Learn about every aspect of the preparation and use of medicine and become an expert in the field. Train to become a pharmacist in healthcare or industry.
You’ll gain a solid grounding in human biology and origins of disease, pharmaceutical chemistry, and physical sciences. You’ll also be introduced to professional practice and undertake clinical placements in patient-facing environments. In year four you’ll undertake an extensive research project, studying alongside clinical pharmacy professionals and researchers in the Department and in a bespoke pharmacy management simulation.
As a graduate, you’ll understand the causes and progression of medical conditions, the mechanism and underlying principles of drug action. You will also learn about the appropriate supply and administration of medications and the principles of monitoring treatment and disease progression. You can go on to become a pharmacist working in primary or secondary healthcare, as well as in an education or research setting.
The five-year course is designed for international students wishing to undertake their pre-registration training in the UK, whilst retaining their student status. It incorporates the pre-registration element of pharmacy training which will enable you to graduate ready to apply for registration as a UK pharmacist.
You will be taught by active researchers who specialise in different areas of pharmaceutical science, including drug and target discovery, medicines design, and health and clinical research. Their international collaborations and research activities feed into undergraduate teaching and contribute to your learning experience. Clinical teaching is also delivered by a team of experienced teacher practitioners.
You’ll develop professional skills in the safe and supportive environment of our specially designed Pharmacy Practice Suite and newly developed Pharmacy Practice Simulation Suite. These include consultation rooms where you can take part in role-playing exercises with patients played by staff or professional actors, and robotic patients.
You’ll also have inter-professional learning sessions with medical, nursing, psychology and social work students. These will help to build your confidence and improve your understanding of your professional practice role.
We are the only School of Pharmacy in the South West and our graduates are in high demand within the region.
Career opportunities range from research and drug development roles within industry and academia, to patient-facing clinical roles within community, hospitals or primary care. You’ll benefit from our strong and established links with the pharmaceutical industry, NHS providers and leading community pharmacy employers such as Boots, Lloyds and Day Lewis. Many graduates also return to the University to complete our postgraduate diplomas or prescribing qualifications.
We are recognised as one of the top schools of pharmacy in the UK and our graduates consistently achieve high pass rates in the registration assessment set by the General Pharmaceutical Council.
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