MPharm Pharmacy

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Key facts

  • UCAS Code: B230
  • Accreditation: General Pharmaceutical Council

  • 1st in the UK for Pharmacology & Pharmacy (Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023) / 3rd for Pharmacology & Pharmacy (Complete University Guide 2024)

  • Work placement: hospital & community placements, optional summer research projects

Study with us

  • combine fundamental science with practical experience of working with patients and health professionals in community and hospital placements from the outset
  • benefit from our strong links with the pharmaceutical industry sectors and Schools of Pharmacy internationally
  • learn from professional pharmacy practitioners
  • accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council
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Why this course?

Studying an MPharm Degree in Pharmacy at Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences, you'll be learning at an internationally-renowned academic organisation. We're the only institution to have won the Times Higher Education University of the Year award twice (2012/2019).

Pharmacists are experts in medicines who work alongside doctors, nurses and dentists as part of healthcare teams.

As a pharmacy graduate, you’ll need to understand the science behind drug discovery, development and delivery along with how patients react to the medicines they take. You’ll also have to understand individual patient care and public health issues to deliver the best health and pharmaceutical care.

Our pharmacy degree combines science and pharmacy from the start. Our aim is to provide you with the skills and knowledge to be a medicines expert and to choose from the full range of pharmacy careers.

It's delivered by the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences in Glasgow, Scotland. The Institute has strong links with the community, hospital and pharmaceutical industry sectors along with schools of pharmacy internationally.

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Watch our video below to find out why Kafia chose to study the MPharm Pharmacy and about employment opportunities the course offers.

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What you’ll study

The MPharm undergraduate degree is an integrated Masters programme. Students studying the course will normally enter into Year 2 of the MPharm. As the course leads to a masters qualification, the workload is higher than that of a BSc Honours degree.

Year 2

Focus is on the normal function of the body and how this is maintained. You'll study how nutrients and medicines are used by the body. Topics such as the sale and supply of over-the-counter medicines are introduced.

Year 3

You'll gain an understanding of the management of patients with common illnesses such as cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, exploring how these occur and how medicines can be used in their treatment. You'll also learn about how medicines are formulated and compounded for use and how they interact with the body.

Year 4

Topics include the management of patients with cancer, mental health issues and inflammatory conditions.  You’ll also explore the importance of new medicines; better medicines and better use of medicines and how this impacts on patient care.  You will study how safety, efficacy, quality and economics are important in how medicines are used to treat people.

Year 5

In your final year, you’ll focus on recent advances in treatment and the role of the pharmacist as a prescriber. You will study patient groups that have fewer guidelines and where evidence based approaches need to be taken. You'll apply the research skills developed throughout the programme in an independent project.

Experiential learning

You will have experiential learning in hospital community and primary care setting across all of Scotland in all years of the programme

Facilities

Our high-quality, dedicated facilities include a dispensary with consulting area, clean room facility and pharmaceutical processing and analysis suites. You will have first-hand experience of the full range of professional activities in a modern training environment.

You can progress to postgraduate study. This includes the opportunity to study within the Centre for Continuous Manufacturing & Crystallisation.

Accreditation

Accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council in order to progress to pharmacist pre-registration training and then to register as a pharmacist.

Further information about Pharmacy and Pharmacy Careers can be found at the Pharmacy Schools Council website.

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Course content

The MPharm degree is an integrated, full-time five-year undergraduate programme.

Normally suitably qualified students will be admitted directly into year 2. Entry into year 1 of the programme is available but is not the standard route.

Semesters 1 & 2

Being a Pharmacist 1 (40 credits)

This module complements elements of your other modules by using a series of laboratories, simulations and experiential learning to allow you to show and do what you've learned. It'll also cover the behaviours and attitudes expected of a pharmacist as a healthcare professional, including continuing personal and professional development across all Year 3 modules. The importance of knowledge of renal and hepatic function on the sale of OTC medicines and the legal and professional role of the pharmacist in this area will be explored.

Semester 1

Normal Function of the Gastrointestinal Tract (20 credits)

This module looks at the normal function of the gastrointestinal tract. It also introduces the pharmacist’s role in the management of minor ailments related to this system. This is the first MPharm module and it provides an introduction to all topics and areas of study that you’ll build upon throughout the programme.

