This MSc is an advanced-level programme offered by UCL School of Pharmacy together with several local hospitals or teaching hospitals within London. It is designed for pharmacists who wish to develop the clinical expertise and leadership skills needed to deliver enhanced pharmacy services adapted to their home countries.
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Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2021/22)
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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
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.
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
Pharmacists will develop clinical pharmacy skills, inquisitive and enquiring approaches to practice 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 180 credits.
The programme consists of four compulsory modules (120 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.
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.
- Clinical Pharmacy Practice and Policy I
- Clinical Pharmacy Practice and Policy II
- Clinical Practice at Placement Site
- Leadership, Healthcare and Pharmacy Innovation
- Pharmacy Practice Research
- 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, students will spend 2-3 days per week throughout the programme at one of our partner hospital sites
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.
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.
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 of this programme 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, and research and evaluation.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The programme is centred on the health priorities of the World Health Organisation, which includes diabetes, cardiovascular and infectious diseases. Approximately half 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.
Students develop new learning styles as they progress through the programme. This makes for a stimulating and challenging year where self-development is central. This programme has drawn international students from approximately 40 countries worldwide.
Some of our students' research projects have been published in peer review journals. An example from the 2018/19 cohort can be found in the link below. The students explored to what extent the priority areas and domains of the World Health Organization (WHO)'s third Global Patient Safety Challenge were being addressed. The report can be found here: To What Extent Is the World Health Organization’s Medication Safety Challenge Being Addressed in English Hospital Organizations? A Descriptive Study
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 wish to develop clinical pharmacy and leadership skills relevant to the needs of their home countries.
- All applicants
- 31 May 2021
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of Clinical Pharmacy, International Practice and Policy
- why you want to study Clinical Pharmacy, International Practice and Policy at graduate level
- what particularly attracts you to this programme at the UCL School of Pharmacy
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree and how this programme meets these needs
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.
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