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MPharm Pharmacy with a Foundation Year

Year of entry: 2021

Overview

Degree awarded
MPharm
Duration
5 years
Typical A-level offer

ABB-AAB (non-science subjects), CDD-BBC (contextual)

Typical contextual A-level offer (what is this?)
BBB (non-science subjects only)
Typical International Baccalaureate offer

33-35 points for Arts-based students with three higher level subjects at grades 6,6,5.

Changes to International Baccalaureate Diploma Mathematics Courses from September 2019, first examination 2021:

We are aware of the planned changes to the IB Mathematics curriculum. IB students will be able to choose from Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches and Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation from September 2019.

For this course we will accept: Higher Level Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretation. 

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

20/300 (home); 5/60 (international)

How to apply
Apply through UCAS .

Course overview

  • Prepare for our  MPharm  degree if you do not meet the direct entry requirements.
  • Take your foundation year at the nearby  Xaverian College .
  • Study at a university ranked 10th in the world and 5th in the UK for Pharmacy and Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020).
  • Open up various careers - our graduates go into the NHS, industry and more.
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Pharmacy at The University of Manchester

Open days

Attending an open day is a great way to find out what studying pharmacy at Manchester is like. Find out about our  upcoming open days .

Fees

Tuition fees for home students commencing their studies in September 2021 will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £22,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

Additional expenses

We work hard to ensure that our course can be completed without significant additional study costs over and above the tuition fee.

The two areas where additional costs can be incurred are travel to clinical placements and reading. In both of these situations, we seek to ensure that additional costs are kept as low as possible.

The University defines low cost as an annual cost that is no more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 2411
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/pharmacy
School/Faculty overview
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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Entry requirements

A-level

We require grades DDC - BBC including Chemistry and Maths and/or Biology plus one further rigorous academic subject (excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking). You will also need to meet the widening participation selection criteria detailed on our application process page (`How your application is considered').

We also consider students who have obtained A-levels (or equivalent) at standard entry grades (ABB-AAB), but in subjects inappropriate for direct admission to the MPharm degree. A grade 5 (B) in English Language and Mathematics in GCSE or equivalent will also be required. We will accept C+ in the Northern Ireland reformed GCSE. In this case applicants will NOT need to meet our widening participation selection criteria.

AS-level

We do not accept AS grades in place of A2-level grades.

Unit grade information

The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit information where available. Like all other information provided by applicants this may be taken into consideration when assessing your application. Unit grades will not normally form part of an offer conditions.

GCSE

We require at least five GCSEs at minimum grade 5 (B) including English Language and Mathematics. We will accept C+ in the Northern Ireland reformed GCSE.

International Baccalaureate

33-35 points for Arts-based students with three higher level subjects at grades 6,6,5.

Changes to International Baccalaureate Diploma Mathematics Courses from September 2019, first examination 2021:

We are aware of the planned changes to the IB Mathematics curriculum. IB students will be able to choose from Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches and Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation from September 2019.

For this course we will accept: Higher Level Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretation. 

Other international entry requirements

We welcome applications from overseas students. Country-specific information can be found on the  University website . However, this is for general information only, as specific entry requirements may be different for the MPharm with a Foundation Year.

Please contact us at  ug.pharmacy@manchester.ac.uk to check specific requirements for your country before you apply for the course.

Scottish requirements

We require a minimum of two As and three Bs in five subjects (no more than two science subjects). English Language and Mathematics not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5) grade B.

Welsh Baccalaureate

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this.

We require an overall grade A in the Welsh Baccalaureate alongside two GCE A-level arts-based subjects (grades AB).

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to. 

European Baccalaureate

The University of Manchester welcomes applicants with the European Baccalaureate. Acceptable on its own or in combination with other qualifications, applications from students studying for this qualification are welcome and all applicants will be considered on an individual basis.  

We accept the European Baccalaureate on its own or in combination with other qualifications.

Applications from students studying for this qualification are welcome and all such applicants will be considered on an individual basis.

Contact us for further information.

AQA Baccalaureate

The University recognises the benefits of the AQA Baccalaureate and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills.

