Scottish universities unable to commit to 5-year integrated pharmacy degree

Professor Donald Cairns, Head of School, Pharmacy and Life Sciences, Robert Gordon University

ROBERT Gordon University and the University of Strathclyde have highlighted their concerns about the Scottish Government’s plans for creating five-year integrated pharmacy degrees.

In a joint statement, the universities said: “The two Schools of Pharmacy in Scotland are committed to producing the highest quality graduates for the profession and have an exemplary record in this regard.

“Whilst we support the ambition to enhance the education of our undergraduates, we are unable at this point to commit fully to any form of integrated 5-year programme, as indicated in the announcement by the Chief Pharmacist, until a number of substantive issues are resolved.

“We welcome further dialogue with the Chief Pharmacist and her team to address these issues. We remain committed to working with the Scottish government to ensure a sustainable future for our graduates.”

The plan to move to a 5-year integrated degree was announced by Scotland’s Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Professor Rose Marie Parr at the NHS National Education for Scotland (NES) conference in May. The new courses are expected to start in 2020, with coterminus graduation and registration, with the first students graduating and registering in summer 2025.


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