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Your MPharm degree

Teaching and research at the Reading School of Pharmacy is delivered by a team of dynamic academics and pharmacists who are experts in their field. 

Our academics are passionate about teaching and learning, and will support you through your MPharm to ensure you get the most out of your undergraduate degree to excel in a Pharmacy career after you graduate.


Our teaching methods

We use a range of methods when teaching the MPharm undergraduate degree to help you reach your full learning potential.

Our teaching methods include lectures, seminars and workshops using an interactive approach to help you develop into an independent learner.

Case-based learning sessions

Workshop-style sessions or group work assignments, where you will work your way through patient-centred scenarios, applying your pharmacy knowledge to make recommendations about their treatment and care.

Team-based learning

You will work in a small team as you learn with and from your peers about a particular topic.  As well as furthering your knowledge of the topic being covered, you will develop your communication and team-working skills, which are essential in today‚Äôs pharmacists.

Inter-professional workshops

A series of interactive workshops in which you will learn alongside a range of other healthcare professional trainees, including nurses, speech & language therapists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. 

These sessions will help you to develop your own identity as a future pharmacist, as well as learning about the other professions and how the multi-disciplinary team can work together to provide high quality patient care.

 

For me, teaching is a partnership with students, sharing our enthusiasm for pharmacy and the drive to succeed. I love seeing the development of students from learners to experts throughout their pharmacy degree and their pre-registration year. I am committed to giving students the best education, through evidence-based practice and using new teaching innovations.

Catherine Langran

Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice

Study Abroad

If you choose the University of Reading for your MPharm undergraduate degree, you will have the opportunity to undertake your final-year project abroad at one of our partner institutions.  

Currently, the Reading School of Pharmacy has active ERASMUS+ partnerships with the University of Padova (Italy) and the University of Bologna (Italy, Rimini Campus). We are actively working on new European partnerships. 

During your stay abroad, you will be supported by academics at the host university as first supervisors, a second supervisor from the Reading School of Pharmacy, and the Erasmus & Study Abroad Office at the University of Reading.

I gained hands-on research experience through the University of Reading's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP). My research project findings were published to an academic journal and presented to an audience of pharmacists and academics, including the president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Eunyoung Lee

MPharm graduate

Placements

The Reading School of Pharmacy has long-established relationships with the healthcare sector, including the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Oxford University Hospitals, and Day Lewis Pharmacy. You will work with staff at the local hospital, and gain an insight into professional practice and patient-facing activities by carrying out observational visits and placements throughout your undergraduate degree.

Our placements prepare you for the workplace, and our annual pharmacy careers fair is attended by numerous employers from the healthcare sector. The careers fair is a good source of work experience and job opportunities for you.

First-year placements

Our placements prepare you for the workplace, and our annual pharmacy careers fair is attended by numerous employers from the healthcare sector. The careers fair is a good source of work experience and job opportunities for you.

Second-year placements

In your second year, you will undertake further structured hospital visits alongside an independent day placement in a community pharmacy. This helps you to build knowledge and skills that you are developing and apply them to patient care in a healthcare environment.

Third-year placements

In your third year, the structured hospital visits develop further and you will complete a placement in either a community or hospital pharmacy, or a GP practice. You will learn alongside healthcare professionals so you are prepared for the multi-disciplinary environment of the healthcare sector, guided by the experience of our practising pharmacists and other healthcare experts.

Fourth-year placements

In your fourth year, you will further develop your ability to promote health in individuals, through the provision of health checks and tailored lifestyle advice to individuals in a supervised environment.

Excellent links with the Royal Berkshire Hospital allowed me to put my learning into practice with real-life patients. Visits to Royal Berkshire Hospital were extremely beneficial for practising drug histories and counselling patients, experiencing what it is truly like to work as a hospital pharmacist and developing my communication skills.
Emily Jackson, recent MPharm Pharmacy graduate

Why study with us

Gain hands-on experience in our Clinical Skills Suite, benefit from our strong links with employers and be guided through your MPharm by our supportive and inspiring teaching staff.

Our research

Research within the Reading School of Pharmacy brings together experts from across the health sciences with the goal of improving how we use existing medicines and developing the new drugs of tomorrow.

Life on campus

Our main Whiteknights campus is set on 130 hectares of beautiful parkland, only a short walk or bus ride away from our London Road campus. The campus is a thriving community that includes a Students' Union, Library and places to eat.