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Overview

The MPharm degree is designed to help students become experts in medicines with the skills to work effectively with patients and the multidisciplinary team.

The course integrates the chemical, and biological sciences with the discovery, design, evaluation and production of medicines and their clinical application to all areas of practice. A variety of placements and simulated learning with multidisciplinary teams help students develop the knowledge and skills to be a valued and effective member of the healthcare team.

Pharmacy Degree highlights

The School of Pharmacy at Queen's has been ranked as the number 1 School of Pharmacy in the UK according to the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016.

Professional Accreditations

  • The degree is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) in Great Britain and the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI), as the relevant regulators.

Industry Links

  • The School of Pharmacy has developed close links with a wide variety of industry partners through research and teaching at a local, national and international level. Students are taught by practising pharmacists from the community and hospital setting and the School’s Careers Liaison Officer ensures that students are aware of all career opportunities and prepared for application and interview processes.

Career Development

  • A feature of this MPharm is an increasing experience of the clinical environment through inclusion of clinical placements in both community and hospital settings.

World Class Facilities

  • The School of Pharmacy at Queen’s is acknowledged as a leading centre for Pharmacy teaching and research in the UK. In the latest edition of the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 we are ranked as the No 1 Pharmacy School in the UK.
  • At Queen’s we believe in providing students with as authentic a learning experience and environment as possible. Our recently renovated Pharmacy Practice Unit consists of everything you would find in a contemporary community pharmacy. In addition we have world leading research laboratories with the best technology in the industry.

Internationally Renowned Experts

  • According to REF 2014, the research environment at the School of Pharmacy has been rated as 100 per cent world leading.
“The high standard of teaching and research, as well as helpful and supportive staff at the School of Pharmacy have made my time as a student truly exceptional.” Ing Ho Kong, Malaysia, Pharmacy Student and Lead International Mentor

Course content

Course Structure

Level 1
All students take five modules: the first provides an introduction to pharmaceutical microbiology including aspects of disinfection and sterilisation with a second module providing an introduction to the principles of physical and analytical chemistry of importance in pharmaceutical systems.

The third module provides a foundation in the essential skills for the practice of pharmacy and an introduction to the development of a pharmaceutical product from concept to clinic, and the roles of the pharmacist in this process.

A chemistry module covers important aspects of organic and bio-organic chemistry including structure determination, chemical reactivity and mechanistic aspects. Finally, a physiology module cover the principles of general physiology and histology as well as an introduction to systematic pathophysiology.
Level 2
This year provides further development of understanding of basic sciences related to pharmacy and an introduction to some professional aspects of medicines optimisation.

Three modules are studied: one covers the basic principles of drug action and therapeutics and an introduction to the clinical application of therapeutic substances; and a further module is concerned with medicinal substances and deals with analytical methods used to determine the relationships between structure and function of drug molecules. Finally, a double module deals with formulation/dispensing of drug products, drug stability and some industrial manufacturing processes.
Levels 3 and 4
The professional and clinical aspects of the final two years reflect the increasing involvement of pharmacists in medicines optimisation and working with other healthcare professionals.

Level 3 topics include applied pharmaceutical analysis, drug design and delivery, pharmaceutical biotechnology, pharmaceutical legislation, clinical therapeutics, and pharmacy practice.

Level 4 topics include advanced pharmaceutical care, business, government and industry, responding to symptoms and evidence-based medicine. Students also carry out a research project.

Throughout the degree, pharmacy students have the opportunity to work with medical and nursing students to optimise patient care whilst in the classroom, on placement and in simulated environments.

Contact Teaching Times

Large Group Teaching
6 (hours maximum)
Medium Group Teaching
11 (hours maximum)
Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial
4 (hours maximum)

Learning and Teaching

The School of Pharmacy at Queen's University Belfast is consistently ranked as the top UK School of Pharmacy by the Times Good University Guide and we are recognised for our excellence in teaching and our international reputation in research. The School recently achieved an excellent result in the Research Excellent Framework (REF) exercise in 2014, when the research environment at the School of Pharmacy was rated as 100% world leading. We aim to stay at the forefront of Pharmacy education by continually upgrading our infrastructure and introducing new, exciting initiatives into the MPharm programme.

For example, the School has a major commitment to placements in the hospital and community setting. The programme provides hospital and community placements for students throughout all years of their undergraduate degree and is at the forefront of UK pharmacy undergraduate training.

These placements are designed to provide students with an excellent opportunity to apply their clinical knowledge and skills to real-life situations. The placement aims to facilitate high quality teaching and learning activities and also to promote the professional attitudes and behaviours expected of tomorrow's pharmacists.

