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The School of Pharmacy at Queen's University Belfast is consistently ranked as one of the top UK Schools 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 2008 UK-wide Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) with 95% of its research classified as world-leading, internationally excellent or of international quality. 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 recently launched a major new programme in clinical pharmacy teaching. The programme provides extensive clinical placements for students in their undergraduate degree and is at the forefront of UK pharmacy undergraduate training. The programme also provided a unique opportunity to create five new Clinical Practitioner (CP) posts, based in Trust hospitals in Northern Ireland. The CPs work in partnership with staff in the School to develop an innovative Clinical Placement Programme which is delivered using a variety of methods including workshops, bedside teaching and experiential learning.
The clinical placements are carefully incorporated into the existing MPharm degree programme from Stage 1 through to a full week placement for each student in Stages 3 and 4. These new placements are designed to provide students with an excellent opportunity to apply their clinical knowledge and skills to real-life situations. The clinical placement aims to facilitate high quality teaching and learning activities and also to promote the professional attitudes and behaviours expected of tomorrow's pharmacists. Importantly, Queen's students gain valuable experience of interprofessional education through working closely with other healthcare professionals.
The CPs are supported in their role by the Clinical Pharmacists within the Trusts, who supervise and assess students during contact time on the wards. Students are encouraged to develop their lifelong learning skills through the use of reflective portfolios and task booklets. 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.
At Queens, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable student to achieve their full academic potential.
On the MPharm degree we do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners. Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are:
- Lectures: these introduce basic information about new topics as a starting point for further self-directed private study/reading. Lectures also provide opportunities to ask questions, gain some feedback and advice on assessments (normally delivered in large groups to all year group peers).
- Practicals: students have opportunities to develop technical skills and apply theoretical principles to real-life or practical contexts. Practicals form a major part of the assessment of the MPharm degree programme. Students will be expected to attend one practical per week for the majority of modules within the degree programme. In Levels 3 and 4, students will gain experience of working in groups in practical classes. Students will additionally receive training in the Practice of Pharmacy within the state of the art Pharmacy within the School.
- E-Learning technologies: Information associated with lectures and assignments is often communicated via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) called Queens Online. A range of e-learning experiences are also embedded in the degree through, for example: interactive group workshops in a flexible learning space; IT and statistics modules; podcasts and interactive web-based learning activities; opportunities to use IT programmes associated with design in practicals and project- based work etc.
- Seminars/tutorials: Significant amounts of teaching are carried out in small groups (typically 10-30 students). These provide an opportunity for students to engage with academic staff who have specialist knowledge of the topic, to ask questions of them and to assess their own progress and understanding with the support of peers. Students are also expected to make presentations and other contributions to these groups.
- Self-directed study: This is an essential part of life as a Queens student when important private reading, engagement with e-learning resources, reflection on feedback to date and assignment research and preparation work is carried out.
- Work placements: Students taking the MPharm degree undertake work-placements in all four years of the degree, both in the Hospital and Community environments. This is a significant learning and employability enhancement opportunity.
- Supervised projects: In final (fourth) year, students are expected to carry out a significant piece of research on a topic or practical methodology in s broad research area selected by the student. The student receives support from a supervisor who will guide him/her in terms of how to carry out research and will provide feedback on at least 2 occasions during the write up stage.
- Personal Tutor: Undergraduates are allocated a Personal Tutor during Level 1 and 2 who meets with them on several occasions during the year to support their academic development.
Studying for an MPharm degree at Queens will assist students in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates from this degree at Queens are well regarded by many employers (local, national and international) and the prospects of employment for a graduate with an MPharm degree in the UK are high.
Consultations: We regularly consult and develop links with a large number of employers including, for example, multinational (e.g. Boots the Pharmacy) 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.
Other Career-related information: Queens is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers. Queens students will be advised and guided about career choice and through the Degree Plus initiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer.
Degree Plus and other related initiatives: Recognising student diversity, promoting employability enhancements and other interests is part of the developmental experience at Queens. Students are encouraged to plan and build their own, personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queens Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports.
Queens actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students). Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts. As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.
Detailed Course FactsApplication deadline January 15 Tuition fee
- EUR 4160 Year (EEA)
- EUR 13380 Year (Non-EEA)
England, Scotland and Wales £9,000; EU £3,575; International: £11,500Start date September 2015 Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
All students must take six modules:
One module 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 is split into two parts, the first providing a foundation in the essential skills for the practice of pharmacy whereas the second part provides 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, two physiology modules cover the principles of general physiology and histology as well as an introduction to systematic patho-physiology.
Provides further development of understanding of basic sciences related to pharmacy and an introduction to some professional aspects of handling and interpretation of prescriptions. Six modules are studied: two cover basic principles of drug action and two are concerned with medicinal substances and deal with analytical methods used to determine the relationships between structure and function of drug molecules. Finally, one 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 of the degree reflect the increasing involvement of pharmacists in discussing patient medication with doctors in general practice and in hospitals. Students also continue to study the pharmaceutical sciences. Both years contain six modules. Topics covered at Level 3 include:
Applied Clinical Pharmacy
Applied Pharmaceutical Analysis: Drug Design and Drug Delivery
Topics covered at Level 4 include:
Business, Government and Industry
Infectious Diseases, Treatment and Prevention
Responding to Symptoms
Social and Behavioural Aspects of Pharmacy
In Level 4, students also carry out a research project.
A feature of this MPharm is an increasing experience of the clinical environment through inclusion of clinical placements each year.
English Language Requirements
IELTS band : 6.5
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A-level AAB in GCE A-levels including Chemistry grade A and at least one other A-level from Biology, Mathematics or Physics + GCSE Biology or Double Award Science + GCSE Mathematics.
AAB at A-level + A (AS-level) including A-level Chemistry and at least one other A-level from Biology, Mathematics or Physics + GCSE Biology or Double Award Science + GCSE Mathematics.
Notes:1. Biology to at least AS preferred.
2. A maximum of either one Applied A-level or one Applied AS-level will be accepted as part of the 3 A-level plus 1 AS-level combination. However, an Applied A-level will not be acceptable as part of the 3 A-level combination.
- Irish Leaving Certificate A1A1A1B2B2B2 including Higher Level grade A1 in Biology and Chemistry + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade C in Mathematics.
- Mature Students The same requirements as listed above apply.
- Other Qualifications Contact the Admissions and Access Service for advice.
- International Applicants Slightly different requirements apply.
No work experience is required.
- Academic Excellence Scholarship
"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."
- Access Bursary
Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.
- Alumni Bursary
Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students
* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Queen's University Belfast.
The degree is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) in Great Britain and the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland, as the relevant regulators.
Following successful completion of the degree, all graduates intending to register to practise as pharmacists are required to complete satisfactorily a one-year period of pre-registration training under conditions approved by the regulator, followed by a registration examination. Pre-registration training may be in GB or NI, with the registration examination of the relevant regulator. Qualified pharmacists may work anywhere in the UK once registered with the relevant regulator, or further afield.