In making offers, the University will focus on the three A Levels taken within the AQA Baccalaureate. Students need to check the standard A Level requirements for their chosen course.

The units of broader study, enrichment activities and the Extended Project are considered to be valuable elements of the AQA Baccalaureate and we would therefore strongly encourage students to draw upon these experiences within their personal statement.

Pearson BTEC qualifications

BTEC National Extended Diploma

We require successful completion of a BTEC National Extended Diploma (science-based only) at grades DDD-DDM along with GCSE-level English Language and Mathematics at grade 5. You will also need to meet the selection criteria explained on our application process page.

BTEC National Diploma

We will consider the BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (science-based only) at grade DD alongside one A-level at grade C. You will also need to meet the GCSE requirements and the criteria explained in our application process page.

BTEC National Foundation Diploma

We will consider the BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (science-based only) at Grade D alongside two A-levels at grades BC, one of these A-levels must be a hard science. You will also need to meet the GCSE requirements and the criteria explained in our application process page.

Applicants with a science-based BTEC National Extended Certificate (Grade D) maybe considered with 2 non-science A-level subjects at Grades A/B. You will also need to meet the GCSE requirements.

BTEC National Extended Certificate

We accept the BTEC National Extended Certificate at grade D in lieu of the third A-level only. It must be offered alongside A-level Chemistry and either A-level Biology or Mathematics at grades BC. You will also need to meet the GCSE requirements and the criteria explained in our application process page.

Applicants with a science-based BTEC National Extended Certificate (Grade D) maybe considered with 2 non-science A-level subjects at Grades A/B. You will also need to meet the GCSE requirements. 

The University of Manchester welcomes applications from students who have achieved legacy BTEC qualifications (pre-2016) such as the BTEC Extended Diploma, BTEC Diploma, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, and BTEC Certificate. The grades required are likely to be the same or vary similar to the new BTEC qualifications (first teaching 2016, awarded 2018). Please contact the Academic School for clarification.  

OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications

Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

We require successful completion of a Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma (science-based only) at grades DDD-DDM along with GCSE-level English Language and Mathematics at grade 5. You will also need to meet the selection criteria explained on our application process page.

Cambridge Technical Diploma

We will consider the Cambridge Technical Diploma (science-based only) at grade DD alongside one A-level at grade C. You will also need to meet the selection criteria explained in our application process page.

Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma

We will consider the Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma (science-based only) at Grade D alongside two A-levels at grades BC (one of which must be a hard science). You will also need to meet the selection criteria explained in our application process page.

Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

We accept the Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate at grade D in lieu of the third A-level only. It must be offered alongside A-level Chemistry and either A-level Biology or Mathematics at grades BC. You will also need to meet the selection criteria explained in our application process page.

The University of Manchester welcomes applications from students who have achieved legacy CTEC qualifications (pre-2016) such as the CTEC Extended Diploma, CTEC Diploma, CTEC Subsidiary Diploma, and CTEC Certificate. The grades required are likely to be the same or vary similar to the new CTEC qualifications (first teaching 2016, awarded 2018). Please contact the Academic School for clarification.  

Access to HE Diploma

We do not accept Access/foundation course applications to the MPharm with a Foundation Year.

Cambridge Pre-U

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects with grades ABB-AAB provided a minimum of three non-science subjects are taken.

We also consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects provided you have achieved grades DDC-BCC including Chemistry and either Maths or Biology and one further rigorous academic subject (not General Studies or Critical Thinking) and provided you meet the selection criteria explained on our application process page.

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to. 

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

Core Maths

The University welcomes and recognises the value of Level 3 core mathematics qualifications (e.g. AQA Certificate in Mathematical Studies). 

Core Mathematics is not a compulsory element of post-16 study and as a result we will not normally include it in the conditions of any offer made to the student. However, if a student chooses to undertake a core mathematics qualification this may be taken into account when we consider their application, particularly for certain non-science courses with a distinct mathematical or statistical element.

We advise students to contact the academic School, who will clarify whether their specific portfolio of qualifications is acceptable for entry on to their chosen course.

