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Course overview

Start your pharmacy career at a world top 10 and a UK top 10 university for pharmacy and pharmacology*.

Much of our teaching is case-based. We provide integrated teaching across therapeutic themes or disease states. For each topic, you will look at it from the angle of the drug, the medicine and the patient. You'll gain patient interaction experience through placements in community and hospital pharmacies. You'll also take part in patient workshops. 

You can practise patient consulting and dispensing in our simulated pharmacies. The final year has a module called Pharmacy Leadership and Management. You'll work in teams to run your own simulated pharmacy. The module looks at the commercial, clinical and ethical issues that being a pharmacist involves. Read Bianca's blog about her experience in this module.

* QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020 and Complete University Guide by Subject 2020.

Why choose this course?

  • Option to apply to study at University of Nottingham Malaysia in your second year
  • Apply to do your third-year research project abroad in countries such as Australia, Canada and Singapore
  • Do your own research project working with one of our leading academics
  • Accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.

UK entry requirements
A level offer AAB
Required subjects
  • A level chemistry
  • At least one further science A level from biology, maths or physics
  • A pass in the practical element for science subjects will not be required
  • Critical thinking, citizenship and general studies are not accepted
  • GCSE Maths and English, grade 5 or above are required
IB score 34 with 6,6,5 in three Higher Level subjects including 6 in Higher Level chemistry and 6 or 5 in one of Higher Level maths, biology, or physics.

Interviews

We initially shortlist based on your UCAS application and grades. The next step is an interview. Further information about the interview process is on our website.   

Other requirements

Standards for pharmacy professionals

Pharmacy is one of the registered healthcare professions and carries both privileges and responsibilities. You are expected to conduct yourself professionally at all times. The Standards for Pharmacy Professionals apply to all pharmacy students from the first day of the course to the day of graduation and applies both on and off campus.

The school has fitness to practise procedures in place for pharmacy students and you will be given more information about these when you join the course.

The Standards for Pharmacy Professionals and the requirement for fitness to practise procedures are issued by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). However, you should note that the GPhC is not an adjudicator or appeal body, and will not be able to offer prospective registration advice.

The GPhC is the final decision maker in relation to an individual's eligibility to:

  • enter pharmacist pre-registration training
  • register as a pharmacist

The GPhC reserves the right to set aside a school's fitness to practise decision if there are grounds for doing so when making either of these decisions.

The GPhC has its own requirements for registration as a pharmacist, including making its own health and good character checks. It also has its own fitness to practise procedures for registered pharmacists. The GPhC can refuse to register a student as a pre-reg or pharmacist if a check is failed, even if previous checks have been passed.

As a member of the Pharmacy Schools Council, the school makes use of the Excluded Students Database to identify applicants who have been excluded from a professional degree programme on grounds of fitness to practice. Applications from applicants who appear on the Database will be considered on an individual basis.

Health questionnaire

When you accept your offer, the school will send out a health questionnaire with further instructions before you join us. You do not need to do anything else regarding a health check before this time.

Character checks

UK-based applicants will be asked to complete and return a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) application form. It will be sent to you when you meet your offer with instructions on how to complete it.

Non-UK based applicants will be required to provide us with a Certificate of Good Conduct and Character. This will need to be requested from a formal authority like the police, or the Foreign Affairs Department or equivalent. It should include any information on any criminal convictions that you have, or simply confirm that you don't have any.

We encourage students to discuss any problems or concerns with us as soon as possible so that we can support and advise you appropriately. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of the above, then please contact us

Notes for applicants

We are looking for strong academic qualifications as well as a commitment to a career as a healthcare professional. Your personal statement is your opportunity to make yourself stand out from the crowd. We want to know what interests you about being a healthcare professional so it is worth reflecting on any related reading that you have done, any work experience and/or any extracurricular activities that you do. For additional information regarding writing your personal statement, please see the UCAS website.

Entry to our MPharm is always into year one, with no exceptions.

We do not accept lower grade A levels alongside an incomplete or partial degree.

We welcome applications from candidates who would like to defer entry until the following academic year.

For candidates who are re-sitting a full year, the standard offer will remain as AAB.

Foundation progression options

If you don't meet our entry requirements there is the option to study the science foundation programme. If you successfully pass the year, you can progress to the pharmaceutical sciences courses. There is a course for UK/EU students and one for international students.

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

Teaching methods

  • Lab sessions
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Placements
  • Problem classes

How you will be assessed

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 modules must be passed for progression to the next year and overall final mark and degree classification. Pass marks vary according to the module and can range from a minimum of 40% through to 100%, which is required for the continuing professional development module.

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 worth 40% each.

