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Sussex university plans new pharmacy degree

By News team

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

Readers' comments (3)

  • What a great idea! 

    because there aren't enough pharmacists at the mo, are there?

    lets's drive down wages even more! 

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  • Brighton University just up the road from Sussex will not appreciate this. There is already a massive shortage of pre-reg places, summer places and hospital placements in the area, so how will two schools in the same city with 200+ pupils each per year sustain proper learning? Brighton has been running the MPharm for many, many years and has just increased the intake with the building of a new school. Any pupils going to Sussex will only struggle to find a footing in the profession when pitched against pupils from the established Brighton Uni. I feel sorry for pupils who chose to attend, as they are likely struggle to find employment or work experince.

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  • Reminds me of lemmings rapidly heading for the cliff face or should that be " that have already jumped off the cliff face." What future does our profession have now.? Sadly not a lot.!

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