Students from the University of Nottingham are the first in the UK to graduate as fully qualified pharmacists after studying on the new MPharm degree with fully integrated pre-registration training.

Students celebrated with their families, placement tutors and staff from the school following the award ceremony. Some of the students have already secured jobs in hospital and community pharmacy in the UK and overseas.

Ching-wen Chen, who will start work at a NHS acute teaching hospital, said: “The integrated MPharm course at Nottingham has been an incredible experience. It broadened my horizons, both academically and on a personal basis.”

The five-year MPharm with integrated pre-registration scheme was launched by the university in September 2012. It is the first programme to meet both the recommendations of the Modernising Pharmacy Careers report and be fully accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council. 

Course director Tom Gray, former chief pharmacist at Royal Derby Hospital, who joined the school in 2013, said: “The strength of this programme is the very close partnership between our students, work-based tutors and university facilitators. All credit to them for their professionalism, support and hard work.”

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