Home-schooled applicants

If you are a student who has followed a non-standard educational route, e.g. you have been educated at home; your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course for which you are applying. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the specified academic entry requirements of the course. We will also require a reference from somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. If you are a home schooled student and would like further information or advice please contact the academic School for your chosen course who will be able to help you. 

Non-standard educational routes

Mature students are some of our most well-equipped learners, bringing skills and attributes gained from work, family and other life experiences.  Students come from a whole array of backgrounds, study every kind of course, undertake full-time and part-time learning and are motivated by career intentions as well as personal interest.  There is no such thing as a typical mature student at Manchester.  The application process is the same as for other prospective undergraduates.  If you require further clarification about the acceptability of the qualifications you hold please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.  Further information for mature students can be found here ( http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/mature-students/ )

English language

We require:

  • GCSE, IGCSE or O-level at grade 5 (B) in English and Maths. We will accept C+ in the Northern Ireland reformed GCSE or
  • IELTS grade 6.5
  • TOEFL (iBT) - 90

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

Advice to applicants

We accept students from a wide range of backgrounds.

Please refer to the application process page for further information on:

  • how to apply;
  • how your application is considered;
  • personal statement guidance;
  • advice to applicants.

Interview requirements

All UK and Republic of Ireland applicants who are being considered for entry to the MPharm with a Foundation Year course must attend a formal interview.

The interview will be conducted with an academic member of staff and should last no longer than 15 minutes. During the session, you will also be asked to complete a short essay-style question.

There will be a short presentation during which applicants and their families have the opportunity to ask questions. You will also be taken on a short tour of our facilities and be given the opportunity to speak with current pharmacy students. 

Applicants being considered for interview will receive a decision through UCAS Track and will be sent more information on the interview via email.

For more information, please refer to our application process page .

Returning to education

We welcome applications from those wishing to return to education. All such applications are considered on an individual basis.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

Applicants living overseas (excluding Northern Ireland, ROI and the Channel Isles) will not need to attend a face-to-face interview in Manchester. However, you will be required to attend a Zoom interview.

We will contact candidates after consideration of their UCAS form to arrange the Zoom session and will ensure it is timetabled at a mutually convenient date/time with sufficient advance notice. In some cases, we may contact applicants for additional supporting documents (eg transcripts, syllabus of courses) which may delay the timetabling of the Zoom interview.

Please note that occasionally overseas qualifications do not permit direct entry onto this course. 

Becoming a pharmacist after a UK-based course (advice from the Pharmacy Schools Council)

After the successful completion of the course, you will receive an MPharm degree. There are 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 foundation training year, where you will further develop the skills you gained during your degree as a paid employee in a professional environment.

Entrance to a foundation training year is competitive and there is no guarantee that you will receive a place. A proportion of these foundation training year 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 foundation training year is not guaranteed, as the number of available placements is dependent on different factors.

One such factor is that the availability of foundation training year places offered by community pharmacies can vary from year to year. International students will require a Graduate Immigration route visa.

After the completion of 52 weeks of foundation training, and subject to you passing the common registration assessment 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.

Please see the government's visas and immigration pages for further information.

Fitness to practise / health requirements

Pharmacy is one of the registered healthcare professions, and carries both privileges and responsibilities. You must demonstrate that you are able to exercise those privileges and bear those responsibilities. To join the pharmacy profession at the end of your training, you must abide by the General Pharmaceutical Council's (GPhC) Student Code of Conduct and undergo a medical fitness assessment and a Disclosure and Barring Service check at the start of your degree.

When the time comes to apply to join the register of pharmacists, you must also make a health declaration and submit to character checks. If you wish to study pharmacy, you should note that your fitness to practise both before and/or during your studies may impair your eligibility to register and practice as a pharmacist.

Communication and dress code

We have adopted the same policy regarding dress code as set out by the General Medical Council (GMC). The GMC states that non-verbal communication is at least as important as verbal communication, and so how a student or pharmacist appears to patients, relatives or colleagues means as much as what he or she says.

It follows from the GMC guidance that students (and pharmacists) in professional settings must dress in a manner that adds to, and does not detract from, effective communication.

