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Undergraduate Studies
Contents                                                                     Welcome to the
                                                                             School of Pharmacy

                                                                                                                                   Trent Building, University Park

                                                                             “I am delighted that you are considering studying pharmacy

                                                                             at The University of Nottingham. I am very proud of our
                                                                             School; as you will see from this brochure, we have excellent
                                                                             staff, teaching and research facilities, and a first-class student
                                                                             community. These combine to make a great place to study.
                                                                             The School is friendly, welcoming and inclusive and will give
                                                                             you every opportunity to achieve your full potential as an
                                                                             undergraduate, whatever your aspirations for the future.

                                                                             The School is unique in its international approach    We have tried to give you as much information as       03
                                                                             to teaching and learning. Members of academic         we can in this brochure, but you may want to know
Welcome                               03   Graduate profile             15   staff are internationally recognised for research     more. Please have a look at our website for details
                                                                             in their specialised fields; indeed, we were judged   or contact us if you have any more questions.
Why The University of Nottingham?     04   Student profiles             16   to be the UK’s top school of pharmacy in the
                                                                             2008 Research Assessment Exercise.                    Once again, thank you for considering the School
Why pharmacy at Nottingham?           06   Applying for a place         18                                                         of Pharmacy at Nottingham. I wish you every
                                                                             Students from all over the world choose to study      success in your studies and hope to welcome
Study abroad at the Malaysia Campus   07   Frequently asked questions   20
                                                                             here and in 2005 we began to deliver the              you here soon.”
Careers                               08   Visiting us                  22   undergraduate course at the University’s campus
                                                                             in Malaysia, as well as here in Nottingham. The                         Professor Kevin Shakesheff
Master of Pharmacy degree course      10   Contacting us                23   course in Malaysia has full UK accreditation. This                      Head of School
                                                                             enables us to offer our undergraduates the unique
Master of Pharmacy with
                                                                             opportunity to apply to spend a semester, or even
Preliminary Year                      13                                     a year, studying in Malaysia, following exactly the

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Teaching and learning                 14                                     same degree programme as is taught in the UK.
                                                                                                                                             The Cornerhouse, Nottingham city centre
                                Why The University
                                of Nottingham?

                                                                                       Nottingham Castle

                                Students choose The University of                      If you want to broaden your horizons and see the

                                Nottingham for a whole host of reasons.                world, we offer great study abroad opportunities.
                                If it’s academic excellence you’re looking for         Nottingham is a global institution with around        “Nottingham is, without doubt, the best city in the
                                then Nottingham is the place for you.                  30,000 students from over 150 countries, and          country for a student. Situated in the Midlands, it’s
                                                                                       more than 320 partner universities in over 40
                                Renowned internationally for top-class
                                                                                       countries. As a result, nearly every Nottingham       never too far for UK students to get home, and being
                                teaching and groundbreaking research, the              undergraduate has the opportunity to apply to         in the middle of the country, you get a really good
                                University is respected worldwide and offers           study abroad during their time at Nottingham.
                                fantastic facilities to ensure you make a                                                                    mix of both southern and northern students along
                                success of your studies.                               For a great social life and an exciting city,         with the grounded Nottingham locals themselves.”
                                                                                       Nottingham fits the bill again. Our campuses are
                                In independent teaching assessments, 39 of our         buzzing with life, and organised events, trips and
                                subjects have been rated excellent (with scores        parties take place throughout the year. For sports    The Virgin Guide to British Universities 2011
                                of at least 22 out of 24) and the Research             fans, our Athletic Union hosts over 75 clubs and
                                Assessment Exercise 2008 put Nottingham                we provide excellent facilities for everything from
                                seventh in the UK in terms of ‘research power’.        archery to yoga. Nottingham itself is a thriving
                                                                                       cosmopolitan city, rich with history and culture,
                                If you’re interested in great career prospects,        and packed full of bars, restaurants and
04                              we can help with that too. Research shows that                                                                                                                        05
                                                                                       nightclubs. With theatres, cinemas, comedy
                                Nottingham is one of the top UK universities           clubs and a diverse mix of music venues, there
                                most often targeted by Britain’s leading graduate      is always plenty to keep you entertained.
                                employers and the employment record of our
                                graduates is one of the best in the country.           To help you settle in, we guarantee all new
                                We have strong and established links with              undergraduates a place in University
                                businesses across the UK and offer short courses       accommodation for the first year, provided you
                                to ensure you develop vital transferable skills.       firmly accept your course place and return your
                                For entrepreneurial students we provide start-up       accommodation application form by 1 August of
                                training to help you develop the skills to set up      your year of entry. Your room will be on or close
                                your own business after graduation.                    to campus and you’ll be able to meet new people,
                                                                                       make new friends and enjoy university life.
                                We also encourage all our students to build a          So why not make your next step Nottingham?
                                broad range of skills that will appeal to employers.
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                                We have one of the most active Students’ Unions
                                in the UK, with over 190 societies where you can
                                gain new skills, meet new people and even learn
                                a new language.
                                Why pharmacy                                           “Studying pharmacy at Nottingham is probably
                                                                                       the hardest thing I have ever had to do. But for          Study abroad
                                                                                       every challenge I have come across, there has
                                at Nottingham?                                         been an even greater reward. Both academically            at the Malaysia
                                                                                       and socially my time within the School of
                                                                                       Pharmacy has been enormously fulfilling and
                                                                                       I’ve loved every minute!”
                                                                                       Pharmacy graduate

