Pharmacy MPharm (Hons)

4 years, starting in September 2018

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.

To become a pharmacist you will need to undertake a pre-registration year in primary or secondary care.

Teaching

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.

Facilities

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.

Careers

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.

Find out more about what our graduates go on to do.

Course structure

This course lasts 4 years. It starts in September 2018 and ends in 2022. Induction week starts on 24 September 2018.

Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 4

Units

As part of your course, you will take compulsory units covering key concepts. You may also be able to take optional units which assist you in developing your own interests.

You need to take 60 credits in each year of your course (usually split equally into 30 credits for each semester), so the number of optional units you can take depends on the number of compulsory units in each year of the course.

Six credits are the equivalent of at least 120 hours of study, including contact time with staff and independent study.

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Placement

In year four, you’ll undertake an extensive research project, studying alongside researchers in the Department or on a 12-week placement with an international partner organisation. There are placement opportunities available in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Brazil and China.

Placement opportunities can not be guaranteed.

Learning and assessment

Learning

  • Laboratory sessions
  • Lectures
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Essay
  • Multiple choice examination
  • Oral assessment
  • Portfolio
  • Practical work
  • Written examination
  • Other

Typical assessment breakdown

This average assessment breakdown is based on a typical choice of optional units. Your specific unit choices will determine the actual breakdown of assessment methods that you will experience.

% written exam % practical exam % coursework
Year Written Exam Practical Exam Coursework
Year 1 88% 0% 12%
Year 2 70% 0% 30%
Year 3 72% 2% 26%
Year 4 45% 0% 55%

Typical contact time breakdown

This average contact time breakdown is based on a typical choice of optional units. Scheduled learning and teaching may include: lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Your optional unit choices will determine your actual personal contact hours.

% time in scheduled learning and teaching % time in independent study % time in placement/year abroad
Year Scheduled Independent Placement
Year 1 33% 67% 0%
Year 2 35% 63% 2%
Year 3 33% 65% 2%
Year 4 38% 57% 5%

Professional accreditations

By studying a course with a professional accreditation, you could have the chance to get workplace experience, learn about new developments in the industry and apply for registration with the accrediting body upon completion of your degree and pre-registration training.

Entry requirements

In addition to demonstrating that you have the ability and motivation to succeed academically your application, especially your personal statement, should include evidence of your understanding of the role of a pharmacist and the importance of National Health Service values. You may wish to include details of any volunteering or employment experiences you have in a Pharmacy or related health care discipline.

If you have applied to study medicine, dentistry or veterinary science you will be considered, however, you will need to provide an alternative personal statement that reflects your interest in Pharmacy before you can be considered for interview.

Qualifications

Select the country where your qualification comes from.

United Kingdom qualifications

Typical offer A level

AAB

AAB in three A levels including Chemistry and one other science or mathematics subject.

We may be unable to consider an A level in your own language (unless it is English or Welsh). We do not accept A levels in General Studies. If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement.

Alternative offer A level

ABB

ABB in three A levels including Chemistry and one other science or mathematics subject plus one of the following:

  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives

If you receive an offer for this course and are studying one of these qualifications you will be given both the typical and alternative offer.

Typical offer International Baccalaureate Diploma

36 points

36 points overall and 6,6,5 in three Higher Level subjects including Chemistry and one other science or mathematics subject.

Typical offer BTEC

D*DD

D*DD in the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF) plus grade A in A level Chemistry.

We are able to consider the above qualifications in Applied Science (excluding Physical Science).

If you are studying towards a BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF) then you must be studying the following units: Physiology of Human Body Systems, Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways and Applications of Organic Chemistry. We prefer you to have also studied the following units: Genetics and Genetic Engineering, Diseases and Infections, Biomedical Science, and Practical Chemical Analysis.

Your Organic Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Calculation skills will be examined as part of any interview.

See the ‘Combinations of qualifications’ section for information about combinations of A level and BTEC qualifications that we can consider.

Typical offer Cambridge Pre-U

D3, D3, M1

D3, D3, M1 in three principle subjects including Chemistry and one other science or mathematics subject.

Alternative offer Cambridge Pre-U

D3, M1, M1

D3, M1, M1 in three principle subjects including Chemistry and one other science or mathematics subject plus one of the following:

  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives
  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate

If you receive an offer for this course and are studying one of these qualifications you will be given both the typical and alternative offer.

Typical offer Scottish Highers

AB

AB in two Advanced Highers including Chemistry and one other science or mathematics subject plus AAABB in five Scottish Highers.

Typical offer Access to HE Diploma

33 credits at Distinction

A pass in the Access to HE Diploma (in Science or Science and Engineering) with 33 credits at Distinction in Science or Mathematics units and 6 credits at Merit or above. This must include 15 credits in Chemistry units achieved at Distinction.

We are able to consider Access to HE Diplomas in Science and Science and Engineering. Our Pharmacy course is academically challenging and requires solid foundations of knowledge in Chemistry. You will need to have studied Chemistry units worth at least 15 credits including at least 3 credits of Organic Chemistry. Recent successful applicants have studied between 15 and 21 credits of Chemistry as part of their Access course and a high proportion of Organic Chemistry. Due to the time-limited nature of Access programme delivery, it is expected that you will have also completed a significant level of independent study in order to further develop and refine these skills.

Typical offer Open University credits

Pass units worth 120 credits, including a minimum of a Pass 2 (70%) in a relevant Level 2 Chemistry unit.

You are typically expected to study at least 120 credits including at least 30 credits at Level 2. You should ideally be taking units including S104: Exploring Science and S215 Chemistry: Essential Concepts. This information is a guide and we consider students applying with Open University Credits on a case-by-case basis. We will consider your application carefully and take note of any previous qualifications or relevant work experience. We may be able to consider alternative units to those listed. Please contact us to discuss your profile.

