Our pharmacy teaching is based in the Stopford Building, which also houses the Division of Medical Education and Biological Sciences.
This provides our undergraduate students with state-of-the-art modern facilities. Specialised aseptic facilities and simulated patient rooms have been built, along with a new dispensing suite and project laboratories.
In all years of the MPharm students also get the opportunity to use offsite facilities when they spend time in pharmacy departments and on wards in one of three local NHS trusts. Students will also undertake community pharmacy placements in all four years of the programme and will also have the opportunity to undertake a placement in the pharmaceutical industry in years two and three. The third year placement includes hands-on time in the laboratories working on small scale research projects. Some of the students who have undertaken these placements have gone onto gain pre-registration training and work in the industry. Finally, in the fourth year of our MPharm programme all students undertake a placement in a GP surgery, shadowing a practice pharmacist.
Many teaching and learning activities are used on the course, including lectures, tutorials, practical classes, computer and enquiry-based learning sessions, group work, and research projects.
The four-year MPharm course provides a broad-based, scientifically and clinically-strong education in pharmacy.
SimMan 3G is a patient simulator and students can record his pulse, blood pressure and ECG. Students can also inject a range of medicines into SimMan and his vital signs will respond in a realistic manner.
Students experience the dispensing process at a hospital pharmacy using dispensing robot technology. This technology reduces human error in the dispensing process and upholds patient safety.
Students can experience the role of a pharmacist within local hospitals in Manchester. Here, a student is using a dispensing robot to automatically dispense medication.
Using sterile compounding cabinets, students get hands-on experience of the aseptic preparation of sterile products such as chemotherapy and antibiotics.