Subjects

Pharmacy

Overview

The changing environment in healthcare means pharmacists are now delivering enhanced services, in collaboration with other members of the healthcare team. Structured with an emphasis on research, clinical experience and interaction with the public, the BPharm equips students with a range of skills required for effective pharmacy practice. It extends beyond traditional approaches to pharmacy education by shifting the focus from drug chemistry and delivery to incorporate issues such as how drugs are developed, how patients use them, and how pharmacists can optimise patient care through interaction with other health professionals.

Areas of study

Themes in population medicine, social science, pharmacology, pharmacy practice and pharmaceutics continue throughout the programme and are supported by courses in biomedical science, medicinal chemistry, immunology and pharmacy practice - incorporating ethical issues related to practice and pharmaceutical management.

You can study Pharmacy in the following programmes:

What you will learn

Studying pharmacy explores biomedical science, chemistry, population health, social science, pharmaceutics, pharmacology and pharmacy practice. There is an emphasis on research, clinical experience and interaction with the public, encouraging the development of your independent and critical thinking, practical skills in analysis, problem-solving and information management.

Career opportunities

Pharmacists work in a range of industries related to the manufacture, prescription and provision of medicines. Government agencies regulate the quality and availability of drugs, pharmaceutical companies research and trial new compounds, community and hospital pharmacists liaise with the public and other health professionals on the safe and effective use of medicines. Graduates of the BPharm can expect to gain employment in any of these areas and may find rewarding positions in related industries such as medical publishing or pharmaceutical marketing. Potential careers include community or hospital pharmacist, health sector manager, medicines information pharmacist or prescribing adviser. Additionally, there are opportunities in other related areas such as medical publishing or pharmaceutical marketing.

More information

For more information see Pharmacy.