Taking OU credits may be counted as degree-level study by the Student Loans Company and therefore may be counted as previous study and have an impact on your ability to access student loans/grants for the entirety of your chosen degree. We recommend that you discuss this in detail with the SLC before following this progression route to the University of Bath.

Typical offer Combinations of qualifications

Your application will be considered individually based on the particular combination of qualifications and subjects that you are taking.

We can consider combinations of accepted qualifications, such as A levels and a BTEC:

  • AB in A level Chemistry and a second science or mathematics subject plus D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)/National Extended Certificate (RQF) OR the Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma (QCF)/Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate (RQF). We cannot consider BTEC qualifications in Applied Science alongside Chemistry and a second science or mathematics subject
  • AB in two A level subjects plus D3 in a Pre-U Principal Subject including Chemistry and a second core science or mathematics subject
  • AB in two A level subjects plus 6 in an IB HL Certificate including Chemistry and a second core science or mathematics subject. While we do not consider the IB Careers Programme for entry, we are able to consider the combinations of components that are typically offered by this route, such as BTEC and IB HL Certificate combinations
  • AAB in A level Chemistry and a second science or mathematics subject plus the IFS Diploma in Financial Studies

We can also consider combinations that are not listed and that do not include A levels. You should read the information about essential and preferred subjects and subject combinations. We cannot consider different qualifications in the same subject area.

Ireland qualifications

Irish Leaving Certificate

H1, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3, in 6 Irish Leaving Certificates with H1, H2 in Chemistry and one other mathematics or science subject.

Hong Kong qualifications

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education

554 in Chemistry, a second core science subject and third elective subject plus 5 in core Mathematics or 55 in Chemistry and a second elective subject plus 5 in core Mathematics and 5 in any Mathematics extended paper.

France qualifications

French Baccalaureate

14.5 overall with 15 in Physics/Chemistry and 15 in either Mathematics or Biology (Life and Earth Sciences).

Option Internationale du Baccalaureat (OIB)

13.5 overall with 15 in Physics/Chemistry and 15 in either Mathematics or Biology (Life and Earth Sciences).

European Baccalaureate qualifications

European Baccalaureate

79.0% overall with 8.0 in Chemistry (4 periods) and one of Biology (4 periods), Mathematics (5 periods) or Physics (4 periods) with 8.5 in Chemistry or the second subject.

India qualifications

Higher Secondary School Certificate (12th Standard)

Average of 80% across 4 subjects with 80% in Chemistry and one other science or mathematics subject.

We do not accept Physical Education as one of these 4 subjects.

These requirements are for the CBSE, HSSC and ISC boards. Please contact us if you are taking this qualification with a different board.

United States of America qualifications

Advanced Placement Tests

5, 5, 4 in 3 APs including Chemistry and one other mathematics or science subject.

We accept no more than one Calculus AP as one of these 3 subjects.

You will also need to pass your High School Diploma and achieve an ACT score of 29 or SATR scores of 700 in both Mathematics and Evidence based Reading and Writing.

SAT Subject Tests

We do not accept SAT Subject Tests for direct entry to our degrees.

Singapore qualifications

Singapore A levels

AAB in 3 H2 level subjects including Chemistry and one other science or mathematics subject.

Polytechnic Diploma (3 years)

3.3 overall in Applied Chemistry.

You will need to study the following modules: Basic Biochemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry (1st year), Industrial Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Science, Medicinal Chemistry Research, Organic Chemistry - Reaction Mechanism, Basic Instrumental Analysis, Pharmaceutical Microbiology, Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Chemistry (2nd year), Medicinal Chemistry Research, Pharmaceutical Science, Advanced Organic Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry (3rd year).

Turkey qualifications

Lise Bitirme Diplomasi

CGPA of 75% with 80% in Chemistry and one other science or mathematics subject from the final year.

Greece qualifications

Apolytirion

19 in the Apolytirion plus AB in two A levels including Chemistry and a second mathematics or science subject.

We cannot accept the Apolytirion unless it is studied alongside A levels. We do not accept Pan Hellenic examinations in place of an A level.

Cyprus qualifications

Apolytirion

19 in the Apolytirion plus AB in two A levels including Chemistry and a second mathematics or science subject.

We cannot accept the Apolytirion unless it is studied alongside A levels.

Spain qualifications

Titulo de Bachiller

A score of 8.5 overall with 9, 8 in Chemistry and one other science or mathematics subject.

Germany qualifications

Abitur

1.6 overall with 13, 12 in Chemistry and one other mathematics or science subject.

The required grades in Chemistry and another mathematics or science subject must be achieved in your final examinations if you take them. If you do not take one of these subjects in your final examinations, you will need an average grade across 4 semesters in it.

Fees and funding

Payment options

You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.

Read more about your payment options

Fees

Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.

Learn how we decide fee status

Tuition fees

See the most recent fees for undergraduate courses.

Placement fees

Placement fees vary

You will normally pay a reduced tuition fee while on a placement period or studying abroad. Find out more about placement fees and study abroad fees.

Extra costs

The following course-related costs are not included in your fees:

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

£50 payable at the start of your course

Budgeting

You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of text books.

Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and food and drink.

If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.

Application information

  • Course title
    Pharmacy
  • Final award
    MPharm (Hons)
  • Mode of study
    Full-time
  • Course code
    B230
  • Institution code
    B16
  • UK/EU application deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Overseas deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Application eligibility
    UK and Overseas students are eligible to apply

Course enquiries

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