UCL Graduate degrees


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.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021, March 2022

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

Visa nationals
Open: 1 June 2020
Close: 31 May 2021
Non-visa nationals
Open: 1 June 2020
Close: 30 July 2021
Applications may close earlier if all places on the programme are filled.

Tuition fees (2021/22)

2,220.00 (FT)
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: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees. Module 1 (60 credits) is £1,110, modules + 4 x 15 credit modules @£277.50 per module. 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.


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

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

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)

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.

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.


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 typically progress to senior Pharmacist roles within the healthcare sector.


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.


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

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 no application fee for this programme.

Who can apply?

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.

Application deadlines

Visa nationals
31 May 2021
Non-visa nationals
30 July 2021

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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