School of Pharmacy

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Overview

Our MPharm degree will equip you with the professional skills, scientific knowledge and clinical experience to become a caring, ethical and effective pharmacist.

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Interprofessional Education

The General Pharmaceutical Council’s standard 5.6 states that “the MPharm curriculum must include practical experience of working with patients, carers and other healthcare professionals and practical experience should increase year on year”.  This requirement reflects directly the concept of Interprofessional Education (IPE), defined in 1997 by the Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE), as “occasions when two or more professions learn with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and the quality of health and social care”.

Our current concept for the IPE experiences at all levels of the MPharm includes the planning of learning activities around the concept of learning “with, from and about each other”.  The overall aims are to modify students’ thinking and understanding of interprofessional teamwork through the recognition of the roles and responsibilities played by different healthcare professionals, and as a consequence create respectful and conscious practitioners and team players.

We aim to provide IPE in a step-wise manner over the four-year MPharm course (in line with the model of a spiral and integrated curriculum).  Specifically, sessions have been planned within each successive academic year within the current structure, where interprofessional working is revisited with increasing levels of sophistication and complexity as the student progresses.

Placements

Clinical placements are a key element of your MPharm degree and an essential part of the preparation for clinical practice.

Students undertake placements at each stage, introducing them to the varied range of settings in which pharmacists work. 

In stages 1, 2 and 3 placement hosts have included:

  • GP practice
  • Community pharmacies
  • Hospitals

Stage 4 placements hosts have included:

  • A hospice
  • A drug and alcohol recovery programme
  • A Research & Development (R&D), company
  • HIV clinics

Specialist Pharmacy areas have included:

  • Microbiology
  • Oncology
  • Antibiotics
  • Orthopaedics