Pharmacy MPharm

Pharmacy

Key information

Duration:
4 years full time
Typical A-level offer:
AAB
UCAS code:
B230
Start date:
September 2018

At Sussex, you develop the knowledge, clinical skills and cultural competence necessary to provide pharmaceutical care to patients.

Specialist equipment in our Pharmaceutical Care Centre includes SimMan 3G, a human-patient simulator that enables you to learn from simulated clinical scenarios in a safe environment.

You learn from experts with hospital, primary care and industrial experience, and benefit from our close links to the Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

The University is working towards accreditation of our MPharm degree by the General Pharmaceutical Council.

Entry requirements

A-level

Typical offer

AAB

Subjects

A-levels must include Chemistry and one other science subject from Biology, Mathematics, Further Mathematics or Physics.

You will also normally need to pass the separate science practical assessment in Chemistry.  If you are not able to take the science practical assessment, your application will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

GCSEs

You must have at least 5 GCSEs (grades A* to C, or 9 to 4 in the new grading scale). You also need GCSE (or equivalent) English, Mathematics and two science subjects with grade B (or grade 6 in the new grading scale) in each.

Other UK qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

Typical offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits in Biology and Chemistry modules must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher.

Subjects

You will need to be taking an Access course in Science which contains substantial amounts of Level 3 credit in Chemistry and Biology-related subject or to have taken A-level Chemistry alongside the Access course.

GCSEs

You must have at least 5 GCSEs (grades A* to C, or 9 to 4 in the new grading scale). You also need GCSE (or equivalent) English, Mathematics and two science subjects with grade B (or grade 6 in the new grading scale) in each.

Additional requirements

 

 

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer

34 points overall from the full IB Diploma.

Subjects

You must have Higher Level Chemistry and another Higher Level science subject  (from Biology, Mathematics or Physics) with at least grade  in both subjects.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma)

Typical offer

DDD

Subjects

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma will need to be in Applied Science and you will need to have opted for substantial numbers of modules in Chemistry- and Biology-related topics.

GCSEs

You must have at least 5 GCSEs (grades A* to C, or 9 to 4 in the new grading scale). You also need GCSE (or equivalent) English, Mathematics and two science subjects with grade B (or grade 6 in the new grading scale) in each.

Scottish Highers

Typical offer

AAABB

Subjects

Highers must include Chemistry and another science, with at least grade B in each. Ideally, you will have one or both of these sciences as an Advanced Higher.  

GCSEs

You will also need Mathematics and English at Standard Grade, grade 1 or 2.

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced

Typical offer

Grade B and AA in two A-levels.

Subjects

A-levels must include Chemistry and another science (from Biology, Mathematics, Further Mathematics or Physics).

GCSEs

You must have at least 5 GCSEs (grades A* to C, or 9 to 4 in the new grading scale). You also need GCSE (or equivalent) English, Mathematics and two science subjects with grade B (or grade 6 in the new grading scale) in each.

International baccalaureate

Typical offer

34 points overall from the full IB Diploma.

Subjects

You must have Higher Level Chemistry and another Higher Level science subject  (from Biology, Mathematics or Physics) with at least grade  in both subjects.

European baccalaureate

Typical offer

Overall result of at least 80%

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in Chemistry and another science with good results are essential.

Other international qualifications

Australia

Typical offer

Relevant state (Year 12) High School Certificate, and over 85% in the ATAR or UAI/TER/ENTER. Or a Queensland OP of 5 or below.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in Chemistry and another science with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Austria

Typical offer

Reifeprüfung or Matura with an overall result of 2.2 or better for first-year entry. A result of 2.5 or better would be considered for Foundation Year entry.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in Chemistry and another science with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Belgium

Typical offer

Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur (CESS) or Diploma van Hoger Secundair Onderwijs with a good overall average. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in Chemistry and another science with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bulgaria

Typical offer

Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie with excellent final-year scores (normally 5.5 overall with 6 in key subjects).

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in Chemistry and another science with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Typical offer

High School Graduation Diploma. Specific requirements vary between provinces.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in Chemistry and another science with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Typical offer

We usually do not accept Senior High School Graduation for direct entry to our undergraduate courses. However, we do consider applicants who have studied 1 or more years of Higher Education in China at a recognised degree awarding institution or who are following a recognised International Foundation Year.

If you are interested in applying for a course which requires an academic ability in Mathematics, such as a Business related course, you will normally also need a grade B in Mathematics from the Huikao or a score of 90 in Mathematics from the Gaokao.

