University of Brighton Pharmacy
Pharmacists are experts in medicines and how they work. They play an important role in providing healthcare to patients in many different settings – the community, hospitals, industry and academia – using their clinical expertise to ensure the safe supply and use of medicines by the public.
The MPharm qualification is the only undergraduate UK degree acceptable for registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) – the UK’s independent regulator for pharmaceutical practice.
Our MPharm programme is taught through a series of case studies that bring together the science of pharmacy with the needs of the patient. In each year of the course, it offers placements in community and hospital settings so you can gain the experience you need to successfully enter the workplace.
You will benefit from inter-professional learning opportunities with Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS), and from teaching informed by our extensive industry links and world-leading research.
Guaranteed interview scheme for medicine
All of our Pharmacy MPharm students who fulfil the eligibility criteria are guaranteed an interview with the Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) if they want to pursue a degree in medicine.
See the Course in Detail section for information about entry requirements and eligibility.
Important information for international students
All international students from outside the European Economic Area who graduate with an MPharm from a UK university must apply for a visa in order to work in the UK (ie to undertake their pre-registration training).
For more details, see the Information for international students tab in the Course in Detail section below
A-levels or BTEC
Entry requirements are in the range of A-level ABB–BBB (128–120 UCAS Tariff points) which must include A-level chemistry, or BTEC Extended Diploma (applied science) DDM plus A-level chemistry at grade B.
Applicants invited to interview (values based exercise) are normally chosen from the group who have predicted grades at the top of this range but it is not a guarantee of interview. If your predicted grades are towards the lower end of this range we may still invite you to interview if you offered a significantly competitive GCSE (or equivalent) profile, personal statement or relevant non–academic achievements. Subsequent offers will be made based on assessment at interview and numeracy test.
32 points including a grade 5 in chemistry and biology at Higher level. English at Standard level 5 or Higher level 4, and maths at Standard level 4.
Access to HE Diploma
pass with 60 credits overall. Must include 24 credits at distinction in biology and chemistry. At least 45 credits at level 3, with 30 credits at distinction.
GCSE (minimum grade B or grade 5)
at least maths and English language.
For non-native speakers of English
IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all four elements.
After you apply
If you meet the academic requirements for the course you will be asked to complete an online aptitude test. If you are successful in this test you’ll be invited to an open day which includes a group exercise with other candidates. This is not knowledge-based so there are no right or wrong answers. It’s an opportunity for you to show us how you formulate opinions and set about solving problems.
The online test and group exercise are often used by universities as part of the recruitment process for pharmacy courses. Our test and group exercises are based on the way the UK National Health Service recruit staff.
Our MPharm course has moved away from a modular approach and been carefully structured to integrate an understanding of chemistry, pharmaceutics, microbiology, physiology, pharmacology and health psychology with the practice of pharmacy in providing the best care for patients.
This is achieved in a case-based manner so you can see the science behind patient care as immediately relevant. For example, in a case focused on the treatment of a patient with asthma, we use a mixture of lectures and workshops to consider the physiology of the lungs, the pathology of asthma and the science behind the design, formulation and manufacture of inhalers alongside how best to treat the patient and counsel them in the use of their inhaler.
All pharmacy students undertake placements in each year of the course, providing them with substantial professional experience. In addition, there is early involvement with continuing professional development (CPD) via reflective entries in a personal e-portfolio.
We provide inter-professional learning opportunities using our close links with Brighton and Sussex Medical School to facilitate an understanding of the multidisciplinary nature of modern healthcare.
The course is delivered through a mixture of lectures, laboratory classes, workshops and tutorials. Assessment involves lab reports, written exams, oral presentations, logbooks, portfolios, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) and peer assessment
Fees and funding
UK/EU (full-time) 9,250 GBP
International (full-time) 13,920 GBP
The fees listed here are for full-time courses beginning in the academic year 2017–18. Further tuition fees are payable for each subsequent year of study and are subject to an annual increase of no more than 5% or RPI (whichever is the greater). The annual increase for UK/EU students, who are subject to regulated fees, will increase no more than the statutory maximum fee. Further details regarding tuition fees are available from the university’s student contract and tuition fee policy (pdf).
The tuition fee you have to pay depends on a number of factors including the kind of course you take, and whether you study full- or part-time. If you are studying part-time you will normally be charged on a pro rata basis depending on the number of modules you take.
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