Become the point of contact for patients for the safe and effective use of medicines. Our MPharm programme with a Foundation Year prepares you for a successful career as a pharmacist in community or hospital settings.
Medway School of Pharmacy is a unique partnership between the University of Kent and the University of Greenwich. The School has achieved full accreditation from the General Pharmaceutical Council and is recognised as an established school of pharmacy.
Our five-year programme is based on three interlinked themes: practitioner and patient; medicines design and manufacture; the patient; and disease and drug action.
The foundation year helps you adapt to the higher education system and to develop and embed key academic and employability skills.
Our curriculum is outcomes-focused and designed to prepare you for your future professional practice. In your Foundation Year you are introduced to the foundational level of chemistry for pharmacy, molecules, cells and body systems. We also teach you basic numeracy and academic study skills needed for successful progression on the MPharm programme.
On the MPharm, you study basic and applied science as well as clinical and professional practice, all in the context of patient care. We teach core themes of biological sciences, chemistry and drug delivery as part of integrated modules based around body systems including brain and psychiatry; heart and circulatory system; and the endocrine system.
We make extensive use of tutorials, workshops and practical laboratory classes as well as in-house simulation-based learning to foster your understanding and development.
In your final year, you conduct a sustained research project about a topic you feel particularly passionate about.
The Medway School of Pharmacy houses a state-of-the-art, simulated environment for a hospital ward and fully equipped pharmacy. We also have a clinical skills laboratory in which you can perform some of your own research.
Our extensive network of teacher practitioners is there to provide guidance for your studies and professional development.
Kent’s Student Learning Advisory Centre also offers useful workshops on the Medway campus on topics like essay writing and academic referencing.
You may want to join the student-led Medway Pharmacy Students' Association (MPSA). They organise a number of social activities such as trips, movie nights and sporting events.
You can also get involved with the British Pharmaceutical Student Association (BPSA) which holds local branch meetings at Medway. They also organise conferences and seminars which you can attend to keep up-to-date with key issues in the field and to meet leading practitioners and researchers.
General Pharmaceutical Council
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. All applications are assessed on an individual basis but some of our typical requirements are listed below. Students offering qualifications not listed are welcome to contact our Admissions Team for further advice. Please also see our general entry requirements.
DDD - Science subjects are preferred
Mathematics and English Language at grade C / 4 or above
The University welcomes students with vocational qualifications and/or relevant work experience, and will continue to judge each student on his/her individual merits.
The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR) on a case-by-case basis – Applied Science is preferred. Typical offers when made are Distinction, Merit for BTEC Level 3 National Diploma or Merit, Merit, Pass for BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma. BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificates may be considered in conjunction with other Level 3 qualifications.
Please contact us for further advice on your individual circumstances.
26 points overall or 14 points at HL
We are unable to consider applicants holding T Levels for this programme.
If you are an international student, visit our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country, including details of the International Foundation Programmes. Please note that international fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.
Please note that meeting the typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee that you will receive an offer.
Please see our English language entry requirements web page.
Please note that if you do not meet our English language requirements, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.
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Duration: 5 years full-time
Please contact the Medway School of Pharmacy for information about the course structure.
The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:
For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.
For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.*
The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.
New students are subject to a number of small mandatory costs at the start of their course of around £50 in total.
Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details.
You may be eligible for government finance to help pay for the costs of studying. See the Government's student finance website.
Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.
At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence.
The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of A*AA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.
Teaching is by lectures, seminars, workshops and practical laboratory classes, which take up approximately two thirds of the programme. Placements form a key part of the teaching programme.
A variety of assessment methods are used including practical dispensing examinations, objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs), presentations (individual and group), written reports, interim assessments and end-of-year written examinations.
For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours. The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
The programme aims to:
You gain knowledge and understanding in the following three areas.
Substances used in medicines including:
Design and manufacture of medicines:
The actions and uses of medicines and other agents:
Legal framework, ethics and health care provision:
You gain intellectual skills in the following areas:
You gain subject-specific skills in the following areas:
You gain transferable skills in the following areas:
Our graduates are qualified to work in all branches of the profession such as:
The University has a friendly Careers and Employability Service, which can give you advice on how to:
Throughout the MPharm programme, you complete a number of external placements in hospitals and community pharmacies.
In your first year of the MPharm you spend one and a half days in a community pharmacy. You then spend three days in hospital and one week in a community pharmacy during your second year of study. In Year 3, you go out to a hospital and a community pharmacy for one week each. A self-arranged two week placement in a community pharmacy, hospital, GP surgery or industry is part of your final year of study.
Our graduates develop substantial transferable skills that are valued in a range of work environments.
These skills include:
You can also gain extra skills by signing up for our Kent Extra activities, such as learning a language or volunteering.
You are required to complete a pre-registration year in practice and pass a registration exam before you can become a registered pharmacist in Great Britain. This is a separate programme for which you need to apply and a place on the programme is not guaranteed.
The programme has full accreditation from the General Pharmaceutical Council.
When you are applying for the MPharm degree, please apply to the Medway School of Pharmacy, UCAS institution code name MEDSP, institution code M62.
Full-time applicants (including international applicants) should apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) system. If you need help or advice on your application, you should speak with your careers adviser or contact UCAS Customer Contact Centre. You can also write to UCAS at:
UCAS Customer Contact Centre,
PO Box 28,
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