Applicants who have the Senior High School Graduation may be eligible to apply to our International Foundation Year, which if you complete successfully you can progress on to a relevant undergraduate course at Sussex. You can find more information about the qualifications which are accepted by our International Study Centre at  http://isc.sussex.ac.uk/entry-requirements/international-foundation-year .

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in Chemistry and another science with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Croatia

Typical offer

Maturatna Svjedodžba with an overall score of at least 4-5 depending on your degree choice.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in Chemistry and another science with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Typical offer

Apolytirion of Lykeion with an overall average of at least 18 or 19/20 will be considered for first-year entry.

A score of 15/20 in the Apolytirion would be suitable for Foundation Year entry. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in Chemistry and another science with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Czech Republic

Typical offer

Maturita with a good overall average.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in Chemistry and another science with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Denmark

Typical offer

Højere Forberedelseseksamen (HF) or studentereksamen with an overall average of at least 7 on the new grading scale.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in Chemistry and another science with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Finland

Typical offer

Finnish Ylioppilastutkinto with an overall average result in the final matriculation examinations of at least 6.5

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in Chemistry and another science with good results are essential.

France

Typical offer

French Baccalauréat with an overall final result of at least 14/20.

Additional requirements

You will need to be taking the science strand within the French Baccalaureat with good results (12/20) in Chemistry and at least one other science subject.

Germany

Typical offer

German Abitur with an overall result of 1.8 or better.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in Chemistry and another science subject with good results (12/15) is essential.

Greece

Typical offer

Apolytirion with an overall average of at least 18 or 19/20 will be considered for first-year entry.

A score of 15/20 in the Apolytirion would be suitable for Foundation Year entry. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in Chemistry and another science with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Typical offer

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) with grades of 5, 4, 4 from three subjects including two electives. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in Chemistry and another science with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hungary

Typical offer

Erettsegi/Matura with a good average.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in Chemistry and another science with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Typical offer

Standard XII results from Central and Metro Boards with an overall average of 75-80%. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in Chemistry and another science with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Typical offer

High School Diploma and Pre-University Certificate.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in Chemistry and another science with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ireland

Typical offer

Irish Leaving Certificate Higher Level at H1,H1,H2,H2,H3 .

Additional requirements

Highers will need to include Chemistry and another science subject (normally at grade H1).

You must have at least grade O5 in Mathematics and English.

Israel

Typical offer

Bagrut, with at least 8/10 in at least six subjects, including one five-unit subject.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in Chemistry and another science with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Typical offer

Italian Diploma di Maturità or Diploma Pass di Esame di Stato with a Final Diploma mark of at least 85/100.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in Chemistry and another science with good results are essential.

Japan

Typical offer

Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate is suitable for entry to our Foundation Years. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in Chemistry and another science with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Latvia

Typical offer

Atestats par Visparejo videjo Izglitibu with very good grades in state exams.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in Chemistry and another science with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lithuania

Typical offer

Brandos Atestatas including scores of 80-90% in at least three state examinations (other than English).

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in Chemistry and another science with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Luxembourg

Typical offer

Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in Chemistry and another science with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Typical offer

Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM). As well as various two or three-year college or polytechnic certificates and diplomas.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in Chemistry and another science with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Netherlands

Typical offer

Voorereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO), normally with an average of at least 7.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in Chemistry and another science with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Typical offer

You are expected to have one of the following:

  • Higher National Diploma
  • One year at a recognised Nigerian University
  • Professional Diploma (Part IV) from the Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology of Nigeria
  • Advanced Diploma

You must also have a score of C6 or above in WAEC/SSC English.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in Chemistry and another science with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Typical offer

Norwegian Vitnemal Fra Den Videregaende Skole- Pass with an overall average of at least 4.5.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in Chemistry and another science with good results are essential.

Pakistan

Typical offer

Bachelor (Pass) degree in arts, commerce or science.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in Chemistry and another science with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Poland

Typical offer

Matura with three extended-level written examinations, normally scored within the 7th stanine.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in Chemistry and another science with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Portugal

Typical offer

Diploma de Ensino Secundario normally with an overall mark of at least 16/20. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in Chemistry and another science with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Romania

Typical offer

Diploma de Bacalaureat with an overall average of 8.5-9.5 depending on your degree choice.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in Chemistry and another science with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Typical offer

A-levels, as well as certain certificates and diplomas.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in Chemistry and another science with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Slovakia

Typical offer

Maturitna Skuska or Maturita with honours, normally including scores of 1 in at least three subjects.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in Chemistry and another science with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Slovenia

Typical offer

Secondary School Leaving Diploma or Matura with at least 23 points overall.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in Chemistry and another science with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Typical offer

National Senior Certificate with very good grades. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in Chemistry and another science with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Typical offer

Spanish Título de Bachillerato (LOGSE) with an overall average result of at least 8.0

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in Chemistry and another science with good results is essential.