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Interprofessional learning

The course also includes opportunities to engage in interprofessional learning in all four years of the degree. Pharmacy students engage with nursing and medical students to address real world problems in healthcare. Students are also expected to develop a range of clinical skills that they will be able to use in both primary and secondary care upon qualification. In addition, students are encouraged to develop their lifelong learning skills through the use of reflective portfolios and task booklets.

Assessment

Details of assessments associated with this course are outlined below:

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The way in which students are assessed will vary according to the intended learning outcomes of each module. The majority of modules are assessed through a combination of coursework, OSCEs (objective, structured, clinical examinations) and three end of semester examinations. Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Student Handbook which is provided to all students during their first year induction.

Feedback

As you progress through your course you will receive general and specific feedback about your work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and your peers.
As a university student, you will be expected to take a greater role in reflecting on this and taking the initiative in continuously improving the quality of your work.

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Feedback may be provided to you in a variety of forms including: formal written comments, face to face comments, placement employer comments or references, online or emailed feedback, pre-submission advice, feedback and outcomes from practical classes, and others.

Entry Requirements

Entrance requirements

A level requirements
AAB including A-level Chemistry and at least one other A-level from Biology, Mathematics or Physics + GCSE Biology grade C or GCSE Double Award Science grades CC + GCSE Mathematics grade C.

Note: Biology to at least AS preferred.

Please note that only one Mathematics subject will be counted at A-level. A-level Critical Thinking and General Studies are not acceptable.

Irish leaving certificate requirements
H1H1H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grade H1 in Chemistry and Biology + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O4 in Mathematics.

Graduate
A minimum of an Upper Second Class Honours degree preferably in a relevant subject. Those with an Upper Second Class Honours degree in a non-relevant subject may be considered if they have the appropriate science background at GCSE and A-level. Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an interview as part of the selection process.

Selection Criteria

In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance notes on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application. The information relates to 2017 entry and will be updated for 2018 entry as soon as possible.

How we choose our students

Applications are dealt with centrally by the Admissions and Access Service rather than by the School of Pharmacy. Once your on-line form has been processed by UCAS and forwarded to Queen's, an acknowledgement is normally sent within two weeks of its receipt at the University.

Selection is on the basis of the information provided on your UCAS form, which is considered by the Selector for the Pharmacy degree along with a member of administrative staff from the Admissions and Access Service. Decisions are made on an ongoing basis and will be notified to you via UCAS.

The information provided in the personal statement section and the academic reference together with predicted grades are noted but, in the case of the Pharmacy degree, these are not the deciding factors in whether or not a conditional offer is made. However, they may be reconsidered in a tie break situation in August.

School Leavers taking A-level Qualifications

For admission to Pharmacy past performance at GCSE and AS-level is taken into account when deciding whether or not to make conditional offers. Where candidates do not cash-in AS-level examinations results at the end of year 13 (Year 12 England and Wales), it is helpful if the equivalent grades are given in the academic reference, since this will speed up the decision-making process.

For entry last year offers were initially made to those who achieved either 6 As and 2 Bs at GCSE or AAB/ABBB at AS-level (including Chemistry and one of Biology, Mathematics or Physics). These are the initial thresholds which may be relaxed once we have received all of our applications. The final threshold is not usually determined until late in the application cycle (February-March), so there may be a delay in processing candidates who have less than 6As and 2 Bs at GCSE. The final threshold varies from year to year depending on competition for places. In recent years, candidates with 2/3As and 4/3 Bs at GCSE have normally been made offers.

Offers are normally made on the basis of 3 A-levels. A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not acceptable. However, performance in these subjects may be taken into account in tie-break situations after the publication of A-level results in August. Only one Mathematics subject will be counted at A-level. Performance in the second Mathematics A-level may be taken into account in tie-break situations after the publication of A-level results in August.

Candidates are not normally asked to attend for interview.

Repeat A-level Applicants
The offer for repeat candidates is normally one A-level grade higher than the normal asking grades. Grades from the previous year can be held and for subjects being retaken it is not necessary to repeat all modules.
Please note that only two attempts at admission are allowed.

Graduate Applicants
A minimum of an Upper Second Class Honours degree preferably in a relevant subject. Those with an Upper Second Class Honours degree in a non-relevant subject may be considered if they have the appropriate science background at GCSE and A-level.

Graduate applicants who are short listed will be required to attend an interview. Interviews take place during February-April.

Visiting the School of Pharmacy
In addition to the general University Open Days held in September students made an offer will be invited to a UCAS Visit Day, which are usually held in February-April. This will allow you the opportunity to visit the University and to find out more about the Pharmacy degree and the facilities on offer. It also gives you a flavour of the academic and social life at Queen's.

