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Pharmacy in LJMU bad???

Im an a level student in 2nd year and planning to choose pharmacy in Liverpool john moores uni.

This was the plan for a long time now, until one day, someone told me that ''john moores is bad'', and ''apply to better uni's''.

In what way is LJMU bad??? is it bad?
Does it matter what uni you get the pharmacy degree? :confused:
Reply 1
Original post by Seatbelt
Im an a level student in 2nd year and planning to choose pharmacy in Liverpool john moores uni.

This was the plan for a long time now, until one day, someone told me that ''john moores is bad'', and ''apply to better uni's''.

In what way is LJMU bad??? is it bad?
Does it matter what uni you get the pharmacy degree? :confused:


Last summer I had a bursary placement at LJMU's Byrom Street campus with the Pharmacy team. I couldn't see anything particularly bad about it, just that the interior of the building looked a little shabby and the computers needed updating. Apart from that, the research they were doing was very impressive. I can't compare it to any other Pharmacy schools as it was the only place that I studied, but I doubt that the academic side of Pharmacy would be any different to other schools. I'd have to say that the worst part of the University would be that it is spread out so far across the city. Byrom Street is close to the city centre, however you'd need to research the location of residential halls in relation to the campus.
Reply 2
The ex-Polys (LJMU is one) are exceptionally good at vocational subjects like Pharmacy because thats what they were originally set up to do - provide tertiary level technical vocational education.

So, dont get hung up on Russell Group or ex-Poly or any of the other 'labels' that other people attach. If LJMU wasnt up to scratch, the Pharmacy industry would have already jumped on it long ago.
Reply 3
There is a lot of renovation and expansion work going on at the Pharmacy Building at the moment. Also, the course is very forward thinking and has one of the best pass rates for the pharmacist registration exam.

My advice, without repeating what people have said above, would be to visit LJMU and see what you think for yourself :smile:
Reply 4
Original post by Podolshi
Last summer I had a bursary placement at LJMU's Byrom Street campus with the Pharmacy team. I couldn't see anything particularly bad about it, just that the interior of the building looked a little shabby and the computers needed updating. Apart from that, the research they were doing was very impressive. I can't compare it to any other Pharmacy schools as it was the only place that I studied, but I doubt that the academic side of Pharmacy would be any different to other schools. I'd have to say that the worst part of the University would be that it is spread out so far across the city. Byrom Street is close to the city centre, however you'd need to research the location of residential halls in relation to the campus.

There are halls less than a 5 min walk away from Byrom street. They're the ones approved by LJMU.

If you're a pharmacist student, you'll be at Byrom street 24/7. So getting halls close is not too bad!



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Original post by Seatbelt
Im an a level student in 2nd year and planning to choose pharmacy in Liverpool john moores uni.

This was the plan for a long time now, until one day, someone told me that ''john moores is bad'', and ''apply to better uni's''.

In what way is LJMU bad??? is it bad?
Does it matter what uni you get the pharmacy degree? :confused:


JMU is 'bad' because it isn't part of the Russell Group a.k.a the bunch of universities which all wear tweed and play Polo at the weekend. But seriously, for Pharmacy it's not that bad. In fact you'll find that exact school that stands where Byrom Street is used to be a school dedicated to just Pharmacy and they've been practicing Pharmacy for a hell of a long time. Just not with a university status.

Whilst the building itself and the facilities are slightly dated you can't fault the staff. One thing you can never overlook at ex-polys is that whilst your lecturers might not be international superstars they'll always have time for you so you can actually ask them stuff. I've moved from ex-poly to Russel Group and, quite frankly, miss being able to catch my supervisor in their office 90% of the time. If I'm lucky I'll see my current supervisor three times a week.

As a Pharmacy student you get a lot of time anyway as it's the course which brings the whole campus a lot more prestige than they'd normally have. 'Bad' when it comes to universities is a relative term. It's bad in terms of league tables mainly because we do a load of stupid ass degrees which really should be trashed e.g. Fine Art (a lot of my friends did Fine Art before everybody starts getting pissy). On top of that, for a university to teach the Pharmacy degree is has to undergo a minimum standard before they're allowed to. This is called having the course accredited - this means your degree is the same as somebody from any other university.

For future reference, check for accredited courses and also look for when the course started. Anything less than 5 years ago you really want to be wary of applying for them as they may not have had their first batch of graduates finish yet. I remember DMU getting into a lot of trouble for their Pharmacy department years ago.

JMU's a good university with pretty decent people. The city's nice, the girls (and boys, but in particular the girls) are friendly. You'll have yourself a damn good time and get a degree at the end :awesome:

Hope that helps!

P.S. Big up to TigerSwift in this thread. JMU alumni unite :wink:
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Reply 6
Original post by Irrelevance
JMU is 'bad' because it isn't part of the Russell Group a.k.a the bunch of universities which all wear tweed and play Polo at the weekend. But seriously, for Pharmacy it's not that bad. In fact you'll find that exact school that stands where Byrom Street is used to be a school dedicated to just Pharmacy and they've been practicing Pharmacy for a hell of a long time. Just not with a university status.

Whilst the building itself and the facilities are slightly dated you can't fault the staff. One thing you can never overlook at ex-polys is that whilst your lecturers might not be international superstars they'll always have time for you so you can actually ask them stuff. I've moved from ex-poly to Russel Group and, quite frankly, miss being able to catch my supervisor in their office 90% of the time. If I'm lucky I'll see my current supervisor three times a week.

As a Pharmacy student you get a lot of time anyway as it's the course which brings the whole campus a lot more prestige than they'd normally have. 'Bad' when it comes to universities is a relative term. It's bad in terms of league tables mainly because we do a load of stupid ass degrees which really should be trashed e.g. Fine Art (a lot of my friends did Fine Art before everybody starts getting pissy). On top of that, for a university to teach the Pharmacy degree is has to undergo a minimum standard before they're allowed to. This is called having the course accredited - this means your degree is the same as somebody from any other university.

For future reference, check for accredited courses and also look for when the course started. Anything less than 5 years ago you really want to be wary of applying for them as they may not have had their first batch of graduates finish yet. I remember DMU getting into a lot of trouble for their Pharmacy department years ago.

JMU's a good university with pretty decent people. The city's nice, the girls (and boys, but in particular the girls) are friendly. You'll have yourself a damn good time and get a degree at the end :awesome:

Hope that helps!

P.S. Big up to TigerSwift in this thread. JMU alumni unite :wink:


Thanks!
I decided to apply for LJMU in the end (got an interview too!)

''this means your degree is the same as somebody from any other university.'' this put me at ease! :biggrin:

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