Sri Lanka

Typical offer

Sri Lankan A-levels.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in Chemistry and another science with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sweden

Typical offer

Fullstandigt Slutbetyg with good grades.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in Chemistry and another science with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Typical offer

Federal Maturity Certificate.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in Chemistry and another science with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Typical offer

Devlet Lise Diplomasi or Lise Bitirme is normally only suitable for Foundation Years, but very strong applicants may be considered for first year entry. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in Chemistry and another science with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Typical offer

We look at your full profile taking into account everything you are studying. You must have your high school graduation diploma and we will be interested in your Grade 12 GPA. However, we will also want to see evidence of the external tests you have taken. Each application is looked at individually, but you should normally have one or two of the following:

  • APs (where we would expect at least three subject with 4/5 in each)
  • SAT Reasoning Tests (normally with a combined score of 1300) or ACT grades
  • and/or SAT Subject Tests (where generally we expect you to have scores of 600 or higher). 

We would normally require APs or SAT Subject Tests in areas relevant to your chosen degree course.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in Chemistry and another science with good results are essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email ug.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

7.0 overall, including at least 6.5 in each component

IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test.

If you are applying for degree-level study we can consider your IELTS test from any test centre, but if you require a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for an English language or pre-sessional English course (not combined with a degree) the test must be taken at a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)-approved IELTS test centre.

Find out more about IELTS.

Other English language requirements

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: Grade B or above

For tests taken after January 2015: 185 overall, including at least 176 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above

For tests taken after January 2015: 185 overall, including at least 176 in each skill

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency.

Pearson (PTE Academic)

67 overall, including at least 62 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic).

TOEFL (iBT)

95 overall, including at least 22 in Listening, 23 in Reading, 23 in Speaking, 24 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT).

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language.

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

Level 5, including at least 4 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 80%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 80%

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

Country exceptions

Select to see the list of exempt English-speaking countries

If you are a national of one of the countries below, or if you have recently completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree or higher in one of these countries, you will normally meet our English requirements. Note that qualifications obtained by distance learning or awarded by studying outside these countries cannot be accepted for English language purposes.

You will normally be expected to have completed the qualification within two years before starting your course at Sussex. If the qualification was obtained earlier than this we would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you have maintained a good level of English, for example by living in an English-speaking country or working in an occupation that required you to use English regularly and to a high level.

Please note that this list is determined by the UK’s Home Office, not by the University of Sussex.

List of exempt countries

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada**
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

** Canada: you must be a national of Canada; other nationals not on this list who have a degree from a Canadian institution will not normally be exempt from needing to provide evidence of English.

Admissions information for applicants

Disclosure and barring service checkYes
Health check requiredYes
Immunisations requiredYes
Skype interviewYes
Transfers into Year 2

No

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email ug.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk.

Why choose this course?

  • You are taught by world-leading experts from our research centres and our celebrated Chemistry Department, ranked 1st in the UK (The Guardian University Guide 2017).
  • Teaching is underpinned by programmes that promote practical and clinical skills essential to becoming a pharmacist.
  • Gain experience within the community, hospitals, primary care and the pharmaceutical industry – boosting your career prospects.

Course information

How will I study?

You learn essential skills for pharmacy and gain a basic knowledge of the NHS and pharmacy-representative organisations. You develop professional skills, learn to manage symptoms in the pharmacy and undertake service to the local community. 

This gives you a good understanding of the role of a pharmacist within society, and pharmacy laws and regulations that govern the sale and supply of medicines. 

You take modules on:

  • people, systems and medicines
  • nutrition and infection
  • heart, blood and lungs.

Modules

These are the modules running in the academic year 2016. Modules running in 2018 may be subject to change.

Core modules


Customise your course

Our courses are designed to broaden your horizons and give you the skills and experience necessary to have the sort of career that has an impact.

Gain programming skills and apply them to areas such as digital media, business and interactive design. Find out about our Year in Computing

How will I study?

You build on the knowledge acquired in Year 1 as you study the pharmacotherapy of disease.

