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Postgraduate Diploma for Overseas Pharmacists (OSPAP) MSc
Postgraduate Diploma for Overseas Pharmacists (OSPAP) MSc

Postgraduate Diploma for Overseas Pharmacists (OSPAP) MSc

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  • Level:Master's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

All applicants require:

  • A pharmacy degree approved by the General Pharmaceutical Council for entry onto an OSPAP course. You will require documented approval from the GPhC regarding eligibility to undertake OSPAP prior to applying to Aston University. Please note that it may take up to two months to gain approval from the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). Candidates wishing to apply for a pre-registration position via the national Oriel scheme, are advised that applications should be made early to ensure acceptance onto the course before June in the year of entry.

English Requirements

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).

Other Requirements

Due to the nature of this course and in line with national requirements, students who receive an offer to study with us will be required to complete a series of checks and screenings, in addition to adhering to a number of regulations and policies. 

  • Prior to starting the programme, you will be required to complete a declaration of health and vaccination status, full details must be provided before you start.
  • Students enrolling onto this course will be required to undertake an Enhanced Level Criminal Records Bureau check (known as a DBS check) and/or an overseas equivalent if newly resident in the UK. 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.

Aston Pharmacy School policies: there are also further policies that all Pharmacy students must comply with and you should be aware of these before you apply (2020 policies will be available soon):

  • Student Policy for Raising Concerns
  • Professional Appearance Standards 
  • Pregnancy Risk Assessment
  • Infection Control Policy

Course Information

Study the key principles relevant to pharmacy practice in the UK with our General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) accredited OSPAP course here at Aston University. The course has been designed for those who obtained their pharmacy degree outside the UK but wish for it to be recognised here.

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Integrated Person-Centred Care

In its substantial theme you will develop the knowledge and skills for contemporary pharmacy practice, including advanced therapeutic skills that integrate clinical knowledge and the latest developments in drug delivery and formulation.

Specialisation and Transition

During this theme you will learn about the delivery of pharmacy and healthcare services in the UK, for example the law and ethics relating to pharmacy practice. You will also be supported in the transition from your home qualification to the UK context, and in the transition from the OSPAP programme to your further studies and pre-registration year. 

MSc research project

In addition to the integrated module worth 120 credits, those choosing to complete the MSc qualification will also complete a research project module worth an additional 60 credits.

You will attend a compulsory two week induction / training session on research skills before you start your project. Please note, students on the MSc cannot commence their pre-registration training until they have completed the course in full.

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Insurance - Single: 300 GBP/year

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