MPharm (Hons) in Pharmacy

General

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Programme Description

Modern Healthcare is delivered by an interdisciplinary team and increasingly Pharmacists are delivering enhanced and new clinical services across healthcare settings. Our Pharmacy Degree recognises these new and advanced roles and integrates sciences and practice to prepare students to meet the challenges of the changing face of Pharmacy. 

During your four-year integrated Master’s Degree (MPharm) in Pharmacy, you will follow a curriculum designed to reflect the way Pharmacists approach patients and how patients present to Pharmacists. We combine fundamental and complex scientific principles with how it is applied to give you a clear understanding of the practice of Pharmacy.

Together with a strong focus on clinical and communication skills and digital technology, you will develop the academic, practical, and personal qualities to practise pharmacy competently and with confidence.

Why Pharmacy at Swansea

Pharmacy at Swansea builds on the strengths of the Medical School by adopting an interdisciplinary approach. We recognise that Pharmacists, Doctors and Nurses work together in a clinical setting so education and training should reflect this. You will benefit from our experience and expertise in clinical and life science, research, training and practice, helping you to develop your pharmaceutical practice, science and knowledge. 

The Medical School has an enviable reputation, being ranked in the Top 5 in the UK and Top in Wales for Medicine. It is also ranked 1st in the UK for research environment and joint 2nd for research quality.

It is these strengths and the recognition of the need for scientific rigour and understanding, coupled with a strong focus on patient care and outcomes that allow the Medical School to develop high-quality healthcare professionals to meet the needs of the NHS and patients alike. 

Your Pharmacy Experience at Swansea

Throughout your course, you will have a high level of structured clinical contact, lecture and lab-based teaching. Students will learn across 7 broad themes which have been adapted from the General Pharmaceutical Council's  (GPhC's) Indicative Curriculum: 

  • Pharmaceutics
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Biology and Biochemistry
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Clinical Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy Practice

Pharmacy Employment Opportunities

98% of pharmacy graduates are working or in further study 6 months after graduation. Starting salaries for Pharmacists vary depending on the area of Pharmacy in which you choose to work, however, surveys undertaken by the Royal Pharmacy Society suggest an equivalent starting salary of £20,000-£30,000, rising to £35,000-£60,000 after 10 years. 

As a Pharmacist, you will find a variety of Healthcare roles available as a valued member of the clinical team, ranging from Community Pharmacy and Hospital Pharmacy to Primary Care, Industrial Pharmacy and Academia.

More information on the career paths for Pharmacists is available from The Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Careers and Employability

Swansea Employability Academy (SEA) will support you at each stage of your career journey helping you build a bright future.

Our career support services include:

  • Employability workshops, employers’ talks, bespoke events and careers fairs.
  • Individual advice and guidance from professionally qualified Careers Advisers.
  • Help with finding jobs, internships, work placements and volunteering opportunities.
  • Access to information resources on a wide range of career management topics.
  • Advice and guidance on postgraduate study and funding.
  • Funding to support student internship opportunities and Student Society/Club events.

We also provide help and advice for Swansea University Alumni up to two years after you graduate.

Your career as a Pharmacist

Starting salaries for Pharmacists vary depending on the area of Pharmacy you choose to work in, however, surveys undertaken by the Royal Pharmacy Society suggest an equivalent starting salary of between £20,000-£30,000, rising to £35,000-£60,000 after 10 years. 

As a Pharmacist, you will find there are a variety of Healthcare roles available as a valued member of the clinical team, these range from Community Pharmacy, Hospital Pharmacy, Industrial Pharmacy and Academia.

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Swansea University was named University of the Year in the 2019 Whatuni Student Choice Awards for the second time in five years. As well as being crowned University of the Year, Swansea University took the top spot in the International category and placed top three in the Postgraduate, and Course and Lecturers categories. The Whatuni Student Choice Awards are voted for entirely by students, with more than 41,000 reviews and comments submitted from more than 160 UK institutions.

In the prestigious Guardian University Guide 2021, we are placed 24th in the UK  and have won the Welsh University of the Year title for the second time in three years, cementing our position as Wales’ leading higher education institution.

We place our students at the heart of everything. As a result, we achieved a gold rating, the highest rating possible, in the national Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) and are ranked 6th in the UK for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey for 2020.

Our stunning waterfront campuses make us a desirable location for students and staff from around the world, and our multicultural community provides a global perspective, enabling those who join us to develop skills and knowledge that set them on successful and enriching careers.

Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

Swansea University is a research-led university that has been making a difference since 1920. The University community thrives on exploration and discovery, and offers the right balance of excellent t ... Read More

Swansea University is a research-led university that has been making a difference since 1920. The University community thrives on exploration and discovery, and offers the right balance of excellent teaching and research, matched by an enviable quality of life. Read Less