Normal Function of the Cardiovascular & Respiratory Systems (20 credits)

You'll learn about the normal function of both respiratory and cardiovascular systems and the pharmacist’s role in the management of minor ailments related to these systems. It adds to the knowledge learned in Normal Function of the Gastrointestinal Tract and introduces principles related to distribution around the body.

Semester 2

Normal Function of the Nervous & Endocrine Systems (20 credits)

This module looks at the normal function of both nervous and endocrine systems and the pharmacist’s role in the management of minor ailments related to these systems. It builds on material introduced in the Normal Function of the Gastrointestinal Tract & Normal Function of the Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems where the principles of autonomic control (such as smooth muscle, and cardiac) were covered.

Normal Function of the Hepatic & Renal Systems (20 credits)

Following the drug absorption and distribution processes described in other modules, content here will focus on the hepatic and renal systems and their role in drug metabolism and excretion, which will then be further expanded across all Year 3 modules. The importance of knowledge of renal and hepatic function on the sale of OTC medicines and the legal and professional role of the pharmacist in this area will be explored.

Semesters 1 & 2

Being a Pharmacist 2 (40 credits)

This module complements elements of your other modules this year using a series of laboratories, simulations and experiential learning to allow you to show and do what you've learned. It'll also cover the behaviours and attitudes expected of a pharmacist as a healthcare professional, including continuing personal and professional development.

Semester 1

Management of Infection & Infectious Diseases (20 credits)

In this module, you'll learn about the scientific and clinical principles of identification and management of infection and infectious diseases. When you complete the class, you'll have a sound understanding of the immune system and its response to infection, causes of infection and infectious diseases (bacterial, fungal and viral), and how to treat infection and infectious diseases. You'll appreciate the problems encountered when administering anti-infective agents and understand how anti-microbial agents are developed, manufactured and used.

Management of Gastrointestinal & Endocrine Conditions (20 credits)

You'll learn the pathophysiology and treatment of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and endocrine system. This will cover the pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, formulation and pharmacokinetics of drugs used to treat these conditions. It will build on concepts introduced in Management of Infection and Infectious Diseases related to the methods used to prevent, diagnose, monitor, manage and provide pharmaceutical care to patients with these disease states.

Semester 2

Management of Cardiovascular Conditions (20 credits)

This module complements elements of your other modules this year using a series of laboratories, simulations and experiential learning to allow you to show and do what you've learned. It'll also cover the behaviours and attitudes expected of a pharmacist as a healthcare professional, including continuing personal and professional development.

Management of Respiratory & Inflammatory Conditions (20 credits)

You'll learn the pathophysiology and treatment of diseases of the respiratory system and inflammatory conditions. This will build on concepts in pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, formulation and pharmacokinetics of drugs introduced in Management of Infection & Infectious Diseases, Management of GI & Endocrine conditions and Management of Cardiovascular conditions. It'll also develop your understanding of the methods used to prevent, diagnose, monitor, manage and provide pharmaceutical care to patients.

Semesters 1 & 2

Being a Pharmacist 3 (40 credits)

Laboratory workshop sessions include using your knowledge of physiology, pharmacology, microbiology, medicinal chemistry, formulation, quality control of the medicines and community, hospital and primacy care pharmacy to the management of patients.

You'll demonstrate ‘show how’ and ‘does’ skills and expertise in the professional aspects of pharmacy. The examples will be primarily referenced to malignancy and inflammatory disease; management of CNS conditions; and management of co-morbidities but will also relate to knowledge from modules in year 2 and 3 of the MPharm. Laboratory workshop sessions will equip you with expertise in application of your knowledge to the delivery of pharmaceutical care to patients with these diseases.

Semester 1

Management of Malignancy (20 credits)

You'll learn the pathophysiology that leads to malignancy. It will cover the molecular basis, pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, formulation and pharmacokinetics of drugs used to treat cancers and introduce the methods used to diagnose, monitor and manage cancer patients. You'll gain knowledge in developing a pharmaceutical care plan for effective management of cancer patients, based on legislation and national guidelines. Additionally, you'll understand the professional role of a pharmacist in managing patients with malignancy.

