MPharm students practicing their skills in the simulated pharmacy. One student is acting as the pharmacist, while another is role playing as a customer

Pharmacy with Integrated Foundation Training MPharm

University Park Campus, Nottingham, UK

Course overview

Start your pharmacy career with a world top 10 school*. Our teaching, learning materials and student support backs this incredible ranking.

This course integrates a 12-month Foundation Training placement into year five. You will be matched with quality placement experiences to suit your aspirations. After successfully completing 39 weeks (of your 52 week training) you will be eligible to sit the GPhC Registration Assessment. Once you've graduated and passed the GPhC's Registration Assessment you will be able to apply to the GPhC to become a fully registered pharmacist.

Once you've graduated the GPhC will asses all your degree, training and fitness to practice before entering the world as a pharmacist.*

Current students have co-designed our teaching to shape the future of your lessons. We integrate professional practice, drug prescribing and patient skills across therapeutic themes.

Learn how to assess, speak to and treat a patient (with actors). Role-play how to speak to different professionals in our very own Professional Development Suite.

Gain clinical interaction experience through placements in the community, GP and hospital pharmacies. You will develop your skills to advise patients and healthcare professionals on the safe and effective use of medicines.

 

Indicative modules

Mandatory

Year 1

Digestive System

Mandatory

Year 1

Fundamentals of Pharmacy

Mandatory

Year 1

Human Life Cycle

Mandatory

Year 2

Autoimmune Disease

Mandatory

Year 2

Cardiovascular

Mandatory

Year 2

Dermatology

Mandatory

Year 2

Endocrine

Mandatory

Year 2

Infections 1

Mandatory

Year 2

Infections 2

Mandatory

Year 2

Renal

Mandatory

Year 2

Respiratory

Mandatory

Year 3

Cancers

Mandatory

Year 3

Central Nervous System (CNS)

Mandatory

Year 3

Pain

Mandatory

Year 3

Pharmaceutical Care and Prescribing (PCAP)

Mandatory

Year 3

Pharmacy Research Project

Mandatory

Year 4

Advancing Therapies, Practice and Care 1

Mandatory

Year 4

Advancing Therapies, Practice and Care 2

Mandatory

Year 5

Foundation Training Placement

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About modules

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer, but is not intended to be construed or relied on as a definitive list of what might be available in any given year. This content was last updated on Thursday 13 June 2024.

The course is structured into defined teaching blocks with a core theme of drug - medicine - patient. Each teaching block integrates key topics, including chemistry, pharmaceutics, biology and physiology, pharmacology, professionalism and leadership and pharmacy practice.

You will experience and interactively engage in a progressive spiral curriculum that combines the science with the professional and clinical skills to progressively attain detailed understanding and to shape your role as a highly trained healthcare professional and an expert on the safe and effective use of medicines.

Your teaching and learning experience will integrate you, working as an individual, small group and team working and a range of teaching formats, including experiential learning to consolidate your understanding.

Teaching methods

  • Lab sessions
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Placements
  • Problem classes
  • Case studies
  • Problem based learning

You will be given a copy of our marking criteria which provides guidance on how your work is assessed. Your work will be marked in a timely manner and you will receive regular feedback. All teaching blocks must be passed for progression to the next year and overall final mark and degree classification.

Pass marks vary according to the teaching block and can range from a minimum of 40% through to 100%, which is required for the continuing professional development teaching blocks.

Your final degree classification will be based on marks gained for your second and subsequent years of study. Year two is worth 20% with years three and four/five worth 40% each.

Assessment methods

  • Coursework
  • Group project
  • Lab reports
  • Oral exam
  • Poster presentation
  • Research project
  • Written exam

As a guide, one credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. You will spend around half of your time in lectures, tutorials, workshops, case-studies, practical classes and placements. The remaining time will be completed as independent study.

Tutorial sessions are built into the timetable and there are several group and individual meetings timetabled throughout the year. You can also arrange additional meetings with your tutor.

Core modules are typically delivered by professors, assistant and associate professors or teaching practitioners (practising pharmacists who also teach). Some practical skills teaching blocks may be supported by postgraduate students.

Being a professional pharmacist

You could work as a pharmacist in the community, at a GP surgery or in a hospital. On the course, you'll experience the different types of pharmacy work so you can see what you enjoy the most.

Industrial pharmacy

If you are interested in the research and development of new drugs, you may consider industrial pharmacy. Industrial pharmacists work with scientists in other areas to discover safe and effective drugs.

Other roles

Your skills can be used in roles such as:

  • pharmacy research
  • veterinary pharmacy
  • regulatory pharmacy
  • drug discovery
  • medicines manufacture

Other opportunities to boost your employability 

The Nottingham Advantage Award is our free scheme to boost your employability. There are over 200 extracurricular activities to choose from.

Average starting salary and career progression

94.30% of undergraduates from the School of Pharmacy secured employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary for these graduates was £32,808.

HESA Graduate Outcomes (2017-2021 cohorts). The Graduate Outcomes % is calculated using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.

Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.

Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2020, High Fliers Research).

University undergraduate student Cole Pearce studying in Nightingale Hall accommodation's library, University Park. November 5th 2021.

The School of Pharmacy has excellent connections to the industry, which helped me secure a summer placement with Boots.

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MPharm Pharmacy

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Open Day June 2022