Mode of delivery: Full-time, on campus (distance learning not available)
Duration: PgDip: 9 months / MSc: 12 months
Intake: Up to 54 students per year
Start date: September
Fees: Diploma: £11,700 / MSc: £17,550 (a deposit of £2000 will be required in advance to secure a place on this programme)
All applicants must:
- Possess a pharmacy degree that enables you to register as a pharmacist with The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).
- Possess documented approval from the GPhC regarding eligibility to undertake OSPAP 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.
- Possess an appropriate English language qualification. The GPhC have recently revised the evidence that they are willing to accept for English Language knowledge. Their requirements are listed below. You are required to provide one of these three types of evidence to the GPhC, however Aston University will only accept types 1 and 2:
1. 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.
2. 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).
3. Recent practise for at least two years as a pharmacy professional (pharmacy technician or pharmacist) in a majority English speaking country (please note that Aston University does not accept work experience as proof of meeting our English Language requirements, you must have one of the above).
Please note that the information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.
Students will be required to complete a declaration of health and vaccination status prior to starting the programme. Information will be provided about this pre-entry.
Criminal Records Check (DBS) and Fitness to Practise information:
Students enrolling onto this course will be required to undertake an Enhanced Level Criminal Records Bureau check (known as a DBS check).
In line with national requirements for courses leading to a health professional qualification, this course is also subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations.
Discover more about DBS Checks & Fitness to Practise.
There are also further policies that all Pharmacy students must comply to and you should be aware of these before you apply:
Pre-registration visa information (non EU applicants) and choice between MSc and PgDip:
Which course you should choose depends on your individual circumstances but the following are a few points to bear in mind when deciding on your course.
This information assumes you have or will be applying for a Tier 4 Student visa to do the OSPAP course and will need to apply for a work visa in order to do the pre-registration placement.
If you choose the MSc:
- If you decide to do the MSc course you will be eligible to apply for the Tier 2 General visa for your pre-registration placement.
- You will also get an extra 4 months on the length of your visa following the course end date to be able to make your Tier 2 General visa application.
- If you apply for the Tier 4 Student visa for the MSc course but later decide to do the PgDip instead we must report to the Home Office that you have changed your course and will complete your studies earlier than expected. Your visa will be curtailed leaving only 60 days remaining permission to be in the UK so you will need to be able to apply for the Tier 2 visa within this period of time.
If you choose the PgDip:
- If you decide to do the PgDip course you will be significantly limiting your options for a visa for your pre-registration post as the Tier 2 General visa requires you to have been awarded a masters degree and you cannot apply with a PgDip.
- If you decide to do the PgDip course but wish to change to the MSc later you may be permitted to do this but will need to pay the extra fees for the course and also extend your Tier 4 Student visa to cover the full length of the MSc course (which also incurs a fee).
- Although in certain limited circumstances you may be able to use a previous UK qualification to apply for the Tier 2 General visa this depends on your circumstances and you should seek advice from an Adviser at The Hub if you think this may affect you. If you choose to do the PgDip on this basis you will only get an extra 2 months after the course end date on your visa so you will have a limited amount of time in which to make the Tier 2 General visa application.