                                Ranked as one of the best of its kind in the          Our world-class research was also recognised by

                                major league tables, the School of Pharmacy           the award of the prestigious 2007 Queen’s Award
                                at Nottingham is one of the most popular              for Industry in the Innovation Category, for
                                choices for undergraduate study in the UK.            ’enhancing significantly the development of
                                                                                      new medicines’.
                                Established in 1925, the School has grown
                                                                                      We have a number of research groups within
                                steadily and is now at the forefront of academic
                                                                                      the School, working across a range of areas. Their
                                development and progress. More than 750
                                                                                      work will contribute significantly to your learning
                                students currently follow the four-year Master of
                                                                                      experience at Nottingham. It’s exciting to think that
                                Pharmacy degree course, in Nottingham and
                                                                                      as you undertake your training, groundbreaking
                                Malaysia. The course is fully accredited in both
                                                                                      research work may be taking place in the next
                                Nottingham and Malaysia.
                                                                                      laboratory. You will also have the opportunity to
                                Our teaching was graded ‘excellent’ during the        make your own discoveries in the fourth year when
                                last national Quality Assurance Assessment            you will conduct an individual research project
                                (QAA) audit at subject level, an external review      alongside academic staff renowned in their field.
                                                                                                                                                 The University’s Malaysia Campus
                                of teaching quality. The QAA report highlighted
                                the School’s ‘high-quality teaching, well-managed     To accommodate world-class research groups, the
06                                                                                    School offers state-of-the-art research facilities that                                                                                                                 07
                                approach to assessment and systematic
                                development of professional skills through the        are also open to our undergraduates. We also provide
                                                                                                                                                 The School delivers the MPharm at the University’s      One of the most unique and exciting aspects of
                                undergraduate programme’.                             innovative teaching aids, including a fully stocked
                                                                                                                                                 campus in Malaysia as well as in the UK. Students       these study abroad opportunities is that you will
                                                                                      model dispensing and practice pharmacy situated
                                                                                                                                                 at Nottingham will have the unique opportunity          be based at our very own campus, studying
                                Research is crucial to the pharmaceutical industry    on University Park. This will allow you to carry out
                                                                                                                                                 to apply to spend all or part of their second year      modules identical to those you would have been
                                and our teaching staff are at the leading edge        role play exercises in a safe yet realistic environment,
                                                                                                                                                 studying in Malaysia, as well as being able to select   studying in Nottingham, meaning you have the
                                of scientific and healthcare developments.            developing your communication skills, learning
                                                                                                                                                 a research project based at the campus in their         chance to immerse yourself in Malaysian culture
                                In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise,             how to respond to patients’ symptoms and
                                                                                                                                                 final year if they wish.                                and lifestyle, without taking time out of your
                                an independent review of research, the School         dispensing prescriptions.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         degree. All teaching at the Malaysia Campus is
                                was ranked number one in the UK according to                                                                     The self-contained Malaysia Campus is on a              carried out in English by staff either seconded
                                ‘grade point average’ and 95 per cent of the          We can offer you an exceptional start to your career.
                                                                                                                                                 beautiful 125-acre site in Semenyih, close to Kuala     from Nottingham or appointed internationally
                                School’s research was judged to be of international   We have an extensive list of links with external
                                                                                                                                                 Lumpur. The campus is a full and integral part of       to University of Nottingham standards.
                                quality. That means that you will be learning from,   companies and can help you secure work placements
                                                                                                                                                 The University of Nottingham and offers students
                                and working with, international experts who can       with them. We can also offer you international
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                                                                                                                                                 the Nottingham experience in a Malaysian setting.       For further information on The University
                                deliver the latest knowledge to the classroom.        experience at Nottingham’s own campus in Malaysia,
                                                                                                                                                 It’s a global institution serving an international      of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, please visit
                                                                                      where you have the opportunity to apply to spend
                                                                                                                                                 community of students and yet is firmly rooted
                                                                                      all or part of your second or fourth year. Please see
                                                                                                                                                 in all that is distinctive about UK education –
                                                                                      page 7 for more details.
                                                                                                                                                 innovative teaching and assessment methods
                                                                                                                                                 which encourage independent, creative thinking.
                                Careers                                                                                                                                                                “Following graduation I did a split
                                                                                                                                                                                                       pre-registration year in hospital and
                                                                                                                                                                                                       industrial pharmacy. I worked as a clinical
                                                                                                                                                                                                       pharmacist in the NHS for several years
                                                                                                                                                                                                       and became interested in medicines
                                                                                                                                                                                                       information as a career path.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                       Pharmacy graduate

