The University of Wolverhampton

MPharm (Hons)Master of Pharmacy (MPharm)

Why choose this course?

The MPharm course at Wolverhampton aims to produce pharmacy graduates who are highly equipped to meet the needs of the profession, future employers and, most importantly, patients. The friendly and supportive environment in which you will study focuses on developing the right knowledge, skills and attributes to equip you on your learning journey. As you progress, you will become an independent learner who is adaptable, self-aware and inherently capable of developing the profession and going on to enjoy successful and rewarding career in your chosen area of pharmacy.

The programme itself is highly clinical and patient-focused, benefiting from our extensive use of lecturers and practitioners who have experience of working in the various sectors of the profession.

At Wolverhampton the traditional disciplines of science and practice which underpin pharmacy are taught as an integrated whole using a thematic approach. This is achieved by organising your study around, patient, medicine and professionally orientated themes which transcend the traditional pharmacy subject areas. Content is then revisited each year at increasing levels of complexity as you become more equipped to apply and integrate the knowledge and skills which you develop on your journey.

We particularly emphasise:

  • the clinical pharmacotherapeutic management of minor and major disease based on the underpinning actions, effects and properties of drugs
  • the development and use of medicines from drug entities
  • the development of interpersonal, writing and research skills needed to optimise medicines use and development
  • the development of professionalism

A major feature of the new Wolverhampton MPharm programme involves the introduction of innovative, contemporary learning approaches, including Team-based Learning and Case-based Learning. These are designed to maximise your engagement and satisfaction with the course and to support you in realising your full potential. Our learning methods will help you to apply acquired knowledge and skills to realistic pharmacy scenarios, enhance your critical thinking skills and enable you to work effectively in team environments. You will experience class time as “quality time” that is much more focused on interaction and feedback. What’s more, the important knowledge you will need at each stage will be committed to long-term memory making you better equipped to deal with exams and other assessments both here and when you leave us to enter the pre-registration stage of your training.

Find out why you should study Pharmacy at the University of Wolverhampton in the video below.

MPharm Video

What happens on the course?

Each year of the spiralled curriculum corresponds to a carefully constructed stage of your development:

At Stage 1 scientific and professional knowledge and skills are developed using four strands which integrate related disciplines or tasks. Molecules, Cells and Systems introduces the biochemical building blocks of life, the structure and function of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells and human anatomy and physiology. Processes associated with these cells and systems are compared and contrasted in both health and disease. Introduction to Drugs and Medicines covers the basic principles of drug discovery and development and provides you with an understanding of organic and physical chemistry, and the pharmacological principles pertinent to medicinally important molecules. Pharmacists, Patients and Medicines explores how pharmacists use their expert knowledge of medicines, health and the disease for the benefit of patients and the population through exploration of pharmacists’ roles and how medicines are distributed and handled in patient-facing settings. Concurrently the Informed Pharmacy Learner strand aims to introduce and develop university-level skills, techniques and attributes including, laboratory, communication, learning and study skills.

In Stage 2 three strands are incorporated. Medicines in Development and Use explores how drugs are developed in to medicines and how they act and interact within specific body systems. The strand provides a comprehensive overview of the current usage of drugs, and the prediction of drug actions and effects. The principles of medicines design, delivery, packaging, handling, analysis and characterisation are covered in the context of the body systems in which they are used. Clinical and Professional Skills for Pharmacists introduces the skills required to apply to knowledge of medicines and to optimise their use in patients. The strand focuses on safe systems of working, professional responsibility and accountability, and ethical practice. It also develops your skills in consultation techniques, case analysis and prescription analysis, and introduces the strategies used to rationalise and optimise medicines use and patient care. The Applied Pharmacy Learner strand further develops your skills in reflective learning, information retrieval, academic writing, and team working.

Stage 3 incorporates two strands. Therapeutic Management of Patients revisits the range of conditions in the major body systems covered in stage 2 but with a focus on their diagnosis and therapeutic management. You will consider rational drug choice based upon clinical evidence and patent factors and characteristics; and also health promotion. Concurrently you will apply knowledge of advanced drug development processes from discovery through to the patient. This includes complex drug delivery technologies; the development and uses of biological treatments; and pharmacogenetics, pharmacogenomics and personalised medicine. In the Established Pharmacy Learner strand study skills are further enhanced by considering more advanced communication and consultation techniques, research methodologies pertinent to pharmacy; and by undertaking effective team-working in an interprofessional setting.