Assessment methods

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

Contact time and study hours

As a guide, one credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. You will spend around half of your time in lectures, tutorials, workshops, 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 modules may be supported by postgraduate students. 

Study abroad

Students who choose to study abroad are more likely to achieve a first-class degree and earn more on average than students who did not (Gone International: Rising Aspirations report 2016/17).

Benefits of studying abroad

  • Explore a new culture
  • A reduced tuition fee of up to 80% for the time you are abroad
  • Improve your communication skills, confidence and independence

University of Nottingham Malaysia

You can apply to spend your second year or one semester at our Malaysia campus. The modules you'll study will be exactly the same as if you were in the UK. All teaching is in English.

Read Zeliha's blog about her experience studying in Malaysia.

Third-year research project

Complete your third-year research project abroad. Destinations change each year but possible countries include:

  • Australia
  • China
  • Malaysia (University of Nottingham Malaysia)
  • New Zealand 

All teaching is in English. You must achieve a minimum 60% pass rate in semester one of the second year to be considered.

International school exchange

Another option for studying abroad is spending your second semester in third year in countries such as:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Hong Kong
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore

All teaching is in English.

Placements

In each year of the course you will go on professional placements. These could include community pharmacies and hospitals. You'll also go on insight visits that provide interprofessional experiences. The majority of placements are in Nottinghamshire. You may also be allocated to placements in Derbyshire and Leicestershire. All placements are accessible by public transport.

Modules

Core modules

The Fundamentals of Pharmacy

As a pharmacy student this module will teach you all the essential skills you need to start your journey to becoming a pharmacist. This is covered through three main areas:

  • Fundamental concepts in science relating to drugs
  • Medicines design
  • Professional and clinical pharmacy

You will be taught how to handle with accuracy and precision the dispensing of medicines, calculations and laboratory skills.

Future responsibilities of a healthcare professional will be introduced. Such as, protection of the public, ensuring the quality, safety and efficacy of medicines, and being an expert in drugs and medicines.

You will learn the different roles of pharmacists in hospitals, primary care organisations, community pharmacies and the pharmaceutical industry. You will have weekly lectures, practical classes and workshops. There will be group presentations (oral and written) and an exam.

Dyspepsia

This is the first of our ‘Drug, Medicine and Patient’ (DMP) modules focusing on a particular disease in this case, Dyspepsia. You develop an understanding of the states, causes, diseases and associated conditions of the disease and the commonly encountered drugs and medicines used in their treatment. You will also develop key study and learning skills, alongside high level inquiry and critical skills. You will have a combination of lectures, workshops, e-learning packages, case study workshops and community and hospital placements.

Bacterial and Fungal Infections

You will learn to appreciate microbiology and infectious diseases, developing a high level of understanding of some of the key antimicrobial drugs and detailed knowledge of antibiotic prescribing from a pharmacists perspective. You will study a range of bacterial and fungal infections and their common treatments. You will have a combination of lectures, practical sessions, e-learning packages, case studies and directed study.

Professional competencies year one

In each year of the MPharm there is a professional competencies module. All of the competencies are taught in the other core modules.

These are to confirm that key elements of the course have been assessed and passed.

These are zero-credit modules that do not contribute to the marks of students. However, it is a requirement of progression to years 2, 3, 4 and to graduation that these modules are passed with a mark of 100%.

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules may change or be updated over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for the latest information on available modules.

Core modules

Gastrointestinal and Liver Disorders

This module aims to provide you with an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, and the structure and function of the liver with respect to the metabolism of nutrients and drugs. You will develop an understanding of the role of normal GI bacteria, as well as learning about the pathology of major GI diseases, and the drugs used to treat these. You will also find out how these drugs are absorbed by the body, and will be able to identify appropriate types of dosages for specific drugs. You will have a combination of workshops, practical lab classes, e-learning packages, case studies and a hospital placement visit.

Asthma, Allergies and Immune Diseases

Amongst the more common disorders encountered by both community and hospital pharmacists are those affecting the respiratory system such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. This module aims to illustrate molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying these pathological states, how therapeutic intervention is designed to treat these states and how better medicines can be generated for these conditions. Some example topics include the role of inflammatory cells, the regulation of smooth muscle tone and mucus production as well as delivery systems. You will have a combination of lectures, workshops, practical classes and e-learning packages.

Cardiovascular

You will learn to appreciate the causes and systems of cardiovascular diseases and the commonly used drugs to treat them. This module will include patient involvement in teaching and patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder will meet with you to aid your understanding of the condition. On completion of this module you will be able recommend appropriate treatment, patient counselling and lifestyle advice. You will have a combination of lectures, practical laboratory classes, workshops, e-learning packages, direct learning and case studies.

