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Overseas Pharmacists (Conversion Qualification) - MSc/PGDip

Course Description

This course is for pharmacy graduates who gained their degree outside the UK. It enables pharmacists to convert their existing pharmaceutical qualification so it is recognised in Great Britain.

Course outline

Successful completion of the course will allow you to undertake a pre-registration placement, before applying to register as a Pharmacist with The General Pharmaceutical Council. You will also gain an Aston University Diploma. Aston University is not responsible for the provision of a pre-registration training place nor preparation for professional qualifying examinations.

The programme focuses upon new developments in key pharmaceutical sciences, clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice together with the study of health service delivery and pharmacy law and ethics within the UK.

-Professional Critical Skills
-Applied Pharmacology and Therapeutics
-Practical Therapeutics
-Pharmaceutical Technology
-Pharmaceutics in Practice
-Pharmacy Law, Ethics and Practice

Learning, teaching & assessment

The following study methods are used throughout the programme:
-Group tutorials
-Web-based learning
-Clinical teaching sessions

A wide range of assessment methods are used including:
-Web based clinical assignments
-Clinical case studies
-Clinical case presentation
-Portfolio development
-Practical dispensing examination

Professional accreditation

The course is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

Career prospects

The course is designed for those who wish to practice as a Pharmacist in Great Britain. The programme has an excellent track record of students obtaining and successfully completing the pre-registration training.

DBS, Fitness to Practise & Visa Information

Students enrolling onto certain programmes within the School of Life and Health Sciences at Aston University will be required to undertake an Enhanced Level Criminal Records Bureau check. Also in line with national requirements for programmes leading to a health professional qualification, a number of degree programmes in the School of Life and Health Science are subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations.

For more information on the DBS:

For more information on Visas:

Visit the Overseas Pharmacists (Conversion Qualification) - MSc/PGDip page on the Aston University website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

Shams Mousa Imran Al-Qaraghuli

Being a student in a reputable university like Aston has made a huge difference to job offers in an extremely competitive career. I am now employed in a very reputable company. I am very thankful to Aston University and its great staff.

Since I am an overseas pharmacist, I was extremely concerned on how to get on with a new educational system. But from the first day of applying to the OSPAP course, I found all the university staff very friendly and understanding. I did not find any difficulty in getting along with the system; on the contrary, it was an unforgettably pleasant experience. The content of the course was explained thoroughly right from the very first day.

Also, I was absolutely amazed by the services that are offered for everyone to boost our knowledge regarding essay writing, assignments, and even our English language.

The library offered a variety of services; they provide all the essential helpful resources and references, computers, printers and photocopiers. It also has different floors with different study areas, the quiet study area was very convenient for revision before exams; the group study areal was enormously helpful in discussing projects and presentations.

It was nice that we could book our own room to make a small meeting with colleagues to share opinions about seminars.

I really respect how approachable the lecturers were; no one hesitated even once to answer our repetitive questions. To them I do owe my success.
The OSPAP course in Aston provided me with a practical knowledge which is very similar to real life, it helped me a lot to understand the health system in the UK and how to professionally deal with different situations. I consider myself well-educated now and my skills have improved noticeably.


Entry Requirements

Candidates must possess a pharmacy degree to enable them to register as a pharmacist with The General Pharmaceutical Council. In addition, candidates must have documented evidence of their eligibility to undertake the course. This evidence must be obtained before you apply. Please note that it may take up to two months to gain approval from the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). In order to secure a place for this course, we recommend that students apply for the GPhC approval before June 2016 and apply to Aston before July 2016.

Last Updated

17 July 2017

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