University of Brighton

Pharmacy (OSPAP)
MSc (PGDip)

  • Course summary and entry requirements

    Course duration Help

    Full-time: 1 year

    About the course

    This MSc course is flexible and interactive with a patient-focused approach including experiential visits to community and hospital pharmacies.The postgraduate diploma element of this course has been accredited by The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) as an Overseas Pharmacists' Assessment Programme (OSPAP).

    Typical entry requirements Help

    Individual offers may vary.

    For non-native speakers of English:
    IELTS (Academic) Level 7 or above in each parameter at one sitting.

    Applicants who have failed an OSPAP award from an alternative provider are ineligible.

    Degree and/or experience:
    An overseas degree in pharmacy normally with a 2i or above (or equivalent). Applicants should have graduated in the last six years, or have a portfolio of evidence demonstrating continuing practice and training in pharmacy. Satisfactory adjudication of qualifications by the General Pharmaceutical Council. Achievement of 40 per cent or above in the online pharmaceutical calculations admission test.

    Applicants who have already been awarded a PGDip Pharmacy (OSPAP) from the University of Brighton are eligible for up to 120 credits accredited prior learning against this award.

    Applicants with equivalent qualifications wishing to apply for advanced standing will be considered on an individual basis.

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  • Course content

    Course structure

    The diploma is a flexible combination of two independent study and four university-based modules. Independent study modules are supported by specifically written module materials and staff-led tutorial sessions. The remaining four modules are a mixture of lectures and skill-based workshops and are run over two days per week at the university. The total six modules run over one academic year and are of varying lengths.

    Attendance for the diploma modules is only required at the university on two days a week, attendance for the MSc project from June to August will require attendance five days a week. For the MSc, attendance is also required during the Christmas vaction for an intensive research methodology study week.

    Areas of study

    Study focuses upon new developments in the areas of pharmaceutics, clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice. In addition students explore pharmacy law and ethics, current relevant pharmacy issues and the provision of health care in the UK. There is also an opportunity for students to develop a programme of work to suit their individual requirements. Topics for the research project may be selected from the range of research interests in the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences.


    Scientific Basis of Pharmacy Practice
    Applied Therapeutics
    Advanced Drug Delivery
    Advanced Professional Studies
    Health Promotion for Pharmacists
    Inception to Market
    Pharmaceutical Skills
    Research project

  • Fees and costs

    The fees listed here are for full-time courses beginning in the academic year 2014-15. Further tuition fees are payable for each subsequent year of study and may be subject to small increases, in line with inflation.

    The tuition fee you have to pay depends on a number of factors including the kind of course you take, and whether you study full- or part-time. If you are studying part-time you will normally be charged on a pro rata basis depending on the number of modules you take.

    What's included in the fee?

    When costs such as health or criminal record checks, field trips or use of specialist materials are incurred as a mandatory requirement of the course they are included in your tuition fee.

    You may incur additional costs depending on the optional modules or activities you choose. The cost of optional activities is not included in your tuition fee and you will need to meet this cost in addition to your fees. Before you apply please check with the school that provides your course using the contact details on the left of this page for advice about what is included and what optional costs you could face so you can budget accordingly.

    Our website provides advice about funding and scholarships as well as further information about fees and advice on international and island fee paying status.

    Pharmacy (OSPAP) (MSc) (Full time)  [P3BH022]
    UK/EU (Full Time)14,580 GBP
    Island Students (Full Time)14,580 GBP
    International (Full Time)14,580 GBP

  • Location

    Location Help Moulsecoomb

    Located to the north of Brighton city centre, the Moulsecoomb campus offers students an excellent learning environment and a wide range of facilities. It is the largest of our five campuses with over 8,000 students.

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    Living in Brighton

    Brighton’s rich mix of historic architecture, lively arts scene, varied shopping and cosmopolitan community make it a vibrant, enjoyable place to live. It is no wonder that many Brighton graduates choose to stay here.

    Social scene

    Alongside the traditional seaside attractions, Brighton is famed for its exciting social scene with a wide choice of pubs, clubs and restaurants.

    Music event on the beach


    The highlight of the city’s cultural year is the Brighton Festival. The event is held each May and is England’s biggest arts festival, which showcases arts and performance from around the world. Brighton is also home to the UK’s oldest working cinema, the Duke of York’s, which shows alternative and mainstream films. The city is also well known for its exciting music scene and hosts The Great Escape music festival.

    Burning the Clocks winter solstice festival


    Whether you take your sport seriously or just want to keep fit, Brighton offers all kinds of sports opportunities and facilities, on and off campus. You can also make the most of the location, and play volleyball, basketball and windsurfing down by the beach. The seafront is also the finishing point for the famous London – Brighton bicycle ride and the quirky veteran car run.

    Playing volleyball on the seafront
  • Career opportunities

    Satisfactory completion of this course enables the student to undertake pre-registration training and apply for the The General Pharmaceutical Council registration examination with the aim of becoming a UK-registered pharmacist.

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