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Our MPharm has a global reputation for exceptional, innovative teaching, backed by world-class research. We’re currently ranked 1st for research output in the UK (REF 2014) and we’ve regularly featured in the top 5 of major university league tables thanks to the quality of our degree programme.

This degree focuses on practical experience, both in the lab and in the dispensary. We give you the opportunity to attend placements from the very start of your degree, encourage you to build a professional portfolio during the course and provide extensive professional skills training.

We pride ourselves on our innovative, contemporary teaching methods and our students really recognise the benefits; we’ve been top of the National Student Survey for Pharmacy six times in the last nine years and our graduates’ registration success rates are extremely high.

Overview

UEA’s School of Pharmacy has always been forward-thinking in its approach, conducting cutting-edge research and promoting innovative teaching methods.

We were the first Pharmacy course in the UK to:

  • Provide our students with significant professional experience, by including first year placements and portfolio assessments.
  • Give students a more practical and broad-based experience, through Problem-based learning and Interprofessional learning.
  • Offer strong support to prepare our students for future employment, through extensive careers advice and in-depth research projects.

These firsts for Pharmacy education have translated into firsts for UEA Pharmacy in teaching and research:

  • We came 4th in the National Student Survey 2015 for student satisfaction and teaching
  • We came first in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 for research output

Benefit from our excellence

The 4-year MPharm course is the product of all our innovation in teaching and quality in research. This four year course course is designed for UK and EU students. International students should apply for our five year MPharm Integrated programme (B231). 

The course allows you to study a wide range of subjects which integrate science and healthcare, with a strong focus on the practical experience that the Pharmacy sector prizes.

Through the degree programme you will develop your skills and knowledge of practice and patient care, helping you to prepare for your professional career as a pharmacist. Your studies will involve working with patients to help them gain the maximum benefit from the medication prescribed to them.

Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to assess where your professional interests lie and to establish links with practices where you might secure future employment. You will be given every opportunity to develop your own areas of interest and expertise, alongside receiving exceptional tuition on the core requirements. Pharmacists can expect to command competitive salaries and there are excellent opportunities for career progression.

The course has been specifically designed to reflect recent developments in pharmaceutical science and changes in practice.

Course Structure

This four year course follows a carefully structured degree programme, in which you will study a number of compulsory topics on essential pharmaceutical theory and methodology. You will also undertake a research project in your final year.

First Year
Your first year of study is made up of four compulsory modules that introduce you to pharmaceutical science and the profession of pharmacy, with modules including ‘Life Sciences Chemistry.’

Second Year
In your second year, you will continue to follow a carefully designed programme, increasing your awareness and knowledge of all pharmaceutical subjects. You will engage with more specific and complex topics as well as carrying out further practical laboratory work and learn how to safely and effectively supply medicines.

Third Year
Your third year is designed to develop your pharmaceutical and clinical knowledge and enhance your patient consultation skills.

Final Year
The final year is designed to enable you to use all previously learned knowledge in complex situations for the benefit of patients.  You will be able to select two pharmaceutical subjects which are of special interest to you and your final year project, which can be undertaken either abroad or in the UK will be under the supervision of a leading edge researcher

Examples of areas of study for the research projects:

  • Novel drug delivery systems
  • Tissue culture methods
  • Synthesis of new drugs for the treatment of neurological diseases
  • Introduction of electronic prescribing systems

Assessment

The MPharm incorporates innovative assessment methods that are based on procedures you will use as a qualified pharmacist, including portfolio-based assessment and objective clinical pharmacy examinations. The current assessment tools used within the school include:

  • Short answer and multiple choice papers
  • Essays and laboratory reports
  • Pharmaceutical Care Plans
  • Objective structured clinical  examinations
  • Portfolios
  • Unseen critical appraisal assessments
  • Oral and poster presentations
  • Group project work reports
  • Scientific paper writing
  • Staff and peer assessment

For further information about the innovative teaching methods we use, see the ‘Why Choose Us’ tab.

Course Modules

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

CELLS, PHYSIOLOGY and PHARMACOLOGY

The unit introduces the student to fundamental cellular structure, function and biochemistry. The biological and biochemical properties of each of the major classes of cellular (life) molecules are presented, together with details of some of the essential processes in which they are involved. The unit also provides a basis of understanding of the principles of molecular biology, including the role of DNA and genetics in diseases, and the application of human genomics and biotechnology in medicine. Some of the inter- and intra-cellular signalling processes in cells are uncovered, including receptors and drugs. The student will understand the physiology of the major organ systems and a knowledge of basic principles of pharmacology. This unit provides the underlying knowledge of cell biology, physiology and pharmacology which form the basis of the Clinical Therapeutics units in future years.

