2024/25 entry

MPharm Pharmacy

Start date:
September
Study mode:
Full-time
Course duration:
4 years
Campus:
City
UCAS Code:
B201
Grades/points required:
BBB-ABB (120-128)

Tuition fees

Home full-time per year
£9,250
International full-time per year
£18,250
All figures are subject to yearly increases. Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.
General enquiries:
0151 231 5090
courses@ljmu.ac.uk
International admissions
international@ljmu.ac.uk

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Why study Pharmacy at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • Accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
  • Taught by one of the oldest and well-established schools of pharmacy in the world
  • Excellent links and work placement opportunities with leading local hospitals, community pharmacies and primary care teams
  • Strong focus on the application of science to clinical practice
  • Work placements, student-patient engagement and inter-professional learning from Year 1
  • Strong support for students personal and professional development to help achieve their full potential
  • International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more

PLEASE NOTE: This course is currently closed to new applications for September 2024 entry.

About your course

By studying the professionally-accredited undergraduate Masters degree in Pharmacy (MPharm) at Liverpool John Moores University you will enjoy innovative and high quality pharmacy teaching, plus opportunities to complete placements in community, hospital and primary care settings, inter-professional learning, patient/public engagement and practice simulations.

The MPharm Pharmacy programme offers you the opportunity to develop as a key healthcare practitioner with an advanced understanding of the science-basis for practice, leading you to become an 'expert in medicines'. We place a strong emphasis on ensuring the development of knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviours and values necessary for individuals to work in partnership with patients and other healthcare professionals in order to provide accessible, compassionate and integrated person-centred care with a focus on enhancing patient outcomes.

Our MPharm programme undergoes continual review to ensure we provide our students with the most up-to-date knowledge, practice-relevant skills and professional confidence to become competent, safe and effective person-centred prescribing practitioners, while still retaining the advanced scientific knowledge and skills basis that is so unique to pharmacy.

Students will graduate from the LJMU programme with the confidence to continue personal and professional development more independently, with the confidence to begin making good clinical and professional decisions based on evidence and risk assessment, and with a spirit of team-based working. Following graduation with an MPharm Pharmacy degree, students will be fully prepared to begin the Foundation Training Year for trainee pharmacists, as part of the formal professional development path leading towards registration with the GPhC.

"You are prepared for the challenges you may face in your career and the future. The course is based on the application of knowledge to real life scenarios, enabling you to think critically"
Zahra Abul, Graduate

Professional accreditation/links

The MPharm Pharmacy programme is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students

Fees

The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • access to programme-appropriate software
  • library and student IT support
  • free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)

Funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you'll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.

There will be transport costs for placements across all levels.

Employability

The MPharm qualification is your first step towards qualification as a pharmacist in the UK.

When you graduate, you will need to undertake a Foundation Training Year in practice and be successful in a national registration assessment to register with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). Once you have demonstrated your practical competence, taken professional examinations and provided the GPhC with a statement of fitness to practice (and sometimes evidence of a Disclosure Barring Service check), you will be eligible to work in any branch of pharmacy.

The School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences has strong links with a number of leading hospitals and primary care providers, including the Liverpool University Hospitals Foundation Trust (at the Royal and at Aintree), Broadgreen, Arrowe Park (Wirral), Countess of Chester, Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Whiston Hospital, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership (Mental Health) Trust, Merseycare and the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, and also with local GP medical centres and community pharmacies. This means you can be confident that you will have excellent training on placement and with teacher-practitioner pharmacists on campus during your studies.

A career in pharmacy has excellent prospects and salaries are very competitive. Most pharmacists work in hospitals, health centres and community pharmacies. There are also opportunities in the drugs development industry or in university-based research.

Useful links

Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)

The site provides more information on pharmacy as a career; the different sectors pharmacists can work in – such as community, hospital and industry; and videos of different specialisms within pharmacy – such as A&E pharmacists. Information is also available about pharmacist independent prescribing.

General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) is the pharmacy regulator. The Council's job is to protect, promote and maintain the health, safety and wellbeing of members of the public by upholding standards and public trust in pharmacy. The site includes details regarding the education requirements of become a pharmacist.

Student Futures - Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course, to ensure our students experience a transformation in their career trajectory. Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus during Level 4, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop your talents, passion and purpose.

Every student has access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU's suite of online Apps, resources and jobs board via the LJMU Student Futures website. There are opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, LJMU's in-house recruitment service, and we also offer fully funded Discovery Internships.

