MPharm Pharmacy with a Foundation Year

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
The Pharmacist (Year 4): Preparation for Professional Practice

Course unit fact file
Unit code PHAR40202
Credit rating 30
Unit level Level 4
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Pharmacy
Available as a free choice unit? No


Population Health and Preparation for Practice

  • Science and population health
  • Health economics
  • Ethics and justice in rationing Social Pharmacy
  • Professional Influences Professional skills, Policy and Law update



Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
The Medicine (Year 3) - Drug Development Process 2 PHAR30100 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
The Patient (Year 3): Pathology, Pharmacology &Therapeutics 2 PHAR30300 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Integrated Research Skills: preparation for 4th year projects and evidence-based practice PHAR30400 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
The Medicine (Year 1) PHAR10100 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
The Pharmacist (Year 1) PHAR10200 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
The Patient (Year 1): Introduction to Human Biology PHAR10300 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
The Public (Year 1): Public Health Microbiology PHAR10400 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
The Medicine (Year 2) PHAR20100 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
The Pharmacist (Year 2): Law and Professional Practice PHAR20200 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
The Patient (Year 2): Pathology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics 1 PHAR20300 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
The Public (Year 2): Infectious Disease & Prophylaxis/Treatment in Public Health PHAR20400 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
The Pharmacist (Year 3): Developing Professional Practice PHAR30200 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


This unit aims to prepare students for their future professional practice by taking a holistic view of the pharmacist’s contribution to safe and effective patient care with a focus on social, economic and population perspectives as well as reviewing the external influences on professional practice. The unit will provide:

  • An insight into the sociological issues of relevance to the practice of pharmacy
  • An awareness of external factors influencing and governing safe pharmacy practice
  • An introduction to the knowledge and skills for economic evaluation of medicines and health care
  • An understanding of patient safety theory and practice
  • An appreciation of the practicalities of the delivery of core pharmacy services
  • An overview of primary care pharmacy practice and the use of prescribing data

To help preparation for preregistration, the unit will also provide students with:

  • An update on any important changes to the law since year 2
  • A recap on professional skills since year 2
  • An update on any important changes to healthcare policy and practice since year 3


Assessment methods

  • Closed book written examination – 80%
  • OSPE examination (jointly with ‘The Patient’) – pass/fail


  • Critical incident executive summary and presentation– 20%*



Feedback methods

Feedback on assignments and on formative OSCE.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 18
Practical classes & workshops 21.5
Tutorials 22
Independent study hours
Independent study 238.5

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Jason Hall Unit coordinator
Penny Lewis Unit coordinator

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