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FOUNDATIONS IN PHARMACY PRACTICE

This module introduces students to the world of pharmacy. Students will study the structure and functions of the UK health system and develop an understanding of the role pharmacists play. Students will learn about the legal and ethical frameworks pertaining to pharmacists and begin to develop some of the core skills needed to practice as a pharmacist including: dispensing, clinical interpretation of simple prescriptions, communication, calculations and reflective practice. In addition, they will begin to explore the wider issues relevant to health care including public health, evidence based medicine and health services research. This module uses a range of teaching methods including problem based learning, dispensing workshops and electronic supportive assessments.

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LIFE SCIENCES CHEMISTRY

The unit aims to provide the student with an introduction to the basic chemical principles that underpin understanding of the bonding interactions that hold drug molecules together, the structures and reactivities of carbon based compounds, and the specificities of drug-target interactions. In the practical element of this module the students will be introduced to basic laboratory etiquette and techniques used in pharmaceutical analysis of raw materials and formulated products. Students will be introduced to the requirements of "Good Control Laboratory Practice" and the discipline and documentation required for pharmaceutical quality control. They will then carry out modules covering a wide range of basic analytical methods commonly encountered in the British Pharmacopoeia while testing raw materials and familiar formulated products. In the second semester the unit will build on the students' chemical knowledge and will introduce the student to fundamental cellular structure, function and biochemistry. The biological and chemical properties of each of the major classes of cellular (life) molecules are presented, together with details of some of the essential processes in which they are involved.

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PHYSICAL PHARMACY

This module introduces students to Physical Pharmacy. They will study the underpinning physical and chemical sciences as they pertain to the development, manufacture and analysis of pharmaceutical products intended for human use. Students will be instructed in the small-scale manufacture of a range of conventional liquid and semi-solid pharmaceutical formulations and will be expected to show competence in their production.

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Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

DRUG DESIGN AND MECHANISMS OF DRUG ACTION

This module will provide underpinning medicinal chemistry principles and relate this to drug design, mechanism of action and metabolism. Students will be instructed in basic organic synthesis as well as complimentary spectroscopic techniques.

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INDUSTRIAL PHARMACY

This module will provide underpinning physical chemistry and material science and relate this to design, manufacturing and in vivo performance of pharmaceutical formulations. Students will be instructed in basic microbiology and the formulation of sterile products. Students will be instructed in pharmacokinetics and dose calculations.

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INTRODUCTION TO THE PRACTICE OF PHARMACY

This module introduces pharmacy students to the laws and standards surrounding medicines supply, the processes required to minimise risk and to basic statistical tests underpinning the application of evidence based medicine.

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25

NEUROPHYSIOLOGY, SYNAPTIC PHARMACOLOGY AND ENDOCRINOLOGY

This module explains the peripheral nervous and endocrine systems to students and introduces disease and therapies for major diseases of the endocrine system.

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25

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

APPLIED IMMUNOLOGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES

This module explains the immune system to students and introduces inflammatory and infectious diseases. It will provide students with a detailed knowledge of the aetiology and pathophysiology of common inflammatory disease and the pharmacology of the associated therapeutic interventions as well as infectious diseases and their treatment options and prevention strategies.

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EVIDENCE BASED CARE OF CARDIOVASCULAR AND RENAL DISEASE

This module builds on physiology and pharmacology, endocrinology and peripheral nervous system modules and covers the physiology of the heart, vascular system and kidney. It will provide students with a detailed knowledge of the aetiology and pathophysiology of common cardiovascular, cerebrovascular and renal diseases and the pharmacology and evidence base of associated therapeutic interventions. By the end of the module students will be able to prepare pharmaceutical care plans, review therapeutic approaches, solve pharmaceutical problems and describe appropriate pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical interventions of the above disease states. The module will introduce students to the concepts of health services research and on completion they will be able to perform basic critical appraisal of health services research and simple descriptive and comparative data analysis.

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OPTIMISING PATIENT CARE THROUGH PHARMACY

The module enables students to be able to supply medicines legally, accurately and safely, whilst recognising ethical dilemmas and responding appropriately to them. It provides students with some of the skills required for effective communication, management and leadership.

