MPharm Pharmacy

Year of entry: 2023

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
Available as a free choice unit? No


Population Health and Preparation for Practice

  • Science and population health
  • Health economics
  • Patient safety

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
PHAR10100 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
PHAR10200 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
PHAR10300 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
PHAR10400 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
PHAR20100 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
PHAR20200 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
PHAR20300 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
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.
  • Coursework: critical incident executive summary and presentation – 20%.

Feedback methods

Feedback on coursework 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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