Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2016

Pharmacy MPharm

Pharmacists 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.

Key Information

Degree Programme
Pharmacy MPharm
UCAS code
4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2016
Subject area
Total intake (by subject area)
200 (2016 entry)
Applications per place (by subject area)
6 (2014 entry)
Research Excellence Framework
87% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Entry requirements

A Levels

Chemistry and either Biology, Mathematics or Physics required.
AS Levels
For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is 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

IB Diploma

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:

Equivalent qualification

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 Diploma with grade A or B, plus 2 GCE A-levels at grades AA, including Chemistry and either Maths, Physics or Biology.

International applications

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

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

The Undergraduate 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: 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.

Degree benefits

  • 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 hospital 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.

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).

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. 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 fourth 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.

Year One

Compulsory courses

Body Systems and Therapeutics I
Chemistry of Medicines
Making Safe and Effective Medicines
The Role of the Pharmacist in Health Care

Optional courses

All first-year courses are compulsory.

Year Two

Compulsory courses

Body Systems and Therapeutics II
Body Systems and Therapeutics III
Clinical and Professional Considerations
Medicines from the Bench to the Clinic

Optional courses

All second-year courses are compulsory.

Year Three

Compulsory courses

Body Systems and Therapeutics IV
Communicating Science and Practice
Future Design, Delivery and Administration of Medicines

Optional courses

Choose from a wide range of specialist options.

Final Year

Compulsory courses

Advancement of Practice through Science
Preparation for Professional Practice
Research Project

Optional courses

All final-year courses are compulsory.

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 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.

Further Information

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 (2010-2012) of this programme include:

  • Pre-registration Pharmacist, Moorfields Eye Hospital (2012)
  • Pre-registration Pharmacist, Boots (2013)
  • Pre-registration Pharmacist, Lloyds Pharmacy (2013)
  • Pre-registration Pharmacist, GlaxoSmithKline (2013)
  • Pre-registration Pharmacist, Great Ormond Street Hospital (2011)

*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 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.

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


UK & EU fee
£9,000 (2016/17)
Overseas fee
£18,670 (2016/17)


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


The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.

Application and next steps

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. A commitment to embrace the values in the NHS Constitution (for example, putting the needs of patients at the forefront of your work, showing respect for patients, their families and colleagues, showing compassion and a commitment to quality of care), is also vital.

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 2016


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.

Open days and interviews are held from November to April.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students