Furthermore, the Code of Conduct for Pharmacy Students states that students must learn how to listen to patients and their carers, and communicate effectively with them in a way they can understand.

How you appear as a student professional or a pharmacist is something all students and graduates must consider and respond to. In general, students should be clean and smartly dressed. The following are not permitted as they are deemed to be incompatible with effective, sensitive communication:

  • wearing a t-shirt with slogans;
  • baseball hats;
  • visible body art;
  • large amounts of body and face jewellery;
  • revealing clothing that may be considered unacceptable by patients;
  • covering most of the face.

This is true not only in clinical settings, but also throughout the educational elements of the undergraduate course, which is built around group work with other students and tutors.

In addition, the convention of some units may require wearing white coats or other approved clothing. Hair should be tied back if it interferes with, or adds risk, to a clinical interaction.

Students must be able to participate fully in communication and other skills training, discussion and assessment. As well as adhering to the dress code above, it means being able to interact fully with patients, standardised patients, teachers and examiners of any cultural or ethnic background or either gender.

Fitness to Practise procedures

Where a course requires the student to undertake practical training in a quasi-professional role in relation to patients, clients or service users, or where the qualification provides a direct licence to practise, The University of Manchester has a duty to ensure that students are fit to practise.

To protect present or future patients, clients or service users - and to comply with the requirements of professional/regulatory bodies - we have established a procedure for dealing with student-related fitness to practise issues.

A pharmacy student's fitness to practise is called into question when their behaviour or health raises a serious or persistent cause for concern about their ability or suitability to continue on the MPharm course.

This includes, but is not limited to, the possibility that they could put patients, the public, other students, staff or themselves at risk, and the need to maintain the public's trust in the pharmacy profession.

Issues surrounding professional behaviour and fitness to practise are monitored and investigated initially. We consider cases that are brought to us and follow initial investigations via appropriate staff.

For information specific to the University, please read:

Applicants and students should note that we treat all information disclosed by students in the strictest of confidence. Information about a student's fitness to practise will ONLY be disclosed to the GPhC when the Faculty's Committee on Fitness to Practise has imposed sanctions upon the student.

When sanctions have been imposed, the student must also disclose them to the GPhC if they apply to join the register of pharmacists. Sanctions include

  • conditions or undertakings
  • suspension from the course
  • expulsion from the course.

Disclosure and Barring Service check

To ensure students are of good character as part of the GPhC's fitness to practise requirements, you must complete a self-declaration form at interview and then annually, and submit to a criminal records check during the first year of the MPharm course.

You must declare any convictions, cautions or reprimands received at any time before or during your studies, either in this country or in other countries.

The criminal records check is an Enhanced Level search by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). We will assist you in the completion of these forms.

To assess good character, the GPhC Good Character Framework (PDF, 147 KB) is used.

Deferrals

Applications for deferred entry are considered equally to other applications up to the point of confirmation. Deferred entry is granted on the discretion of admissions staff, and is normally granted for one year only. Some English Language test results, such as IELTS or TOEFL, are only valid for two years from the test date.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.  In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved.  We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course. If you are applying through clearing you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.

Course details

Course description

Our five-year Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) with a Foundation Year prepares you for degree-level study if you do not have the right qualifications for direct entry to the four-year course .

The foundation year will help you adapt to the higher education system and is taught at Xaverian College , which is a short walk from the main campus.

You will still be registered with The University of Manchester, with access to all of our facilities and support systems.

Students are accepted from a wide range of educational backgrounds and each application will be considered individually.

Entry to the four-year MPharm course is automatic on satisfactory completion of the foundation year.

Additional course information

Visas for the pharmacy foundation training year

All international/EU and EEA students from who are graduating with an MPharm from a British university must apply for a visa to work in the UK, ie to undertake their foundation training.

Further information about the Graduate Immigration Route visa can be found here .

Teaching and learning

Teaching for the foundation year runs from the middle of September to the end of June, a total of 34 weeks including six weeks for revision and examinations. This is four weeks longer than the standard university year to maximise preparation for degree-level study.

Regular laboratory work reinforces some of the subject material and helps to develop practical skills. Study skills and help with the core content are provided through fortnightly tutorials.

