrum of patient healthcare from diagnosis to medicines and disease management. Many pharmacists also hold management and consultant positions within the NHS. Industrial pharmacists are involved in the development of new drugs and their transformation into medicines, as well as the marketing and evaluation of new products. Academic pharmacists are occupied by healthcare-related research and development and in the education and development of future cohorts of pharmacy students and of pharmacists.

Several areas of further study are open to pharmacy graduates. In particular, many pharmacists undertake further postgraduate training in specialist areas of pharmacy in order to underpin their provision of clinical and scientific services. This training is usually at the master's level, but can also lead to doctoral studies in appropriate cases. Pharmacists are increasingly taking on additional roles as prescribers, gaining recognised prescribing qualifications in order to achieve this.

As healthcare professionals, pharmacists are expected to maintain their competence and ‘fitness to practise’ throughout their working lives. As such, they are actively involved in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and are expected to design and implement their own learning strategies.

Watch our video about placement opportunities.

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.

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


Self-funding:

If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.


Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.


Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.

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