Sussex university plans new pharmacy degree
The University of Sussex is advertising for a director of pharmacy development to lead a new pharmacy portfolio, including an MPharm degree, within its school of life sciences.
The holder of the new full-time post is being asked to design a strongly clinical and research-led curriculum for the MPharm degree, and work with local and regional partners to provide student placement opportunities.
According to a university spokeswoman: “Pharmacy at Sussex would have strong synergy with teaching and research in a number of existing academic areas, including the Brighton and Sussex medical school, neuroscience, chemistry, psychology and the Genome Centre.”
The degree will be subject to approval from the General Pharmaceutical Council, and student numbers would be dependent on the outcome of a consultation with stakeholders by the Higher Education Funding Council for England on overall limits on MPharm student numbers. Subject to these approvals, the first students on the degree are expected to start at Sussex by the 2015-16 academic year.
Head of the school of life sciences Laurence Pearl said: “We believe our considerable research strengths in cancer and neurosciences, and our commitment to translation of our discovery research into new medicines and treatments, will allow us to develop a distinctive pharmacy training. We look forward to welcoming a new director of pharmacy development and then our new students, who would become part of a thriving scientific community.”
Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2013.11123729
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