Aston University

Aston University

Overseas Pharmacists (OSPAP)

This course is for pharmacy graduates who gained their degree outside the United Kingdom. It enables pharmacists to convert their existing pharmaceutical qualification so it is recognised in the UK. It 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. 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 course begins in late September of each year and assessments take place at many times of the year. Main exams are split between January and May with exam boards held in June. It is a taught course, with attendance expected Monday to Thursday (with the occasional Friday). Satisfactory attendance and performance in the assessments is required for successful completion of the OSPAP. The MSc additionally consists of a research project, completed between June and September. Please note that students on the MSc cannot commence their pre-registration training until they have completed the MSc.

Course modules

Modules: Professional critical skills; applied pharmacology and therapeutics; practical therapeutics; pharmaceutical technology; pharmaceutics in practice; pharmacy law, ethics and practice.

Assessment methods

A wide range of assessment methods are used including: Examination; web based clinical assignments; clinical case studies; clinical case presentation; portfolio development; practical dispensing examination.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2018 GBP 17,200 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
Diploma Full-time September 2018 GBP 17,200 per Year 1 (International) 9 Months
Diploma Full-time September 2018 GBP 11,500 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 9 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site B4 7ET West Midlands

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