Study Pharmacology / Pharmacy

What Is a Pharmacology / Pharmacy Degree?

Pharmacists are experts in drugs and treatments, their safe use and regulation. They can work in clinical or community settings, dispensing drugs and providing advice to patients. A pharmacology degree (also known as pharmacy) enables students to go on to post-graduate study and later registration as a pharmacist.

What will I study?

MPharm courses are typically four years long. Learning takes place in lectures, seminars and lab-work. You will also receive extensive professional training through clinical placements.  Students take learn applied pharmacology and medicinal chemistry, alongside anatomy and physiology. You will learn about different drugs and treatments; their effects, regulations and contraindications.

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First year students undertake modules in physiology, cell biology and mathematics for pharmacists. You will undertake introductory courses to pharmacy practice and start to learn about different drug types. You will spend time on placement working alongside a qualified pharmacists.

In the second and third years you will build upon the knowledge you have already gained, studying advanced physiology and pathology. You will learn about how medicines are made, about specific drug types for specific diseases such as cancer. Students take modules in immunology, public health and ethics. You will also learn about research methods in pharmacology and undertake a personal research project. Students continue to spend time on clinical placement.

Final year students spend much of the year on placement in a clinical setting, where they work with minimal supervision. You will work towards professional registration by undertaking modules in clinical skills, applied reflective practice and medical law. You will be required to submit a large research paper into an area of your interest.

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