Welcome to the School of Pharmacy at Queen’s, whether you are returning to us after the summer break or if you are a new student just beginning your university career. Your School of Pharmacy is one of the leading schools in the UK and Ireland, ranked No. 1 for Pharmacy by the ‘Sunday Times’ University Guide 2013.The School provides excellence in education and the MPharm degree is fully accredited by the Pharmaceutical Society of NI and the General Pharmaceutical Council (of Great Britain), who are the UK regulatory bodies for the profession of Pharmacy. The most recent National Student Survey placed Queen’s first amongst UK Pharmacy Schools, with
a 98% student satisfaction rating. Look around the School and you will see that we have some of the most up-to-date teaching and research facilities of any pharmacy school in these islands.

Our teaching is provided by academic staff members who are active in research and scholarship, pushing forward the boundaries of knowledge in pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences to provide you with a high quality educational experience in preparation for your chosen career. The School achieved an outstanding result in the most recent UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), which grades the quality of university research in all subjects. Our School was deemed to have 55% of its research in the two leading categories of ‘world-leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’. In fact, 95% of our research activities were classed as being of ‘international quality’’, placing us firmly in the ‘elite’ group of research-intensive UK pharmacy schools.

We know that most of our students will choose careers in community, clinical or hospital pharmacy. We are committed to providing you with the best possible education and training in these key subjects, supported by the essential knowledge and confidence in your chosen branch of pharmacy that comes from a sound understanding of the pharmaceutical sciences. Our course is designed to integrate theory with practice. It includes a module on ‘Pharmacist Prescribing’ to equip you with many of the skills and competencies necessary to embrace this new aspect of professional practice, and new modules that will help you to integrate theory with practice. Complementing these developments, we have a structured programme of student clinical placements in several hospitals across Northern Ireland. This major initiative, supported by the DHSSPS, allows students to progress through a pathway of clinical experience from Level 1 right up to Level 4, with considerable periods being spent in hospitals under the guidance of skilled clinical pharmacists.

The School of Pharmacy at Queen’s now has close to 600 undergraduate students and around 100 postgraduate students. Our dedicated team comprises academic, clerical and technical staff, all playing a vital role in delivering an educational experience that we hope you find to be worthwhile and also enjoyable (well, most of the time, anyway!) The MPharm degree is a four-year programme. If you are just starting out, that may seem a
long time to spend in studying for your chosen profession. However, that time will pass quickly, maybe too quickly, and you will soon find yourself at our graduation ceremony receiving your degree certificate. Please remember, though, that you will reach that point only through hard work and a disciplined application to your studies. And remember, also, to have some fun along the way and enjoy the ‘Queen’s Experience’ because being a student at this University makes you ‘exceptional’!