                                What careers do pharmacy graduates enter?              Community pharmacy

                                Career opportunities in pharmacy are as varied         As well as the traditional dispensing and advisory
                                as they are interesting. While most pharmacists        roles, community pharmacists now have a wider
                                will work in varied roles in hospital or community     range of responsibilities than ever before. Changes
                                pharmacies, there are opportunities in other areas     made to government legislation now require that
                                too. The MPharm degree equips you with a range         healthcare services be designed around the patient
                                of skills and a knowledge-base valued by many          in order to provide better access to healthcare. One
                                employers not directly related to pharmacy.            of the most exciting changes is the development of
                                This means that after registration, graduates          a prescribing role for some community pharmacists.
                                may choose to develop careers in areas as varied
                                as scientific writing, marketing or management.        Community pharmacists are broadening
                                                                                       their activities, getting involved in medicines
                                Pre-registration                                       management schemes and in screening
                                Our MPharm degree puts you on the right track          programmes for conditions such as diabetes and
                                for a successful pharmacy career. After finishing      high blood pressure. Excellent communication
                                the degree, graduates spend a salaried year in         and personal skills are increasingly required as
                                pharmacy practice (known as pre-registration           patient interaction increases.
                                training) before sitting the accrediting body’s
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                                registration exam.
                                                                                       pharmacy profession as further developments
                                                                                                                                                Industrial pharmacy                                   Employment opportunities
                                On successful completion they can register to          for the benefit of both patient and profession
                                                                                                                                                There are numerous opportunities available            Nottingham pharmacy graduates are sought after
                                become practising pharmacists.                         are unfolding.
                                                                                                                                                in industrial pharmacy. A key area is in the          by a wide range of employers including hospitals
                                Each year the School hosts a pre-registration fair     Hospital pharmacy                                        pharmaceutical industry but others include            throughout the UK and the world, community
                                for community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy and          Hospital pharmacists apply their expertise as part       administrative pharmacy (inspection, medicine         pharmacies including Boots, Lloydspharmacy,
                                industrial companies. This event is well represented   of the healthcare team, not only in preparing and        evaluation, drug testing), clinical trials, quality   Superdrug and Weldricks, as well as major
                                with attendance by potential employers from within     providing medicines but also in advising other           assurance, production and product registration.       pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer,
                                all sectors. Held in March, it provides third-year     healthcare professionals and helping patients to                                                               AstraZeneca and GlaxoSmithKline.
                                                                                                                                                Postgraduate study
                                students with information and an opportunity to        use their medication correctly. With an expanding
                                                                                                                                                We welcome some graduates back to the University      Statistics from 2008/2009 show that nearly
                                discuss recruitment and future career opportunities.   role in working with doctors to aid prescribing
                                                                                                                                                after pre-registration to study for a higher degree   96 per cent of our graduates went straight in
                                                                                       decisions, hospital pharmacists enjoy a structured
                                                                                                                                                in research (MPhil, MRes and PhD programmes,          to full-time employment, with the remaining
                                                                                       career progression with opportunities to study for
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                                                                                                                                                for example).                                         choosing further study or a gap year.
                                                                                       clinical and management qualifications – often
                                                                                       supported by the employing trusts. Among the
                                                                                       specialist roles for hospital pharmacists are clinical
                                                                                       specialities (eg cardiology, cancer and psychiatry),
                                                                                       medicines information, quality assurance,
                                                                                       production and education/training.
                                Master of Pharmacy
                                degree course

                                How is the degree course structured?                     The overall aim of the course is to produce

