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Master of Pharmacy (MPharm)


    The Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) degree is a research qualification whereby a student can undertake individual research in the pharmaceutical sciences, clinical pharmacy or pharmacy practice disciplines. It should be of interest to those who need research skills in areas of pharmacy to advance their careers or for those who wish to proceed to a PhD.


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    Regulations for the Degree of Master of Pharmacy (MPharm)

    1. Admission to the Programme

      1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences).
      2. Every applicant shall hold the degree of Bachelor of Pharmacy or Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours, or have an equivalent qualification or experience acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences).

    2. Structure of the Programme

      1. The degree may be achieved by passing PHCY 501, PHCY 502, PHCY 503, PHCY 504 and submitting a thesis (PHCY 5).
      2. A candidate whose qualification for the programme is the Postgraduate Diploma in Pharmacy may achieve a degree by completing a thesis alone.
      3. With the permission of the Dean of Pharmacy, candidates may substitute related papers of other subjects for some of the required papers.
      4. A candidate shall, before beginning the investigation to be described in the thesis, secure the approval of the Dean of Pharmacy for the topic chosen, the supervisor(s) and the proposed course of the investigation.
      5. For the thesis, the research should be of a kind that a diligent and competent student should complete within one year of full-time study.

    3. Duration of the Programme

      1. A candidate shall normally complete the programme after the equivalent of two years of full-time study and not more than three years of full-time study.
      2. A candidate who was admitted after completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Pharmacy shall normally complete the programme after the equivalent of one year of full-time study and not more than two years of full-time study.
      3. Exceptions shall be permitted only with the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences).

    4. Special Examinations

      A candidate who obtains a D grade in a paper may be permitted to sit a special examination for that paper. Any candidate who has obtained an E grade in a paper will not normally be admitted to a special examination in that paper but may be offered an opportunity to repeat the paper.

    5. Withdrawal from the Programme

      A candidate for the degree of Master of Pharmacy who has passed all the required papers and elects not to present a thesis may be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Pharmacy.

    6. Examination of the Thesis

      1. The Dean of Pharmacy (or nominee) shall appoint a Convener of Examiners to oversee each thesis examination.
      2. The thesis shall be assessed by at least two examiners, at least one of whom shall be external to the University.
      3. The candidate's supervisor shall not be an examiner but may make a report on the work of the candidate to the Convener of Examiners.
      4. Each examiner shall supply a written report on the thesis and recommend a mark and grade on the basis of the thesis as submitted, and an overall result selected from the options specified in clause (e) below.
      5. The examiners may recommend that a thesis:
        1. be accepted without requiring amendments;
        2. be accepted subject to minor corrections made at the discretion, and to the satisfaction, of the Convener of Examiners;
        3. does not meet the criteria for the award of the degree, but may be revised and resubmitted for examination;
        4. does not meet the criteria for the award of the degree, and should be rejected without right of resubmission.
      6. Amendments 6(e)(ii) and revisions 6(e)(iii) shall be completed by a specified date to be determined by the Convener of Examiners, in accordance with established procedures.
      7. A candidate shall be permitted to revise and resubmit a thesis for examination once only.
      8. If a revised and resubmitted thesis is finally accepted, the result shall be either Pass or Fail (i.e. ungraded) and without eligibility for the award of the degree with distinction or credit.
      9. Where examiners cannot agree on a result, the Convener of Examiners shall engage in established mediation procedures, and if unresolvable, so report to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) or nominee who shall arrive at a decision after consulting an independent referee who should normally be external to the University.

    7. Level of Award of the Degree

      The degree may be awarded with distinction or with credit.

    8. Variations

      The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

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    Regulations on this page are taken from the 2024 Calendar and supplementary material.

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