Pharmacists are healthcare professionals who are experts in medicines, with a detailed understanding of the scientific basis of therapy. The MPharm programme integrates pharmaceutical science into the practice of clinical pharmacy. We offer you the opportunity to become a confident and competent healthcare professional with patient safety and wellbeing as your primary concern.
- UCAS code
- 4 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2017
- Applications per place
- 5 (2015 entry)*
- Total intake
- 200 (2017 entry)*
- Chemistry and either Biology, Mathematics or Physics required.
- 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
- 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.
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme
Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 18-23 credits in Chemistry awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit. This qualification is not accepted where applicants have not previously studied beyond GCSE standard or have not achieved the required grades at A-level.
D3,D3,D3 - D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, including Chemistry and either Mathematics, Physics or Biology
AAA-AAB at Advanced Highers (or AA at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher - AA at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher), including Chemistry and either Mathematics, Physics or Biology at Advanced Higher.
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAA-AAB, including Chemistry and either Maths, Physics or Biology.
In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates
The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a twelve-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.
For more information see our website: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.
English language requirements
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. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
- The UCL 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 programme includes contact with patients from the start through pharmacy visits and patient interviews. It also gives you the chance to study abroad during the fourth year.
- The UCL School of Pharmacy has a dedicated pre-registration co-ordinator, and an excellent graduate employment rate.
Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Pharmacy.
- 87% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules 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).
The Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). An MPharm from an accredited UK school of pharmacy is the first step towards a career as a pharmacist. To qualify as a registered pharmacist in Britain you will need to undertake a year of pre-registration training after graduation and then pass the qualifying examinations of the GPhC.
The programme gives graduates an integrated and interdisciplinary view of the science of medicines and links this to the practice and ethics 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 fourth year students undertake a research project in an area of pharmacy or pharmaceutical science. This project may be carried out in the school or with one of our NHS or European (Erasmus) partners.
An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.
Body Systems and Therapeutics I
Chemistry of Medicines
Making Safe and Effective Medicines
The Role of the Pharmacist in Health Care
All first-year modules are compulsory.
Body Systems and Therapeutics II
Body Systems and Therapeutics III
Clinical and Professional Considerations
Medicines from the Bench to the Clinic
All second-year modules are compulsory.
Body Systems and Therapeutics IV
Communicating Science and Practice
Future Design, Delivery and Administration of Medicines
Choose from a wide range of specialist options.
Advancement of Practice through Science
Preparation for Professional Practice
All final-year modules are compulsory.
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 the summer. Marks from all years of the programme, except the first year, count towards the final honours classification. Coursework contributes about 40% and examinations about 60% to your final mark.
Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Pharmacy MPharm.
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 work 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 (2013-2014) of this programme include:
- Pre-registration Pharmacist, Boots
- Pre-registration Pharmacist, Lloyds Pharmacy
- Pre-registration Pharmacist, GlaxoSmithKline
- Pre-registration Pharmacist, University College Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Pre-registration Pharmacist, Barts Health NHS Trust
*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012-2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.
Fees and funding
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2016/17 academic year.
- UK/EU students
- £9,000 (2016/17)
- Overseas students
- £18,670 (2016/17)
Fees for students entering UCL in September 2017 (i.e. for the 2017/2018 academic year) will be set in the summer of 2016 and published on the UCL Current Students website. Fees advertised by UCL are for the first year of the programme. UK/EU undergraduate fees are capped, but fees for other students may be subject to increase in future years of study by between 3-5%.
Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.
The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.
Application and next steps
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. Pharmacists keep patient safety and wellbeing as their primary concern. Successful applicants should be able to demonstrate a commitment to our values including safe and effective patient care, compassionate and honest conduct and responsible and accountable actions.
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.
Application deadline: 15 January 2017
From 2016 entry all successful applicants will need to show that they espouse the professional values necessary in a pharmacist or pharmacy student. UCL School of Pharmacy values and information on selection can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/pharmacy and you should read this before you apply.
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 once you have submitted your UCAS application.
Interviews are held from November to April.
For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students