Stage 4 incorporates three strands. Frontiers in Pharmacy focuses on pharmaceutical research and development. It considers public and population health, health policy and the roles of medicines and pharmacists in meeting these agendas. Research and critical analysis skills are applied to a research project in an area of personal interest and also to an extended piece of work focussing on developing initiatives in pharmacy. Effective Patient Management introduces you to increasingly complex scenarios, cases and prescriptions that require higher level pharmaceutical input. These will involve patients with altered drug handling states, patients with multiple co-existing disease states, and patients with additional counselling or drug administration requirements. The Accomplished Pharmacy Learner considers more challenging consultation scenarios and calculations, and will develop coaching, teaching, management and leadership skills. At the conclusion of the programme you will demonstrate that you are an accomplished reflective practitioner with the necessary skills, knowledge and attributes to meet the GPhC’s standards for pharmacy graduates and that you are ready to enter their pre-registration year.

Watch our video below featuring staff and students from MPharm here at the University of Wolverhampton.

MPharm Video

Why Wolverhampton?

The Wolverhampton MPharm is a contemporary, patient-focused and clinical course which aims to develop the knowledge and skills that you will need to build a successful career in your chosen area of pharmacy. A team of expert academic pharmacists and scientists have developed the programme and, along the way, we have consulted with employers, practicing pharmacists, patients, carers and students in order to make sure that the product you are investing in is of the highest possible standard and relevance.

At Wolverhampton our smaller cohort sizes and extensive use of practitioners and educators from the different pharmacy sectors provide you with a more interactive learning experience that puts your learning fully in to context. Our placements and simulations are aligned carefully with the material you cover in class and they are staged in a way which helps you gradually build up confidence as the years progress. Our theme-based approaches to teaching cross over the traditional pharmacy disciplines such as pharmacology, pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmaceutics and pharmacy practice. This helps you to integrate your studies and make the links between the different aspects of theoretical content and its application to the world of work.


Career path

Wolverhampton pharmacy graduates are highly regarded by employers in the various branches of the profession and enjoy high employment rates. As the number of pharmacy graduates competing for pre-registration places nationally continues to rise, the Wolverhampton School of Pharmacy relishes the challenge of maintaining the high employment rates and employer reputation that has been built.

Currently, the major area of employment for pharmacists nationwide (60-70%) is in the community sector, with most of the remainder entering the National Health Service (NHS) as hospital or ‘primary care’ pharmacists. A small proportion of pharmacy graduates and pharmacists enter careers in the pharmaceutical industry or in academic pharmacy.

Community pharmacists provide an expanding range of healthcare services ranging from the supply of medicines through to running minor ailments schemes, supporting the management of long-term conditions, undertaking medicines reviews and performing public health screening services. In a hospital, pharmacists are involved across the whole spectrum of patient healthcare from diagnosis to medicines and disease management. Many pharmacists also hold management and consultant positions within the NHS. Industrial pharmacists are involved in the development of new drugs and their transformation into medicines, as well as the marketing and evaluation of new products. Academic pharmacists are occupied by healthcare-related research and development and in the education and development of future cohorts of pharmacy students and of pharmacists.

Several areas of further study are open to pharmacy graduates. In particular, many pharmacists undertake further postgraduate training in specialist areas of pharmacy in order to underpin their provision of clinical and scientific services. This training is usually at the masters level, but can also lead to doctoral studies in appropriate cases. Pharmacists are increasingly taking on additional roles as prescribers, gaining recognised prescribing qualifications in order to achieve this.

As healthcare professionals, pharmacists are expected to maintain their competence and ‘fitness to practise’ throughout their working lives. As such, they are actively involved in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and are expected to design and implement their own learning strategies.

Watch our video about placement opportunities.

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What skills will you gain?

