Are you interested in the how and why of diseases, and how to treat them? Do you want to embark on a career where you use your interpersonal skills and knowledge of medicines to improve people's health?
Pharmacists are experts in medicines. They're vital for ensuring quality and safe supply of medicines within the law, and advising patients and fellow medical professionals on the correct use of medicines. They also offer health advice to patients.
This Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) honours degree, which is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), gives you the medical knowledge and practical skills you need to begin a career as a pharmacist.
You'll study topics including medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics and therapeutics, and develop patient-focused clinical skills and clinical management skills in lectures, workshops and lab classes.
You'll practise your skills and apply your knowledge using the equipment and facilities you'll use in your career, such as a fully stocked model pharmacy, consultation rooms and a simulated hospital ward, GP surgery, and care home. You'll also interact with patients and members of the public on campus and on short community and hospital-based placements, and check and dispense prescriptions as you shadow qualified pharmacists.
After the course you can undertake pre-registration training and qualify as a GPhC-registered pharmacist within a year, or work in areas such as drug development or marketing.
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
- Be taught by pharmacy-qualified staff who have backgrounds in community and hospital pharmacy settings
- Practise patient assessment skills on medical manikins and work-through realistic scenarios in our safe and secure Centre For Simulation In Healthcare
- Get workplace experience by training in our fully stocked model pharmacy – you'll work through complicated cases in study groups, review hospital medication charts, and respond to medicine information queries
- Interact with patients and members of the public with our local community pharmacy partners
- Work alongside students from other healthcare disciplines, giving you an appreciation of all stages of the patient experience
- Check and dispense prescriptions with real medication under the supervision of General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) registered pharmacists
- Go on placement in general practitioner surgeries and a mental health hospital in your final year in addition to community and hospital placements in other years across the course
- Complete a final year project tailored to your interests and career ambitions
- Develop transferable skills you can use in any area of your life and career, including communication and time management skills, leadership ability, resilience, and self-confidence
- Have the opportunity to learn a language and earn credit towards your degree as part of the University's Institution-Wide Language Programme
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- Diagnostic tests
- Written assignments
- Simulated patient-focused case studies
- Oral and poster presentations
- Online tests
- Clinical skills assessment
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- Practical laboratory work
- Simulated training
All of the modules you'll take are fully supported by online lecture and study materials, and our academic staff will share their expertise in practice and research.
You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.
For more about the teaching activities for specific modules, see the module list above.
Many teaching activities, including lectures, are recorded so you can re-watch them at any time.
Careers and opportunities
Demand for qualified pharmacists is increasing. After the course, you can become a fully qualified pharmacist within a year by doing pre-registration training and passing the GPhC registration examination.
Many graduates do split pre-registration training in general practitioner surgeries and other clinical settings. You can also split pre-registration training between the pharmaceutical industry and a hospital or community setting.
Our Careers and Employability Service can support you in applying for the pre-registration training, helping with interview techniques and the application process. You'll get help, advice and support for up to 5 years after you leave the University.
Other career options
The expanding responsibilities of pharmacists means you'll have many other job options at the end of the course. Areas you could work in include:
- Drug development and formulation
- Involvement with toxicity studies
- Clinical trials
- Regulatory affairs
- Medical writing
Work experience and career planning
You'll get plenty of experience dealing with patients and the public on this course.
Possible placement locations include:
- Community pharmacies in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas
- Local hospitals such as Queen Alexandra in Portsmouth, St. Richard's in Chichester, Southampton General Hospital, and Royal County Hospital in Winchester
- GP surgeries in Portsmouth and surrounding areas
- Solent NHS Trust’s mental health in-patient services
You'll also have the chance to volunteer in the local community, providing health checks to groups such as homeless people.
Our Careers and Employability Service can help you find further work experience opportunities during your course.
We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary opportunities – including a summer research placement at a European university – that will complement your studies and build your CV.