Pharmacy practice facilities

The brand new pharmaceutical care centre in the School of Life Sciences is a custom-built, state of the art facility that incorporates a SimMan area and control room, consultation rooms a medicines information centre, dispensary and a mock pharmacy. These have been especially designed to enable students to learn in a safe environment, engaging with opportunities of using specialist equipment and participate in patient encounters supplementing their practice experiences. They also simulate the experience of working in a mock pharmacy, as well as participate in patient encounters with volunteer patients and innovative team based learning exercises that underpin our integrated MPharm Curriculum.

Medicines Information Room

Vicky and Amy medical infoThe Medicines Information room contains computers with access to a range of essential pharmaceutical and medical journals and texts to enable the students to develop their knowledge and respond effectively to queries from customers about their health and medication requirements.

Minor ailments area

People in dispensaryThe minor ailments area replicates a pharmacy dispensing environment with its customer waiting area, information leaflets, and over the counter medication as displayed on the shelves and counter. The room will be used by pharmacy students to practice their dispensing and query/consultation skills with patients.

Pharmaceutical Care Centre

Amy and Estelle in consultation roomThe Pharmaceutical Care Centre, home of our innovative Patient as Teacher programme, contains specialist pharmacy and clinical equipment and specially designed consultation rooms each with camera recording equipment to help capture consultations with patients. The care centre is also home to Sim Man 3G, our interactive, state-of-the-art computerised simulator patient.

Sim Man

Sim man pic 1Sim Man 3G is our state-of-the-art computerised Simulator patient. Sim Man can be programmed to replicate symptoms of conditions (e.g. asthma), enabling our pharmacy students to demonstrate how they should respond to these conditions.

Team based learning room

Estelle, Amy and Alex in TBL room pic 2The Team Based Learning room is where students will meet to engage in workshops, seminars and integration sessions. The room has been equipped with the latest software (specially programmed IPads, a large monitor with touchscreen capability, and access to team based learning software such as ARTICULATE).


Industry-standard facilities

You will use state-of-the-art facilities and benefit from access to industry-standard facilities, equipment and pharmacy testing kits as well as NMR and mass-spectrometry facilities, small-molecule and protein x-ray crystallography, and advanced microscopy.


coater dryer pic 1The instrument is used to coat particles/tablets/capsules with hydrophilic and hydrophobic polymers for taste-masking, increasing the chemical stability of formulations and producing slow release formulations.

Inhaler Particle Size Analysis

Inhaler particle size analysis pic 1This instrument is known as Multi-Stage Liquid Impinger is a five-stage liquid impinger which is used to determine the particle size (aerodynamic size distribution) of dry powder inhaler. The instrument can also be used to determine the aerosolization performance of inhalation formulations.

Spray dryer

Spray dryerThe instrument is used to manufacture free flowing powders (spherical particles) for tableting or for dry powder inhalers. Spray drying is the process of converting liquid solution to a powder. This is done by removing the moisture component from the liquid solution upon spraying the solution to a hot chamber.

Dissolution Testing of solid dosage forms

tablet disintegration testing pic 1A dissolution test is used to identify the availability of active drug materials in their delivered form at different dissolution media (e.g. different pH values). A dissolution test allows the prediction of the time for complete release of the material from the dosage form which is mainly tablets, capsule or granules.

Tablet Hardness Testing

Tablet hardness testing pic 1The instrument is used to determine the force required to break the tablets. This is another important test to make sure tablets are strong enough for coating, packaging, and handling.

Tablet Press

Pharmacy tablet press pic 1A tablet press is used to compress pharmaceutical powders/granules into tablets with uniform size and weight. This is a single tableting machine which has the capability to measure the force and speed applied to compress powders into tablets.

Please note, this information is for current students only. We are no longer accepting new students onto our MPharm degree.