The Course

The School of Pharmacy is involved in innovative projects to develop new models of pharmaceutical care. There are opportunities to learn from and work alongside, our team of academics who aim to ensure that students are prepared both to help shape and develop pharmacy practice.

The course introduces the science underpinning how drugs are developed and produced and how they interact with the body to treat and prevent disease. It includes an understanding of how we evaluate medicines for safety and effectiveness.

The patient-facing skills include developing the clinical decision-making and communication skills required to translate and apply the science to optimize treatment for individual patients within the different sectors of pharmacy practice.

This degree aims to enable you to develop the relevant knowledge and skills to succeed in this exciting profession. The Lincoln MPharm qualification enables graduates, once they have completed an additional pre-registration year and passed a final national registration assessment, to apply for registration as a pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council.

The University of Lincoln’s School of Pharmacy has excellent links with local hospitals, community pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals, providing opportunities to develop students' clinical learning and skills within a wide range of practices and patient-facing environments throughout the course.

MPharm students will have the opportunity to undertake placements within a hospital, community, and primary care; these will be integrated throughout the curriculum to support students’ learning and development. As part of the placement programme, the School will arrange, and cover the cost of travel for those students whose placement is outside a 10-mile radius of Lincoln.

We will offer students:
  • A patient facing an integrated curriculum and teaching, with a novel design, following the patient lifespan.
  • Placement provision, in close proximity to, and close collaboration with community, hospital and primary care settings.
  • An inter-professional learning programme, informed by the latest developments in the field, which aims to prepare students for roles within the industry.
  • Clinical skills taught throughout the course involving working with patients to develop clinical decision-making and pharmaceutical care skills.


The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) is the regulator for pharmacy in Great Britain. It is the accrediting body for pharmacy education and sets the standards for the initial education and training of pharmacists.

The MPharm degree course at the University of Lincoln has now received full accreditation. Our graduates can progress to their pre-registration training, after which they can register as a pharmacist if they meet all of the stipulated professional criteria set by the GPhC.

Further information can be found on the GPhC website together with accreditation reports from all of the Schools of Pharmacy.

Please note that as the MPharm is a professional degree. We have to inform you that all students studying on an MPharm degree, must abide by the GPhC Student code of conduct. The code is based on the GPHC's Standards of conduct, ethics, and performance. Students studying to enter the pharmacy profession must abide by the code of conduct at all times and demonstrate professional conduct in the same way as they will be expected to once they qualify as a registered pharmacist.

How You Study

Two fully integrated pharmacy modules are taught each year, making a total of eight modules. These follow the life cycle of the patient, initially in a healthy state, and then the same modules are studied from the perspective of disease and ill health.

The course is taught within the context of the medical conditions that patients present and is structured around a typical patient’s life cycle. It is supported by case studies and patient-facing activities, which increase in complexity as the course progresses and the patient ages.

Student learning aims to be taught within the context of the common conditions that present at that stage of life, supported by case studies. These fall within several therapeutic learning threads, that will be revisited and develop as the course progresses, and the complexity of care increases. Learning will incorporate important aspects of pharmaceutical care, clinical and professional skills and health promotion integrated with the underlying science of the diseases and of the medicines used.

The science (how medicines work, how patients work) and the professional skills (how pharmacists work) are taught in an integrated fashion in the context of the range of common clinical conditions a patient might experience. For example:

Level 1 (Early Years)

  • Immunological and Inflammatory Disease – Infant Allergy, Atopic Eczema
  • Infectious Disease – Conjunctivitis, Childhood Infections, Vaccinations
  • Cancer – Leukaemia
  • Special Topics – Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Drugs, Blood and Anaemia

Level 2 (Young Adults)

  • Immunological and Inflammatory Disease – Asthma, Hay Fever, Contact Dermatitis
  • Infectious Disease – STD
  • Cancer – Testicular Cancer, Ovarian Cancer
  • Special Topics – Accidents and Emergency, Critical Care
  • Degenerative and Genetic Disease – Cystic Fibrosis
  • Central Nervous System – Schizophrenia, ADHD, Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Epilepsy, Drugs in Sport
  • Metabolic and Endocrine Disease – Type 1 Diabetes, Contraception, Fertility, Thyroid

Level 3 (Middle Aged)

  • Immunological and Inflammatory Disease – Inflammatory Bowel Disease, RA, Psoriasis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Infectious Disease – Urinary Tract Infection, Upper Respiratory Tract Infection, Peptic Ulcer Disease and Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease
  • Cancer – Breast Cancer, Gastrointestinal Cancer
  • Special Topics – Travel, Neonatal Care
  • Degenerative and Genetic Disease – Men’s Health, Huntington’s, Musculoskeletal (OA/Pain), Incontinence
  • Central Nervous System – BAD, Anxiety and Depression
  • Metabolic and Endocrine Disease – Type 2 Diabetes, Gout, Addison’s, Lipid Disorders, Menopause, Liver, and Nutritional Diseases
  • Vascular Disease – Hypertension, Ischaemic Heart Disease, Stroke, AF

Level 4 (Twilight Years)

  • Infectious Disease – Pneumonia, Influenza
  • Cancer – Lung Cancer, Prostate Cancer
  • Special Topics – Palliative Care
  • Degenerative and Genetic Disease – Parkinson’s Disease
  • Central Nervous System – Insomnia, Alzheimer’s
  • Metabolic and Endocrine Disease – Osteoporosis
  • Vascular Disease – Congestive Heart Failure, Deep Vein Thrombosis, Chronic Kidney Disease.

How You Are Assessed

Assessment methods will include some formal examinations, presentations, course tests and laboratory reports. In addition, MPharm students will be assessed by observed structured clinical examinations (OSCES) with patients or actors; case-based discussions and care planning; problem-based learning and a professional portfolio.

These will address the professional requirement that students are assessed on their ability to understand knowledge (Knows), place it in context (Knows how), can demonstrate they have the skills to apply the knowledge in a simulated environment (Shows how) and in practice (Does).

In common with all new Schools of Pharmacy, the Lincoln School of Pharmacy has provisional accreditation from the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and is working towards full accreditation, a process comprising seven steps over seven academic years as the School develops. Because of this rigorous process, students can be confident that the School will meet the standards throughout its development.

Entry Requirements

GCE Advanced Levels: ABB, to include a minimum grade B in Biology or Chemistry plus a minimum grade B in a second Science subject (Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Psychology). Practical elements must be passed.

General Studies, Critical Thinking and Extended Project qualifications are not accepted.

International Baccalaureate: 32 points overall to include Higher Level grade 5 in Biology or Chemistry and Higher Level grade 5 in a second Science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Psychology).

BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science: Distinction, Distinction, Merit.
BTEC Diploma and BTEC Extended Certificate in Applied Science will be considered dependent on other qualifications studied. Please contact our Admissions team for further information (

Applicants will also need at least Five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English, Maths, and Science. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may also be considered.

EU and International students whose first language is not English will require English Language IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in each element, or equivalent

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Last updated September 3, 2018
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Aug 2019
4 years
15,600 GBP
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