What is Pharmacy?
- Pharmacy (Pharma from “drug” in modern Greek) is the branch of medicine and biology concerned with the study of drug action, where a drug can be broadly defined as any man-made, natural, or endogenous substance.
- Pharmacy is the science and technique of preparing and dispensing the drugs studied and produced by pharmacologists. It links health with chemical sciences to ensure safe and effective use of pharmaceutical drugs.
Why study Pharmacy?
- Pharmacists are very much in demand. In an age of higher demands for an improved quality of life, there are higher demands for drugs both to fight illness and to aid lifestyles.
- You will be at the forefront of medical research. Evaluating new generation antibiotics, solving the problems of drug toxicity, finding the best way to treat diseases – pharmacists can be pioneers.
- Pharmacy students who want to gain more experience also have the opportunity to take a year out. Most courses offer fully paid chances to work in the pharmaceutical industry.
- You will be working alongside those who are at the forefront of the industry they teach – pharmacy tutors are more often than not senior in that industry.
- Later work tends to allow more project work and individual focus. You can turn your attention to working on drugs for particular ailments that interest you, such as alzheimer’s and autism.
Coursework, assessment and exams
- Students are assessed in most courses by a mixture of coursework and written examinations. Design based work is assessed by presentations, as well as working in a team on projects and group assignments.
- Many students undertake a pharmacy research project in their final year, including experimental laboratory research. This is particularly useful in helping to decide on one’s future career or further study.
What degree can I get?
- B.Sc. Pharmacy
- MPharm Pharmacy
What qualifications do I need?
Requirements: Candidates must in addition possess credit level passes in three (3) other subjects.