One-to-one careers and employability advice is available via our campus-based Careers Zones and we offer a year-round programme of events, including themed careers and employability workshops, employer events and recruitment fairs. Our Start-Up Hub can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business or become a freelancer.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan. You can access LJMU's Careers, Employability and Start-up Services after you graduate and return for one-to-one support for life.

Go abroad

LJMU aims to make international opportunities available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree at one of our 100+ partner universities across the world. You could also complete a work placement or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. If you wanted to go abroad for a shorter amount of time, you could attend one of our 1-4 week long summer schools.

Our Go Citizen Scheme can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all of these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?

Find out more about the opportunities we have available via our Instagram @ljmuglobalopps or email us at: goabroad@ljmu.ac.uk.

A life-changing experience 

There's so much more to university than just studying for a degree.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or optional in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations. Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules provide you with an element of choice. Their availability may vary and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

Level 4

Core modules

Integrated Foundations of Pharmacy
0 credits

The entire curriculum for year 1 of MPharm Pharmacy is taught in this module. This single module approach to delivery ensures we integrate the science and practice through all aspects of learning and development. Year 1 topics include the underpinning sciences (anatomy and physiology, basic principles of pharmacology, cells and biomacromolecules, principles of medicinal chemistry) and a number of patient-focused systems including Blood, the Gastrointestinal system, and the Peripheral Nervous System. The application of knowledge to practice forms a continuous strand through this level of study, both on campus and on placement.

Research Skills assessment
20 credits

This module is solely for assessment and this assessment focuses on student research skills in year 1.

Person-Centred Care assessment
20 credits

This module is solely for assessment and this assessment focuses on student understanding of patient-centred care in year 1.

Formulary assessment
20 credits

This module is solely for assessment and this assessment focuses on student understanding and early development of a personal formulary in year 1.

End of Year examination paper 1
30 credits

This module is solely for assessment and this is a synoptic assessment of student learning from year 1.

End of Year examination paper 2
30 credits

This module is solely for assessment and this examination assesses student ability to make professional decisions and to justify those decisions based on good evidence and sound reasoning.

Pharmacy skills assessment
0 credits

This module is solely for assessment and this assessment focuses on student practice-based skills.

Pharmacy Law and Ethics assessment
0 credits

This module is solely for assessment and this assessment focuses on student knowledge and understanding of how the Law applies to pharmacy practice.

Professional Portfolio assessment
0 credits

This module is solely for assessment and this assessment focuses on student reflective practice and personal development.

Pharmaceutical calculations assessment
0 credits

This module is solely for assessment and this assessment focuses on student ability to accurately perform calculations.

Level 5

Core modules

Medicines, Patients and the Pharmacist
0 credits

The entire curriculum for year 2 of MPharm Pharmacy is taught in this module. This single module approach to delivery ensures we integrate the science and practice through all aspects of learning and development. Year 2 topics build on those from year 1 and include the Central Nervous System, the Cardiovascular system, the Respiratory system, and Infection control. The application of knowledge to practice continues to form a key strand through this level of study, both on campus and on placement.

Research Skills assessment
20 credits

This module is solely for assessment and this assessment focuses on student research skills in year 2.

Person-Centred Care assessment
20 credits

This module is solely for assessment and this assessment focuses on student understanding of patient-centred care in year 2.

Formulary Assessment
20 credits

This module is solely for assessment and this assessment focuses on student understanding and early development of a personal formulary in year 2.

End of Year examination paper 1
30 credits

This module is solely for assessment and this is a synoptic assessment of student learning from year 1 and year 2.

End of Year examination paper 2
30 credits

This module is solely for assessment and this examination assesses student ability to make professional decisions and to justify those decisions based on good evidence and sound reasoning.

Pharmacy skills assessment
0 credits

This module is solely for assessment and this assessment focuses on student practice-based skills.

Pharmacy Law and Ethics assessment
0 credits

This module is solely for assessment and this assessment focuses on student knowledge and understanding of how the Law applies to pharmacy practice.

Professional Portfolio assessment
0 credits

This module is solely for assessment and this assessment focuses on student reflective practice and personal development.

Pharmaceutical Calculations assessment
0 credits

This module is solely for assessment and this assessment focuses on student ability to accurately perform calculations.

Optional modules

Study Year Abroad - Pharmacy
120 credits

This is an additional year of full-time study abroad at an approved higher education institution. The modules to be studied would be agreed in advance, and will be appropriate for your programme of study.

