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General Pharmacy Practice PG Dip

The aim of the Postgraduate Diploma in General Pharmacy Practice (PG Dip GPP) is to provide Foundation training that equips registered pharmacists currently employed in NHS Hospital Trusts and private hospitals with the core knowledge, skills and capabilities required to provide safe and effective pharmaceutical care to their patients.

Covid-19 programme updates

Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.

Key information

Programme starts

March 2020, September 2020

Modes and duration

Flexible: up to 5 years

Flexible programme of study which usually takes 3 years to complete, but can be completed in a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 5 years.

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 1 November 2019
Close: 10 February 2020

Tuition fees (2020/21)

UK/EU:
See Fees Note (FT)
Overseas:
See Fees Note (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. Module 1 (60 credits) is £TBC, modules 2, 3 & 4 (20 credits each) are £TBC each. The APL Mapping fee, for those on a Diploma at a JPB partner University, is £100 (in addition to the fees for Foundation Stage 2). See the School of Pharmacy website.

Accreditation:

The UCL School of Pharmacy is an accredited Royal Pharmaceutical Society Foundation School

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to be registered as a pharmacist either with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), or within a European Union member state. If registered as a pharmacist within a non-European Union member state, applicants are required to be eligible for registration with the GPhC.

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: N/A

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.

Select your country:

About this degree

The curriculum supports a broad approach to practice - pharmacists are expected to manage issues related to safe and effective provision of medicines regardless of context, including providing information to patients and health care professionals, ensuring the technical and legal aspects of medicines supply are met, providing evidence led clinical advice and more complex problem-solving skills relevant to their future careers.

Students undertake modules to the value of 120 credits.

The programme consist of one compulsory module (60 credits) and either four 15 credit option modules or one 60 credit options module.

Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in General Pharmacy Practice.

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

60 credits taken at Certificate Stage (Foundation Stage One)

  • PHAY0042: Foundations of General Pharmacy Practice

Students leaving the programme having completed Foundation Stage One are eligible for the Postgraduate Certificate award (60 credits at Master’s level).

Optional modules

60 credits taken at Diploma Stage (Foundation Stage 2)

  • PHAY0061: Clinical and Professional Development Module (15 credits)
  • PHAY0063: Independent prescribing Module (60 credits)
  • PHAY0064: Using Research in Clinical Practice (15 credits)
  • PHAY0065: Audit or Service Evaluation (15 credits)
  • PHAY0066: Quality Improvement (15 credits)
Covid-19 module updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be updates to the modules for your chosen programme of study this year. Some modules may not be available or may need to be moved to a later term or year of study. These updates are relevant for 2020-21 academic year only.  The full list of modules will be available in the module catalogue from late August.  From the first week of September, you will be invited to complete module selection from Portico, our student record system. There may need to be additional updates or changes to modules during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available.

Teaching and learning

Learning is conducted using a combination of workplace-based assessments and a programme of study days. Assessment methods address knowledge, competence and performance and include MCQ and OSCE exams, workplace-based assessments and a range of complex service-driven tasks.

Covid-19 contact hours on campus
In Term One, while campus will be open, all the learning activity for the core content of your modules will take place online – including lectures, tutorials, seminars and assessments. By “core content” we mean everything you need to learn to complete the module successfully. In addition to these online contact hours, we will be offering some face-to-face educational activities for students on campus, and we will provide alternative online activities for those students unable to join us on campus. These activities, which will include contact with academic staff, will be relevant to your programme of study may include seminars, academic and employability skills workshops, small-group or individual tutorials, lab and practice-based teaching. UK Government safety guidelines will limit the amount of ‘in person’ activity we can offer and while it will vary from programme to programme, is likely to be no more than 1-2 hours per week. This will vary across departments, particularly if your programme includes laboratory/practical/studio/workshop sessions. You will be updated with more specific details as they are available and your timetable will indicate which sessions will be on campus and which will be available online.
Covid-19 practical component updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be changes to the availability of the practical components for your chosen programme. Any updates relate only to the 20/21 academic year and may not apply to all students across the programme depending on your year of study.  Your department will keep you updated if the practical component of your programme is able to occur and/or any alternative options available.   There may need to be additional updates or changes to the practical component during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and/or Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available. 
Covid-19 assessment updates
There may be changes to the format of assessments for modules in this programme due to COVID-19. These will be summarised for each module on the module catalogue from 17 August 2020.   If any changes to assessments need to be made during the academic year due to updates in government guidance, these will be communicated to you as soon as possible from your department.    
Communicating further Covid-19 mitigation plans
We are continuing to follow UK Government guidance, as well as the expertise of our researchers, including specialists in health, education, human behaviour and infection prevention, to make sure UCL is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. If it becomes necessary to make further changes to your programme as a result of new guidance/regulations, UCL and your department will communicate these as soon as this becomes clear. We will keep you up-to-date with our plans throughout term one, so you have the information you need to be able to take decisions that are right for your circumstances. Please ensure that you keep in touch with your department by regularly checking your UCL emails, Moodle courses, the Coronavirus FAQs for Students page and any UCL online groups or social media you follow.

Additional costs

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

Accessibility

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

Funding

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

Careers

Graduates typically progress to senior Pharmacist roles in within the healthcare sector.

Employability

The curriculum will develop pharmacists who are able to practice at a general level, and consequently embraces clinical, technical, medicines information and patient service elements. The curriculum fundamentally contributes to the Foundation practitioner development strategy and serves as the foundation for future pharmacist development and supports practitioners to develop knowledge, skills and behaviours during Foundation Stage 2 that will underpin advanced practice development later. The ethos and culture of the programme is to enhance and develop self-reliance and an adult approach to learning in support of continuing professional development.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Through developing novice pharmacists to identify their own learning needs and address them, the programme aims to develop a workforce with the ability to reflect on learning and engage with continuing professional development throughout their careers and support others to do so. Assessments not only measure the knowledge base of trainees but also their competence to undertake a range of core tasks as well as an ability to demonstrate critical thought and innovation.

Accreditation:

The UCL School of Pharmacy is an accredited Royal Pharmaceutical Society Foundation School

Department: School of Pharmacy

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £50 for online applications and £75 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

Registered pharmacists with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) or within an EU member state who have a practice base (accredited Training Centre) from which to operate, and have access to an Educational Supervisor and a range of Practice Supervisors.

Application deadlines

All applicants
10 February 2020

The programme has two intakes per calendar year in September and March to match the NHS recruitment cycle.


For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study General Pharmacy Practice at graduate level
  • why you want to study General Pharmacy Practice at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree.

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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