- Academic Registry
Programme & Unit Catalogues

PA40353: MPharm integrated pre-registration scheme

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Further information on credits Credits: 60      [equivalent to 120 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 1,200
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Academic Year
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: OT100
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Assessment detail for this unit will be available shortly.
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Where relevant, student pharmacists must have successfully completed years 1-4 of the MPharm programme within the time permitted under a Tier 4 visa before taking this unit.

Regulations for the integrated pre-registration year will meet all the regulations of the GPhC. These regulations include restrictions on training site and tutors. Training sites must have been approved for the full period of pre-registration training by the GPhC. Student pharmacists will not be placed where there may be a conflict of interest as a result of a significant relationship (personal, family, commercial, or otherwise) with the tutor or the placement provider.

In order to register as a pharmacist with the GPhC, student pharmacists must sit and pass the GPhC registration assessment. To be eligible to sit the GPhC registration assessment the student pharmacist must have been in training for at least 39 weeks by the application entry deadline for that particular sitting. There are two fixed dates in the training year: the summer registration assessment, which is usually around the last week in June in the year after the student pharmacist commences year 5; and the autumn registration assessment, which is usually around the last week in September in the year after the student pharmacist commences year 5. This latter arrangement accommodates student pharmacists who may be required to undertake year 4 supplementary assessments.
Description: Aims:
The aim of this unit is for the student pharmacist to apply University-based learning in real world settings whilst demonstrating the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to enable professional registration as a pharmacist.

Learning Outcomes:
After completing this unit, the student pharmacist will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of contemporary clinical pharmacy and therapeutics to promote safe and effective practice.
2. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of contemporary pharmaceutical issues in clinical and industrial arenas, including healthcare systems, medicines legislation, clinical governance, public health, codes of practice and ethics.
3. Apply principles of evidence-based practice to the safe and effective management of patients.
4. Critically evaluate the principles of quality and quality assurance mechanisms in all aspects of scientific and professional activities.
5. Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level.
6. Apply robust decision making in complex patient scenarios, recognising ethical dilemmas and responding in a reasoned way in accordance with relevant codes of conduct.
7. Reflect on and have the ability to critically evaluate the implications of ethical dilemmas and, where appropriate, work pro-actively with others to formulate solutions.
8. Communicate through the development of effective working relationships with the public, patient/client groups and other health professionals.
9. Supply medicines in accordance with pharmaceutical knowledge, current relevant medicines legislation and codes of professional conduct and practice, and to prepare for a prescribing role.
10. Interpret and clinically evaluate prescriptions and other orders for medicines; and to advise patients and other health care professionals about the safe and effective use of medicines to maximize patient outcomes.
11. Diagnose and manage common disease presentations within a structured consultation framework.
12. Demonstrate effective team-working, leadership and management skills.
13. Demonstrate the competence required to enter professional practice by meeting the competency requirements of the Standard 10 outcomes and Performance Standards as appropriate.

Scientific and practical skills (T/F/A)
Study skills, handling information, working with others (T/F/A)
Oral and written communication skills (T/F/A)
Problem solving (T/F/A)
Basic clinical examination skills (T/F/A)

The MPharm Integrated pre-registration scheme will be primarily spent as a year of experiential learning in practice. Student pharmacists will be placed with partner organisations, normally for two six-month practice placements approved by the GPhC. Student pharmacists will be supported by a series of face-to-face learning events normally held on campus during the year, an online virtual learning environment and practice-based tutors.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PA40353 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
  • USPA-AKM03 : MPharm(Hons) Pharmacy with integrated pre-registration year (Year 5)


  • This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2020/21 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2021/22 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2020/21.
  • Programmes and units are subject to change in accordance with normal University procedures.
  • Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.
  • Find out more about these and other important University terms and conditions here.