Level 6

Core modules

The Complexities of Healthcare
0 credits

The entire curriculum for year 3 of MPharm Pharmacy is taught in this module. This single module approach to delivery ensures we integrate the science and practice through all aspects of learning and development. Year 3 topics include Mental Health, Immunology, Endocrine health and disorders, Oncology and a pharmacy-focused Research Project. The ongoing application of knowledge and skills to practice continues to form an ever more important strand through this level of study, both on campus and on placement. In year 3, students develop a greater focus on clinical reasoning and skills needed for independent prescribing.

Research Skills assessment
20 credits

This module is solely for assessment and this assessment focuses on student research skills in year 3.

Person-centred care assessment
20 credits

This module is solely for assessment and this assessment focuses on student understanding and demonstration of patient-centred care in year 3.

Formulary assessment
20 credits

This module is solely for assessment and this assessment focuses on student understanding and ongoing development of a personal formulary in year 2.

End of Year examination paper 1
30 credits

This module is solely for assessment and this is a synoptic assessment of student learning from years 1, 2 and 3.

End of Year examination paper 2
30 credits

This module is solely for assessment and this examination assesses student ability to make professional decisions and to justify those decisions based on good evidence and sound reasoning.

Pharmacy skills assessment
0 credits

This module is solely for assessment and this assessment focuses on student practice-based skills.

Pharmacy Law and Ethics assessment
0 credits

This module is solely for assessment and this assessment focuses on student knowledge and understanding of how the Law applies to pharmacy practice.

Professional Portfolio assessment
0 credits

This module is solely for assessment and this assessment focuses on student reflective practice and personal development.

Pharmaceutical Calculations assessment
0 credits

This module is solely for assessment and this assessment focuses on student ability to accurately perform calculations.

Level 7

Core modules

Advancing Person-Centred Care
0 credits

The entire curriculum for year 4 of MPharm Pharmacy is taught in this module. This single module approach to delivery ensures we integrate the science and practice through all aspects of learning and development. Year 4 is heavily practice-focused and supports students in integrating the learning and skills from years 1 to 3 to consider the patient as a whole, further developing their skills in providing person-centred care. Students will develop advanced clinical skills, hone their skills in clinical reasoning and professional judgement, and be provided with opportunities to practice their prescribing skills in a safe environment as preparation for the National Foundation Training year.

Research Skills assessment
20 credits

This module is solely for assessment and this assessment focuses on student research skills in year 4.

Person-centred care assessment
20 credits

This module is solely for assessment and this assessment focuses on student understanding and demonstration of patient-centred care in year 4.

Prescribing Formulary assessment
20 credits

This module is solely for assessment and this assessment focuses on student further developing and using their personal formulary as part of their prescribing skills in year 4.

End of Year examination paper 1
30 credits

This module is solely for assessment and this is a synoptic assessment of student learning from years 1, 2, 3 and 4.

End of Year examination paper 2
30 credits

This module is solely for assessment and this examination assess student ability to make professional decisions and to justify those decisions based on good evidence and sound reasoning.

Pharmacy skills assessment
0 credits

This module is solely for assessment and this assessment focuses on student practice-based skills.

Pharmacy Law and Ethics assessment
0 credits

This module is solely for assessment and this assessment focuses on student knowledge and understanding of how the Law applies to pharmacy practice.

Professional Portfolio assessment
0 credits

This module is solely for assessment and this assessment focuses on student reflective practice and personal development.

Pharmaceutical Calculations assessment
0 credits

This module is solely for assessment and this assessment focuses on student ability to accurately perform calculations.

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.

Teaching is provided via a combination of structured online learning and lectures, interactive workshops, practical laboratory and clinical practice sessions, small-group tutorials, seminars and professional placements. You will be expected to engage fully with all aspects of the programme (including, for example: lectures, workshops, practicals, simulation and placements) and to undertake additional study around the taught subjects in your own time using our libraries and virtual learning environment, Canvas.

As the course progresses, practical work and clinical skills development accounts for an increasingly large proportion of your study time, and you will also develop some of the skills you need to undertake independent research.

The MPharm Pharmacy programme makes full use of innovative learning enhancement practices, which our students tell us they value very highly. This includes the use of technology to enhance the learning experience, for example through the use of interactive patient communication/clinical assessment mannequins and virtual patient technology during “clinical simulation” workshops. In addition, we incorporate development of a range of clinical, professional and interpersonal skills necessary for becoming an effective and safe, future independent prescriber.