Sexual Health and Pregnancy

This module aims to make you consider not only the medication, therapies and appropriate treatments surrounding conception, contraception, and pregnancy but also the evolutionary drivers of reproduction and sexual attraction and the ethical and moral dilemmas that you as a pharmacist may face. The topics covered include the evolutionary basis of sex and aspects of sexually transmitted diseases, the physiological basis of sexual attraction, conception, contraception and infertility and pregnancy testing and prescribing. You will have a combination of lectures, podcasts, Q&A sessions, presentations, practical lab classes, case study workshops and four formative assessments.

Renal and Endocrine Diseases

This module will provide you with a comprehensive coverage of pharmaceutical-relevant topics relating to renal and endocrine diseases. You will gain an understanding of the biology of renal and endocrine function, the symptoms of renal and endocrine diseases and the chemistry and mechanism of peptide-based drugs such as insulin. On completion of this module you will have a sound understanding of the treatment and management of renal and endocrine diseases. You will have a combination of lectures, laboratory practical classes and case study workshops over the course of this module.

Pain

Pharmacists encounter patients experiencing pain every day. This module provides you with the sufficient background scientific knowledge to be able to understand and describe the clinical use of commonly used analgesics and targets novel analgesics. There is an element of patient involvement via workshop sessions where patients will talk to students in small groups. On completion of this module you will be able to apply scientific knowledge to basic clinical scenarios. You will have a combination of lectures, workshops, e-learning packages and case studies.

Professional competencies year two

In each year of the MPharm there is a professional competencies module. All of the competencies are taught in the other core modules.

These are to confirm that key elements of the course have been assessed and passed.

These are zero-credit modules that do not contribute to the marks of students. However, it is a requirement of progression to years 2, 3, 4 and to graduation that these modules are passed with a mark of 100%.

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules may change or be updated over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for the latest information on available modules.

Core modules

Viral and Parasitic Infections

This module aims to get you thinking about the available treatments for important viral and parasitic diseases. You will get to grips with the basic biology of viruses, protozoan and metazoan parasites and gain an understanding of the pathogens and drugs or vaccinations available for treatment. Some of the topics covered include the benefits of using vaccination, travel medicine, HIV, H5N1 and tropical diseases and the supply, law and ethics surrounding veterinary medicines. You will have lectures, practicals and workshops and case study work.

Cancers

This module addresses issues relevant to the diagnosis and treatment of cancers, and the professional and ethical issues concerning palliative care and the end of life. In particular, you will be encouraged to think of cancers as a diverse group of genetic diseases which pose unique problems in their diagnosis and management. Examples of a small number of cancer types will be used to illustrate key points which have broader relevance to cancer therapy and beyond. You will have a combination of lectures, workshops, practical lab classes and case studies.

Central Nervous System

This module provides an introduction to the basic anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and psychology of the central nervous system. The module aims to develop knowledge of these fundamental principles within the context of relevant weekly themes. The theme-based content will begin with a focus on depression and anxiety.

Students will be provided with a general introduction to the relevant brain anatomy followed by an in depth examination of the system physiology and pharmacology. The depression and anxiety theme will include individual sessions on the limbic system, emotion and mood, and treatment strategies. Ultimately, this will provide the basis for understanding theme based functions and the production of behaviours. Subsequent weekly themes include: pain (including sessions on neuropsychology of pain, the use of anaesthetics, and pain management), movement disorders (including sessions on the anatomy and pharmacology of movement, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and executive function), dementia (including sessions on Alzheimer’s disease, neuropsychological assessment, and memory), sensory disorders (including sessions on the visual and auditory systems and epilepsy), and finally serious mental illness (including sessions on neurotransmission, attention, language, and schizophrenia).

Pharmacy Research Project

You will experience contemporary research methods by engaging you to design a research programme and perform experiments, surveys, or other research activities aimed at solving a specific pharmacy-related or biomedical problem. The practical component of the project will provide an opportunity for you to carry out scientific research, and to relate the outcomes to scientific concepts and knowledge of the field. You will collect, analyse and interpret data, read and collate previous results relevant to your problem, presenting your research as a clear and concise report.

The form of project may vary and it may be based on laboratory work, clinical audit, or patient studies. The module content is defined solely by the scope of the allocated project and the time for completion of the module. Lecturer/Academic supervisors will provide the topic of study and guidance on the project, and you will be expected to plan your own work and develop the theme of the dissertation in your own way, within the limits set by the supervisor.

Optional

If you complete your research project in Nottingham, you will have 20 credits of optional modules to choose from. These can be from subjects outside of pharmacy. Past students have chosen topics such as entrepreneurship, introductory language training, English literature and scientific photography.

