UCL School of Pharmacy


Career Development

Our Pre-registration Co-ordinator, Nadia Bukhari, helps students throughout their four-year degree course to prepare for their future career.

Work Placements and Pre-registration training

All students have access to a drop-in service whereby they can submit their CVs or application forms for comments and suggestions.  At the end of the third year, mock pre-registration interviews are held for students at the School, to help prepare them for their real interviews.

Nadia Bukhari also organises summer placements and holds interviews at the School for students who have had limited pharmacy experience and have been unsuccessful in obtaining previous work experience. She is also able to give individual help and advice on careers in pharmacy.

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Pre-Registration Training

To register as a pharmacist in Britain, you must undertake a 12-month pre-registration training placement in an approved hospital or community pharmacy or a split placement with six months spent in industry and six months in a hospital. During this year you are paid a salary, which ranges from around £15,000 to £18,500.

You will apply for pre-registration placements in the summer after your third year.  If you are unsuccessful in the first round, clearing takes place during your final year. Information explaining how to apply, deadline listings and interview dates are posted on our schools website and in a pre-registration bulletin. This is distributed to our students.

When our students are in the second semester of their third year, we hold a roadshow week for prospective employers to come to the School and talk to the students about pre-registration at their pharmacy or company and the application and interview process. Our students have an excellent track record with employers and most students are offered a place by the end of the autumn term of their fourth year.

Overseas students may remain in Britain to do their pre-registration training in hospital pharmacy. Information about how to apply for the special work training permit is given to all overseas students. Please also read the following section about pre-registration for international students.

Volunteering Opportunities

To find out about volunteering opportunities for Pharmacy students please visit our dedicated volunteering area which can be found by clicking on this link: Volunteering Opportunities.

Work Placements

Hospital Visits and Patient Interviews

The MPharm programme includes visits to clinical wards at the Royal London and St Bartholomew’s Hospitals so that you acquire professional and clinical skills. You will go on ward rounds with a clinical pharmacist and discuss therapeutic patient issues. You will also have the opportunity to interview patients, who come to The School of Pharmacy to take part in learning sessions.

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Summer Placements

We also encourage all pharmacy students to gain practical experience in hospital or retail pharmacies in the summer vacations. We prepare an annual vacation work newsletter with details of employers looking to employ our students. Certain companies such as Boots, Moss and Tesco operate paid summer training programmes and you will be given guidance about how to apply. Many hospitals also recruit students for the summer, although these are generally unpaid work experience.


UCL students and recent graduates are also encouraged to use the UCL Careers Service, part of The Careers Group, University of London, who have a range of services, events and resources.