Undergraduate

Contacts

Senior Programmes Administrator

Mr Rory McGrath

Email: sop.pharmacy@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7753 5831

More Information

Subject area:

Pharmacy

Faculty overview:

Faculty of Life Sciences

Department website:

Pharmacy

Key Facts

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Pharmacy MPharm

UCAS code: B230

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.

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades AAA-AAB
Subjects 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.
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 applicants

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.

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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: 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 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 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 School of Pharmacy has a dedicated pre-registration co-ordinator, and an excellent graduate employment rate.

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.

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.

Assessment

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.

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

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

Optional courses

There are no optional courses in year one.

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

There are no optional courses in year two.

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

There are no optional courses in year four.

Further details on department website: Pharmacy MPharm

Opportunities

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.

Destinations

First destinations of recent graduates (2010-2012) of this programme include:

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

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.

Selection

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 once you have submitted your UCAS application.

Open days are held for applicants living or studying in the UK from November to April.

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Fees and funding

UK & EU fee

£9,000 (2014/15)

Overseas fee

£17,000 (2014/15)

General funding notes

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

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