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Pharmacy

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Fundamentally, pharmacy as a discipline uncovers how drugs work, looking across several scientific disciplines such as chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology and physiology. This degree is typically 4 years and prepares you to become a pharmacist earning you the degree of Master of Pharmacy, or MPharm. This differs from pharmacology courses, where you will leave with a BSc and study for three years typically. You will learn about the academic side of drugs and their interactions and effects on the body and about all aspects of clinical practice including prescriptions, ethics and communication skills.

Pharmacy Courses – An Overview

Similar to Medicine, Pharmacy courses will balance scientific understanding and real-life application of this science. A Pharmacy student will learn the foundational Chemistry, Biology, and Physiology needed to understand the impact of pharmaceuticals, in addition to understanding the ethics of treatment.

Pharmacy students should leave their degree with a thorough understanding of how to study medicines – what makes them work and interact with human physiology as they do. Depending on your university, your degree may cover the chemical makeup and origin of different drugs, how they are synthesised and used, and pharmacy ethical practice, including how to promote healthy lifestyles and giving advice on drug use to patients. Some students may also have the opportunity to see this practical application through industry placements in a pharmaceutical company, though this is far more common in pharmacology degrees.

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