Work-related learning

Applying scientific principles to practical clinical situations is the key focus of this programme, and there is no better way to practise this than by undertaking a professional placement. Thanks to our links with many local hospitals, community pharmacies and primary care providers, you will be able to gain direct experience of the day-to-day work of a pharmacist and build up your skills in preparation for your Foundation Training Year. Employers tell us that our graduates are able to apply excellent clinical skills as soon as they begin work, and this is largely down to clinical experience gained on the course.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support

One-to-one support is crucial for your academic and career development, and for this reason you will be allocated a personal tutor for the duration of your studies at LJMU. They will arrange regular tutorials with you to discuss course issues, monitor progress, support professional development and plan work.

The school is fully committed to promoting a learning environment that supports a culture of equality, diversity and inclusivity (EDI) and has a Disability Support Coordinator, an EDI Coordinator and a School EDI Working Group. Personal Tutors also play a vital role in promoting awareness of support services for students.

Assessment

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

We acknowledge that all students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of different assessment methods. For example, coursework could be in the form of a pharmaceutical care plan for a fictional patient, development of a medicines formulary, preparation and delivery of a research seminar or a viva voce examination to assess your awareness and understanding of your own practice.

We pride ourselves on developing our students by ensuring we equip you with the knowledge and skills base required in your journey to become competent professional pharmacists. As such, we include assessments to ensure you meet the minimum expectations for competence in various skills at each level of study. You will have to carry out clinical examinations of patients and take practical exams to ensure that you can perform the core duties of a pharmacist under UK law and meet the expectations and Professional Standards of the General Pharmaceutical Council.

Over the course of the programme, exams range from multiple-choice or short answer questions to longer analytical essays or discussions of therapeutic strategies in a clinical scenario.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

I enjoy teaching on the MPharm course and conducting research. LJMU has a friendly and supportive environment

Facilities

What you can expect from your School

You will study at the Byrom Street site in the university's City Campus in the heart of Liverpool. Our state-of-the-art laboratories and teaching spaces will ensure you enjoy a first-class study environment. The Avril Robarts library is within easy walking distance and here you'll find all the information you need to support your studies.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Grades/points required from qualifications: BBB-ABB (120-128)

Qualification requirements

GCSEs and equivalents

Grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics/ Numeracy.

GCSE Equivalences accepted:
• Key Skills Level 2 in English/Maths
• NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
• Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
• Higher Diploma in Maths/English
• Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
• Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

A levels

BBB-ABB
Minimum Number of A Levels: 2
Maximum AS UCAS Points: 20
General Studies: Not accepted

One A'level in Chemistry or Biology and a second science A'level in one of Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Maths or Psychology. General Studies is not acceptable

BTECs

BTECs will only be considered if accompanied by A Level Chemistry or Biology at grade B and a second science A Level also at grade B.

Access awards

Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Applicants must achieve a Distinction in all of the graded level three Access programme modules. Biology and Chemistry must be covered.

International Baccalaureate

Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications From a relevant subject. Needs to include advanced level biology and chemistry

OCR Cambridge Technical

Extended Diploma: DDM
and at least 2 'A2' levels or equivalent, including Chemistry at grade B or above and preferably one further science subject

Irish awards

Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Chemistry and Biology must be taken at Higher Level

T levels

TLevels/NCFE's will only be considered if accompanied by A Level Chemistry or Biology at grade B and a second science A Level also at grade B.

Additional requirements

  • Interview required

    Yes

    Admissions Process

    1. Applications will be assessed, and qualifications will be checked to see that they meet or are predicted to meet our entry requirements.
    2. Applicants that meet this initial criteria will then be sent an assessment by email with full instructions and a deadline for submission.
    3. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview and offers will be made to successful applicants.
  • Assessment required

    Yes

International requirements

  • IELTS

    7.0 overall with no components below 6.5, taken within two years of the course start date.

    https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/study/courses/international-entry-requirements

Further information

  • DBS, Occupational Health requirements

    Additional Requirements for Non-UK Students:

    • Criminal Records Check (from your home country)
    • Letter of Good Character (written in English)

    Applicants should review the communication from the International Admissions Office who will contact applicants directly with all relevant forms and paperwork. Further information is also available on the fitness to practise web pages.

International entry requirements

Find your country

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

UCAS is the official application route for our full-time undergraduate courses. Further information on the UCAS application process can be found here https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/study/undergraduate-students/how-to-apply.

The university reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the university. Where this does happen, the university operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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