Management of Central Nervous System Conditions (20 credits)

In Year 2 you were introduced to the function of the Central Nervous System (CNS) and Peripheral Nervous System (PNS) under Normal Function of the Nervous and Endocrine Systems. You learned how this integrates with the normal physiological function of the rest of the body. In this module, you'll learn about the pathophysiological conditions associated with the CNS. This'll build on Year 3 & 4 modules where aspects of normal CNS & PNS function including pain, nausea and vomiting contribute to disease symptoms and management.

Using exemplars from medicines used to treat these conditions, you'll study the quality control and quality assurance methods used to ensure that medicines are safe, effective and of good quality

New Medicines, Better Medicines, Better Use of Medicines (20 credits)

This module builds on the principles of clinical pharmacology, pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry and professional practice that were introduced then applied during years 2 – 4. It focuses on how new drugs are identified, formulated, tested and monitored during the development process and how evidence is generated and used to inform clinical practice through the development of guidelines.

Semester 2

Management of Inflammatory Conditions (20 credits)

Having been introduced to the function of the inflammatory system in modules in Year 2 & 3, and how this integrates with the normal physiological function of the rest of the body, you'll learn about the pathophysiological conditions associated with inflammation. This will build on Year 3 & 4 modules where aspects of normal inflammatory function, including response to infection and asthma, contribute to disease symptoms and management.

Using exemplars from medicines used to treat these inflammatory conditions, you'll learn about the quality control and quality assurance methods used to ensure that medicines are safe, effective and of good quality. You'll gain knowledge in developing a pharmaceutical care plan for effective disease management based on legislation and national guidelines. In addition, you'll gain an understanding of the professional role of a pharmacist in managing patients with inflammatory conditions and how this links with the Chronic Medication Service.

Semesters 1 & 2

Advanced Clinical Practice (40 credits)

This module will build on the knowledge that you'll have gained in previous modules on the management of patients with single system diseases. You'll further learn about the additional challenges of managing patients with diseases of more than one system, the long-term effects of chronic disease and other clinical or demographic characteristics that influence which drugs can be used, how they're formulated and how they're administered. You will also apply the principles of patient management from the modules in Years 2, 3 and 4.

Being a Pharmacist 4 (40 credits)

This module will demonstrate a critical understanding of disease management and care planning. It will show how to apply integrated knowledge of the assessment of patients’ needs for pharmaceutical care; the ideas and approaches of compliance and concordance in health care provision applies to medicines-taking. Also it will demonstrate critical understanding and application of the duty of care to the patient and the wider public.

Research Project (40 credits)

You're allocated an individual project aim (based, on your preference, if possible) which may be part of a common theme with of up to five other supervised students.

Project topics are associated with the research interests of the School of Pharmacy relating to our theme of 'new medicines; better medicines; better use of medicines'.

Projects can be either laboratory-based or non-laboratory based as appropriate to the project.

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Learning & teaching

Teaching methods on our pharmacy degree include:

  • lectures
  • laboratory classes
  • workshops
  • community and hospital-based experiential learning

These provide and consolidate the knowledge and understanding required of a medicines expert.

You’ll use a wide range of modern software as part of computer-aided learning. This includes formative multiple-choice questions (MCQs) and sophisticated simulations which have been developed by the University over the years.

Working Pharmacists (Teacher-Practitioners) also contribute to the course, ensuring sound practical, as well as theoretical, training in the most appropriate use of medicines. You may also have the opportunity to carry out summer research projects.

Interprofessional learning with other healthcare undergraduates such as medical and dental students will further develop your communication, patient-centred and team-working skills.

Assessment

Methods of assessment vary according to the subject and skills being taught and include formal written exams, multiple-choice questionnaires, oral presentations, dissertations, project reports and practical tests.

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Entry requirements

Required subjects are shown in brackets.

Highers / Advanced Highers

Standard entry requirements*:

AAAB at Higher (Chemistry A, Biology A, Maths B, English B)

AND

BB at Advanced Higher (Chemistry B and/or Biology; Physics and Maths can be considered as an alternative to one).

Two Advanced Highers are required for Year 2 entry, which is the normal entry point.

For information on Standard entry requirements for 2025 entry, please see the additional information below.

