Master of Pharmacy (Hons)

UNIVERSITY : Taylors University College

COURSE : Master of Pharmacy (Hons)

DURATION :  4 YEAR

Master of Pharmacy (Hons)

Overview

These degree programmes incorporate scientific, clinical and professional knowledge with communications skills to produce outstanding pharmacists who are able to positively impact the healthcare system.

The curriculum provides an in-depth grounding in pharmaceutical sciences, physiology and pharmacy practice. Students will enjoy various learning methods, from problem-based learning to workshops and laboratory work, as well as be exposed to a variety of clinical experience. The central focus of both programmes is on the patient in terms of the application of knowledge of the pharmaceutical sciences. The programmes cover four main themes:

Pharmacology – The study of how drugs work in living organisms and how the body works in health and disease (incorporating genetics, biochemistry, immunology, physiology, pathology and microbiology)

Medicinal Chemistry – The molecular properties of drugs (the active ingredients within medicines) and how to develop safe and effective drugs

Drug Delivery – The design, manufacture, evaluation and stability of pharmaceutical products, such as tablets, creams, eye drops and injectables using appropriate quality standards

Pharmacy Practice – The development of pharmacists` professional roles, from interacting with patients and other healthcare professionals to dispensing prescriptions and giving advice on the use of medicines

Graduates will be ready to meet healthcare challenges and lead the discovery and delivery of medicines to enhance and extend human life.

The Pharmacy programme takes two forms:

Taylor`s University BPharm (Hons) programme – Delivered entirely in Malaysia; based on the Cardiff University programme with a curriculum adapted in the final two years to exceed the requirements of the Malaysian Pharmacy Board; leads to a Taylor`s University award and Cardiff University Diploma in Higher Education in Pharmaceutical Studies.

2+2 MPharm (Hons) programme – The current MPharm (Hons) at Cardiff University is fully accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (UK). Additionally the 2+2 MPharm (Hons) and BPharm (Hons) programmes have approvals from the General Pharmaceutical Council and Pharmacy Board of Malaysia to enroll students on these programmes from January 2011. The Welsh School of Pharmacy is also recognised by the Pharmacy Board of Malaysia. The first two years delivered at Taylor`s University with the final two years delivered at Cardiff University; leads to a Cardiff University award.

The first two years of both programmes are common and delivered in accordance with the requirements of Cardiff University.

Entry Requirements*:

  • Programme
  • A Levels   
  • B,B,B in Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics / Physics
  • South Australian Matriculation (SAM)   
  • ATAR 75 including 14B in Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics / Physics
  • Canadian Pre-University (CPU)   
  • 6 Grade 12 U/M subjects including Grade 12 U English (if not offering other English Language qualification). Minimum of 70% in each and minimum 75% in Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics / Physics
  • Monash University Foundation Year (MUFY)   
  • Minimum of 75% in Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics / Physics
  • Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM)   
  • B,B,B in Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics / Physics
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)   
  • 34 points including scores of 6 in Chemistry and ideally Biology, Mathematics or Physics at higher level
  • Unified Examination Certificate (UEC)   
  • 5Bs. Minimum B3 (75%) in Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics / Physics
  • Foundation in Science**   
  • CGPA 3.5 and above including B in Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics / Physics
  • Matriculation in Science**   
  • CGPA 3.5 and above
  • Diploma in Science   
  • CGPA 3.8 and above
  • First Degree in a science subject   
  • CGPA 3.0 and above
  • HSC-New South Wales   
  • UAI average of 80% in 5 subjects, including Chemistry (75%), Biology (75%) and Mathematics / Physics (70%)

Other Qualifications   

An assessment will be made on submission of the qualification certificates and any other relevant supporting information
Other equivalent qualifications that are permitted by the accrediting bodies will be considered

* The above minimum entry requirements may be subject to change to meet the requirements of the Malaysian Pharmacy Board and the General Pharmaceutical Council (UK)

** Pre-Condition: SPM with minimum 5 credits including B4 in Mathematics, Additional Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology / any other technical subject

Note: All information is correct at time of web update (November 2011) and is subject to change.

