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MPharm Pharmacy / Application and selection
Year of entry: 2022
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Advice to applicants
"Pharmacy offers so many opportunities to get to know others through social events and academic support groups.
"This means you never feel alone."Maeve Sparks / Year 2 student
Please refer to the application process page for further information on:
- how to apply
- how your application is considered
- advice to applicants
- personal statement guidance
- interview requirements
- after the interview.
Please note that all applications are considered for first-year entry only onto the MPharm course.
Previous guidance regarding mandatory vaccination for Covid for courses with a clinical or healthcare placement has been paused, in line with government advice. However both NHS England and NHS Improvement view getting vaccinated for healthcare staff and students as a professional duty. We therefore continue to highly recommend all students on this course to take up their COVID-19 vaccinations as soon as they are eligible.
Interviews are part of the selection process. Please refer to the application process page for more information.
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 the MPharm 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 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 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.All international applicants will need to provide a Certificate of Good Conduct from their home country at the point their application status is UF.
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) Standards for Pharmacy Professionals 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 Standards for Pharmacy Professionals 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. A student's fitness to practise, before or during their period of study as a student, may impair their eligibility to register and to practise as a Pharmacist. For further information, please read the guidance on the GPhC website .
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:
- Guidance and procedure for applicants to the Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) Programme (Word, 73KB)
- Medical Fitness Assessment Procedure (Word, 59KB).
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 professional conduct 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.
Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications
If you have applied via UCAS previously, any subsequent application should provide updated information on your suitability for the course. We reserve the right to draw on any information from previous applications.
If you have already achieved your A-level grades, you must have obtained a minimum of ABB in three suitable subjects including Chemistry, and either Biology or Mathematics.
Transfer requests are not accepted as such. All applications must be directed through UCAS and applicants must satisfy our specific entry requirements, ie a minimum of ABB in three suitable A-level subjects including Chemistry and either Biology or Mathematics (or equivalent qualifications). We do not accept insufficient A-level grades alongside one or two years on an alternative degree course.
All applications are considered for first-year entry only onto the MPharm course.