Frequently Asked Questions
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How many days a week will I be at University?
For our Undergraduate Degrees (MPharm, BSc (Hons) Pharmacology and Physiology and BSc (Hons) Pharmacology and Physiology with Integrated Foundation Year) you will be expected to be in Monday-Friday 09:00-17:00*.
On Wednesday afternoons after 13:00, you will have free time which is allocated for sports or extra-curricular activities. However, you will be expected to be on campus during this afternoon.
*In rare circumstances, there may be times where practical sessions will exceed 17:00.
I can't find Medway School of Pharmacy on Student Finance England, what do I do?
When applying for student finance, please list the University of Greenwich (G70).
If I don't get the grades, how can I get into your MPharm programme?
We completely understand that things happen in life that may mean you didn't quite reach the entry criteria.
If you haven't got the entry requirements needed for pharmacy but are still determined to get onto the course, consider our foundation year. In order to get onto our MPharm programme via this route, you are expected to achieve a year average of 70% and pass an informal interview. If you are successful, you will enter year 1 of the MPharm programme.
If you have chosen us as an instituion and you don't meet the grades on A-level results day, we will offer you this alternative route.
Are you University of Kent or University of Greenwich?
We are a unique collaboration between both Universities. When you graduate, you will recieve your degree from both the University of Kent and the University of Greenwich.
The main benefit to being part of two institutions is that you can use facilities and support systems from both universities. If you live in London, you can use the University of Greenwich's library and sport facilities at both of their campus's. Similarily you can use all facilities located at the University of Kent's Canterbury campus.
We offer a discounted bus fare for students between the University of Greenwich main campus and Medway campus, and there is a free bus service between Medway and Canterbury campus's. These run in term times only.
This is the same with regards to accomodation. You can either apply for the University of Greenwich accomodation on campus, or the University of Kent accomodation which is a 5 minute walk to campus. For more information on this please go here.
How many students get a 2:1 or higher?
For the past two academic years, 70% of students graduated with 2:1 or 1st class honours.
How does Medway School of Pharmacy perform in the GPhC Registration assessment?
Medway School of Pharmacy is currently sitting above the national average with regards to success rates in the GPhC Registration assessment. The national average is 95%. In June 2016, 97% of students that graduated from MSoP passed first time.
Our School is dedicated to all graduates, and holds regular revision sessions and other support you with succeed in your examination.
What sort of things do you look for in a personal statement?
All applications are reviewd on an individual basis, and there is no such thing as the "perfect response". Try to explain why you wish to study pharmacy or pharmacology and what your ambitions are. If you have relevant work experience it will be worth explaining what you did and what you learnt. With this being said, you do not need to have done work experience to get into any of our undergraduate programmes.
What is the different between Pharmacy and Pharmacology?
Pharmacy: Do you like talking to people?
Pharmacy is a profession that ensures the safe use of medication and deals with patients. Pharmacists will need to have a wider knowledge of how a drug works, how it's formed and its side effects. Furthermore, they will also need to learn abut pharmacology, specific human anatomy or drug manufacture and drug delivery. More than 99% of our graduates find jobs within 6 months of graduation in community pharmacies or hospital pharmacies. Some of our graduates continue in higher education to obtain a PhD, some use their MPharm degree as an entry to study medicine or veterinary medicine.
Pharmacology: Do you like being in the laboratory?
Pharmacology is the study of drug interaction in living organisms. Pharmacology is a more specific department of medicine, you will learn about the drug design and how a drug interacts in the human body. Our graduates are likely to find jobs in drug regulation, drug development in many pharmaceutical and life-science companies, as representatives for companies that sell and market drugs and medical devices, in government bodies and charities that fund scientific projects, as journalists with specialisation on scientific writing. Some of our graduates continue in further studies to obtain a PhD or study Law to become patent lawyers. These are just few examples, the possibilities within science and education are nearly limitless.
Will I get a chance to undertake some research?
The answer is yes. In the final year of both degree programmes there is a chance to do your own research.
On the MPharm programme, you will conduct what is known as a Sustained Research Project (SRP). You will be researching your particular topic between September and December and will write a thesis on your findings along with defending it with a poster.
On the BSc programme, you will conduct your research at the same time but it is known as a Final Year Project. This can be based on scientific research or writing, and will enable you to write a final year report.
Are there any financial implications if I join the Foundation programme (MPharm)?
Student Finance usually allows for a maximum finance of five years for each eligible student completing the MPharm programme. Students completing the Foundation year will use one of their eligible years of finance for the year for the Foundation year, allowing them a further four years to complete the 4-year MPharm programme. Therefore, should a student experience any delays in completing their 4-year MPharm programme, for example, through illness or the need to resit a year, it is possible that they would not be entitled to further funding from Student Finance, or possibly any scholarships/bursaries from the university. Please note that any previous study prior to coming to Medway School of Pharmacy will also be taken into consideration within these calculations. Therefore, we strongly advise students to carefully investigate their finance issues, for example by contacting Student Finance and / or the university Student Finance team who are located in Blake Building, Medway Campus.
How many students do you have in first year?
We typically have around 200 students join us in year one. This is spread across all of our undergraduate degree programmes. There will be approximately 120 students on the MPharm, 40 on the BSc (Hons) Pharmacology and Physiology and 40 on the BSc (Hons) Pharmacology and Physiology with Integrated Foundation Year.