In addition to academic tutorial support, you will be allocated a personal tutor (Academic Advisor) for pastoral support. Tutors will be available for one-to-one meetings and will become well-known to students.

Additional academic support will be provided by our foundation team at Manchester and additional pastoral support will be available from the counselling services at Xaverian College and at the University.

Coursework and assessment

You will be assessed through formal examinations (80%) in January and June, and coursework and tests throughout the year.

The coursework assessment in Biology and Chemistry will be mainly based on laboratory work.

Course unit details

The foundation year is a one-year full-time course following a modular structure. All units on the course are compulsory.

Course units in Chemistry and Biology - both of which feature Mathematics - and a specific unit on Orientation to Pharmacy provides appropriate learning opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds.

The rest of the MPharm degree follows the same structure as the four-year course .

Course content for year 1

You will study the following units during the foundation year:

  • Cells and Foundation Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology
  • Health and Disease
  • 1A Principles of Chemistry
  • 1B Principles of Chemistry
  • 2A Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • 2B Inorganic and Organic Chemistry
  • Orientation to Pharmacy

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
The Medicine (Year 1) PHAR10100 20 Mandatory
The Pharmacist (Year 1) PHAR10200 20 Mandatory
The Patient (Year 1): Introduction to Human Biology PHAR10300 20 Mandatory
The Public (Year 1): Public Health Microbiology PHAR10400 20 Mandatory
Integrated Professional Practice (Part 1) PHAR10500 10 Mandatory
Integrated Professional Practice Part 2 PHAR10600 30 Mandatory

Course content for year 2

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
The Medicine (Year 2) PHAR20100 20 Mandatory
The Pharmacist (Year 2): Law and Professional Practice PHAR20200 20 Mandatory
The Patient (Year 2): Pathology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics 1 PHAR20300 20 Mandatory
The Public (Year 2): Infectious Disease & Prophylaxis/Treatment in Public Health PHAR20400 20 Mandatory
Yr 2 Integrated Prof Practice PHAR20500 10 Mandatory
Year 2 Integrated Professional Practice (Part 2) PHAR20600 30 Mandatory

Course content for year 3

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
The Medicine (Year 3) - Drug Development Process 2 PHAR30100 30 Mandatory
The Pharmacist (Year 3): Developing Professional Practice PHAR30200 30 Mandatory
The Patient (Year 3): Pathology, Pharmacology &Therapeutics 2 PHAR30300 30 Mandatory
Integrated Research Skills: preparation for 4th year projects and evidence-based practice PHAR30400 20 Mandatory
Yr 3 Integrated Prof Practice PHAR30700 0 Mandatory
Healthcare Leadership PHAR30902 10 Mandatory

Course content for year 4

Course units for year 4

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Advanced Pharmaceutical Sciences PHAR40101 30 Mandatory
The Pharmacist (Year 4): Preparation for Professional Practice PHAR40202 30 Mandatory
The Patient (Year 4): Preparing for Clinical Practice PHAR40300 30 Mandatory
Integrated Project (Year 4) PHAR40400 30 Mandatory
Yr 4 Integrated Prof Practice PHAR40600 0 Mandatory

What our students say

The Foundation Year made Year 1 of the MPharm easier by offering a head start in learning and the university experience. We had supportive teachers and a tutor who were not just concerned about our academic achievements. Although we spent a lot of time at Xaverian College, we felt very much part of the University, as regular classes were held there.

Valentine Sibanda

Find out more about what it's like to study at Manchester on the  Biology, Medicine and Health Student Blog .

Facilities

You will have access to the University's facilities for undergraduate students during the foundation year.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office

Careers

Career opportunities

Upon successful completion of the MPharm degree, you will be recognised by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) as entitled to register as a pharmacist after completing one year of pre-registration (professional) training.

Pharmacists are the profession legally responsible for the supply of medicines. Our course has a broad interdisciplinary scientific and clinical base and is flexible enough to meet differing career aspirations, whether in community (high street, local and rural) pharmacies, GPs surgeries, hospitals, industry, government or universities.