UCL Graduate degrees


Clinical Pharmacy, International Practice and Policy with Extended Placement MSc

This is an advanced-level programme offered by UCL School of Pharmacy with teaching hospitals in London. It is for pharmacists who wish to develop clinical expertise and leadership to enhance pharmacy services in their home countries. The extra 6-months at placement is valuable for those seeking to experience a longer time in clinical practice, further developing medicines optimisation and governance skills.

Key information

Please see the full list of Graduate Taught programmes for information on other programmes available.

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Full time: 18 months

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 1 April 2021

Tuition fees (2021/22)

£16,000 (FT)
£31,200 (FT)

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees. This programme is 18 months in duration. The listed fees are for the first year of the programme (12 months) only. The fees for the second-year (6 months) will be approximately 50% of the listed fees.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree in pharmacy from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, and registration as a pharmacist. At least one year’s relevant work experience in a clinical setting is normally required. Applicants must be familiar with standard software packages including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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About this degree

You will develop clinical pharmacy and leadership skills, inquisitive and enquiring approaches to practice, medicines optimisation and pharmaceutical care delivery, critical thinking and appraisal skills, transferable skills for pharmaceutical care services in new settings and environments, and an international perspective on healthcare systems and health needs of different populations worldwide.

Students undertake modules to the value of 270 credits.

The programme consists of five compulsory modules (210 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Clinical Pharmacy, International Practice and Policy with Extended Placement.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Compulsory modules

  • Clinical Pharmacy Practice and Policy I
  • Clinical Pharmacy Practice and Policy II
  • Clinical Practice at Placement Site
  • Leadership, Healthcare and Pharmacy Innovation
  • Extended Clinical Practice at Placement Site
  • Pharmacy Practice Research

For more information on the modules, please go to the School of Pharmacy website You can also find answers to any additioanl questions you may have, here: FAQ Document.

Optional modules

  • There are no optional modules for this programme


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of up to 10,000 words.


For experiential learning in the first 12 months, students will spend 2-3 days per week at one of our partner hospital sites.

From month 13, students will be fully based at a designated partner hospital.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures and workshops, case tutorials and small-group work. Assessment is through written examination, coursework, resesarch projects and oral presentations.

Additional costs

This programme includes experiential learning at a hospital site. Our partner hospitals are located within Travelcard zones 1-6. Students are responsible for travel costs to allocated placement site throughout the programme of study.

Students are required to pass an occupational health check at their placement site.  Students will be asked to bring along proof of relevant immunisation status for enrolment. Students will be directly responsible for the cost of vaccination where they are unable to provide the relevant proof for placement enrolment.

Students are also required to provide a recent police check from their country of domicile.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


Graduates usually return to their home countries to take up senior and prominent leadership roles in government ministries, hospitals and universities, or pursue a PhD in the UK or overseas.


Some of the skills you will acquire by taking this programme are self-directed learning, critical thinking, reflective practice, medicines optimisation, effective communication and research and evaluation. This programme provides a firm foundation for students wanting to pursue a career in either clinical pharmacy practice or research.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme centres on the health priorities of the World Health Organisation such as diabetes, cardiovascular and infectious diseases. Approximately half of the initial 12-months of the programme is delivered through taught modules at the UCL School of Pharmacy with the remaining time spent gaining clinical and research experience at hospitals in the London area under the tutelage of clinical pharmacy specialists. The programme provides high level, up-to-date clinical teaching alongside experiential learning. 

After completing your research project from the first 12-months, you will consolidate your experiential learning by spending the final 6 months of your degree full-time at the placement site under clinical supervision. From this, you will develop a portfolio of learning in practice and critical reflection. This consolidates the development of the skills and confidence required for leadership and to deliver enhanced clinical pharmacy services.

Students develop new learning styles as they progress through the programme. This makes for a stimulating and challenging year where self-development is central.The cognate programme (12-month CPIPP) has drawn international students from every continent; approximately 40 countries worldwide.

Department: School of Pharmacy

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

This programme is suitable for pharmacists who are ambitious to develop the clinical expertise for medicines optimisation, research and leadership skills for enhanced pharmacy services in their home countries

Application deadlines

All applicants
1 April 2021

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would also like to learn:

  • what attracts you to the extended clinical pharmacy practice programme at the UCL School of Pharmacy
  • where you would like to go professionally and how this programme meets these needs

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