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Alumni Dinner in Kuala Lumpur 03/12
From L-R: Dr Fariz Abdul Rani, Dr Afendi Dahlan, Ms Shairyzah Hisham, Ms Nurdiana Jamil, Dr Mike Munday and Arvind Vepa
Hong Kong Alumni Reunion 02/12
Back Row Standing (L-R): Harold (Rita’s husband and UCL alumnus), Rita Tsang, Arvind Vepa, Kent Lau, Samantha Lai (and son), Winston Mok, Daniel Man, Keith In, Kenneth Man, Paulina Lau (partially hidden)
Middle Row Standing (L-R): Lillian Wong, Leo Ho, Lumbo Lam, Joanne Fan (and daughter)
Seated (L-R): Anna Yung, Prof. Ian Wong, Dr. Mike Munday, Matthew Wong, Stanley Au, Prof. Yuen Kah Hay, Cheung Hong Chung and Kai Wai (Samantha’s husband)
Information on Pre-Registration Opportunities after 2015
In order to practice as a pharmacist in the UK, all students must complete the MPharm programme successfully, undergo one-year pre-registration training and pass the licensing examination conducted by the General Pharmaceutical Council. In previous years, until April 2012, the Post Study Work visa scheme enabled overseas students to work in the UK for up to two years after their graduation. This enabled overseas MPharm graduates to undertake pre-registration training and acquire some experience thereafter. This scheme was closed on 5 April 2012.
From 6th April 2012, new arrangements were introduced enabling overseas students to switch to a Tier 2 work visa with a minimum salary of £20,710 for both public and private pre-registration pharmacist posts. Hospital pre-registration placements pay at this level (£20,710) or higher. If the employer (e.g. hospital) is registered with the UKBA as a Tier 2 sponsor then an overseas student can be sponsored for a Tier 2 visa by the employer in order to undertake the pre-registration training. Students must be aware that these pre-registration places are limited and are awarded competitively. Overseas students completing the MPharm after 2015 will continue to have the option of applying for pre-registration training with employers (mainly, hospitals) who are registered as Tier 2 sponsors with the UKBA and pay £20,710 or above. To date, the UKBA has given no indication that it will close the Tier 2 route.
As the community pharmacy sector does not pay the minimum salary of £20,710, the Pharmacy Professional Sponsorship Scheme sponsored by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) was opened last year to help overseas students undertaking pre-registration training with salaries below the minimum level. The UK Border Agency approved this scheme under the Tier 5 visa category for a fixed period of 4 years to cover students who were already studying the MPharm before the UKBA rules changed. This scheme is set to end in 2015 and it is very unlikely at present that this scheme will be extended.
Therefore, in light of the current fluid situation, students joining the MPharm programme in 2013 should have no issues with post-graduation visa requirements if they either have the automatic right to work in the UK (for example, as UK or EU passport holders) or will be able to undertake pre-registration back in their respective home countries in order to qualify as a practising pharmacist after completing the UK MPharm degree. However, overseas students who join the MPharm programme in 2013 and hope to carry out pre-registration training in the UK must be aware that tier 2 visa opportunities will inevitably be limited and cannot be guaranteed by the UCL School of Pharmacy.
If you have any questions regarding this please contact the UCL School of Pharmacy Student and Academic Support Office (SASO) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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