As a Birmingham student you are part of an academic elite and will learn from world-leading experts. At Birmingham we advocate an enquiry based learning approach, from the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner, qualities that are highly sought after by employers. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself.
Teaching takes place in a variety of styles according to the subject speciality and includes a small amount of problem based learning in multi-professional groups with other healthcare students. Scientific and professional practice topics are integrated through lectures, seminars and small group tutorials, laboratory work, modelled and real clinical practice and bedside demonstrations.
You will be expected to complete personal directed study in order to ensure that you are committed to learning which should be continued throughout your professional life. Significant elements of multi-professional learning alongside other healthcare students are included in the programme. There is also the opportunity to learn through role-plays and video feedback on patient-healthcare professional interactions.
To begin with you may find this way of working challenging, but rest assured that we’ll enable you to make this transition. You will have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors and welfare tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues, and a formal transition review during your first year to check on your progress and offer you help for any particular areas where you need support.
Our Academic Skills Centre also offers you support with your learning. The centre is a place where you can develop your mathematical, academic writing and general academic skills. It is the centre’s aim to help you to become a more effective and independent learner through the use of a range of high-quality and appropriate learning support services. These range from drop-in sessions with support with mathematics and statistics based problems provided by experienced mathematicians, to workshops on a range of topics including note talking, reading, writing and presentation skills.
Meet our lecturers
Meet our lecturer - Dr Anthony Cox, Senior Lecturer on the MPharm Pharmacy programme.
As part of the launch of this new MPharm programme, the University of Birmingham has invested heavily in new facilities to support learning and teaching in Pharmacy. One of these exciting developments includes the refurbishment of our Robert Aitken Building where there are new laboratories and teaching space dedicated to Pharmacy students.
Laboratory-based practical work is an integral part of our MPharm programme, delivering important transferable skills and giving you the experience of practical work that is essential for your future career.
Lectures take place in our theatres which, as well as the traditional whiteboard and pen, are equipped with the latest technology, including facilities to show movies, animations and graphics, to record lectures and to interact with ‘ask the audience’ style electronic voting systems.
Seminars and small-group tutorials run alongside the lecture course, addressing any individual problems you may have and allowing you to consolidate scientific and professional lecture material.
Group work carried out with other healthcare students focuses on experiencing pharmacy in the wider healthcare context and testing your understanding through problem-solving exercises.
Self study is an essential part of the programme and demonstrate your commitment to, and enthusiasm for, your subject and for the learning that will continue throughout your professional career.
Clinical practice and bedside demonstrations, both modelled and real, help you to build practical experience of the pharmacist’s role in action, and to develop confidence and problem solving skills. There is also the opportunity to learn through role plays and video feedback on patient-healthcare professional interaction.
E-learning mechanisms include Canvas, Wiki podcasts and our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE); an excellent tool for supporting our academic courses, allowing you to share thoughts on assignments with other students via the discussion group facilities, giving access to learning materials 24 hours a day and allowing you to submit your work electronically.
Enquiry Based Learning (EBL) is a group activity which requires you to work in a team, with a variety of assessment methods; in either a group or individually, by written reports and sometimes as a presentation. Based on techniques used in research-led organisations like the University of Birmingham, EBL gives you a research-orientated approach to a problem and helps you to gain essential skills that are highly valued by employers.
MPharm Placements Overview
1 day orientation: Primary Care visit
3 day orientation: Community pharmacy
3 day orientation: Hospital pharmacy
5 day placement: Community pharmacy (including Saturday work)
3 days placement: Hospital pharmacy
1 day experience: Manufacturing unit
1 day experience: Specials medicines manufacturer
5 days placement: Community pharmacy (including Saturday work)
5 days placement: Hospital Pharmacy
1 day experience: Quality Assurance /Quality Control chemistry lab
1 day experience: Wholesale pharmaceuticals
1 day inter-professional day: General Practice with 1st year medical students.
Half to 1 day placement: self-organised to meet own learning needs, related to working with other healthcare professional.
10 day placements: mix from Primary Care, Hospital, and Community Pharmacist, dependent on specialist interests of student.
The College of Medical and Dental Sciences houses state-of-the art facilities to support a range of teaching, learning and research activity.
Our facilities ensure that students receive the best possible learning experience by working in a modern environment. Among our most recent developments include a refurbishment of the Medical School foyer, Barnes library and Wolfson Centre for Medical Education.
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