                                The pharmacy course at Nottingham is modular.            excellent pharmacists – by equipping students
                                Modules are self-contained units of study that are       with knowledge and technical ability, developing         “After graduation I joined the pharmaceutical industry to
                                taught over one or two semesters (the University         personal and professional skills and nurturing           work as a medical information pharmacist – providing
                                year comprises two semesters, each lasting 14-16         an ethical and caring outlook, all of which are
                                weeks). The major part of the course is made up          necessary for this important profession.                 information and advice about medicines to healthcare
                                of compulsory modules. Additionally, a range of                                                                   professionals and patients. I have worked for several
                                more specialised and career-orientated optional          Pharmaceutical/medicinal chemistry
                                                                                         Broadly speaking, these two areas of study in the
                                                                                                                                                  pharmaceutical companies in positions of increasing
                                modules across the subject areas is available to
                                fourth-year students.                                    MPharm degree involve the design, synthesis              responsibility and am now Director of Medical Services
                                                                                         and development of drug molecules. Medicinal             for Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceuticals.”
                                Much of the first two years of the course involves       chemistry research allows us to identify and
                                fostering the basic skills and knowledge which will      develop new molecules, which can produce
                                be applied and further developed during the later        particular therapeutic effects in the body, and          Miss Janet Davies, Pharmacy graduate
                                years. A unique feature of our course is the inter-      hence are potential new drug molecules. It also
                                professional teaching during years one and two. For      includes the study of existing drug molecules, in
                                example, much of the physiology and pharmacology         particular how these work, so that new improved
                                teaching is integrated with that of medical students.    drugs can be designed.
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                                In the third and fourth years, the course has            Medicinal chemistry is a highly interdisciplinary
                                greater emphasis on clinical and professional issues     science and combines many subject areas including
                                and there is the opportunity in the final year to        organic chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology,
                                undertake some research. This is done in the form        structural biology, statistics and physical chemistry.
                                of a research project in which students select a topic   Once a new drug molecule has been identified and
                                and work under the supervision of a member of            synthesised, further chemical studies are then
                                academic staff.                                          needed to ensure and monitor the quality of
                                                                                         the synthesised drug, including their composition
                                We offer a wide range of placements in both              and structure, purity and stability.
                                community and hospital pharmacy. In fact your
                                first taste of life in a pharmacy will take place in     Continued overleaf
                                your first term. We also include patient interviews,
                                hospital ward visits and a visit to a production
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                                site in your timetable.
                                                                                                                                               Master of
                                                                                                                                               Pharmacy with
                                                                                                                                               Preliminary Year

                                Pharmaceutics                                            Cellular and molecular biology