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30

THERAPEUTIC APPROACHES TO GASTROINTESTINAL DISEASES AND CANCER

This module provides students with a detailed knowledge of gastrointestinal diseases and cancer. It covers the physiology of the gastrointestinal tract, the basic biology of cancer, the role of nutrition in preventing disease and the aetiology and pathophysiology of common gastrointestinal diseases and cancers. Conventional therapeutic interventions will be discussed, alongside innovative approaches, nutraceuticals and novel delivery systems. The role of natural products in these diseases will be highlighted. The module builds on physiology and pharmacology, medicinal chemistry and drug delivery modules in the previous years.

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Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

CLINICAL AND PHARMACEUTICAL MANAGEMENT IN PRACTICE

This module builds on the learning students have undertaken previously on the course. It requires application of previously acquired knowledge and skills to complex situations including professional dilemmas, different patients and care environments. Leadership and management skills will be developed further through consideration of a variety of scenarios and preparation of a business case.

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NEUROLOGY AND MENTAL HEALTH

This module focuses on the pathophysiology, pharmacology and treatment of common diseases of the central nervous system (including psychiatric disorders).

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PHARMACEUTICAL RESEARCH PROJECT

This module develops the student's understanding of how the boundaries of pharmaceutical knowledge are advanced through research and the research and communication skills associated with best scientific practice. The student will conduct a research project, in collaboration with an academic supervisor, leading to an expertise or in-depth knowledge in a selected area of pharmaceutical research at the forefront of the academic discipline. Following the project work, the student will prepare a research paper commensurate with journal publication and will present an oral presentation at a student research conference.

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SPECIAL TOPICS

This module is separate from, but complementary to, the other modules taught on the Level 4 M.Pharm. course. It draws upon the investigative techniques developed in the Pharmaceutical Research Project and builds on knowledge and skills developed in all modules in Levels 1, 2 and 3 of the M.Pharm. course. In this module the student will study two (of a range) pharmaceutically-related special topics in depth and develop an extensive knowledge in these selected areas.

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Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Further Reading

Entry Requirements

  • A Level AAB including Chemistry with a second Science or Maths. Science A-levels must include a pass in the practical element
  • International Baccalaureate 33 points including HL Chemistry at 6 and one other Science or Maths at 6
  • Scottish Advanced Highers AAB inclduing Chemistry and one other Science subject
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AAAABB inclduing Chemistry and one other Science subject
  • Access Course Pass Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 36 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 9 credits at Level 3 including 12 Level 3 credits in Chemistry and 12 Level 3 credits in one other Science subject
  • BTEC DDD in Applied Science
  • European Baccalaureate 80% overall including 85% and 70% in Chemistry and one other Science subject

Entry Requirement

You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade B or Grade 5 or above at GCSE Level.

Applicants without traditional A levels e.g. those with Access or BTEC qualifications, if they are successful at interview, will be asked to complete a chemistry test at the University during the Summer. Information concerning the content of the chemistry test will be made available to such applicants.

A level retakes will only be considered if BCC or above was achieved in the first sitting and AAB is predicted in the retakes. We do not consider third sits of A-Levels for entry onto this programme.

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Please note, you will be required to fulfill additional paperwork to ensure you are able to participate in placements, information about this can be found in the intake section. The School of Study will lead you through this process following registration.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

Interviews

Applicants submitting UCAS applications that include a good personal statement and academic reference as well as a strong academic background will be asked to attend the University on one of our Applicant Days.  

As part of our selection process on the Applicant Day there will be three different activities: an interview, a demonstration and a group exercise. You don’t need to prepare or bring anything with you, we will give you all the information you need on the day.  These activities take about an hour in total.

The selection process is designed to help us choose students with the appropriate skills and attitudes to become excellent pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists.  

If an applicant is located outside the UK, we will arrange a structured competency based one-to-one telephone interview.  This will be held with a member of academic staff from the School of Pharmacy.  We will be in touch prior to the interview to arrange a suitable time.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact admissions@uea.ac.uk directly to discuss this further.

Intakes

The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health Check

During your first semester, we ask that you apply for a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. In addition to your DBS check, if you have lived outside of the UK for a continuous period of 4 months or more within the last five years, you will also be required to complete and submit a police check, (from your home country if this is not the UK) or a Certificate of Good Conduct. A template for this is provided by the Student Disclosure Service when they begin your DBS check.