Minimum entry requirements**:

1st sitting: standard entry is for year 2 from S6 only. Exceptions will be considered at AABBC for year 1 entry (including Chemistry, Biology, Maths and English)

2nd sitting: Higher AABC (Chemistry, Biology, Maths and English); plus Advanced Higher in Chemistry and Biology BC in any order; Physics or Maths considered as an alternative to one)

A Levels

Standard entry requirements*:

Year 2 entry: AAB

(Chemistry, Biology and an additional subject, with Maths or Physics preferred. GCSE Maths 6/B (if not taken to A Level), GCSE English Language 6/B. A pass in the A Level Chemistry practical is required, where offered).

International Baccalaureate

Standard entry requirements*:

Year 2 entry: 34

(Chemistry HL6, Biology HL6, another subject at HL6 (Maths SL6, English SL6, required if not studied at HL) included in overall total of not less than 34 at first attempt)

HNC/HND

Not generally considered on its own, please contact the department for further information.

International students

View the entry requirements for your country.

Deferred entry

Not accepted

Additional information

  • all offers are subject to criminal record and other relevant checks
  • applicants must be registered with the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme or other national equivalent
  • Pharmacy students are subject to Fitness to Practise procedures

Please note that applicants must complete situational judgement tests within an interview. Interviews will be online and held before the end of May 2024.

For all applicants applying with Highers/Advanced Highers for 2025 entry:

  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) or Geography or Modern Studies or History will be considered in place of English

Changes to standard entry requirements for Highers/Advanced Highers 2025 entry:

  • the required two Advanced Highers must include Chemistry B and either Biology B or Physics B or Maths B

*Standard entry requirements

Offers are made in accordance with specified entry requirements although admission to undergraduate programmes is considered on a competitive basis and entry requirements stated are normally the minimum level required for entry.

Whilst offers are made primarily on the basis of an applicant meeting or exceeding the stated entry criteria, admission to the University is granted on the basis of merit, and the potential to succeed. As such, a range of information is considered in determining suitability.

In exceptional cases, where an applicant does not meet the competitive entry standard, evidence may be sought in the personal statement or reference to account for performance which was affected by exceptional circumstances, and which in the view of the judgement of the selector would give confidence that the applicant is capable of completing the programme of study successfully.

**Minimum entry requirements

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Europe & worldwide qualifications

English language requirements

Candidates should possess one of the following in English Language:

  • SPM/119 - min grade C4
  • GCSE (Grade A or B)
  • Academic IELTS - 6.5 overall, no individual band score less than 6.0 (scores should have been obtained within the last two years)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English - Grade A
  • Cambridge Certificate in Proficiency in English - Grade A or B
International Baccalaureate

36 (Chemistry HL7, Biology HL6, another HL subject HL6 (Maths SL6, English SL6, required if not studied at HL) – included in overall total of not less than 36 at first attempt; IELTS 6.5 may also be required).

IMU/Malaysia

One of the following with chemistry and any other two from physics, biology, or maths:

  • A-lev/STPM: A, A, B+

Canadian Pre-university (CPM)

A minimum of 85% in six subjects (not less than 90% in maths, chemistry and biology preferred).

Other qualifications: Applicants with other qualifications should submit their enquiry to: MPharm@strath.ac.uk

Additional information

Entry to the MPharm degree is highly competitive, hence applicants are expected to obtain at least the required qualifications at the first attempt. School reports will be taken into account. Personal statements should be clear and also help to explain the educational history of a student, especially if this is interrupted or non-standard. However, if an applicant for an allied subject such as medicine feels the need to dedicate their personal statement towards that subject, this will not disadvantage them.

The MPharm is an integrated masters programme. Such degrees usually take five years to complete. The structure of the new MPharm for the majority of applicants begins in Year 2 and is completed in Year 5 making this a four-year course. If you hold or are sitting Advanced Highers including Chemistry or Biology and have obtained the required Highers, the offer will typically be for Year 2 entry. Where a school does not offer Advanced Higher Chemistry and/or Biology applicants may be given an offer for Year 1 entry.

Find out more about our admissions policy and terms.

Contextual Admissions for Widening Access

We want to increase opportunities for people from every background.

Strathclyde selects our students based on merit, potential, and the ability to benefit from the education we offer. We look for more than just your grades. We consider the circumstances of your education and will make lower offers to certain applicants as a result.

Find out if you can benefit from this type of offer.

