UCL School of Pharmacy


Why study at UCL School of Pharmacy?

The UCL School of Pharmacy is one of the most highly rated pharmacy schools in the world.

As the oldest School, founded by the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain in 1842, it has over 180 years of experience and tradition throughout which it has retained its identity as a specialist institution dedicated to teaching and research in pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences.

Our ability to embrace change and develop has been a key factor in our successful mission to lead in education, research and policy development that benefits patients, healthcare practice and the discovery and development of medicines.

Our success is measured in the success of the pharmacy and pharmaceutical science graduates at Masters and PhD level who go on to shape the advances in healthcare and the science of medicines. Our undergraduate MPharm degree programme was fully accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) in 2019, and our new MPharm with Integrated Pre-registration Training programme is provisionally accredited while we work with the GPhC towards obtaining full accreditation. This programme integrates pharmaceutical science into the practice of clinical pharmacy. We are also currently ranked 4th in the world for Pharmacy and Pharmacology in the QS World Rankings (2023), which means we can offer you a world-class education.

We offer students the opportunity to become confident and competent healthcare professionals. Years one and two focus on the scientific basis of pharmacy and the translation of medicines from laboratory to patient. In year three students choose from a wide range of advanced specialist options, and in year four students undertake a research project which may be carried out within the school, or in another institution in the UK or abroad. 

A number of these research projects have been published in scientific journals, and the students are authors. You can find out more about our undergraduate publications page: School of Pharmacy Student Publications.

To find out more about what our staff and students have to say take a look at our Testimonials page.

The role of the pharmacist in managing medicines, patient safety and optimising public health is embedded in our degree through contact with patients in our NHS trust partners and our own student dispensary in Green Light community pharmacy, and through interprofessional learning with UCL medical students.

MPharm applicants may find advice on what we are looking for in our guidance page.

Masters programmes

In pharmaceutical science we offer a range of one-year postgraduate Masters programmes that address the exciting changes in drug discovery and development in the pharmaceutical industry where innovation, entrepreneurship and outsourcing are major factors in an industry challenged by unmet clinical needs and personalised medicines.


Research underpins all our teaching and our academics are internationally renowned researchers at the forefront of their chosen fields. They bring this experience and knowledge to their teaching and their dedication and accessibility is an integral part of our unique School culture. A wide variety of PhD study opportunities are part of this research endeavour.

We are committed to continuing professional development and provide training programmes for practising pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in a workplace learning environment.