REGULATION GOVERNING THE AWARD
OF THE
DEGREE OF MASTER OF PHARMACY
From ACADEMIC YEAR 2014/15
1
MATRICULATION
1.1
Every student for admission to the undergraduate Integrated Degree of Master of Pharmacy
must satisfy the Ordinance on Matriculation, the requirements set out in the Regulation for
the Admission of Students to Undergraduate Programmes of Study, and the Programme
Admission Requirements.
2.
STUDY REQUIREMENTS
2.1
STAGE 1
2.1.1
2.2
STAGE 2
2.2.1
2.3
Students must study units amounting to 120 Credits at Level 5.
STAGE 3
2.3.1
2.4
Students must study units amounting to 120 Credits at Level 4.
Students must study units amounting to 120 Credits at Level 6.
STAGE 4
2.4.1
Students must study units amounting to 120 Credits at Level 7.
3.
COURSES OF STUDY
3.1
Students will study linked units of no less than 20 credits
4.
PURSUIT OF COURSE OF STUDY INCLUDING CREDIT IMPORTATION
4.1
Exemption for prior learning, achievement or experience will not be given
5.
PROGRESSION BETWEEN STAGES
5.1
Students may progress from Stage 1 to Stage 2 of the programme if they achieve at least
40.0% in individual Stage 1 modules amounting to all 120 credits, including individual
components identified within individual module descriptors that must be passed.
5.2
Students may progress from Stage 2 to Stage 3 of the programme if they achieve at least
40.0% in individual Stage 2 modules amounting to all 120 credits, including individual
components identified within individual module descriptors, including the Synoptic
Assessment1 that must be passed.
5.3
Students may progress from Stage 3 to Stage 4 of the programme if they achieve at least
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The synoptic assessments assess students’ knowledge and understanding across 3 of the 4 modules in
Stages 2 & 3 but for administrative convenience the synoptic assessments across the Stage 2 modules
“Transport 1”, “Nutrition, Metabolism & Reproduction 1” & “Senses, Thoughts & Movement 1” and the Stage 3
modules “Transport 2”, “Nutrition, Metabolism & Reproduction 2” & “Senses, Thoughts & Movement 2” are
included in a separate “Synoptic Assessments” module.
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including individual components identified within individual module descriptors, including the Synoptic
Assessment, that must be passed.
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40.0% in individual Stage 3 modules amounting to 120 Credits including individual
components identified within individual module descriptors, including the Synoptic
Assessment1, that must be passed
6.
SUPPLEMENTARY ASSESSMENT
6.1
Students who at the initial attempt have not achieved the requirements for progression
to the next Stage of their course of study are entitled to undertake Supplementary
Assessment on one occasion, as of right. Students will be permitted a single third
attempt so long as they have achieved 80 credits at 40.0%2 or above at the second
attempt, however the following exemptions apply.
6.2
Students who fail to reach pass standard only because of failing element(s) of the
synoptic supplementary assessments at Stage 2 may be allowed a 3rd attempt with
attendance at the Board of Examiners discretion, based on their overall profile and
improvement seen between initial and supplementary synoptic assessments.
6.3
Students in stage 1 and 2 who do not achieve at least 50 credits at 40.0% at the initial
attempt will forfeit the right to Supplementary Assessment without attendance in the
Supplementary Assessment period. Such students will normally be required to repeat
the Stage with attendance.
6.4
Students in stage 3 and 4 who do not achieve 120 credits at 40.0% and pass the
Synoptic Assessments at the initial attempt will forfeit the right to Supplementary
Assessment without attendance in the Supplementary Assessment period. Such
students will be required to repeat the Stage with attendance.
6.5
Students in Stage 3 who fail to reach pass standard in the 20-credit “Capability 3”
module and/or calculations component of synoptic assessment only, may undertake
supplementary assessment in that module/component only, without attendance.
6.6
Students in Stage 4 who fail to reach pass standard in the 20-credit “Capability 4”
module and/or the 20-credit “SSC” module and/or calculations component of synoptic
assessment, may undertake to supplementary assessment in those module(s) only,
without attendance.
7.
PERFORMANCE IN SUPPLEMENTARY ASSESSMENT
7.1
Students who, following Supplementary Assessment, meet the relevant requirements set
out above may progress to the next Stage of the course of study. Students who have
undertaken Supplementary Assessment with a view to attaining an award as set out
below and who now meet those requirements shall be eligible for the award in question.
