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About the School
UCL School of Pharmacy is dedicated to teaching and research in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences.
Our mission is to lead in education, research and policy development that benefits patients and healthcare practice, medicines discovery and development, and society; focusing on four key areas – Drug Discovery, Formulation Sciences, Neuroscience, and Medicines Use and Health; and help develop new areas of significance, such as Behavioral Medicine, Paediatric Pharmacy, Gene Therapy and Nanomedicines.
UCL School of Pharmacy is one of the most highly rated pharmacy schools in the UK.
We have a long tradition of academic and research excellence. Founded by the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain in 1842 to ‘elevate the profession of pharmacy by furnishing the means of proper instruction’, we have successfully evolved to meet the changing demands of the education and pharmacy sectors for 170 years. Our ability to embrace change and develop has been a key factor in our longevity and, although we draw extensively upon our heritage and tradition, we are continually pushing our research forward into the future.
Our four-year undergraduate pharmacy course leads to the honours degree of Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) and, after a further year of paid pre-registration training, to registration as a pharmacist in Great Britain. We offer six different taught postgraduate degrees (Clinical Pharmacy, International Practice and Policy; Drug Delivery; Drug Discovery and Development; Drug Discovery and Pharma Management; Pharmacognosy and a Master of Research (MRes)) and our research degrees encompass a wide range of fields.
We are ranked in the top tier for both teaching quality and research
In a recent inspection by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, we were highly praised for the quality of our teaching and our support for students. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise for British universities 90 per cent of our research activity was deemed internationally significant with 25 per cent identified as world-leading.
Our academic faculty is at the vanguard of science and practice
Research underpins all our teaching. Our faculty includes many internationally renowned researchers who are at the forefront of their chosen fields. Our academics bring this experience and knowledge into the lecture theatre and their dedication and accessibility is an integral part of our unique School culture.
We accommodate approximately 1,300 students, including 700 undergraduates studying on the MPharm degree, 95 on full-time MSc degrees and 120 undertaking research leading to a PhD. The remainder are part-time students, pharmacists or pharmacy technicians engaged in continuing professional development. The School encourages an open and welcoming environment in which teachers, professionals and students can interact. All are connected by an interest in medicines – how they work, how they are made and how they are used by people to prevent and treat disease. The School is home to eleven specialist research centres and the first Global International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Collaborating Centre in partnership with WHO and UNESCO.
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