The Medway School of Pharmacy is located on a multi university campus development at Chatham Maritime in Medway, Kent. The school is a unique collaboration between the University of Greenwich and the University of Kent.
Currently, the school offers the following undergraduate programmes:
Medway is recognised as an established school of pharmacy by The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). Students at the school benefit from an experienced and dedicated team of staff comprising of academic scientists, pharmacists and teacher practitioners form community pharmacy and the NHS, together with teaching support and administrative personnel. The school boasts modern facilities, including a mock over the counter laboratory, a mock hospital ward and a replica of a human patient, Sim Man.
Students at the school will be able to take advantage of both the University of Kent Careers and Employability Service and the University of Greenwich Employability and Careers Guidance. Both services have Career Advisors on hand, who you will be able to meet up with on a one-to-one basis and get help with writing a stand out CV, an eye-catching cover letter and perfect your interview questions. You will also be able to find information on relevant internships and volunteering opportunities related to your course, seek advice on postgraduate study options and find part-time work in the local area.
You will also have the opportunity to undertake a year-long industry placement, enabling you to experience working in your field of study and gain contacts for your future career.
You will be taught in lectures, seminars and tutorials, and assessments throughout your course will include written examinations, coursework, presentations and laboratory participation, while your final year will see you complete a research project.
Students wishing to experience life abroad in their final year will be able to go on an Erasmus exchange for one term, studying in either France or Italy. Studying in another country will give you the chance to learn another language, experience a different culture and meet new friends from around the world.
Medway Pharmacy Students’ Association (MPSA) is an exclusive body for students at the school, and is the largest student body organisation on the Medway Campus.
The society is run by a Committee, consisting of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Public Relations Officer, Social Secretary and a Ball Coordinator. You will also belong to the Greenwich & Kent Students’ Unions Together (GK Unions), run by an Executive Committee who act to support all students at the Medway Campus.
You will be able to apply for accommodation provided by either the University of Greenwich or the University of Kent.
University of Greenwich halls
Flats of 4 – 6 students are located on the Medway Campus, each with a communal kitchen and dining facilities. All bedrooms have an en-suite bathroom, along with a mini fridge and internet access. As well as being within walking distance to the school, you will be close by to both Chatham and Gillingham town centres, where you will find shops, restaurants and cafes.
University of Kent halls
Halls are located at The Liberty Quays, a short walk away from the Medway Campus. There, you will find a Subway, Tesco Express, a social area, laundry facilities and a Domino’s Pizza. Flats of 5 – 8 students each have a fully equipped kitchen and internet access, while each bedroom has a wash basin, shower and toilet.
Students will have access to an impressive library, which boasts 300 computers and an extensive range of books, journals and additional online learning resources.
You will also have access to a suite of up to date laboratories, workshops and a training dispensary designed for pharmacy students. There is a life size human model – Sim Man, designed for you to practice professional skills such as inserting a drip, taking blood and examining patient responses after taking medication. Additional facilities include an over the counter laboratory replicating a high street pharmacy and a mock hospital ward, complete with beds, examination couches and a life-size skeleton packed with removable organs.
The pub hosts a range of student nights, including school discos, sports screenings and band nights.
While Medway is a small town, it has good transport links to other larger cities, such as Canterbury and London. Near to the campus, you will find the Dockside Outlet Centre, complete with shops, restaurants, riverside bars and a multi-screen cinema.
Nearby towns include Rochester – home to a cathedral, a castle, independent shops, cafes and bars. Throughout the year, events are held including a Victorian-themed Dickens festival. For nightlife, shuttle buses from the Medway Campus run to Canterbury, where you will find a wide range of clubs, bars and pubs.
In the surrounding area, towns such as Gillingham, Maidstone and Chatham boast restaurants, theatres, shops and markets, bars and a small number of clubs.
For a change of scenery, you will be able to get to London in 45 minutes on the train, while Paris is less than 2 hours away on the Eurostar.
MPSA (Medway Pharmacy Students Association)
Since 2008 Medway Pharmacy Students’ Association (MPSA) has represented students of pharmacy at Medway School of Pharmacy, and is now one of the most successful student organisations on the Medway campus. The goal of the MPSA is to ensure students leave the Medway School of Pharmacy as better individuals than when they first started, through events designed to develop professionalism, socio-cultural awareness and academic standards.
SOPP (Society of Pharmacology and Physiology)
Founded in 2014, the Society of Pharmacology and Physiology was established as a way for students with an interest in Pharmacology & Physiology to share ideas and experiences. The aim of the society is to help students interested in Pharmacology to flourish in their degree.
GK Unions runs a range of societies for you to join, including the Music Society, the Yoga Society, the Chess Society and Get Crafty – an arts society. Sports fans will have the choice of joining athletics, cricket, rugby, netball and volleyball – to name but a few. There are also volunteering opportunities and social events open for all students to attend and meet new friends.
You will have access to the support services at both the University of Kent and the University of Greenwich. This includes one-to-one support and access to specialist equipment for students with a disability as well as medical centres and a Chaplaincy are also on site.
A free and confidential counselling service is available for you to go to if you are experiencing any personal or emotional problems during your time at the school, while your personal tutor will be able to give advice on any academic worries. There are also help centres for you to go to with any concerns on accommodation and financial matters.
UK students per year: £9,250
International Students per year: £16,974
The college suggests that students look on Student Finance England website to see if you are eligible for any financial support.
Students at the school benefit from dedicated teaching staff and modern facilities, including a mock over the counter laboratory, a mock hospital ward and a replica of a human patient – Sim Man, where you will be able to practice professional skills such as inserting a drip and taking blood. Graduates go on to find work in various roles across the pharmaceutical industry, both in the UK and internationally.
ABB at A Level (including two science based subjects, one of which must be chemistry) and GCSE maths and English at grade 5.
BTEC National Diploma in Applied Science with Distinction*/Distinction*/Distinction overall and GCSE maths and English at grade 5.
DDD at A Level in science subjects or BTEC national extended diplomas in Applied Science, plus GCSE Maths and English language grade 4 or above.
For more details on entry requirements, head to Medway School of Pharmacy’s website.
Nearest train station: Chatham 0.9 miles away