University preparation programme for international students

We offer international students (non-UK/Ireland) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for an undergraduate degree at Strathclyde the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation Programme in Business and Social Sciences at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre. ​

Upon successful completion, you can progress to your chosen degree at the University of Strathclyde.

International students

We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 140 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.

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Fees & funding

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Fees may be subject to updates to maintain accuracy. Tuition fees will be notified in your offer letter.

All fees are in £ sterling, unless otherwise stated, and may be subject to revision.

Annual revision of fees

Students on programmes of study of more than one year should be aware that tuition fees are revised annually and may increase in subsequent years of study. Annual increases will generally reflect UK inflation rates and increases to programme delivery costs.

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Scotland
  • 2024/25: TBC
  • 2023/24: £1,820

Fees for students who meet the relevant residence requirements in Scotland are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Funding Council. Scottish undergraduate students undertaking an exchange for a semester/year will continue to pay their normal tuition fees at Strathclyde and will not be charged fees by the overseas institution.

England, Wales & Northern Ireland

£9,250

Assuming no change in fees policy over the period, the total amount payable by undergraduate students will be capped. For students commencing study in 2024/25, this is capped at £27,750 (with the exception of the MPharm and integrated Masters programmes), MPharm students pay £9,250 for each of the four years. Students studying on integrated Masters degree programmes pay an additional £9,250 for the Masters year with the exception of those undertaking a full-year industrial placement where a separate placement fee will apply.

International

£27,750

Year 1 only - £25,250

Additional costs
  • lab coats and safety goggles (approximately £25)
  • PVG scheme (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) membership (£59)
  • BNF (British National Formulary) (approximately £45)
  • final year binding of thesis (£10)

International students may have associated visa and immigration costs. Please see student visa guidance for more information.

University preparation programme fees

International students can find out more about the costs and payments of studying a university preparation programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.

Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

Please note: All fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

How can I fund my studies?

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Students from Scotland

Fees for students who meet the relevant residence requirements in Scotland, you may be able to apply to the Student Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Scottish students may also be eligible for a bursary and loan to help cover living costs while at University.

For more information on funding your studies have a look at our University Funding page.

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Students from England, Wales & Northern Ireland

We have a generous package of bursaries on offer for students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales:

You don’t need to make a separate application for these. When your place is confirmed at Strathclyde, we’ll assess your eligibility. Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

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International Students

We have a number of scholarships available to international students. Take a look at our scholarship search to find out more.

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Careers

To become a pharmacist in the UK, you need an MPharm degree which has been accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), followed by a pre-registration year (after graduation) in a hospital or community practice. At the end of this, you must pass the GPhC registration assessment.

However, please note that obtaining an MPharm from the University of Strathclyde does not guarantee a pre-registration position.

Once registered with the GPhC, pharmacy graduates enjoy good employment prospects with attractive starting salaries. The majority are employed in either community or hospital pharmacies.

MPharm graduates may also follow careers in research and manufacturing in the pharmaceutical industry.

There are also opportunities for postgraduate study including the University’s doctoral training centre within the Centre for Continuous Manufacturing & Crystallisation.

Other graduates may also pursue a career in medical writing, clinical drug trials, or medical sales while some pursue research and academic careers to educate and inspire the next generation of pharmacists.

Visit Royal Pharmaceutical Society for further information on pharmacy careers.

How much will I earn?

Newly qualified, NHS hospital pharmacists start on Band 5, earning around £28,407 a year. Experienced pharmacists on Band 6 and earn around £35,392 a year.

Pharmacists in management positions on Band 8 can earn £50,952 to start with, and could earn up to a max of £96,376 a year.

Salaries in community pharmacies will be similar but if you work for a large chain, you may also be able to earn bonuses.*

*Information taken from NHS pay scales 23/24.

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Start date: Sep 2024

Pharmacy (1 year entry)

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Start date: Sep 2024

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Start date: Sep 2024

Pharmacy (2 year entry)

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Start date: Sep 2024

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Contact us

Carol Barnett

Telephone: +44 (0)141 548 2863

Email: MPharm@strath.ac.uk

Ahmad Alkhafili, MPharm student

Ahmad Alkhafili

The University of Strathclyde is a diverse and accommodating place. The university facilities are very modern and great for learning. The buildings are such a combination of modern and old architecture altogether. The professors and staff here really care about the student experience.
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