Accredited by the College of Mental Health Pharmacy (CMHP)
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Key information, entry requirements and fees
Mode of delivery: Distance learning - all course materials are delivered electronically.
Duration: 12 months plus exam (the exam is usually around 2 months after the coursework finishes).
Start date: January 2022
Application deadline: 14th December 2021
Fees (2022): £3,450
Bursaries are awarded to members of the College of Mental Health Pharmacy (CMHP) according to the need and merit on application to the Treasurer of the CMHP.
A good honours degree (minimum lower 2nd class) from a recognised university in a relevant subject. See below for more details
An equivalent qualification as agreed with the Programme Director and Pharmacy Technicians without a degree but with extensive relevant experience will also be considered.
- We welcome applications from candidates interested in our course who have the skills and capability to excel. All candidates are considered on an individual basis based on their qualifications, experience, references and motivation.
- Applicants would usually possess a good honours degree (minimum lower 2nd class) from a recognised university in one of the following subjects (or an equivalent qualification as agreed with the Programme Director; Pharmacy Technicians without a degree but with extensive relevant experience will also be considered):
- Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. English language test requirements may be waived where students’ undergraduate degree was studied in an English speaking country. Find out more about our English language requirements. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.
- The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.
The programme is accredited by the College of Mental Health Pharmacy (CMHP).
Course outline, assessment and staff
You will take six modules in total, two of which are introductory with the following four covering the major therapeutic areas of psychiatry. One module will be made available online every two months and there is a written assessment at the end of each module.
- Introduction to Psychiatry
- Underlying Principles
- Affective Disorders
- Anxiety Disorders
All course materials will be delivered electronically and you will encounter a range of learning methods, including:
- Study of authored text material, directed reading and self assessed exercises
- Formative exercises and assignments
- Additional reading
- Application within professional practice.
Assessment is by assignments and multi-response question papers, plus a final examination, home students are required to attend the University for the final exam.
Course Director: Dr Ian Maidment
Teaching staff: Hannah Macfarlane
Your future career prospects
This course is the first stage for pharmacists in becoming a specialist mental health pharmacist.
It is also undertaken by mental health nurses to increase their knowledge base especially those practising or intending to practise as non-medical prescribers.
General practitioners and psychiatrists, as well as graduates working in the pharmaceutical industry, have also taken this course.
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