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Pharmacy, MPharm with Foundation Year

Our integrated master's in pharmacy prepares you for careers as a pharmacist, covering patient care, clinical and professional practice. A foundation year helps you adapt to study at university level.

The MPharm covers the core themes of biological sciences, chemistry and drug delivery. You'll study professional practice, the brain and psychiatry, the heart and circulatory systems, and the endocrine system.

The foundation year will give you the core skills you need for degree-level study, after which you follow the syllabus of the four-year course. Our practice-focused learning uses simulated exercises and interactive clinical sessions, helping you develop the skills you need for pharmacist roles in hospitals, community and primary care settings.

The MPharm is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council, the regulator for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in Great Britain.

UCAS points

72 (view full requirements)(full requirements below)

Course/institution codes

B231

Campus

Medway

Duration

5 years full-time

Start month

September

Home fees

2021/2022 fees

TBC

2021/2022 fees

What you should know about this course

  • Our MPharm Foundation Year prepares you for Master of Pharmacy study if you don’t have the right qualifications for direct entry to the four-year degree course
  • This course offers dedicated support for students to develop as both scientists and practitioners
  • Develop your academic and clinical skills to enhance your employability after graduation
  • Study at a school with one of the best pre-registration exam rates* – top 3 in Southeast England, East England and Greater London! (* 2018 pre-Reg results).

What you will study

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Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact course-info@gre.ac.uk for more information.

About the course team

You will benefit from a dedicated and experienced team of staff comprising distinguished research active academic scientists working together with administrative and technical personnel.

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Given the current situation with Covid-19, we are offering virtual events so that you can still experience how Greenwich could be the right university for you.

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Entry requirements

You should have:

72 UCAS points from DDD in A-levels, preferably biology and chemistry. Alternatively, DDM in BTEC National Extended Diploma in Applied Science. Applicants with BTEC National Diplomas and Certificates – please contact us directly in order to supply information regarding specific units studied.

  • You will also need GCSEs at grade C or above in English and mathematics. 
  • We accept alternative qualifications.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

Further information about entry

We welcome applications from mature students. All applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis and we will interview candidates before offering places on the course. 

Overseas applicants with qualifications obtained in their home country will be judged on a case-by-case basis by the Admissions Tutor in consultation with the admissions tutor and/or admissions manager.

Available to overseas students?

No

Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

How you will learn

For new and returning students in September, our focus is on making our university environments safe and accessible to everyone.  We’ve prepared a 'blended model' of teaching which means combining face-to-face sessions on our campuses with online lectures. All face-to-face sessions are in line with distancing rules. If students are ill or shielding, we’ll provide all lectures and course materials online.

Ready for September

Teaching

In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • 1-to-1 tutorials

Further details to be confirmed.

Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Scheduled learning activities may fall between 9am and 9pm, depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

We restrict our class sizes to enhance your learning experience, with a maximum of 40 students in practical sessions and lectures.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions, you'll need to dedicate time to self-study to prepare for coursework, presentations and exams. Our library and online resources with support your further reading and research.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of scheduled learning activities which will include online lectures, online and on campus discussions, workshops and practical sessions.

If you are studying full time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job (approx. 40 hours per week. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of courses you are studying.

Each module you study earns you credits toward your degree. Every credit represents around 10 study hours. So, if you receive 50 hours of scheduled learning activities for a 30-credit module, you should expect to commit 250 hours to independent study to complete it successfully.

Assessment

On this course, students are assessed by take-home exams, coursework and practice assessments on campus where required.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include 'practice' assessments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Feedback summary

University policy is to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days of the coursework submission date. Examination results will be available within 28 days.

Dates and timetables

The academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Official statistics on Discover Uni

Full time

Fees and funding

For courses taught at the Medway School of Pharmacy please visit their postgraduate fees page

Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from just over £100 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

Accommodation pages

Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

New students will face a number of small mandatory costs at the start of their course (around £50 in total).

  • We ask all students to purchase lab coats, safety glasses and a notebook at a cost price of £18.
  • Our students use an 'audience-response' device to enable them to participate at lectures and workshops. For this, we charge a £35 refundable deposit.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

During the MPharm Foundation Year, you learn about the roles and the responsibilities of a pharmacist and develop practical skills relating to pharmacy. This takes place at the Medway School of Pharmacy, which has state-of-the-art simulated environments, including a hospital ward and a fully-equipped pharmacy.

Practice placements form an integral part of the MPharm course. They are undertaken in both community and hospital pharmacy settings.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Career options include work as a pharmacist in hospital, community and primary care settings, as well as industry, academia, and research.

Do you provide employability services?

Undergraduate students have access University of Greenwich employability services, while postgraduate students have access to employability services from the University of Kent.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

Accommodation information

Accommodation pages

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If you are a UK or EU student and want to study full-time then you apply through the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS).

If you are a UK or EU student and want to study part-time then you apply to the university directly.

If you are a Non-EU student, you can apply directly via our website or through one of our agents. Please note that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

If you are a Non-EU student, you can apply directly via our website or through one of our agents. Please note that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.