You will also be required, as are all UK pharmacy students, to sign up to a national "Code of Conduct for Pharmacy Students". You may view this document at:

http://www.pharmacyregulation.org/education/pharmacist/student-code-conduct

In addition to reviewing the "Student Fitness to Practice Policy and Procedures" which are developed to address any concerns about a student's fitness to practice, including issues relating to conduct and health in relation to patient safety and professional standards.

PLEASE NOTE: Non-completion of the DBS or Occupational health checks or an adverse DBS outcome may result in withdrawal from the programme.

Course Open To

This four year course is open to UK and EU students only. International students should apply for our five year MPharm Pharmacy with a Placement Year programme (B231).
  • A Level AAB including Chemistry and one other Science subject (from Biology, Physics or Mathematics)
  • International Baccalaureate 33 points including HL Chemistry at 6 and one other Science subject (from Biology, Physics or Mathematics) at HL 6
  • Scottish Highers AAABB including grade A in Advanced Higher Chemistry and one other Science subject (from Biology, Physics or Mathematics)
  • Scottish Advanced Highers AAB including Chemistry and one other Science subject (from Biology, Physics or Mathematics)
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AAAABB including Chemistry and one other Science subject (from Biology, Physics or Mathematics)
  • Access Course Pass Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 36 Level 3 credits, including 12 Level 3 credits of Chemistry and 12 Level 3 credits in one other Science subject (from Biology, Physics or Mathematics)
  • BTEC DDD in a relevant subject
  • European Baccalaureate 80% overall including 70% in Chemistry and 70% in one other Science subject (from Biology, Physics or Mathematics)

Entry Requirement

This four year course course is designed for UK or EU students. International students should apply for our five year Integrated MPharm programme (B231). Please note, you will be required to fulfil additional paperwork to ensure you are able to participate in placements, information about this can be found in the intake section. The School of Study will lead you through this process following registration.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS (SELT): 7.0 overall (minimum 6.0 in each components)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

Interviews

Applicants submitting UCAS applications that include a good personal statement and academic reference as well as a strong academic background will be asked to attend the University on one of our Applicant Days.  

As part of our selection process on the Applicant Day there will be three different activities: an interview, a demonstration and a group exercise. You don’t need to prepare or bring anything with you, we will give you all the information you need on the day.  These activities take about an hour in total.

The selection process is designed to help us choose students with the appropriate skills and attitudes to become excellent pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists.  

If an applicant is located outside the UK, we will arrange a structured competency based one-to-one telephone interview.  This will be held with a member of academic staff from the School of Pharmacy.  We will be in touch prior to the interview to arrange a suitable time.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year, believing that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to take a gap year.

Special Entry Requirements

A level in Chemistry and one other science (from Biology, Physics, Mathematics) or equivalent.

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

A level retakes will only be considered if BCC or above was achieved in the first sitting and AAB is predicted in the retakes. We do not consider third sits of A-Levels for entry onto this programme.

Intakes

The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health Check

During your first semester, we ask that you apply for a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. In addition to your DBS check, if you have lived outside of the UK for a continuous period of 4 months or more within the last five years, you will also be required to complete and submit a police check, (from your home country if this is not the UK) or a Certificate of Good Conduct. A template for this is provided by the Student Disclosure Service when they begin your DBS check.

You will also be required, as are all UK pharmacy students, to sign up to a national "Code of Conduct for Pharmacy Students". You may view this document at:

http://www.pharmacyregulation.org/education/pharmacist/student-code-conduct

In addition to reviewing the "Student Fitness to Practice Policy and Procedures" which are developed to address any concerns about a student's fitness to practice, including issues relating to conduct and health in relation to patient safety and professional standards.

PLEASE NOTE: Non-completion of the DBS or Occupational health checks or an adverse DBS outcome may result in withdrawal from the programme.

Alternative Qualifications

Applicants without traditional A-Levels e.g. those with Access or BTEC qualifications will be invited to attend a selection interview. If successful those students without A-levels will be asked to complete a chemistry test at the University during the Summer. Information concerning the content of the chemistry test will be made available to such applicants

We encourage you to apply if you have alternative qualifications equivalent to our stated entry requirement. Please contact us for further information.

GCSE Offer

Students are required to have GCSE Mathematics at Grade B and GCSE English Language at Grade B or above.

Course Open To

This four year course course is designed for UK or EU students. International students should apply for our five year Integrated MPharm programme (B231).

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

Home/EU - The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.  To check if you are eligible please visit the website.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Office prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Office (Pharmacy)
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

Please click here to register your details online via our Online Enquiry Form.

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