Lincoln University M Pharm

Our School of Pharmacy is involved in innovative projects to develop new models of pharmaceutical care. Students can learn from, and work alongside, our team of academics who aim to develop the next generation of pharmacists to shape and develop future pharmacy practice.

The course introduces the science underpinning how drugs are developed and produced and how they interact with the body to treat and prevent disease. It includes an understanding of how we evaluate medicines for safety and effectiveness. The patient-facing skills include developing the clinical decision-making and communication skills required to translate and apply the science to optimise treatment for individual patients within the different sectors of pharmacy practice.

This degree aims to enable students to develop the relevant knowledge and skills to succeed in this exciting profession. The Lincoln MPharm qualification enables graduates, once they have completed an additional pre-registration year and passed a final national registration assessment, to apply for registration as a pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council.

The University of Lincoln’s School of Pharmacy has excellent links with local hospitals, community pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals, providing opportunities to develop students’ clinical learning and skills within a wide range of practices and patient-facing environments throughout the course.

MPharm students will have the opportunity to undertake placements within hospital, community, and primary care; these will be integrated throughout the curriculum to support students’ learning and development. As part of the placement programme the School will arrange, and cover the cost of travel for those students whose placement is outside a 10 mile radius of Lincoln.

How You Study

Two fully integrated pharmacy modules are taught each year, making a total of eight modules. These follow the life cycle of the patient, initially in a healthy state, and then the same modules are studied from the perspective of disease and ill health.

The course is taught within the context of the medical conditions that patients present, and is structured around a typical patient’s life cycle. It is supported by case studies and patient-facing activities, which increase in complexity as the course progresses and the patient ages.

Students can learn within the context of the common conditions that present at that stage of life, supported by case studies. These fall within several therapeutic learning threads, that will be revisited and develop as the course progresses, and the complexity of care increases. The course will incorporate important aspects of pharmaceutical care, clinical and professional skills and health promotion integrated with the underlying science of the diseases and of the medicines used.

The science (how medicines work, how patients work) and the professional skills (how pharmacists work) are taught in an integrated fashion in the context of the range of common clinical conditions a patient might experience. For example:

Level 1 (Early Years)

  • Immunological and Inflammatory Disease – Infant Allergy, Atopic Eczema
  • Infectious Disease – Conjunctivitis, Childhood Infections, Vaccinations
  • Cancer – Leukaemia
  • Special Topics – Pregnancy, Breastfeeding and Drugs, Blood and Anaemia

Level 2 (Young Adults)

  • Immunological and Inflammatory Disease – Asthma, Hay Fever, Contact Dermatitis
  • Infectious Disease – STD
  • Cancer – Testicular Cancer, Ovarian Cancer
  • Special Topics – Accidents and Emergency, Critical Care
  • Degenerative and Genetic Disease – Cystic Fibrosis
  • Central Nervous System – Schizophrenia, ADHD, Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Epilepsy, Drugs in Sport
  • Metabolic and Endocrine Disease – Type 1 Diabetes, Contraception, Fertility, Thyroid

Level 3 (Middle Aged)

  • Immunological and Inflammatory Disease – Inflammatory Bowel Disease, RA, Psoriasis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Infectious Disease – Urinary Tract Infection, Upper Respiratory Tract Infection, Peptic Ulcer Disease and Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease
  • Cancer – Breast Cancer, Gastrointestinal Cancer
  • Special Topics – Travel, Neonatal Care
  • Degenerative and Genetic Disease – Men’s Health, Huntington’s, Musculoskeletal (OA/Pain), Incontinence
  • Central Nervous System – BAD, Anxiety and Depression
  • Metabolic and Endocrine Disease – Type 2 Diabetes, Gout, Addison’s, Lipid Disorders, Menopause, Liver and Nutritional Diseases
  • Vascular Disease – Hypertension, Ischaemic Heart Disease, Stroke, AF

Level 4 (Twilight Years)

  • Infectious Disease – Pneumonia, Influenza
  • Cancer – Lung Cancer, Prostate Cancer
  • Special Topics – Palliative Care
  • Degenerative and Genetic Disease – Parkinson’s Disease
  • Central Nervous System – Insomnia, Alzheimer’s
  • Metabolic and Endocrine Disease – Osteoporosis
  • Vascular Disease – Congestive Heart Failure, Deep Vein Thrombosis, Chronic Kidney Disease.

The course is taught through integrated learning sessions, workshops and tutorials, laboratory and physiology practicals, group tutorials, problem-based learning, placements, and health promotion activities in the community. Students may also have the opportunity to work with patients in our consultation rooms.

The MPharm provides a structured placement programme over all 4 years in community and hospital pharmacies, GP practices, and a variety of others locations including hospices, critical care, and a mental health trust.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs.

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