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Durham University to launch pharmacy degree course

By News team

Durham University is preparing to launch a pharmacy degree course in 2013, PJ Online has learnt.

The “progressive and innovative” master of pharmacy programme will sit within Durham’s existing school of medicine and health at Queen’s Campus.

Academics are currently being invited to apply for two new chairs at the school: professor in pharmaceutical science and professor in pharmacy practice. The appointed individuals will act as the head of pharmacy (education lead) and director of pharmacy research, respectively, for the new course.

The university has written to the General Pharmaceutical Council requesting a first accreditation meeting, with a view to launching the course in 2013–14 (PDF, 112K).

To meet the target launch date, the second meeting in the seven-stage course accreditation process must take place by October this year, and a third meeting in 2012–13.

Full accreditation, if it is given, will be granted with the first graduating cohort.

The strategic and academic case for the course, as well as detailed timelines for its establishment, are expected to be presented for approval by Durham University’s senate at its meeting on 1 March 2011, and then by the university’s council on 15 March 2011.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 11067125

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