2+2 Master of Pharmacy (Hons)  in collaboration with Cardiff University, United Kingdom

Programme Structure

YEAR 1

  • Introduction to Physical Pharmacy
  • Chemical and Biological Properties of Drug Molecules
  • Molecule to Patient
  • The Role of the Pharmacist in Professional Practice
  • Structure and Function of Cells and Microbes
  • Human Body Systems

YEAR 2

  • Clinical and Professional Pharmacy
  • Introduction to Drug Design and Synthesis
  • Formulation Science I
  •  Instrumental Analysis
  • Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Gastrointestinal Therapeutics
  • Drug Disposition
  • Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and Clinical Immunology

YEAR 3

  • Optimisation of Drug Design
  • Endocrine and Autacoid Therapeutics
  • Central Nervous System Therapeutics
  • Formulation Science II
  • Optimisation of Pharmaceutical Care
  • Quality Assurance

YEAR 4

  • Problem Solving in Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Pharmacy Advanced Research Specialisation
  • Problem Solving in Pharmacy Practice
  • Applied Therapeutics in Pharmacy Practice
  • Pharmacy Research Project

Industrial Attachment

At Taylor’s School of Pharmacy students undergo a comprehensive industrial
training programme throughout their studies. The compulsory industrial attachment
provides a multifaceted view of the various roles a pharmacist plays in the three
major healthcare industry areas.
Industrial attachment at hospitals – students will experience the operations of
stock control, dispensing drugs and medicines at major hospitals and health clinics
in Malaysia.
Community pharmacy placement – students will experience the business
operations of community pharmacy establishments such as consultation, sales and
marketing, stock control and personnel training.
Industrial pharmacy attachment – students will understand the manufacturing
and quality control processes set up at well-established pharmaceutical
manufacturing facilities.
Industrial attachment ensure the students acquire important soft skills such as
problem solving and communication as well as technical knowledge and expertise
such as dispensing drugs and medicine with diligence and utmost care.

 

Master of Pharmacy (MPharm)

UNIVERSITY : SEGi College

COURSE : Master of Pharmacy (MPharm)

DURATION :  4 YEAR

Master of Pharmacy (MPharm)

Awarded by University of Sunderland, UK

Description

The Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) (2+2) twinning programme offered at SEGi College is a collaboration between the Faculty of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, SEGi College Malaysia and the Sunderland Pharmacy School, University of Sunderland, UK. The Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) (2+2) programme will be taught by qualified, experienced and committed full-time local staff as well as staff from the University of Sunderland.

This degree aims to integrate clinical and scientific knowledge with communication skills providing you with the expertise to contribute effectively as a pharmacist within the future healthcare system. You will gain the scientific, clinical and professional skills you need for a stimulating, challenging and varied career in pharmacy. You will be competent to work in primary care, hospital and industrial pharmacy in Malaysia and worldwide. These skills will enable you to provide an efficient and effective service to patients, applying not only the legal and ethical aspects of pharmacy, but also the clinical knowledge and counselling skills that can be so crucial in the effective use of medication.

To achieve this, the programme is integrated to include the synthesis, analysis, formulation, presentation, action and uses of drugs combined with clinical application as well as the social aspects of delivering care. You will learn how drugs are discovered and how they are formulated for safe and effective medication. You will study the effects that drugs have on the human body, and how the human body deals with drugs. You will understand how to choose the best medicine for a patient, as well as how to communicate with patients and other healthcare professionals.

The programme starts by delivering an underpinning chemical and physiological base interwoven with pharmacy practice using problem based learning, workshops, seminars and laboratory work. Progressing through each year, the emphasis is placed on how we deliver drugs to the body and the clinical and professional practice aspects of pharmacy, while ensuring throughout that you will develop the communication skills necessary for your role as a pharmacist. You will have the opportunity to research specific areas of pharmacy in the final year, developing your skills in identifying and analysing data. Visits to primary care and hospital pharmacies are encouraged at all levels of the course.

