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Note: Most of these texts are available via the University Library

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Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine Clinical Practice

Clinical Practice

Packed with clear, clinical management advice which is practical to implement at the bed-side, the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine is written in a clear and didactic style. With witty, esoteric asides linking medicine to everything from the classics to popular culture, all the material is presented in a way that is instantly memorable and even easier to put into practice.

Mainly targeted for Medics, however major areas of overlap of pharmacy practice. 


British National Formulary (BNF)

An Essential Must For ALL Pharmacy Students


The British National Formulary is a United Kingdom pharmaceutical reference book that contains a wide spectrum of information and advice on prescribing and pharmacology, along with specific facts and details about many medicines available on the UK National Health Service. 

Although there is an online and app version available, you will need to be able to use and find things using printed form in OSCEs, etc. 

You will receive a printed BNF in Level One and Level Four of the MPharm Programme. 

You do not need to buy the latest edition, you will be assessed using the BNF provided in either Level One or Level Four. 

Why not check out our SPSA BNF Guide in our study guide section.


Introduction to Pharmaceutical Calculations


Published by the Pharmaceutical Press, Introduction to Pharmaceutical Calculations is your comprehensive guide to successfully performing pharmaceutical calculations. This popular book covers everything you need to know to pass those all important pharmacy calculation exams.

Written by experienced pharmacy lecturers and a teacher practitioner, this book will help you tackle every type of pharmaceutical calculation and is ideal for both students and pre-regs.

Keep on the lookout for our SPSA Numeracy Workshops to get some extra practice and assessment preparation!


Medicines, Ethics and Practice (MEP)

Pharmacy Practices, Ethics and Law

"Your go-to guide for good practice"

As a pharmacy student, you can join the Royal Pharmaceutical Society free of charge during your duration on the MPharm Programme. 

The MEP is one of the key reference texts you will need to utilise in elements such as dispensing, law and ethics lectures/seminars and assessments. 

You should refer to your pharmacy law academic as to which version of the MEP you should use. 

To access and download your free digital copy, click on the icon and login in using your RPS account details. 


Aulton's Pharmaceutics:

The Design and Manufacture of Medicines


A comprehensive textbook covering the design of dosage forms and all aspects of drug delivery systems. 'Pharmaceutics' in its broadest sense is the 'art of the apothecary' or, in simple terms, pharmaceutical preparations. It remains a diverse subject in the pharmacy curriculum, encompassing design of drugs, their manufacture and the elimination of micro-organisms from the products. This books encompasses all of those areas.

Very useful in supporting lecture materials, as a coursework reference and in preparation for assessments. 


Rang & Dale's Pharmacology


Comprehensive yet easy to use, Rang and Dale’s Pharmacology has been providing core basic and clinical science information to students and healthcare practitioners worldwide for more than 25 years.


From cover to cover, you’ll progressively increase your knowledge of all relevant aspects of pharmacology, from a molecular understanding of receptors and drug actions through clinical uses of key groups of drugs.

Very useful in supporting lecture materials, as a coursework reference and in preparation for assessments. 


Essentials of Organic Chemistry:

For Students of Pharmacy, Medicinal Chemistry and Biological Chemistry

Organic Chemistry

Essentials of Organic Chemistry is an accessible introduction to the subject for students of Pharmacy, Medicinal Chemistry and Biological Chemistry. Designed to provide a thorough grounding in fundamental chemical principles, the book focuses on key elements of organic chemistry and carefully chosen material is illustrated with the extensive use of pharmaceutical and biochemical examples.

In order to establish links and similarities the book places prominence on principles and deductive reasoning with cross-referencing. This informal text also places the main emphasis on understanding and predicting reactivity rather than synthetic methodology as well as utilising a mechanism based layout and featuring annotated schemes to reduce the need for textual explanations.

Very useful in supporting lecture materials, as a coursework reference and in preparation for assessments. 

For more useful texts you should refer to your Module Handbook - Reading List via CANVAS