7.2
In the case of students who, following Supplementary Assessment, do not meet the
requirements for progression as set out above, or do not meet the requirements for an
award set out below, a Board of Examiners has the discretion to permit a student to
undertake Supplementary Assessment on up to 1 further occasion (up to a total of 3,
including the initial attempt). This decision will be based on the approved algorithm set
out under 6.1 above. The Board of Examiners shall recommend one of the following
options:
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The synoptic assessments assess students’ knowledge and understanding across 3 of the 4 modules in
Stages 2 & 3 but for administrative convenience the synoptic assessments across the Stage 2 modules
“Transport 1”, “Nutrition, Metabolism & Reproduction 1” & “Senses, Thoughts & Movement 1” and the Stage 3
modules “Transport 2”, “Nutrition, Metabolism & Reproduction 2” & “Senses, Thoughts & Movement 2” are
included in a separate “Synoptic Assessments” module.
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including individual components identified within individual module descriptors, including the Synoptic
Assessment, that must be passed.
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7.2.1
Students be permitted to repeat the previous Stage of the course
of study with attendance;
7.2.2
Those students who had been required to repeat the
stage/modules with attendance rather than undertake their first
supplementary assessment in the July/August resit period, will
be permitted to undertake any third attempt without attendance
in the August re-sit period. Students in this category will be
required to meet the algorithm as set out in 6.1 if be permitted
a single third attempt, if the approved algorithm in 6.1 above is
met
7.2.3
Students are required to withdraw from the course of study.
7.3
Students who have exhausted all the attempts permitted by the Board of Examiners and
still do not meet the requirements either for progression or for an award, will be required
to withdraw from the course of study.
8.
CARRY FORWARD OF MARKS
8.1
The maximum carry forward module mark awarded to students following Supplementary
Assessment will be capped at 40.0%.
9.
ELIGIBILITY FOR AWARDS
9.1
Certificate of Higher Education in Pharmaceutical Studies – Interim Award
9.1.1
To be eligible for the award of the Certificate of Higher Education in Pharmaceutical
Studies, students must achieve at least 40.0% in individual modules amounting to 100
Credits and at least 35.0% in individual modules amounting to the other 20 Credits,
including at least 100 at Level 4 or above
9.1.2
Students who, in achieving the requirements set out in 9.1.1, attain an overall average of at
least 68.0% in the assessments for the modules required shall be eligible for the award of
the Certificate of Higher Education in Pharmaceutical Studies with Distinction.
9.1.3
Students who, in achieving the requirements set out in 9.1.1, attain an overall average of at
least 58.0% in the assessments for the modules required shall be eligible for the award of
the Certificate of Higher Education in Pharmaceutical Studies with Merit.
9.2
Diploma of Higher Education in Pharmaceutical Studies – Interim Award
9.2.1
To be eligible for the award of the Diploma of Higher Education in Pharmaceutical Studies,
students must achieve the requirements set out in 9.1.1 and attain at least 40.0% in
individual modules amounting to 100 Credits and at least 35.0% in individual modules
amounting to the other 20 Credits, including at least 100 at Level 5 or above.
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The synoptic assessments assess students’ knowledge and understanding across 3 of the 4 modules in
Stages 2 & 3 but for administrative convenience the synoptic assessments across the Stage 2 modules
“Transport 1”, “Nutrition, Metabolism & Reproduction 1” & “Senses, Thoughts & Movement 1” and the Stage 3
modules “Transport 2”, “Nutrition, Metabolism & Reproduction 2” & “Senses, Thoughts & Movement 2” are
included in a separate “Synoptic Assessments” module.
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including individual components identified within individual module descriptors, including the Synoptic
Assessment, that must be passed.
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9.2.2
Students who, in achieving the requirements set out in 9.2.1, attain an overall average of
68.0% in the assessments for the modules required shall be eligible for the award of the
Diploma of Higher Education in Pharmaceutical Studies with Distinction.
9.2.3
Students who, in achieving the requirements set out in 9.2.1, attain an overall average of
58.0% in the assessments for the modules required shall be eligible for the award of the
Diploma of Higher Education in Pharmaceutical Studies with Merit.
9.3
Ordinary Degree of Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Studies – Interim Award
9.3.1
To be eligible for the non-registerable award of the Ordinary Degree of Bachelor of Science
in Pharmaceutical Studies, students must comply with the requirements as set out in 2.1
and 2.2 and attain the following:
9.3.2
at least 40.0% in individual Stage 3 modules amounting to 80 credits and at least 35.0% in
individual Stage 3 modules amounting to the other 20 credits in Stage 3 of the programme
of study.