Career Opportunities

A degree in Pharmacy prepares the graduate for a variety of job roles with opportunities available across the health-care provision. Upon graduation and registration with the Pharmacy Board of Malaysia and/or the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, a majority of pharmacists will work in the community pharmacies, hospitals, become industrial pharmacists, or studying for a higher degree, however, there are also other exciting opportunities emerging. New opportunities within pharmacy field include Disease Management, Research and Development, Pharmacogenomics, Chemotherapy Pharmacist, or Professor/Lecturer. In addition to wide variety of pharmacy professions you can choose from, there are some other perks in pharmacy including attractive salary, job flexibility and variety.

As a pharmacist, your typical duties will likely include the following:

Work closely with other health professionals to select appropriate drug therapy for patients,evaluate the success of the therapy, and ensure that patients understand their medications.

  • Dispensing drugs prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners
  • Educating and informing consumers and patients about the use and possible effects of medication
  • Advising physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosages, interactions and effects of medications
  • Maintaining confidential records of patients’ medications to ensure their safety and monitor their progress
  • Providing specialised disease management services for patients with conditions such as diabetes or asthma
  • Preparing drug therapies in areas such as oncology and intravenous nutrition support

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements are those which normally apply for international students entering the University of Sunderland’s MPharm programme in UK and which are stated in the University’s current “International Undergraduate and Postgraduate Opportunities 2010/2011”. All applications will be assessed individually.

Programme Modules

The MPharm programme offered by the University of Sunderland has been rated excellent by the Quality Assurance Agency and covers the following study areas:

  • Pharmaceutics
  • Pharmaceutical/Medicinal Chemistry
  • Clinical Pharmacy/Therapeutics
  • Pharmacy Practice

Pharmaceutics

Pharmaceutics is the science of dosage form design and involves the research and development of medicines. It draws on knowledge from the physical, chemical and biological sciences and occupies a unique position in pharmacy with respect to formulation, and testing of pharmaceutical products. Pharmaceutical formulation and preformulation research involves the study of the physicochemical and biopharmaceutical characteristics of both active drugs and excipients.

Pharmaceutical/Medicinal Chemistry

Pharmaceutical or Medicinal Chemistry is the scientific discipline involved with the design, synthesis and development of new drugs. Specifically Medicinal Chemistry involves the identification and isolation of potential drugs from natural sources, such as plants and marine animals, the synthesis of these products, and the eventual adoption of new chemical entities that may become suitable for therapeutic use.

Clinical Pharmacy/Therapeutics

Therapeutics introduces the student to physiology (how the body works) and develops an understanding of pharmacology (how drugs interact with living tissue and living organisms to produce a response or a change in function). Clinical Pharmacy is used to describe the services of a clinical pharmacist, which can include choosing the appropriate medicine for your patient, counselling them on how to take this medicine and also prescribing suitable treatments. Clinical Pharmacy involves all those services provided by pharmacists in hospitals, community pharmacies, nursing homes, home-visits, prisons and any other setting where medicines are prescribed and used. The aims of Clinical Pharmacy are to maximise drug effect, minimise risks to the patient and minimise drug expenditure.

Pharmacy Practice

The student is introduced to the concepts of what is required from a pharmacist in relation to interpersonal skills and asks the student to reflect upon the pharmacist’s responsibility to care for patients and to respect patients’ needs and beliefs. Legal and ethical issues are also discussed; prescriptions interpreted and clinical checks made, while highlighting the need for continual professional development. Government interventions, wider public health issues, and the awareness of guidelines are also studied to reflect the changes which occur in drug development and disease management.

In their final year, students will carry out a research project allowing choice chosen from a wide variety of topics

 

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