Pharmacy with Integrated Foundation Training MPharm

London, Bloomsbury
Pharmacy with Integrated Foundation Training MPharm (2025)

The five-year MPharm with Integrated Foundation Training is primarily aimed at international students who want to complete the Pharmacy degree and UK pre-registration training whilst maintaining their student status. After graduating, students will be ready to apply for registration as a UK Pharmacist. We offer you the opportunity to become a confident and competent healthcare professional with patient safety and wellbeing as your primary concern.

UK students International students
Study mode
5 academic years
UK tuition fees (2024/25)
Overseas tuition fees (2024/25)
Programme starts
September 2024
Application deadline
31 Jan 2024
UCAS course code

Entry requirements

Chemistry and either Biology, Mathematics or Physics required.
English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6.

Contextual offer information

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Chemistry and either Biology, Mathematics or Physics required.
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.
A total of 17 points in three higher level subjects including Chemistry and one subject from Biology, Mathematics or Physics, with no higher level score below 5. For Mathematics, the programme will accept either 'Analysis and Approaches' or 'Applications and Interpretation' at higher level.

Contextual offer

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A total of 15 points in three higher level subjects to include Chemistry and one subject from Biology, Mathematics or Physics, with no higher level score below 5. For Mathematics, the programme will accept either 'Analysis and Approaches' or 'Applications and Interpretation' at higher level.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

Pass in Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit, all from Level 3 units. Please note, where subject specific requirements are stipulated at A level we may review your Access to HE syllabus to ensure you meet the subject specific requirements prior to a final decision being communicated. This qualification is not accepted where applicants have not previously studied beyond GCSE standard or have not achieved the required grades at A-level.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. Chemistry required plus one from Biology, Physics or Mathematics

A,A,B at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and B,B,B at Higher). Chemistry required plus one from Biology, Physics or Mathematics, at Advanced Higher.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A levels at grades AAB. Chemistry required plus one from Biology, Physics or Mathematics.

International applications

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

Access and widening participation

UCL is committed to widening access to higher education. If you are eligible for Access UCL you do not need to do anything in addition to the standard UCAS application. Your application will be automatically flagged when we receive it.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPC) prepare international students for a UCL undergraduate degree who don’t have the qualifications to enter directly. These intensive one-year foundation courses are taught on our central London campus.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see:

English language requirements

The English language level for this programme is: Level 3

Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Course overview

An MPharm from an accredited UK school of pharmacy is the first step towards a career as a pharmacist. The five-year MPharm with Integrated Foundation training is particularly suitable for overseas students who wish to have the opportunity to complete their pre-registration training within the degree structure. 

To qualify as a registered pharmacist in the UK you will need to successfully complete the MPharm with pre-registration training (foundation training year) and pass the qualifying examinations of the GPhC.

The programme gives you an integrated and interdisciplinary perspective on the science of medicines and links this to the practice and ethics of the pharmacy profession. It includes contact with patients throughout, with you taking part in hospital visits, hospital and community pharmacy placements, and in-house patient interviews.

In years one, two and three you will take modules relating to body systems and therapeutics, medicines and good professional practice. In the third year you will have the opportunity to develop enhanced expertise in areas currently at the forefront of the science and practice of pharmacy.

In the fourth year you will undertake a research project in an area of pharmacy or pharmaceutical science. This project may be carried out in the school or with one of our NHS, European or overseas partners.

In the fifth year you will undertake a full year of experiential clinical placement-based learning, comprised of two 26-week placements, one in a hospital setting and one in community pharmacy. You will additionally attend regular training days based at UCL and will produce a comprehensive portfolio of professional activities during your placement year that will further help to develop you as a future pharmacist.

What this course will give you

The UCL School of Pharmacy has a long tradition of academic and research excellence and is internationally recognised as being one of the leading pharmacy schools worldwide. It is ranked fourth in the world for Pharmacy and Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings 2022).

The five-year MPharm programme integrates the year of Foundation training into the undergraduate MPharm programme, enabling students graduating from this programme route to immediately become eligible to sit the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) registration examination. 

The fifth year placements in community and hospital pharmacy are guaranteed for all students on the five-year MPharm programme. 

