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Master of Pharmacy (MPharm)

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.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2019
UCAS code
B230
Duration
Full-time: 4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2019
Location
London, Bloomsbury
Accreditation
General Pharmaceutical Council

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades
AAB
Subjects
Chemistry and either Biology, Mathematics or Physics required.
Grades
(contextual offer)
BBB (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
(contextual offer)
Chemistry and either Biology, Mathematics or Physics required.
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 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
Subjects
A total of 17 points in three higher level subjects including Chemistry and one subject from Biology, Mathematics or Physics, with no score below 5.
Points
(contextual offer)
32 (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
(contextual offer)
A total of 15 points in three higher level subjects to include 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 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,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. Chemistry required plus one from Biology, Physics or Mathematics

A,A,B at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and B,B,B at Higher). Chemistry required plus one from Biology, Physics or Mathematics, at Advanced Higher.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAB. Chemistry required plus one from Biology, Physics or Mathematics.

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 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 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

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

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, in the form of pharmacy visits and patient interviews. You will have 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 modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 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 30-credit module 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 perspective on 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 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.

Modules

An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Core or compulsory module(s)

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

Optional modules

All first-year modules are compulsory.

Core or compulsory module(s)

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

Optional modules

All second-year modules are compulsory.

Core or compulsory module(s)

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

Optional modules

You will choose from a wide range of specialist options.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Advancement of Practice through Science
Preparation for Professional Practice
Research Project

Optional modules

All final-year modules 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.

Assessment

Your performance is assessed through a combination of coursework, essays, controlled assessments of coursework, MCQs, practical exams (OCSEs), portfolios, short answer questions and extended written case studies in examinations as well as integrated examination questions and a research project. 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.

Careers

MPharm graduates must apply for and undertake a year in pre-registration training then pass the registration examination to qualify as a professional pharmacist. As a pharmacy professional you will be a frontline healthcare provider and can have a direct impact on people's lives and health.

Six out of every ten pharmacists work in community pharmacies on the high street or in 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 (2013-2015) of this programme include:

  • Pre-Registration Pharmacist, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
  • Pre-Registration Pharmacist, Singapore General Hospital
  • Pre-Registration Pharmacist, GSK (GlaxoSmithKline)
  • Army Pre-Registration Pharmacist, British Army
  • Pre-Registration Pharmacist, Boots Pharmacy

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 2013-2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2018/19 academic year. The UK/EU fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2018/19 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2018/19)
Overseas students
£21,050 (2018/19)

Overseas fees for the 2019/20 academic year are expected to be available in July 2018. Undergraduate UK/EU fees are capped by the UK Government and are expected to be available in October 2018. Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.

Funding

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.

Departmental scholarships

The scholarships listed below are for 2018 entry. Funding opportunities for students applying for 2019 entry will be published when they are available.

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

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. 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 2019



Selection

Successful applicants will need to show that they espouse the professional values necessary in a pharmacist or pharmacy student. The values of the UCL School of Pharmacy and information on selection can be found on the departmental website. 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.

Successful applicants are required to pass Occupational Health and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced checks before starting the programme. The cost for these checks is likely to be £125.

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