Further Information

UCL School of Pharmacy
29/39 Brunswick Square
London WC1N 1AX
United Kingdom

+44 (0) 20 7753 5831

Programme structure

The MSc degree in Clinical Pharmacy, International Practice & Policy is an advanced-level programme primarily designed for overseas and EU pharmacists intending to practice outside the UK who wish to develop clinical pharmacy and leadership skills relevant to the needs of their home countries. The programme does not lead to registration as a pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

The aim of the programme is to enable pharmacists to develop:

  • clinical pharmacy skills
  • inquisitive and enquiring approaches to practice and pharmaceutical care delivery
  • critical thinking and appraisal skills
  • transferable skills for pharmaceutical care services in new settings and environments
  • an international perspective on health care systems and health needs of different populations worldwide.

The programme is 12-months, full-time commencing in mid to late September each year. Students should expect to live in the London area for the entire duration of the programme. The programme is intensive and demanding, both in terms of study and self-development. Students are required to demonstrate an independent approach to their learning.


The Programme comprises four core modules and a research project as follows:

  • PHAYG037 Clinical Pharmacy Practice and Policy 1 (30 credits)
  • PHAYG038 Clinical Pharmacy Practice and Policy 2 (30 credits)
  • PHAYG039 Clinical Practice at Placement Site (30 credits)
  • PHAYG040 International Perspectives on Health (30 credits)
  • PHAYGX95 Dissertation (60 credits)

The main components of the programme

Approximately half of the programme is managed at UCL School of Pharmacy with the remaining time spent at London-area hospitals, under the tutelage of clinical pharmacy specialists. A typical academic calendar might include the following:

Term  Topic  Assessment Practice
  • Therapeutic areas prioritised by the World Health Organisation (WHO)
  • Social pharmacy skills including literature review & critical appraisal
  • Patient profiles
  • Case notes
  • Journal Club
1 day/week at hospital site
  • Health services research methods
  • International perspectives in health (IPH)
  • Marketing & management
  • Teaching & learning
  • Case presentations
  • Literature dissertations
2 day/week at hospital site
  • Research
  • IPH report & oral defense
  • Research report & oral defense
3 day/week at hospital site

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