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MPharm Pharmacy / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

Course description

SimMan 3G patient simulator
Use the SimMan 3G patient simulator to learn how to take key health data and inject medicines.

Our four-year Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) course will give you the knowledge and practical skills you need to enter the pharmacy profession.

We integrate science and practice throughout the course, giving you the unique opportunity to learn from community and hospital pharmacists in each year of your studies.

You will become familiar with the professional aspects of pharmacy, as well as learn how to communicate effectively with patients and other healthcare professionals and develop the skills you need to adapt to any changes that may occur during your career.

Our MPharm degree is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). Upon successful completion of the course, you will need to undertake a foundation training year, take the GPhC's common registration assessment and meet fitness to practise requirements before becoming a fully-fledged pharmacist.

Additional course information

Visas for the pharmacy foundation training year

All international/EU and EEA students 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 year. 

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

Teaching and learning

You will benefit from a variety of teaching and learning activities throughout our MPharm course, including lectures, tutorials, practical classes, computer and team-based learning sessions, and research projects.

You will also go on placements as part of the course. Find out more about these and the other ways you will learn on the Teaching and learning page .

Coursework and assessment

Your knowledge will be assessed through a variety of methods, including practical reports and examinations, group work, peer assessment, oral presentations, and examinations.

End of semester examinations include essay-type questions, short answers, multiple choice questions and web-based assessments.

Report writing skills are assessed throughout the course, and your practical skills are continuously assessed during practical classes and practical examinations.

The final degree mark is based on the results of examinations in all four years of the course, as well as the Year 4 project.

Course unit details

You will take course units covering five key areas throughout the four-year MPharm course:

  • The Medicine
  • The Pharmacist
  • The Patient
  • The Public
  • Integrated Professional Practice.

The content of the first three years of the course is common to all students, with opportunity for specialisation in the fourth year, which includes a master's level research project.

You will also spend time in pharmacy departments and on wards in one of three local NHS Trusts in each year.

In addition, throughout the course you will have the opportunity to attend organised placements in community pharmacies, GP surgeries and industry.

Course content for year 1

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
Communication Skills for Pharmacy PHAR10010 0 Mandatory
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 guidance and support I received helped me towards my dream of becoming a pharmacist in Canada. My time in Manchester was an amazing adventure.

Eric Huynh

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

Facilities

Pharmacy facilities
Study in state-of-the-art modern facilities, including specialised aseptic laboratories and communication studios.

You will learn in a range of pharmacy facilities throughout the course.

You will also have access to the University's other facilities for undergraduate students .

Disability support

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