The course seeks to produce pharmacy graduates who are fit for purpose to enter pre-registration training/professional practice. You will be equipped with the knowledge and skills required to meet the needs of patients and the profession. Wolverhampton MPharm graduates will be independent thinkers and effective team workers who are adaptable and self-aware.

At the conclusion of the course you will:

  1. be able to understand, apply and critique the scientific principles of health, disease and the drug entity to the design, development and uses of medicines in patients
  1. be able to understand roles and functions of pharmacists and their place within the healthcare team
  1. develop and apply appropriate skills and attributes required for the professional practice of pharmacy
  1. utilise and critically evaluate scientific and healthcare information and data in order to inform change in practice and knowledge


Who accredits this course?

Accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) in order to progress to pharmacist pre-registration training and then to register as a pharmacist.

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

All applicants are assessed by their highest level of study.

  • Please note all candidates must have GCSE English and Mathematics both at grade C or above, or one of the equivalents.

Only the following equivalent qualifications are accepted for English:

  • Functional Skills L2:English;
  • National Test L2: Literacy;
  • OCN Access to HE Core English

For Mathematics:

  • National Test L2: Numeracy;
  • OCN Access to HE Core Mathematics

Typical offer: BBB

  • Minimum of 300 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent alternative
  • One A level must be Chemistry plus at least one further science A level from Biology, Mathematics or Physics subjects. The third subject should preferably be drawn from the physical, mathematical or biological sciences. Please note that A level General Studies and A level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Alternative qualifications include:

  • Cambridge Pre-U. Principal Subjects must include Chemistry and one other science or mathematics subject. Typical offer: D3, M2, M2.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers. Minimum grade B in Chemistry and at least one further Higher (Biology, Mathematics or Physics) at minimum B grade. Plus grades AAABB in five suitable Scottish Higher level subjects (to include Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics).
  • Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level), Grades A1, A1, A1, B1, B1 (at Higher Level). Minimum A1 in Chemistry must be included alongside three subjects from Biology, Mathematics, Physics or English.
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma with a pass in the Core plus A-level Chemistry (minimum grade B) and one further science A-level from Biology, Mathematics or Physics subjects (minimum grade C).
  • International Baccalaureate, 34 points overall, including minimum 6 points in HL chemistry , plus Biology, Physics and Mathematics
  • BTEC NQF Diploma or QCF Extended Diploma DDD Applied Science
  • BTEC NQF Certificate or QCF Diploma D*D* Applied Science plus A level Chemistry, Maths or Biology (minimum grade B)
  • BTEC NQF Award or QCF Subsidiary Diploma D* plus A level Chemistry and A level Biology or Maths (minimum grades B and C)
  • First Year (Level 4) of an appropriate degree with 65% minimum mark in all modules (note: not an overall average of 65%), or
  • First degree in an appropriate subject with an upper second class with honours or higher, or
  • First degree with a lower second with honours plus an MSc in an appropriate subject
  • NVQ Level 3 distinction in Pharmacy Services plus A level Chemistry (minimum grade B)
  • Access to HE (Medicine and Health Professions) from Stafford College is accepted. 60 credits, of which at least 30 must be at distinction and the remainder at merit.
  • Foundation Years may be considered if in the opinion of the Pharmacy Admissions Tutor the content is appropriate in scope, level and depth, subject to a minimum grade of 75% overall and 70% in all Chemistry modules.

Candidates with qualifications other than those detailed may be considered for entry and should contact the School to discuss before applying.

International student language requirements for the MPharm require a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent). Further application guidance can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply.

Offers are subject to satisfactory occupational health and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks. Applicants must be immune to mumps, measles, German measles (rubella), chicken pox and tuberculosis or have been immunised as such to be accepted onto the course.

Note: Due to the integrated nature of the programme no RPA will be permitted for entry on to the MPharm degree. As such it must be commenced from year 1 and each year must be passed in entirety before progression in to the next stage is permitted.

All non-standard entry applications are considered by the admissions tutor, on an individual basis.

Course fees and finance

2017/8 Home/EU International
Full time - * £11,475
2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2017/8. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321137

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

* We are currently unable to confirm these fees.

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