UCL School of Pharmacy


MPharm course structure

The MPharm degree is structured into core modules in each year, with a research project in the fourth year and a choice of two optional modules from a range of modules in the third year.

The summary of the MPharm Programme structure is as follows:

Year one

Core modules (all year 1 modules are worth 1 course unit)

  • PHAY0001 The role of the pharmacist in healthcare
  • PHAY0002 Chemistry of medicines
  • PHAY0003 Body systems and therapeutics 1: Underpinning principles of cell and system function and drug action
  • PHAY0004 Making safe and effective medicines

Year two

Core modules (all year 2 modules are worth 1 course unit)

  • PHAY0005 Clinical and professional considerations
  • PHAY0006 Medicines from the bench to the clinic
  • PHAY0007 Body systems and therapeutics 2: Cardiovascular, renal and endocrine systems
  • PHAY0008 Body systems and therapeutics 3: Central nervous system, gastro-intestinal system, liver, skin, eye

Year three

Core modules (all year 3 modules are worth 1 course unit)

  • PHAY0010 Communicating science and practice
  • PHAY0011 Body systems and therapeutics 4: Immunology, inflammation, respiratory diseases, infectious disease and cancer
  • PHAY0012 Future design, delivery and administration of medicines
  • PHAY0013 Investigative Studies Project (students choose 2 options from a range)

Year four

Core modules (all year 4 modules are worth 1 course unit, except the project which is worth 2 course units)

  • PHAY0058 Preparation for professional practice
  • PHAY0059 Advancement of practice through science
  • PHAY0060 Research Project

Study abroad for a term

International student exchange has occupied a vital position in the life of the School for many years, with the School entering the Erasmus programme in 1996.

You may apply to spend three months during the fourth year at one of our European partner universities. Placements in hospital, university or research labs in the UK, USA or another country are also possible. Each year about 40 students go abroad. Further information about student placements, our partner institutions and exchanges can be found here.

Teaching and learning

You will be exposed to many different styles of teaching and learning. These help you to develop skills which will be useful to you as a professional and ultimately enable you to take responsibility for your continuing professional development.

  • Lectures, with associated handouts
  • Practical classes
  • Tutorials and problem-solving sessions
  • Problem-based learning groups
  • Coursework assignments and projects
  • Computer-assisted learning (CAL) software packages
  • Hospital and community-based placements
  • A research project with written, portfolio and poster presentation components
  • A distance-learning project to promote integration of the whole programme
  • Clinical seminars and workshops
  • Skills workshops with patients
  • Interprofessional education sessions with students from other professions (e.g. medicine, nursing)
  • Journal clubs
  • Independent learning through CPD (continuing professional development) portfolio, including reflective practice diaries
  • Private study, with appropriate guidance

Personal tutor scheme

In the first year, you are assigned to a personal tutor whom you will meet regularly for small group tutorials. In these tutorial groups, consisting of 4-5 students, you will take part in structured exercises to develop your writing, oral presentation and numerical skills, and identify subjects with which you may need further help. Your personal tutor is available for academic and personal support throughout the duration of your course.

Typical timetable

An average weekly timetable includes 5-6 hours of lectures, 10-15 hours of practicals and 2-4 hours of seminars or tutorials.

Coursework and examinations

Your performance is assessed by both coursework and written examinations. Exams are held at the end of each year, in Term 3. Resit examinations are held in late August/early September (at the discretion of the Exam Board). Marks from all years of the course, except the first year, count towards the final honours classification.