                                Pharmaceutics deals with the process of delivering       This area encompasses aspects of microbiology,
                                drugs in a form that can be safely and effectively       biochemistry and biotechnology and has a special
                                used by patients in the community. It draws on           bearing on pharmacy in all its aspects. This ranges
                                expertise in materials science, analytical techniques,   from manufacture and quality control of
                                chemistry and physiology, as well as developing an       pharmaceutical products to understanding
                                understanding of issues related to the formulation       the action of drugs used to treat infections
                                and manufacture of medicines. You will learn the         caused by microorganisms like bacteria and
                                theory of formulation design and selection.              fungi and also viruses.
                                Throughout the course you will make and test
                                tablets, suspensions, ointments, suppositories,          Pharmacy practice
                                emulsions and creams. You will study the physical        Pharmacy practice is concerned with the
                                processes underpinning the principles of                 professional and clinical role of a pharmacist.
                                formulation and the performance of medicines.            Teaching in the area is complemented by a
                                                                                         structured programme of experience in community
                                Physiology and pharmacology                              and hospital pharmacies and a range of other
                                Physiology is the science of how the body works,         healthcare organisations. Students learn the
                                from nervous impulses through to complete                essential skills needed to fulfil the professional
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                                systems (eg the heart, circulation, brain and            role of the pharmacist such as communication,
                                hormones). An understanding of how the body              an understanding of law and ethics, advice-giving
                                                                                                                                               About the course                                      You will also develop an understanding of
                                works is essential to pharmacology, which is the         and health promotion and medicines management.
                                                                                                                                               This course has been designed for able students       pharmacy as a career through a profession-
                                science of how drugs work as medicines on the            Other clinical areas include disease states,
                                                                                                                                               who do not have the required science qualifications   specific module taught at the School of Pharmacy.
                                body. Pharmacology deals with the mechanisms of          patient management, adverse reactions and
                                                                                                                                               for direct entry to year one of the MPharm but
                                drug action at the molecular and cellular levels.        pharmaceutical care.                                                                                        Successful completion of the preliminary year
                                                                                                                                               have high academic achievement in non-science
                                Once these basics are understood then                                                                                                                                guarantees progression onto the first year of
                                                                                                                                               or vocational subjects or extensive pharmacy-
                                pharmacology deals with how drugs affect the             Entry requirements
                                                                                                                                               related work experience.                              the MPharm degree provided you have passed
                                body and how they may be used successfully to            The A level offer is based on three A level
                                                                                                                                                                                                     at the appropriate level.
                                treat diseases; for example, asthma and heart            subjects at AAB.
                                                                                                                                               In the preliminary year, the basic science subjects
                                disease. Pharmacology also considers how drugs                                                                 of chemistry and biology are taught in integrated     Entry requirements
                                can cause side effects and how the body breaks           We require A level passes in chemistry and two
                                                                                                                                               modules that illustrate how these key areas           The A level offer is based on three A level
                                down drugs (and poisons) and removes them from           other subjects, one of which must be a science
                                                                                                                                               interlink. You will learn key chemical and            subjects at AAB (to include at most only one
                                the body. Although pharmacology is primarily             subject such as biology, maths or physics. All
                                                                                                                                                                                                     science subject from chemistry, biology, physics
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                                                                                                                                               biological concepts which will form the
                                concerned with the use of drugs as medicines,            biology and maths variants are acceptable. We
                                                                                                                                               building blocks for further study on the              and maths and excluding general studies and
                                this subject also helps us understand the harmful        prefer the third A level to be a science subject
                                                                                                                                               School’s MPharm programme.                            critical thinking). A minimum of grade B in maths
                                effects of social drugs (such as alcohol and             from the above but it may also be drawn from
                                                                                                                                                                                                     and grade C in English is required at GCSE. We
                                nicotine) and illegal drugs of abuse.                    a wide range of subjects. General studies and
                                                                                                                                                                                                     also accept students with extensive pharmacy-
                                                                                         critical thinking are not acceptable.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     related work experience.
                                Teaching and                                            “You have to be prepared for a full
                                                                                        timetable and be able to manage your time                                                   Graduate profile
                                learning                                                effectively as there is a combination of self-
                                                                                        study and group work to be completed. You
                                                                                        are given advice and support from tutors                                                    Anish Patel
                                                                                        and older pharmacy students and you still                                                   Course: MPharm
                                                                                        have time for plenty of social events.”                                                     Graduated: 2009
                                                                                                                                                                                    Now: Pre-registration
                                                                                        Pharmacy graduate                                                                           training year

                                                                                                                                            “Although I found it challenging at times, I thoroughly enjoyed my time at The University of
                                                                                                                                            Nottingham. The pharmacy course is demanding; however, good time management and plenty of
                                                                                                                                            hard work around exam time will bring worthwhile rewards!

                                                                                                                                            I am currently coming towards the end of my pre-registration year, working at Nottingham University
                                                                                                                                            Hospitals NHS Trust, which is closely linked to the University and its School of Pharmacy. This year
                                                                                                                                            has been interesting and rewarding, rotating through a variety of specialities including sterile
                                                                                                                                            production, surgery, paediatrics, psychiatry and medicines information.

                                                                                                                                            The education and training provided by the University has prepared me well for this. I was taught
                                                                                                                                            through a varied mix of lectures, interactive seminars and laboratory classes, and many of the
                                                                                                                                            skills I learnt I have now been able to apply and use in a hospital setting when working on wards,
                                                                                                                                            production units and dispensaries.

