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.

Entry requirements

Diploma: You must possess a pharmacy degree that enables you to register as a pharmacist with The General Pharmaceutical Council. You must have documented approval from the GPhC prior to applying to Aston University. 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 of the year of entry and apply to Aston before July of the year of entry. The GPhC have recently revised the evidence that they are willing to accept for English Language knowledge. Their requirements are: A recent pass of the academic version of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test with an overall score of at least 7 and with no score less than 7 in each of the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking at one sitting of the test; a recent pharmacy qualification (i.e., a pharmacy qualification that would have enabled you to practise as a pharmacist in such countries) that has been taught and examined in English in a majority English speaking country (other than the UK) (e.g. Ireland, United States of America, Australia, New Zealand); recent practice for at least two years as a pharmacy professional (pharmacy technician or pharmacist) in a majority English speaking country.

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.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2019 17,550 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 17,550 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 17,550 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 17,550 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 17,550 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
Diploma Full-time September 2019 11,700 per Year 1 (England) 9 Months
Diploma Full-time September 2019 11,700 per Year 1 (Scotland) 9 Months
Diploma Full-time September 2019 11,700 per Year 1 (EU) 9 Months
Diploma Full-time September 2019 17,550 per Year 1 (International) 9 Months
Diploma Full-time September 2019 11,700 per Year 1 (Wales) 9 Months
Diploma Full-time September 2019 11,700 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 9 Months

Campus details

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

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Key information

Contact: 
Postgraduate Admissions (Central)
Telephone number: 
01212043200