The programme includes contact with patients from the start, in the form of pharmacy visits and patient interviews. You will have the chance to study abroad during the fourth year.

Teaching and learning

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Upon successful completion of 480 credits and successful completion of Year 5 you will be awarded a MPharm (Hons) in Pharmacy with Integrated Pre-registration Training.


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. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Compulsory modules

Clinical Therapeutics and the Scientific Basis of Practice A: Cardiovascular Renal and Endocrine Systems

Clinical Therapeutics and the Scientific Basis of Practice B: Central Nervous System, Gastrointestinal System, Liver Sk

Clinical Professional and Scientific Skills 2

Compulsory modules

Clinical Therapeutics and the Scientific Basis of Practice C: Immunology, inflammation and Infectious Diseases

Clinical Therapeutics and the Scientific Basis of Practice D: Cancer, Advanced Formulation and Therapeutics

Clinical Professional and Scientific Skills 3

Compulsory modules

Clinical Professional and Scientific Skills 4

Preparation for Practice

Compulsory modules

Integrated Foundation Training for Pharmacy Professionals

Your learning

You will be exposed to many different styles of teaching and learning. The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, practical classes, tutorials, problem-solving classes, clinical seminars and workshops, skills workshops with patients, journal clubs, independent learning, visits to hospital and community pharmacies and clinical placements. 

The fifth year is comprised of 2x26 week placements, one in community pharmacy and one in a hospital setting. This is supported by a placement tutor and includes mandatory anchor days at UCL. Students also have access to online resources and are assessed through coursework, portfolio, OSCE and work-based assessments. 

Contact hours vary between years of study and students will participate in a variety of learning activities including lectures, practicals, workshops and placements across each year of the course. Contact time includes timetabled sessions you should attend either in-person or online. A Year 1 student on this course can expect to commit to 15-20 hours per week average contact time. This does not include self-directed study.


Your performance is assessed through a combination of coursework, essays, MCQs, practical exams (OCSEs), portfolios, work-based assessments, short answer questions and extended written case studies in examinations as well as integrated examination questions and a research project. Coursework contributes about 40% and examinations about 60% to your final mark (Years 1-4).


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

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The foundation of your career

Many pharmacists work in community pharmacies on the high street or in supermarkets. Another popular branch of the profession is hospital pharmacy, working closely with doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals and specialising in areas such as cancer, paediatrics, HIV and surgical. An emerging role is the clinical pharmacist working in GP surgeries and care homes. 

There are also career routes into industry and academia. Industrial pharmacists work in research and development, production, quality control, clinical trials, product registration and medical information. Those choosing to stay in the academic world undertake teaching and research.


MPharm Pharmacy with Integrated Foundation Training graduates must pass the GPhC registration examination to qualify as a professional pharmacist. As a pharmacy professional you will be a frontline healthcare provider and can have a direct impact on people's lives and health.


We're working towards accreditation with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). The programme is provisionally accredited until the programme receives full accreditation.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2024/25) £9,250
Tuition fees (2024/25) £31,100

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2024/25 academic year. The UK fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2024/25 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.

Additional costs

Students living or who have lived outside of the UK will be expected to provide a Certificate of Good Conduct (police check) from that country. You will be responsible for any costs of this check.

A charge for a Post Office check (£15.00) needed for an application for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is payable by the student. The cost of the DBS check itself is paid by the School of Pharmacy.

You may also incur additional transport costs from undertaking the hospital visits, placements and patient interviews that are a part of the programme.

Students will need to buy a lab coat. The approximate cost is £10-£20.

A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).

Funding your studies

This programme is primarily aimed at international students.

Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.


The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Next steps

Your application

We are looking for students who are intellectually curious, willing to study hard, and who will thrive in a personal, friendly environment where the emphasis is on teamwork and academic achievement. You will need to show that you have a strong understanding of science and a detailed knowledge of chemistry.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.


For further information on UCL's selection process see: How we assess your application.

Interviews and tests are usually held from November to April.

Successful applicants are required to pass Occupational Health and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced checks before starting the programme.

Successful applicants will need to show that they espouse the professional values necessary in a pharmacist or pharmacy student. The values of the UCL School of Pharmacy and information on selection can be found on the departmental website. You should read this before you apply.

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