Pharmacy with Foundation Year (MPharm)

University of Reading the United Kingdom

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The award
MPharm

How long you will study
5 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
find out

All study options

About Pharmacy with Foundation Year at University of Reading

This course will set you on the path to a career as a qualified pharmacist.

Are you keen to take our Pharmacy course but haven’t taken the necessary A level subjects? Our MPharm Pharmacy with Foundation is a five-year programme that includes a year of foundational study and leads directly into the four-year course.

An MPharm is the only degree that will allow you to register as a qualified pharmacist, following a year of pre-registration training (see careers section below). This degree is accredited by the pharmacy regulator, the General Pharmaceutical Council, and has recently been redesigned in order to reflect the changing roles of pharmacists. We will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed for success in this constantly evolving sector.

You will learn how the body works, how medicines affect it, and how these medicines are designed. The course content focuses on the different areas of the body, such as the heart, and you will learn the chemistry, biology and pharmacy related to each one. This will enable you to apply information to patient care right from the first year.

We will also provide you with information and techniques essential for work in pharmacy, including law, storage of medicines, processes for reducing errors, assessing prescriptions, and professional behaviour. Our pharmacy practice suite uses professional dispensing software and real medicines, in order to build up your experience of key processes and handling substances. There is also the option to gain a Certificate in Business Administration through a course run by the award-winning Henley Business School.

Additionally, you will develop your research skills throughout the course, and spend part of your final year working alongside internationally recognised researchers on a project of your choice. Past topics have included molecular pharmacology, medical technology, pharmacy practice, and drug synthesis, analysis and formulation.

Placement

Throughout the course you will gain an insight into professional practice by carrying out observational visits and placements in hospital and community pharmacies. Our annual pharmacy careers fair is attended by numerous employers and is a good source of work experience and job opportunities.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMPharmHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study5 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9250 per yearInternational course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

Subject to the Government passing legislation to raise the minimum fee cap, we will raise undergraduate tuition fees from £9,000 to £9,250 for new UK/EU students applying to start courses in the 2017/18 academic year. You will not be affected by this rise if you have deferred entry to the 2017/18 academic year. The Government will confirm future arrangements for EU students in due course.

Entry requirements

English language requirements: IELTS 6.5, with no component below 5.5

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