Professional competencies year three

In each year of the MPharm there is a professional competencies module. All of the competencies are taught in the other core modules.

These are to confirm that key elements of the course have been assessed and passed.

These are zero-credit modules that do not contribute to the marks of students. However, it is a requirement of progression to years 2, 3, 4 and to graduation that these modules are passed with a mark of 100%.

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules may change or be updated over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for the latest information on available modules.

Core modules

Integrated Pharmaceutical and Patient Care 1 and 2

This module advances the knowledge of disease management and conditions covered previously and introduces new diseases and conditions via case studies. It develops teaching, assessment and presentation skills. Working in small sub-groups, they will teach the rest of their group about their case in small group sessions.

The module takes a patient focused approach to medicine optimisation and follows patients through a number of care pathways. The module will consolidate the principles of management of complex, comorbid patients and patients prescribed multiple medicines to manage coexisting problems, further developing the ability of students to manage these patients. Students will develop their problem solving skills and their abilities in application of therapeutics to these complex patients. Students will develop critical thinking and decision-making, team working, and teaching skills.

The course facilitates independent learning and helps students acquire teaching skills. Presented with patient scenarios, medical records and medication charts/prescriptions, students are expected to critically evaluate, prioritise problems and incorporate clinical evidence into therapeutic recommendations.

Advanced Drug Discovery

You will gain an appreciation of the state of the art in drug discovery by drawing together concepts in chemistry and pharmacology. You will gain an understanding of how advances in quantitative biology, molecular modelling, structural biology, synthetic chemistry and natural product chemistry combine to create new classes of drugs. You will be taught through lectures, workshops, e-learning packages and case studies.

Pharmacy Leadership and Management

This module will see a group of ten students set up, design a management plan, market and run a simulated pharmacy for the whole year. Actors will visit as patients and customers, prescribers, pharmaceutical company representatives and inspectors. You may receive phone calls from doctors, nursing homes and patients and may have to do real out of hours practice. You will have ten lectures throughout the year and one day a week simulations.

Future Medicines

This module looks ahead into your career as a pharmacist and considers the way that major changes in treatment are likely to change over the span of your career. You will gain an appreciation of the research breakthroughs in biology and pharmaceutical sciences that are driving the invention of future medicines. On completion of the module you should be able to assess new scientific breakthroughs in terms of their clinical potential. You will have a combination of lectures, workshops, e-learning packages and two case studies to work through.

Professional competencies year four

In each year of the MPharm there is a professional competencies module. All of the competencies are taught in the other core modules.

These are to confirm that key elements of the course have been assessed and passed.

These are zero-credit modules that do not contribute to the marks of students. However, it is a requirement of progression to years 2, 3, 4 and to graduation that these modules are passed with a mark of 100%.

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules may change or be updated over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for the latest information on available modules.

PharmSoc is the student-run society for students in the School of Pharmacy. They organise academic and social events such as career talks, pizza and quiz nights, and the popular PharmSoc Ball.

Fees and funding

UK students

£9,250
Per year

International students

Confirmed August 2020*
Keep checking back for more information
*For full details including fees for part-time students and reduced fees during your time studying abroad or on placement (where applicable), see our fees page.

EU tuition fees and funding options for courses starting in 2021/22 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. For further guidance, check our Brexit information for future students.

Additional costs

As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses, including a DBS check. See a full list of additional costs for this course. If you study abroad, you will need to consider the costs of travel and living expenses in the country that you choose.

You should be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £1,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.

* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.

International/EU students

We offer a range of Undergraduate Excellence Awards for high-achieving international and EU scholars from countries around the world, who can put their Nottingham degree to great use in their careers. This includes our European Union Undergraduate Excellence Award for EU students and our UK International Undergraduate Excellence Award for international students based in the UK.

These scholarships cover a contribution towards tuition fees in the first year of your course. Candidates must apply for an undergraduate degree course and receive an offer before applying for scholarships. Check the links above for full scholarship details, application deadlines and how to apply.

Careers

Pre-registration 

If you want to become a fully qualified pharmacist you will have to complete a pre-registration year. At the end of the year, you'll sit the General Pharmaceutical Council’s exam to become a qualified pharmacist.

We have a pre-registration fair every year which is attended by potential employers from all sectors. Support is provided by both the school and the Careers and Employability Service to help you secure a pre-registration place.

We also have the MPharm Pharmacy (with Integrated Pre registration Scheme) course. This is the same as the MPharm course but includes the pre-registration year.

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

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

100% of undergraduates from the School of Pharmacy secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £20,000 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £26,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates who were available for employment, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment 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).

General Pharmaceutical Council

This course is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). This means that you can apply for registration with them once you've completed your degree and pre-registration training

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

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Disclaimer

This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.