Aston vs Wolverhampton, which is better?

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I am looking to study MPharm at university and I am unsure of what to put down as my insurance choice.

I have looked into the University of Wolverhampton and have found that it offers an independent prescribing course which is really good but it is quite far from where I am. I have also looked into Aston University and it is closer however people I've been talking to are telling me different things, so I am under the impression that there are more negatives than positives at Aston. Can someone tell me a bit about how both of these universities are? Also, it'll also be helpful if you attend(ed) these universities.
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Hey I think is aston is the best of both. It has a great faculty and it is fully accredited by gphc , the professors are really helpul too. Wolverhampton on the other hand doesnt have a great reputation in pharmacy. Which is your firm choice tho?
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Hey I think is aston is the best of both. It has a great faculty and it is fully accredited by gphc , the professors are really helpul too. Wolverhampton on the other hand doesnt have a great reputation in pharmacy. Which is your firm choice tho?
Birmingham is my firm choice. Do you go to Aston? Because I've heard that the professors aren't that helpful but that might be for other subjects so idk.
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I know people who went to both, and they all became good pharmacists. The secret is to learn how to manage your time, as university is all about self-study.
At A level you usually have one or two teachers/lecturers for each subject, and they usually help in pushing you through the 2 yrs.
At university you could encounter a couple of dozen lecturers teaching different modules at the start.
Apart from your personal tutor, (if you ever see them??!) there is nobody pushing you along.
You are paying to be there and take the course.
You need to organise yourself to pass the exams each of the 4 yrs to get the degree, and then pass the pre-reg exam. If you can master self-directed learning, then it doesn't matter where you study.

We were always told, if you miss a few lectures, but get the notes off a friend or online then it doesn't matter. But always go to your practical sessions, and seminars and tutorials, as you are much more likely to be missed!
I did my degree a long time ago, but I'm sure there is still a bit of truth in the above. ( I stand corrected if anyone wants to tell me about the huge changes in teaching the degree, from the old days of lectures and practicals.)

Returning to your original query......overall Aston is ranked much higher than Wolverhampton, in general, and also for pharmacy. Mainly as it has taught pharmacy for much longer than W'ton.

(I must admit I was shocked at reading average pharmacy graduate earnings are only £32k after 5 yrs!... I was earning £30k in 2000.)
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(Original post by IK1326)
I am looking to study MPharm at university and I am unsure of what to put down as my insurance choice.

I have looked into the University of Wolverhampton and have found that it offers an independent prescribing course which is really good but it is quite far from where I am. I have also looked into Aston University and it is closer however people I've been talking to are telling me different things, so I am under the impression that there are more negatives than positives at Aston. Can someone tell me a bit about how both of these universities are? Also, it'll also be helpful if you attend(ed) these universities.
Don't worry about the IP course.
They are changing the pharmacy degree syllabus, so that all pharmacists starting the degree now will qualify as Independent prescribers automatically as part of your pharmacy degree. Which is great news!
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Out of curiosity, what are you doing now as you don’t seem to be working in the field of pharmacy? If you don’t mind me asking
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Out of curiosity, what are you doing now as you don’t seem to be working in the field of pharmacy? If you don’t mind me asking
i'm doing my a levels but i want to do pharmacy at university
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(Original post by IK1326)
I am looking to study MPharm at university and I am unsure of what to put down as my insurance choice.

I have looked into the University of Wolverhampton and have found that it offers an independent prescribing course which is really good but it is quite far from where I am. I have also looked into Aston University and it is closer however people I've been talking to are telling me different things, so I am under the impression that there are more negatives than positives at Aston. Can someone tell me a bit about how both of these universities are? Also, it'll also be helpful if you attend(ed) these universities.
Hi there,

I don't study pharmacy but I have worked with people who studied it at Aston and I've taken some modules with them as well. Aston is home to the leading community of renowned researchers and is ranked in the top 10 in the UK for research quality in Pharmacology and Pharmacy (Complete University Guide, 2022). The Pharmacy MPharm degree at Aston is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), which is one of the key requirements to practice as a pharmacist in the UK.
Aston is a very small university which means you are able to get individualised help from staff. In my experience, I have had more positives as a student here than negatives and am currently studying for my second undergraduate degree at Aston. Everyone's experience is different and, though I don't know exactly what you've heard, I wouldn't let it colour your decision. Aston is located in the heart of Birmingham so it's really close to almost everything. It has a very diverse community which is good for fostering relationships. There are also a lot of societies and clubs available to join which will be good for someone looking to make the most of their social and extracurricular life as well. People look for different things in a university so I might have just said all of this and it might be of no consequence to you. Do you have any specific questions about Aston? I'll be happy to answer them

*Ethel
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