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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: Applications are now closed.
Fees (2022): £3,600
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.
- Timeline of application
I have submitted my application, what happens next?
1. Application is submitted
2. New applications are picked up by the Postgraduate Admissions Team
3. Postgraduate Admissions Team staff check if we have all the documents we need, if anything is missing, we send an email to the applicant to request the missing information. If we have all the information, we need we make a decision. ‘Offer’, ‘Reject’ or ‘Send to tutor for review’ are the possible options at this stage.
4. If it is an offer, we will decide if it is conditional or unconditional
5. Offer is issued via email and the applicant is given 4 weeks to accept the offer. Date is entered into the offer email.
6. Acceptance of an offer has 2 steps:
a. the offer reply form, and
b. paying the deposit/sending sponsor letter.
A place on the course is not secure until we have received the deposit payment or the sponsor letter and this must be by the deadline stated in the email.
7. Once an offer has been accepted fully, the system is updated to reflect this. Approximately 6 weeks before the programme starts applicants who have fully accepted are sent their enrolment email from firstname.lastname@example.org the email has their username and password. The applicant then completes the enrolment steps and student support before they can be given access to the modules that they will study.
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.
- An Introduction to Psychiatry and Integrated Psychiatric Therapeutics
- Underlying Principles
- The Affective Disorders
- Anxiety and Sleep Disorders
- The Dementias and Related 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: 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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