                                                                                                                                            During my first year, I lived in Ancaster Hall, a catered hall located on University Park. Living in halls
                                                                                                                                            was a great way to make new friends and be close to University facilities, and also offered a good
                                                                                                                                            social life – important to any new student!
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                                                                                                                                            As well as studying hard for my degree, I was President of the student-run Pharmacy Society during
                                In the School of Pharmacy you’ll experience an         Practical classes involve an academic member of      my third year. My role as president was to work closely with both staff and students in the School to
                                integrated range of teaching and learning styles –     staff supervising alongside postgraduate student     provide further academic, social and sporting activities outside of lab classes and lectures.
                                from traditional lectures and tutorials to practical   demonstrators. As well as teaching practical
                                classes and workshops.                                 skills, these classes reinforce the theory learnt    I found the staff at the School of Pharmacy particularly helpful in offering advice on future plans
                                                                                       in lectures and workshops.                           including summer placements and pre-registration places. I would definitely recommend Nottingham
                                Lectures, usually lasting 50 minutes, are the main                                                          to any prospective student.”
                                method of conveying information to large groups.       We believe that a supportive environment is
                                Research fellows or visiting experts occasionally      essential to student achievement. That’s why
                                lecture on specialised topics.                         every student is allocated a personal tutor to       Top tip: “Work hard, play hard.”
                                                                                       help with personal as well as academic issues.
                                Tutorials are discussion sessions undertaken
                                on a one-to-one basis or in small groups with          In addition, the School has a Staff Student
                                a member of staff.                                     Feedback Committee that provides a forum
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                                                                                       for student representatives to raise course issues
                                Workshops are problem-solving sessions involving       directly with staff members.
                                larger numbers of students than tutorials and
                                often more than one member of staff.
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                                                                       Maja Moldawa                                                                                                Seal Patel
                                                                       Course and year of study:                                                                                   Course and year of study:
                                                                       MPharm (third year)                                                                                         MPharm (fourth year)

                                “Nottingham was the best choice for me. Apart from having one of the top schools of pharmacy in the        “When visiting Nottingham on the open day I was taken aback by the whole campus atmosphere.
                                country, the location is ideal. University Park is not too far from the city centre and has stunning       I was also attracted to the pharmacy course because of the University’s strong reputation for pharmacy
                                greenery – an environment I found ideal for study. The city is bustling with life day and night and has    and its connection with the Queen’s Medical Centre.
                                plenty of shops and cafes for day trips, and clubs and bars for good nights out with friends.
                                                                                                                                           Pharmacy at Nottingham offers an excellent route into industrial pharmacy, as well as providing the
                                When I started the course I was very impressed with how well equipped the labs were – particularly the     option of going into community and hospital sectors. Throughout the course the University provides
                                machinery used for drug synthesis and analysis. My favourite aspect of my first year was learning about    students with placements in all three sectors, which was ideal for me as the placements gave me more
                                the techniques involved in making medicines, as well as getting hands-on experience by making              of an insight into the different sectors and helped me decide which one to go into.
                                ointments, creams and suspensions.
                                                                                                                                           The lectures vary from physiology and pharmacology, taught alongside the medical students, to
                                The course includes a lot of science, but also has a clinical side which teaches you how to be             studying the way a drug works inside the human body and the sciences behind drug discovery.
                                professional. The Professional Skills modules train you how to respond to patients and their symptoms
                                appropriately, problem-solve and give advice on various medicines and lifestyle. These are done in         I’m now entering my fourth and final year. The University offers final-year students the option to
                                various ways – through small group workshops involving role play, in sessions using interactive software   complete their dissertation abroad, with opportunities to study in countries including Malaysia,
                                and by doing group projects. We also have our own practice dispensary, equipped with real medicines,       Australia and Canada.
                                which enables you to get a feel of what it’s like to work in a professional pharmacy environment.
                                                                                                                                           Away from studying, the University also offers lots of different social activities. The Students’ Union
16                              Nottingham has a fantastic Pharmacy Society which helps you get connected with fellow students and         has over 250 different societies and clubs which cover sport, musical, politics, religion and more.        17
                                potential employers through various social and academic events. Every year there’s a themed ball,          The University has a strong sporting background and the facilities are exceptional.
                                charity events, book sales and social events.
                                                                                                                                           After I graduate I’m planning to work in community pharmacy with a long-term goal of opening
                                I intend to go into hospital pharmacy after I graduate, but I’m taking all the opportunities I can to      my own pharmacy.”
                                gain as much experience as possible. Nottingham is great at equipping you to work in all aspects of
                                pharmacy, be it hospital, community or industry, and I feel that I will be well-prepared to work in
                                whichever area I decide to pursue.”                                                                        Top tip: “If you are unsure of which area of pharmacy you want to pursue after graduation,
                                                                                                                                           Nottingham’s course is great because it allows you to explore all the different options.”