You develop your clinical assessment and problem-solving skills in our Pharmaceutical Care Centre, which includes a simulated community pharmacy, GP practice area, hospital ward, consulting rooms, dispensary and medicines information centre.

Modules

These are the modules running in the academic year 2016. Modules running in 2018 may be subject to change.

Core modules


Customise your course

Our courses are designed to broaden your horizons and give you the skills and experience necessary to have the sort of career that has an impact.

Gain programming skills and apply them to areas such as digital media, business and interactive design. Find out about our Year in Computing

Research placements

You have the opportunity to take part in summer-vacation research projects in selected laboratories, working alongside leading researchers from the renowned Sussex Drug Discovery Centre and the Genome Damage and Stability Centre.

How will I study?

You study neurology and psychiatry, oncology and ophthalmology, and experience healthcare service provision alongside practice experiences in clinical settings.

Modules

These are the modules running in the academic year 2016. Modules running in 2018 may be subject to change.

Core modules

How will I study?

You study research methods used in health services research and undertake a research project based in our renowned research-intensive laboratories or in a clinical setting.

You prepare for practice, providing pharmaceutical care to patients with complex co-morbid conditions as you would in a real-life practice setting, developing and demonstrating the competencies expected of a pharmacy professional.

Modules

These are the modules running in the academic year 2016. Modules running in 2018 may be subject to change.

Core modules

School and staff

Find out what it's like to study Pharmacy at the University of Sussex

 

Your expertise is called upon to improve patient's health or to take responsibility in the pharmaceutical industry.”Professor Bugewa Apampa
Director of Pharmacy 

Fees

Fees are not yet set for entry in the academic year 2018. Note that your fees, once they’re set, may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

The UK Government has confirmed that, if you’re an EU student applying for entry in the academic year 2018, you'll remain eligible for financial support. This applies even if your course ends after the UK’s exit from the EU. Find out more on the UK Government website.

Find out about typical living costs for studying at Sussex

Scholarships

Details of our scholarships are not yet set for entry in the academic year 2018.

Careers

Your future career

To qualify as a pharmacist in the UK, you need to complete a year of pre-registration training after your Pharmacy degree and pass a registration examination set by the General Pharmaceutical Council.

Because the disciplines that contribute to a Pharmacy degree are diverse, you can follow a range of careers, such as:

  • clinical pharmacist in the community
  • hospital pharmacist
  • roles in primary care.

You could also follow a career in academic pharmacy or in the pharmaceutical industry.

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Health and Disease Fundamentals for Pharmacy

  • 60 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This preparatory module aims to provide an introduction to health and disease in relation to the human body and will include introductions to human anatomy, physiology, molecular biology and the human immune response.

It also introduces you to the fundamental concepts of pharmaceutical chemistry in an integrated manner, covering functional group chemistry, molecular shape and stereochemistry and the basics of synthetic organic chemistry, underpinning the principles of drug design and synthesis.

You will also be introduced to key aspects of pharmacy practice including: the organisation of the NHS; functions of pharmacy organisations such as the GPhC, the RPS and the PSNC; as well as the laws and regulations that underpin the sale and supply of medicines and pharmacy practice; the roles and responsibilities of the pharmacist as well as professional ethics and fitness to practice.

Additionally, the module will introduce you to key clinical skills required when responding to symptoms of selected minor ailments.

People, Systems and Medicines

  • 60 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

This module aims to provide an introduction to the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the gastrointestinal, cardiovascular and respiratory systems, and introduces you to selected medicines used in the treatment of dyspepsia, hypertension, anaemia, asthma and COPD.

The module also introduces the basic principles of pharmacology, drug targets, mechanism of drug action and drug metabolism.

You will also engage in a systematic and integrated study of the physicochemical principles involved in the development of selected medicines and their pharmaceutical dosage forms; studying selected theories and applications of physical chemistry - specifically thermodynamics, kinetics and spectroscopic and basic analytical methods, while developing competence in the patient-focused practice of pharmacy.

Pharmacotherapy of Disease 1

  • 60 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

Following on from the study of the introductory stage one modules, this module will progressively cover a range of topics associated with the pathogenesis of various diseases involving cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, dermatology and renal diseases.

The module aims to provide you with a detailed knowledge and deep understanding of topical and transdermal delivery, the formulation of solid dosage forms, powder technology and other pharmaceutical factors affecting the manufacture and delivery of oral and pulmonary dosage forms.

In addition, it aims to integrate your learning concerning the pathological basis of diseases, pharmaceutics, pharmacotherapy and professional practice, thus supporting their development of competence in the patient-centred practice of pharmacy and their development of clinical skills when responding to symptoms.

