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B230 - Pharmacy

Pharmacy

MPharm Honours

  • UCAS code: B230
  • Full time
  • 4 years
  • Next start date: September 2023
Year :

This accredited Pharmacy degree will prepare you for a career at the forefront of healthcare and medicine.

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £25200

Entry requirements and offers

  • A Level: AAB
  • IB: 36 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Professional accreditation

Course overview

This degree focuses on developing your scientific, technical and communication skills. You'll leave as a professional, caring, ethical and effective pharmacist, able to contribute to the health of future generations.

Hands-on learning and clinical placements are embedded throughout the degree. You will have access to patients from the start of the course, as well as access to our on-campus skills labs.

You’ll become a confident expert in medicine by learning the fundamentals of the human body and the principles of areas such as:

  • pharmaceutical microbiology
  • biomedical science
  • pathology
  • microbiology
Pharmacy students at Newcastle University.

Your course and study experience - disclaimers and terms and conditions  
Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the programmes, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to Covid-19.

View our Academic experience page, which gives information about your Newcastle University study experience for the academic year 2022-23.

See our terms and conditions and student complaints information, which gives details of circumstances that may lead to changes to programmes, modules or University services.

Quality and ranking

Study Pharmacy at Newcastle University and you will be joining our world-renowned Faculty of Medical Sciences. We have an international reputation for the quality of our well-established degrees in medicine, dentistry, psychology and biomedical sciences.

  • 7th in the UK - The Guardian University Guide 2022 (Pharmacy and Pharmacology category)
  • 17th in the UK - The Complete University Guide 2023 (Pharmacology and Pharmacy)
  • 16th in the UK - Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 (Pharmacy and Pharmacology category)
  • Top 125 for Clinical and Health - Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2022
  • Top 150 for Pharmacy and Pharmacology - QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022
  • 1st in the UK and 8th in the world for sustainable development – Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022
  • 65% increase in research power since 2014 – Research Excellence Framework 2021
  • 42% of our research is classified as 4* world-leading research – Research Excellence Framework 2021
  • Global Top 125 University - QS World University Rankings 2023

Professional accreditation

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.

Modules and learning

Modules

The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage. 

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

Your learning will be focused on patient-orientated problems.

You'll study areas such as the normal structure and function of the human body, pharmacology and medicinal chemistry.

You'll gain professional and practical skills including how to talk to patients, working within healthcare teams and simple examination skills.

During Stage 2, you will study pharmaceutical care, such as pathology, as well as topics such as systems for medicines management.

You will examine abnormal pathology and subsequent therapeutic options to deal with disease. This will be integrated with cutting-edge pharmaceutical science and continued workplace experience. 

In Stage 3, you'll study applied pharmaceutical interventions such as design and delivery and develop an understanding of how medicines are used concomitantly and how adverse effects are monitored and managed.

You will explore the development of drugs from first principles, and the formulation of injections and implantable medicinal devices. You will also experience more complex patient-based cases.

In Stage 4, you'll study targeted therapeutics such as optimisation, critique and responsibility.

You will encounter complex clinical problems and examine specific areas of oncology, infection and immunology.

You'll also learn about state-of-the-art formulation devices used in the delivery of chemotherapy and have the opportunity to choose an area of pharmacy to study as part of a research project.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

You'll be taught through:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • problem-based learning
  • practical experience
  • laboratory work
  • case seminars 

These combined methods of teaching are designed to encourage you to develop knowledge and skills in an integrated manner.

You'll be supported in case-led teaching so you are able to confidently apply your knowledge to future work.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assessments

  • Coursework

  • Examinations – practical or online

Skills and experience

Research skills

Undertake a Research Project in your final year. Areas of focus include:

  • medicinal chemistry
  • pharmacology
  • pharmacy practice
  • formulation science
  • pharmaceutical microbiology

Business skills

Gain hands-on learning through a range of experiential opportunities throughout the degree and access to patients from day one.

Embedding these opportunities at all stages of the course will give you the skills to excel as a pharmacist and effectively contribute to high-quality patient care to improve the lives of millions.

Practical skills

Reinforce your learning through:

  • on-site visits to local hospitals
  • practical sessions in our on-campus pharmacy labs, clinical skills suites and anatomy and biochemistry labs
  • working and training alongside professionals and students within the Faculty of Medical Sciences

Clinical placements and experience

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

On placement, you'll have a diverse range of clinical experiences. This will introduce you to the many and varied roles that qualified pharmacists can undertake.

The placements help you develop a sense of identity as a pharmacist and identify your interests. They are also an opportunity for you to gain, develop and craft your practical knowledge and skills.

Chat to a student

The teaching quality is very high, I can really see that my supervisors are professionals and that they are passionate about their work and research.

Kristina, Pharmacy student

Facilities and environment

Facilities

Our School is part of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, which is also home to Dentistry, Medicine, Psychology and Biomedical Sciences, encouraging inter-professional collaboration.

You'll have access to newly refurbished pharmacy laboratories in the historic red-brick George VI Building, in our city-centre campus. You'll also benefit from:

  • a clinical skills suite, anatomy lab and biochemistry lab in the Medical School
  • specialist medicinal chemistry facilities
  • access to the hospital environment through our close proximity to the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Support

You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with academic and personal issues.

Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have when starting university.

Your future

Pharmacy is a highly varied profession with a number of different possible career paths open to graduates.

To register as a pharmacist in the UK, you must complete the MPharm degree, a pre-registration training year and sit the registration assessment. After registration, pharmacy graduates are highly sought after and are amongst the most employable professionals in the UK, with many opportunities to work internationally.

Career paths include:

  • community pharmacist
  • hospital pharmacist
  • industrial pharmacist
  • emerging roles, including working in GP practices and care homes

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Careers support

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK

From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK

Entry requirements and offers

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements and offers below apply to 2023 entry.

A Level

AAB

International Baccalaureate

36 points

Other UK and the Republic of Ireland qualifications

Contextual Offers

Through one of our contextual routes, you could receive an offer of up to three grades lower than the typical requirements.

What is a contextual offer? Find out more and if you’re eligible for this or our PARTNERS Programme supported entry route.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

Entrance courses (INTO)

International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

Fitness to Practise requirements

Applicants must satisfy Fitness to Practise requirements on admission to the course.

This includes a health declaration and submission of an acceptable disclosure and barring service (DBS) clearance.

Students coming direct to the course from a country outside of the UK must provide a letter of good conduct from their home country and will be required to submit an acceptable DBS at the end of the first year.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2023 entry (per year)

Home Fee Students

£9250

International Fee Students

£25200

The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for home fee-paying students is set by the UK government.

As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.

EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.

If you are unsure of your fee status, check out the latest guidance here.

Read more about fees and funding

Scholarships

We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our undergraduate scholarship page for more information.

Year abroad and additional costs

For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year. 

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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Apply through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:

  • the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
  • the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
  • the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college

If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.

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