                                Top tip: “As soon as you start university, get involved with a society or two. It guarantees you
                                a great time and there is no better or easier way to make friends who share your interests.”
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                                Applying for a place                                                                                                                                                       “After graduating, I did a pre-registration
                                                                                                                                                                                                           year with Boots before returning to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                           School for my PhD studies. These were in a
                                                                                                                                                                                                           new and exciting area of science that used
                                                                                                                                                                                                           high-resolution microscopes to study the
                                                                                                                                                                                                           interactions of single biological molecules,
                                                                                                                                                                                                           such as proteins and nucleic acids.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                           Dr Stephanie Allen, Pharmacy graduate

                                Eligibility                                            We recognise a wide variety of other academic          How does the recruitment process work?                     Home/EU tuition fees, scholarships

                                Although academic ability is important, we also        qualifications as the equivalent of A and AS levels,   Invitation to an interview in the School will be           and bursaries
                                look for personal qualities appropriate to a career    and would be happy to advise candidates on the         based on the information given in your UCAS form.          In 2010, The University of Nottingham charged
                                in pharmacy. In particular we expect that your         standards required. As an example, a typical offer     You will have lunch with some of our current               an annual tuition fee of £3,290. Fees for 2011
                                interests will extend beyond academic study and        for the MPharm based on the International              undergraduates and look around the University and          are under review but are likely to be higher than
                                we will give careful consideration to the range and    Baccalaureate would specify a minimum points           our facilities. You will also have a short interview       the previous year. Students who already hold an
                                extent of extracurricular activities. You should       score of 36 with grades 6/6/5 in chemistry and         with a member of academic staff which will explore         equivalent or higher qualification than the one
                                show evidence of responsibility and social             a second science at Higher Level. For more details     your knowledge of pharmacy and the profession.             they wish to enrol for will be charged a higher
                                awareness – either at school, through community        about our admissions process please visit                                                                         fee than first-degree students – please contact
                                activities or self-development. An understanding and follow               Support for students with disabilities                     us for details.
                                and insight into the nature of a pharmacy career       the links to Undergraduates, Prospective students      The School of Pharmacy welcomes applications
                                is expected and will be explored further during        and Entry requirements.                                from all students. We aim to provide a high                You may be eligible for one of a range of extensive
                                the interview.                                                                                                level of support and guidance from the moment              bursaries and scholarships that The University of
                                                                                       How can I decide before I apply?                       you first enquire through to graduation.                   Nottingham offers. For example, First in the Family
                                What is the admissions process?                        A good way to get a taste of life at the School is     We encourage students to disclose any disability           Scholarships are available to applicants living in the
                                The deadline for UCAS applications is 15 January.      at one of the University open days held in June        that they may have and to do so as early as possible       East Midlands who attend a maintained school/
                                All applications must be made through UCAS. We do      and September. There will be an introductory           so that appropriate arrangements for support can           college and who would be the first in the family to
                                not normally consider late or clearing applications.   pharmacy talk with the opportunity to ask              be made. However, we are also aware that some              attend university. More information can be found
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                                                                                       questions, followed by a tour of the School’s          students may wish this to remain confidential. The         at support by
                                Further information                                    laboratory facilities. Staff will also be available    School of Pharmacy has a Disability Liaison Officer        following the links to ‘Bursaries and Scholarships’.
                                Applicants may take additional subjects (eg a          for further discussion.                                who advises students on the support available
                                fourth A level) but this will not increase the                                                                within the University. If you have a disability we         International applicants
                                chances of being offered a place. You are strongly     We also have campus tour days which will give          strongly advise that you visit the University before       We welcome applications from students from
                                advised that the study of additional subjects should   you an opportunity to find out more about the          applying. The University’s Disability Statement,           outside the UK. For further information about
                                not be allowed to jeopardise your chances of           University before and after you make your              listing services, facilities and opportunities available   all aspects of life as an international student
                                achieving the required grades.                         application. Information can be found at               throughout the University, can be viewed at                at The University of Nottingham go to

                                                                                                                                              Code of Conduct/Fitness to Practise                        Tuition fees for international students will be
                                                                                                                                              All pharmacy students are required to abide by             £14,970 per year for entry in 2011. All fees
                                                                                                                                              a Code of Conduct and are subject to Fitness to            are subject to change each year. Scholarships
                                                                                                                                              Practise regulations. Appropriate health and good          for international students may be available for
      School of Pharmacy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  School of Pharmacy
                                                                                                                                              character checks will be required when you join us         2011. Please see the School’s website for further
                                                                                                                                              as a student. More information will be sent to you         details. Scholarships are also available
                                                                                                                                              when you are made an offer.                                from our International Office:
                                Frequently asked

                                                                                                                                                Will I have the opportunity to study overseas?       What recreational facilities are there?

