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Postgraduate Diploma for Overseas Pharmacists - Diploma or MSc route available

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 the UK.

Successful completion of the course will allow you to undertake a pre-registration placement in industry, before applying to the UK Register of Pharmaceutical Chemists. 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 - Covers core elements of the retrieval and use of pharmaceutical information, the theory and practice of personal and interpersonal skills including communication and IT skills, responding to symptoms and introduces students to the concepts of organised continuing professional development (CPD)

Applied Pharmacology and Therapeutics (modules I and II) - Introduces therapeutics and develops an evidence-based approach to pharmacotherapy - covering diabetes, cardiovascular, respiratory, upper gastrointestinal and central nervous system disorders

Pharmaceutical Care - Focuses upon the clinical use of medicines and the use of medicines for individual patients. This module provides an integrated approach to care in the primary and secondary sectors and provides all students with structured hospital-based, clinical study

Evidence-Based Practice and the Public’s Health - This complements the study of pharmaceutical care and therapeutics by developing evaluation skills geared to the medicines management. The module also develops and promotes professional awareness as a basis for future practice, e.g. prescribing

Pharmaceutical Technology - Focuses on radiopharmacy, cytotoxics, parenteral nutrition, intravenous additives, and quality assurance

Pharmaceutics in Practice - Focuses on the role of drug delivery in patient care including advanced drug delivery techniques, biotechnology and clinical pharmaceutics

Pharmacy Law, Ethics and Practice - This covers background to UK and EU law – origins of law, political and legal frameworks, dispensing and the sale and supply of medicines in the UK, medicines legislation in the UK, legislation that affects the practice of pharmacy, health service structures in the UK and Europe, legislation governing pharmacy within the UK and EU and an overview of the comparable legislation for medicine, medical and pharmacy ethics including the UK code of ethics and pharmaceutical calculations.

The MSc route has a research project which runs from June to September.

Visit the Postgraduate Diploma for Overseas Pharmacists - Diploma or MSc route available 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 pharmaceutical degree to enable them to register as a practising pharmaceutical chemist. In addition, candidates must have documented approval from the Adjudicating Committee of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) to prove they are suitable for this course. This approval 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).IELTS 7.0 - unfortunately the GPhC will not accept any other English Language test.

Course Fees

£11,300 for the Diploma. £16,850 for the MSc.

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