9.4
Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Studies – Interim Award
9.4.1
Students must comply with the requirement set out in 2.1 and 2.2 and attain the following:
9.4.1.1 comply with 9.1.1 and 9.2.1 above, and attain the following in Stage 3 of the
course of study
9.4.1.2 At least 40.0% in individual Stage 3 modules amounting to 100 Credits and at least
35.0% in individual Stage 3 modules amounting to the other 20 Credits.
9.3.2 The Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Studies shall, on the basis
of a student’s performance, be awarded by class and division as follows:
First Class Honours
Second Class Honours - First Division
Second Class Honours - Second Division
Third Class Honours
9.3.3 The class and division of the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical
Studies shall be awarded to the individual students according to the order of the best
100 credits from the assessments in Stages 2 and 3, derived from a 20.0% weighting for
Stage 2 and an 80.0% weighting for Stage 3.
9.3.4 The classes and divisions of the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science in
Pharmaceutical Studies shall be awarded on the basis of the following minimum final
overall weighted average marks:
First Class Honours
68.0%
Second Class Honours - First Division
58.0%
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The synoptic assessments assess students’ knowledge and understanding across 3 of the 4 modules in
Stages 2 & 3 but for administrative convenience the synoptic assessments across the Stage 2 modules
“Transport 1”, “Nutrition, Metabolism & Reproduction 1” & “Senses, Thoughts & Movement 1” and the Stage 3
modules “Transport 2”, “Nutrition, Metabolism & Reproduction 2” & “Senses, Thoughts & Movement 2” are
included in a separate “Synoptic Assessments” module.
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including individual components identified within individual module descriptors, including the Synoptic
Assessment, that must be passed.
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Second Class Honours - Second Division
9.4
48.0%
Degree of Master of Pharmacy
9.4.1
To be eligible for the award of the Degree of Master of Pharmacy, students must
comply with the requirements set out in 2.1, 2.2 2.3, 2.4 above, and must achieve:
(i)
the requirements set out in 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3 and attain the following in
Stage 4 of the course of study:
(ii)
at least 40.0% in individual Level 7 modules amounting to 120 Credits,
including individual components identified within individual modules that
must be passed.
9.4.2 The Integrated Degree of Master of Pharmacy shall, on the basis of a student’s
performance, be awarded by as follows:
MPharm with Distinction
MPharm with Merit
MPharm
9.4.3 The Integrated Degree of Master of Pharmacy shall be awarded to the individual
students according to the weighted average marks from the best 100 credits from
assessments in Stage 4.
9.4.4 The Integrated Degree of Master of Pharmacy shall be awarded on the basis of the
following minimum final weighted average marks calculated from the best 100 credits at
Stage 4.
MPharm with Distinction
68.0% or more
MPharm with Merit
58.0% or more
MPharm
Below 58%
9.4.3 Students who achieve at least 40.0% in any number of individual modules at any level
but who do not qualify for one of the above awards shall be eligible for the award of a
Certificate of Continuing Education.
10.
AEGROTAT AWARDS
An aegrotat degree of MPharm may not normally be awarded
11.
AMENDMENTS TO SYLLABUS
Amendments to syllabus should not normally be permitted and only after consultation with
the GPhC
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The synoptic assessments assess students’ knowledge and understanding across 3 of the 4 modules in
Stages 2 & 3 but for administrative convenience the synoptic assessments across the Stage 2 modules
“Transport 1”, “Nutrition, Metabolism & Reproduction 1” & “Senses, Thoughts & Movement 1” and the Stage 3
modules “Transport 2”, “Nutrition, Metabolism & Reproduction 2” & “Senses, Thoughts & Movement 2” are
included in a separate “Synoptic Assessments” module.
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including individual components identified within individual module descriptors, including the Synoptic
Assessment, that must be passed.
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12.
ASSESSMENT
12.1 Students who attend an assessment event are deemed to be fit and well enough to sit the
assessment. Unless there is evidence of the student becoming unwell during an assessment
then extenuating circumstances will not normally be accepted after an assessment has
occurred.
1
The synoptic assessments assess students’ knowledge and understanding across 3 of the 4 modules in
Stages 2 & 3 but for administrative convenience the synoptic assessments across the Stage 2 modules
“Transport 1”, “Nutrition, Metabolism & Reproduction 1” & “Senses, Thoughts & Movement 1” and the Stage 3
modules “Transport 2”, “Nutrition, Metabolism & Reproduction 2” & “Senses, Thoughts & Movement 2” are
included in a separate “Synoptic Assessments” module.
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including individual components identified within individual module descriptors, including the Synoptic
Assessment, that must be passed.
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