Finally
If you cannot find the information you need here, please contact the University Admissions and Access Service (admissions@qub.ac.uk), giving full details of your qualifications and educational background.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

n IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • English for University Study: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - FOUNDATION AND INTERNATIONAL YEAR ONE PROGRAMMES

INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.

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Careers

Career Prospects

Introduction
To become a pharmacist in the UK, you will need to complete a four year MPharm degree, a year of preregistration training in the UK and pass an entrance exam set by the GPhC (England, Scotland and Wales) or the PSNI (Northern Ireland).The MPharm course at QUB is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Society (GPhC) and the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI).

Our graduates typically pursue careers in three main employment sectors, namely, community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry; however, graduates can develop careers in a range of other sectors. Examples of the major career sectors that have attracted our graduates in recent years:

• Hospital pharmacy
• Community pharmacy and primary care
• Scientific publishing
• Industrial pharmacy
• Academic pharmacy
• Varied graduate programmes (Times Top 100 Graduate Recruiters/AGR, Association of Graduate Recruiters UK)

Further information regarding careers in pharmacy may be obtained from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Consultations

We regularly consult and develop links with a large number of employers including, for example, multinational and independent pharmacies and Health and Social Care Trusts who provide placements for students and who contribute to the undergraduate teaching on the MPharm and who are members of the stakeholders’ panel for the course.

Further Study

Further study is also an option open to MPharm graduates. Students can choose from a wide range of Master’s programmes as well as a comprehensive list of research topics, see: We regularly consult and develop links with a large number of employers including, for example, multinational and independent pharmacies and Health and Social Care Trusts who provide placements for students and who contribute to the undergraduate teaching on the MPharm and who are members of the stakeholders’ panel for the course.

Further Study
Further study is also an option open to MPharm graduates. Students can choose from a wide range of Master’s programmes as well as a comprehensive list of research topics, see: qub.ac.uk/schools/SchoolofPharmacy/Study/

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Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills

In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

The tuition fee rates for undergraduate students who first enrol at the University in the academic year 2018-19 have not been agreed. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be based on 2017-18 levels, normally increased by inflation and these are set out below.

Northern Ireland (NI) £4,030
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £9,250
Other (non-UK) EU £4,030
International £18,800

Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student’s tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

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Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library.

If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.  

Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.  

Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

Pharmacy costs

All students entering this programme are required to undergo an enhanced disclosure check with Access NI which costs £33. Year 1 students are required to buy a laboratory coat at a cost of £10. Once enrolled on the MPharm students are responsible for funding travel, accommodation and subsistence costs associated with clinical placements in hospital and community pharmacies, if necessary, in the region of approximately £100 per year. However, the School will try to allocate placements in pharmacies close to a students home or study address.

How do I fund my study?

There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union.

Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/Fees-and-scholarships/.

Scholarships

Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.

International Scholarships

Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

* information shown is for 2017-18 and should be used as a guide until 2018-19 scholarships are confirmed.

How and When to Apply

How to Apply

Application for admission to full-time undergraduate and sandwich courses at the University should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).  Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at: www.ucas.com/apply.

When to Apply
UCAS will start processing applications for entry in autumn 2018 from 1 September 2017.

Advisory closing date: 15 January 2018 (18:00).

Late applications are, in practice, accepted by UCAS throughout the remainder of the application cycle, but you should understand that they are considered by institutions at their discretion, and there can be no guarantee that they will be given the same full level of consideration as applications received by the advisory closing date.

Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.

The Institution code for Queen's is QBELF and the institution code is Q75.

Further information on applying to study at Queen's is available at: http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/How-to-apply/

Apply via UCAS
After an offer is made this will be notified to applicants through UCAS. Confirmation will be emailed by the Admissions and Access Service and this communication will also include Terms and Conditions (www.qub.ac.uk/Study/TermsandConditions) which applicants should read carefully in advance of replying to their offer(s) on UCAS Track.

Additional Information for International (non-EU) Students

  1. Applying through UCAS
    Most students make their applications through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for full-time undergraduate degree programmes at Queen's. The UCAS application deadline for international students is 30 June 2018.
  2. Applying direct
    The Direct Entry Application form is to be used by international applicants who wish to apply directly, and only, to Queen's or who have been asked to provide information in advance of submitting a formal UCAS application. Find out more.
  3. Applying through agents and partners
    The University’s in-country representatives can assist you to submit a UCAS application or a direct application. Please consult the Agent List to find an agent in your country who will help you with your application to Queen’s University.

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