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Assistant Registrar, Admissions

Mr Rory McGrath

Email: sop.pharmacy@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7753 5831

Fees and Funding

UK & EU Fee

£9,000 (2013/14)

Overseas Fee

£16,500 (2013/14)

General Funding Notes

Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance

Key Facts

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Life Sciences

Pharmacy MPharm

UCAS Code: B230

Pharmacists are experts in medicines with a deep understanding of the scientific basis of therapy. The MPharm programme integrates the teaching, learning and understanding of pharmaceutical science in the context of pharmacy practice. We offer you the opportunity to become a confident and competent professional committed to lifelong educational development.

Entry Requirements

A Levels

Grades AAA-AAB
Subjects Chemistry and either Biology, Mathematics or Physics required.
AS Levels A pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs English Language and Mathematics at grade B. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

Points 36-38
Subjects A total of 17-18 points in three higher level subjects including Chemistry and one subject from Biology, Mathematics or Physics, with no score below 5.

Other Qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

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International Qualifications

International Qualifications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Selected country's equivalent grades will appear here

University Preparatory Certificates

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

The University Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

For more information see our website: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree Summary

Degree Benefits

  • The School of Pharmacy is one of the most highly rated pharmacy schools in the UK, with a long tradition of academic and research excellence.
  • The school is home to eleven specialist research centres and the first Global International Pharmaceutical Foundation (FIP) Collaborating Centre in association with WHO and UNESCO.
  • The programme includes contact with patients from the start through hospital visits and patient interviews. It also gives you the chance to study abroad during the third year.
  • The School of Pharmacy topped the most recent HESA ‘Employment Indicator: leavers obtaining first degrees from full-time courses’ poll with a 100% graduate employment rate.

The Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). It is the only degree which is acceptable as the first step towards a career as a pharmacist. On completion of your MPharm you will be required to undertake pre-registration training before qualifying as a registered pharmacist.

The programme gives graduates an integrated and interdisciplinary view of the science of medicines and links this to the practice of the pharmacy profession. It includes contact with patients throughout, with students taking part in hospital visits, hospital and community pharmacy placements, and in-house patient interviews.

In the third year students undertake a research project in an area of pharmacy or pharmaceutical science. This project may be carried out in the School, in another university, hospital or industry, either in the UK or worldwide.

Your Learning

You will be exposed to many different styles of teaching and learning. The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, practical classes, tutorials, problem-solving classes, clinical seminars and workshops, clinical placements, skills workshops with patients, journal clubs, independent learning, and visits to hospital and community pharmacies and industry.


Your performance is assessed by both coursework and written examinations. Examinations are held at the end of each year, in June. Marks from all years of the programme, except the first year, count towards the final honours classification. Coursework contributes about 25% and examinations about 75% to your final mark.

Degree Structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Year One

Compulsory courses

The Fundamentals of Pharmaceutical Science

Optional courses

There are no optional courses in year one.

Year Two

Compulsory courses

The Translation of Medicines from Laboratory to Patient

Optional courses

There are no optional courses in year two.

Year Three

Compulsory courses

Pharmacy and Commonly Occurring Diseases
Law and Practice Part 1

Optional courses

Students take two courses from a range of options.

Final Year

Compulsory courses

Law and Practice Part 2
Preparation for Professional Practice
Projects (Research Project/Integrated Therapeutics Project)

Optional courses

There are no optional courses in the final year.

Further details available on degree page of subject website:

Your Career

Once you have graduated, you will spend a year in training after which you will need to take an examination to qualify as a professional pharmacist. As a pharmacy professional you will be a frontline health care provider and can have a direct impact on people's lives and health.

Six out of every ten pharmacists works in community pharmacies in the high street or supermarkets. Another popular branch of the profession is hospital pharmacy, working closely with doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals.After one or two years, a hospital pharmacist can choose to specialise in areas such as cancer, paediatrics, HIV, surgical or education and training.

There are also career routes into industry and academia. Industrial pharmacists work in research and development, production, quality control, clinical trials, product registration and medical information. Those choosing to stay in the academic world undertake teaching and research.


First destinations of recent graduates (2009-2011) of this programme include:

  • Pre-registration Pharmacist, Moorfields Eye Hospital (2010)
  • Pre-registration Pharmacist, Lloyds (2010)
  • Pre-registration Pharmacist, St George's Hospital (2009)
  • Pre-registration Pharmacist, GlaxoSmithKline (2009)
  • Pre-registration Pharmacist, Boots (2008)

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:


Your Application

We are looking for students who are intellectually curious, willing to study hard, and who will thrive in a personal, friendly environment where the emphasis is on teamwork and academic achievement.

How to Apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.


Particular emphasis is placed on the personal statement, which should include your own assessment of your academic strengths and explain your interest in pursuing pharmacy; and on the academic reference, which should be from someone who knows about your work in science.

If your personal statement is primarily aimed at a different subject, we recommend that you write a supplementary personal statement explaining your interest in pursuing pharmacy. You should send the statement to us directly before the interview.

Qualified applicants living or studying in the UK are required to attend an interview as part of the application process.

Open days are held for applicants from November to April. For dates of open days see www.ucl.ac.uk/pharmacy.

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