Pharmacotherapy of Disease 2

  • 60 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This module aims to build on the first year introduction to the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the gastrointestinal system, and introduce the genitourinary and musculoskeletal systems.

It introduces you to selected medicines used in the treatment of infectious diseases and inflammatory conditions, and the sterilisation of pharmaceuticals.

You will engage in a systematic and integrated study of the physicochemical principles involved in the development of these medicines and their pharmaceutical dosage forms; studying selected theories and applications of physical chemistry - specifically thermodynamics, kinetics and spectroscopic and basic analytical methods, while developing competence in the patient-centred practice of pharmacy.

You will also study UK legislation relating to the sale and supply of medicines and poisons, professional regulation and the NHS.

Pharmaceutical Care Practice - Neurology and Psychiatry

  • 60 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

In this module, you develop systematic knowledge and skills of biomedical, pharmaceutical, social and clinical sciences. These skills are required to make complex pharmacotherapy decisions for individual patients or defined patient populations.

You learn how to develop and evaluate pharmaceutical care plans, and monitor patients’ progress towards meeting therapeutic goals, while making sure that all recommendations for care are evidence-based and supported by best practice literature or expert opinion.

You will adopt a systematic approach when optimising medicines during the pharmaceutical care process, using your knowledge of the physicochemical, chemical, biopharmaceutical, pharmacokinetic, and pharmacodynamic properties of medicines.

You also develop an understanding of how physiological, behavioural and health beliefs might influence therapy.

In making rational and ethical decisions that represent the best interest of the patient and the community, you learn to take responsibility for the outcomes of the use of medicines.

Pharmaceutical Care Practice - Oncology

  • 60 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

In this module, you develop systematic knowledge and skills of biomedical, pharmaceutical, social and clinical sciences required to make complex pharmacotherapy decisions for individual patients or defined patient populations with cancer.

You learn about:

  • the molecular mechanisms that underpin genome stability in the face of continual genetic damage
  • the implications for human health when these processes fail
  • how the responses of cells to genetic damage have been exploited in a clinical setting to help with diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Using selected medicines, you study the pharmacotherapy of oncology, develop and evaluate pharmaceutical care plans, and monitor patients’ progress towards meeting therapeutic goals.

You adopt a systematic approach when optimising medicines during the pharmaceutical care process, using your knowledge of the physicochemical, chemical, biopharmaceutical, pharmacokinetic, and pharmacodynamic properties of medicines.

You also gain an understanding of how physiological, behavioural and health beliefs might influence therapy.

In making rational and ethical decisions that represent the best interest of the patient and the community, you learn to take responsibility for the outcomes of the use of medicines.

Advanced Pharmaceutical Care Practice - Preparing for Practice

  • 60 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 4

Consolidate your learning and gain the core skills for pharmacy practice. You'll be guided and facilitated in the integration of your knowledge and skills.

This is so that you can design, monitor, assess and develop safe and cost-effective pharmaceutical care plans that maximises patients’ response to drug therapies. You also learn how to provide appropriate information to special populations of patients, caregivers, and health professionals.

Expanding on your knowledge of disease states and therapies covered in previous years, you discover how to interpret data and create a prioritised list of drug-therapy problems, managing pharmaceutical care problems in a range of settings.

You learn via team–based clinical sessions, experiential learning, interprofessional learning workshops, journal clubs and guest lectures focusing on professional practice issues.

As a student, you are expected to critically appraise and review the provision of pharmacotherapy for patients on complex drug regimens, modifying care plans.

You do this by using knowledge of the physiochemical, chemical, biopharmaceutical, pharmacokinetic, and pharmacodynamic characteristics of administered medications, as well as physiological, behavioural, cultural and economic factors that might influence therapy.

You also cover updates in therapeutics; law, ethics and health and social care policy.

The Research Pharmacist

  • 60 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 4

In this module, you:

  • learn about scientific and health services research methods, including pharmacy practice and policy research, and statistical analysis
  • carry out a piece of original research. 

As part of your research project, you are part of a research team in which you explore and investigate a particular subject area in detail, and gain research skills. You will work independently with support from experts.

All candidates offered a place on the course will be required to satisfactorily complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly known as a CRB check), including a check of all cautions and warnings as well as convictions, before their place on the course is confirmed.

You will be required to have a satisfactory Health Check.

If you meet the academic requirements for this course you will be invited to take part in a Skype interview.

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