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Masters in Pharmacy - MPharm

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Being one of the leading degrees in the healthcare profession throughout the world, MPharm would be perfect for someone who is interested in science, healthcare, disease management and the supply of medicines.

 

What does the course involve?

This four year study program involves focusing on four key constituents that are physiology and pharmacology, pharmaceutical and biological chemistry, pharmaceutical technology and pharmacy practice. Some of these constituents will be based in a professional hospital which boosts the study experience immensely in terms of developing orientation with the real life health environment.

The initial three years of the degree are taught at undergraduate level and the final year is taught at postgraduate level in order to attain a Masters degree. Only attending the first three years of the degree can get you a Bpharm Bachelors degree, but attending the additonal extended one year at university for the course can help you attain a Mpharm Masters degree.

 

Entry requirements:

*Note that these may differ slightly from university to university

UCAS Points: 300 from 3 A-levels

Subjects:

  • A-levels: Chemistry (100 points) required plus another science subject. A minimum of AS Biology is a recommended qualification. Pakistani students who have not done O or A levels should provide equivalent qualification in the relevant subject.
  • GCSEs: Five (A-C) subjects including minimum grade C in Chemistry, Biology (or Double Award Science), English Language and Mathematics.

Should have at least a score of 6.5 or above for IELTs or equivalent for English requirements

Fee Structure for international students is usually around £12,000 per annum. Other funding choices such as scholarships, university funding, kinship bursaries are also being offered by most of the universities in the UK and in case you do not get the required results, a foundation course can be a solution to your problems.

 

What does a Pharmacist do?

Few decades back, pharmacy as a profession had its highs and lows until the implementation of the New Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework in 2005, which emphasised on appreciating pharmacist’s job as a highly skilled healthcare professional and recognized pharmacists as someone who shares the primary health care burden of a Doctor. This was a major revolution in the profession of pharmacy.

Career

To work as Pharmacist in UK, you have to pass a Pre-Registration exam once you finish the degree. This usually needs one year training in any pharmacy may it be hospital or community where you are expected to shadow a pharmacist for training purposes. Qualifying this exam makes you a registered pharmacist and from there on, your pharmacy career starts.

There are a lot of avenues for working as a Pharmacist in UK.  A pharmacist may work in Hospitals, Community Pharmacies, as a Consultant in Pharmaceutical companies and even as a Supplementary Prescriber in a Doctor Surgery Centre!

However some graduates prefer working as locums as there are no contracts involved. You are just called in temporarily in a particular pharmacy and are paid on daily basis. Average pay for locum pharmacists is usually around 23-28GBP/hour.

 

 Comparing MPharm to Medicine (MBBS)

Although the comparitive salary for pharmacist is less than that of a doctor, a pharmacist does earn more than what an average UK citizen may earn. There are some positions in Pharmaceutical Companies or Hospitals such as working as a consultant that involves a very high pay of up to 100k/year with a few years of professional experience.

In conclusion, pharmacy is considered a highly respectable profession that gets you there after those five years of hard work so if you think you have what it takes and like what you hear, why not go ahead and look for it in the numerous universities offering this course in the UK.

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Good luck on your search for the best course!

 

 

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