Research degree

Pharmacy MPhil/PhD

The UCL School of Pharmacy is a leading international centre for pharmacy education and research, and is ranked fourth in the world for pharmacy in the latest QS worldwide rankings.

The new molecular pharmacy wing allows scientists from all research clusters to collaborate and research. The school is active in two prestigious doctoral training programmes, including the BBSRC-funded London Interdisciplinary Biosciences PhD Programme.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 3 years
  • Part-time: 5 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
£20,140 (FT) £10,095 (PT)

Application deadlines

Entry Requirements

A UK taught Master’s degree, or a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, chemistry, microbiology pharmacy, pharmacology, or other relevant subject, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English language requirement: Good

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

International equivalencies

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Understanding the approach of industry to the complex process of discovering, developing, formulating and licensing a medicine provides students with an outlook and expertise valued by employers. Past graduates have pursued careers in drug licensing, clinical trial research, and research in the field of pharma industry.

Why study this degree at UCL?

In addition to an advanced hypothosis driven research project yielding top flight publications which change thinking in their chosen fields, students also aquire generic and transferable skills while undertaking their PhD. For example, students graduate with the skills enabling excellent scientific presentation, both written and verbal, time management - an essential skill in today's busy world and networking skills.

Students have ample opportunities to practice the art of networking with their peer group, both within the school and outside the school as students often talk about their work within the school and many students travel the world speaking to scientists about their research work.

Student / staff ratios › 125 staff › 120 taught students › 120 research students

Department: Pharmacy

Degree reviews

Student review

"UCL has excellent world class facilities and expertise, this has allowed me to pursue high level collaborations with the University of Zurich, University of Eastern Finland and the Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry in Moscow to advance my project to the next level."

Christopher Asquith

Subject: Pharmacy MPhil/PhD
Student review

"London is probably the most culturally diverse city in Europe. The opportunities to meet new people are nearly endless. I think this cosmopolitan environment is ideal for researchers and scientists as it allows us to think outside the box, get new experiences, adapt knowledge from several sources to solving our, sometimes very specific, scientific questions."

Francisco Pereira

Subject: Oral Drug Delivery PhD

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

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