                                                                                                                                                Yes, we will be able to offer second-year students   Nottingham boasts more sporting facilities per
                                                                                                                                                the chance to apply to spend a semester or a year    person than any other city in Europe. This sporting
                                                                                                                                                studying at our campus in Malaysia (see page 7       excellence is reflected in the University’s own
                                                                                                                                                for more information).                               outstanding sports facilities for outdoor and
                                                                                                                                                                                                     indoor activities. Facilities on University Park
                                                                                                                                                We also offer the opportunity for fourth-year        include a grass training area, floodlit astro-turf
                                                                                                                                                students to undertake their research project at      and 3G rubber crumb pitches, a 25m pool with
                                                                                                                                                an overseas institution, including the Malaysia      eight lanes, seven squash courts, an ultra-modern
                                                                                                                                                Campus. However generic study places outside         fitness centre containing cardiovascular and
                                                                                                                                                the UK are not available to students studying        resistance machinery and a free weights area, a
                                                                                                                                                the accredited MPharm degree.                        snooker room and more.

                                                                                                                                                What sort of computing facilities are available      The University also offers over 190 clubs and
                                                                                                                                                within the School?                                   societies through the Students’ Union including
                                                                                                                                                The School has approximately 80 computers            chess, debating, darts, fashion, jazz, living history,
                                                                                                                                                available for students to use during normal          magic, science fiction, song writing, yoga and
                                                                                                                                                working hours. Computer Resource Areas are           even one for chocolate lovers!
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                                                                                                                                                PC workstations and printing facilities. In some     The students’ Pharmacy Society, PharmSoc, has
                                How can I prepare for my course?                        What accommodation will I have?
                                                                                                                                                of the larger rooms, more specialised equipment      its own website and runs various social events
                                Early preparation really helps. Carefully consider      All first-year students who firmly accept their place
                                                                                                                                                is provided such as text and image scanners,         (including the Pharmacy Ball and International
                                your choice of A level subjects; chemistry is an        at Nottingham and apply for accommodation by
                                                                                                                                                colour printing and high powered Unix                Evening) throughout the year. They were the
                                essential requirement together with another             the deadline are guaranteed a place in University
                                                                                                                                                workstations. Most Computer Resource Areas           winners of the Students’ Union Best Departmental
                                science subject. Other suitable subjects vary           accommodation for one year. In the second year
                                                                                                                                                are open 24 hours a day.                             Society in both 2007 and 2008. Please visit
                                considerably – above all, we require students           many of our students choose to live in affordable
                                with intellectual curiosity.                            private housing near to the campus. Visit               All University accommodation has either direct       to find out more.
                                                                                                    access to the University’s network or a broadband
                                Work experience in pharmacy is also advantageous
                                                                                                                                                internet service.
                                – for example, either working part-time at your local   Is it possible to take a gap year?
                                pharmacy or shadowing a pharmacist for a short          Yes, the School is happy to consider applications
                                period to gain an insight into the profession.          for deferred entry.
      School of Pharmacy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              School of Pharmacy
                                Above all, we hope you possess a genuine desire         Do you accept mature students?
                                to study pharmacy. If so, you will undoubtedly          The School encourages applications from mature
                                benefit from our world-class learning environment.      students, ie those over the age of 21 at the start
                                                                                        of their course. Entry requirements are the same
                                                                                        as those for students entering from school.
                                Visiting us                                                                                            Contacting us

                                                                                    Trent Building, University Park

                                                                                                                                       For further information please contact:   For international student enquiries,
                                                                                                                                       The Admissions Tutor                      please contact:
                                                                                                                                       School of Pharmacy                        The International Office
                                                                                                                                       The University of Nottingham              t: +44 (0)115 951 5247
                                                                                                                                       University Park                           f: +44 (0)115 951 5155
                                                                                                                                       Nottingham                                e:
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                                                                                                                                       f: +44 (0)115 951 5078


                                There’s nothing quite like visiting a university    Other visits
                                to get a proper feel for living and studying        Other, less formal opportunities to visit our
                                there. Here at Nottingham, we offer a number        campus are available. If you want to look around
                                of options to ensure you get the chance to          the School of Pharmacy, it’s important that you
                                                                                    visit during the week. Please contact us before
                                look around before making your final decision
                                                                                    you visit so that we can make arrangements to
                                about where’s best for you.                         show you around the School.
                                Open days                                           Campus tour days
                                If you wish to visit the School and campus before   The University runs tours of the University Park
                                you make your UCAS application, the University      Campus on specific dates throughout the year.
                                organises annual open days during which we offer
                                a full programme of tours around our facilities.    For further information or to book a place on
      School of Pharmacy

                                Please see            a campus tour day, please contact the Enquiry
                                                                                    Centre on +44 (0)115 951 5559, or email
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For general undergraduate
enquiries contact:

The Enquiry Centre
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