This full-time, one year course is ideal if you want to become a pharmacist, but do not have the relevant grades to study pharmacy at degree level. You will be taught the core skills in chemistry, biology, mathematics, IT and communication, providing you with key requirements needed to study Pharmacy MPharm (Hons) at DMU.
As a DMU student, you will have full access to all the university’s facilities including the library, gym, bookshop, cafes and computer labs. You will be taught by experienced tutors, receiving excellent academic teaching and superb support to ensure that you get all the help you need to succeed.
Once you have successfully completed the year zero stage of your degree at DMUIC and have met the criteria for continuation, you will continue studying directly with the university for your remaining years on our Pharmacy MPharm (Hons) degree – a course which has been accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).
Reasons to study Year Zero Pharmacy at DMU:
- Direct progression onto the Pharmacy MPharm (Hons) programme at DMU
following successful completition of the year zero programme
- DMU has a history of more than 100 years of Pharmacy teaching experience
and provides the opportunity to work collaboratively with other future health and social care experts
- 99.1% of our Pharmacy graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating
according to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report [above the sector average of 94.6%]
- DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
indicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU. [Office for Students, 2017]
- The TEF Panel judged that De Montfort University delivers “consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.” [Office for Students, 2017]
Structure and assessment
- Human Biology
- Basic Microbiology for Biomedical Science
- Introduction to Psychology
- Study Skills 1 – Introduction to DMU
- Study Skills 2 – Information Technology & Numeracy
- Study Skills 3 – Communication Skills
- Functions of Cells & Tissues
- Chemistry 1
- Chemistry 2
- Introductory Biochemistry
Facilities and features
Health and Life Sciences
As a DMU student, you will have full access to all the university’s facilities including the laboratories, library, gym, bookshop, cafes and computer labs.
Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.
The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.
Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to apply theory to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff, to ensure that your practical ability in the clinical skills suites is accurate.
We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.
During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.
We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.
Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.
Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.
They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.
Opportunities and careers
If you would like to continue on to the Pharmacy MPharm (Hons) degree, you must achieve 65% in both DMUICF025 Chemistry 1 and DMUICF026 Chemistry 2, and an overall average of 60% for the Pharmacy Year Zero programme. The number of formal reassessment opportunities on this programme is restricted to 2 per module.
Our MPharm graduates progress on to rewarding and stimulating careers in all sectors of pharmacy, including major employers in community pharmacy, the NHS, primary care settings and the pharmaceutical industry.
Throughout your four years with us we will help you to enhance your employment opportunities by embedding transferable skill in to the programme and exposing you to key employers and stakeholders through the bespoke Leicester School of Pharmacy careers events and mentoring scheme.
We also offer a range of postgraduate opportunities relevant to your career interests.
Code of conduct
You must comply with the code of conduct for pharmacy students. Successful completion of the degree is one step in becoming a pharmacist; you must also successfully complete one year’s pre-registration training and pass the registration assessment, set by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), to be able to register as a pharmacist.
The GPhC will not offer prospective registration advice. Applicants can appeal against a registration refusal. Any appeal must be made to the GPhC’s appeals committee.