General Pharmacy Practice PG Dip

London, Bloomsbury

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.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
Fees to be confirmed
Module 1 (60 credits) is £TBC, modules 2, 3, 4 & 5 (15 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). Visit the School of Pharmacy website.
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
Fees to be confirmed
Module 1 (60 credits) is £TBC, modules 2, 3, 4 & 5 (15 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). Visit the School of Pharmacy website.
Not applicable
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 29 Jul 2022

Applications open


Application closes at 17:00 GMT.

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

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.

Equivalent qualifications

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

For this programme, please contact our UCL Graduate Admissions team by calling +44 (0)20 3370 1216 or emailing

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.

Who this course is for

Pharmacists regsitered 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.

What this course will give you

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.

The foundation of your career

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.


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


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

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.



In Foundation Stage 1, usually the first 18 months of the programme, you will take one compulsory module (Foundations of General Pharmacy Practice), which will provide you with a broad range of knowledge and skills essential for safe and effective clinical pharmacy practice.

In Foundation Stage 2, usually the second 18 months of the programme, you will build on your learning, through 3 compulsory modules: Therapeutic Review module; Audit or Service Evaluation module; and Quality Improvement module. In the Therapeutic Review module you will develop your literature searching and critical appraisal skills, through critical evaluation of the evidence relating to a specific clinical or service issue. In the Audit or Service Evaluation module you will develop your research skills (audit/service evaluation design, data collection, data analysis, synthesis of recommendations based on your results) through completion of an audit or service evaluation project. In the Quality Improvement module you will develop your team working, critical evaluation and project management skills through development and implementation of quality improvements in your area of practice. In each of these 3 modules you will also develop knowledge and skills related to your clinical and professional practice. During each module you will focus your learning relating to professional practice in one of the following areas: Quality & Safety; Individual & Department Performance; and Management & Leadership.

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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 120 credits. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in General Pharmacy Practice.


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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) Fees to be confirmed
Tuition fees (2022/23) Fees to be confirmed

Module 1 (60 credits) is £TBC, modules 2, 3, 4 & 5 (15 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). Visit the School of Pharmacy website.

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website:

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.

Funding your studies

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

Next steps

There is no application fee for this programme.

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.

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

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

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