Pharmacists are healthcare professionals who are experts in medicines, with a detailed understanding of the scientific basis of therapy. The MPharm programme integrates pharmaceutical science into the practice of clinical pharmacy. We offer you the opportunity to become a confident and competent healthcare professional with patient safety and wellbeing as your primary concern.
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- UCAS code
Full-time: 4 years
- General Pharmaceutical Council
- Application deadline
- 29 January 2021
- London, Bloomsbury
- Chemistry and either Biology, Mathematics or Physics required.
- English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6. UCL requires all UK-based students to have, by the time of their UCL graduation, a basic competence (GCSE grade C or 5 or equivalent) in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Hebrew or Latin). UCL offers plenty of opportunities to study a language to the required level once you join us. Further information is available at ucl.ac.uk/ug-regs.
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- Chemistry and either Biology, Mathematics or Physics required.
- English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5. UCL requires all UK-based students to have, by the time of their UCL graduation, a basic competence (GCSE grade C or 5 or equivalent) in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Hebrew or Latin). UCL offers plenty of opportunities to study a language to the required level once you join us. Further information is available at ucl.ac.uk/ug-regs.
- A total of 17 points in three higher level subjects including Chemistry and one subject from Biology, Mathematics or Physics, with no score below 5.
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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 score below 5.
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.
Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 23 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit. 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.
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.
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.
In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates
UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
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: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.
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. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
The UCL School of Pharmacy is one of the most highly rated pharmacy schools in the world, with a long tradition of academic and research excellence. Overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey is 92%. Our students have had the highest pass rate in the UK for the General Pharmaceutical Council pre-registration examination for the last two years.
Placements in community pharmacies and teaching hospitals and GP practice. Interprofessional learning with other healthcare students. Students make regular visits to Green Light Pharmacy, where workshops are taught by community pharmacists and students can interact with the patients.
The UCL School of Pharmacy has a dedicated pre-registration co-ordinator and an excellent graduate employment rate. A Pharmacy degree from UCL will bring a wide range of career choices. 99% of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of finishing their degree.
Opportunity to take the Year 4 research project as part of our Study Abroad programme either in Europe or at one of our international partner institutions.
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).
The Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). An MPharm from an accredited UK school of pharmacy is the first step towards a career as a pharmacist. To qualify as a registered pharmacist in Britain you will need to undertake a year of pre-registration training after graduation and then pass the qualifying examinations of the GPhC.
The programme gives graduates 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 students taking part in placements in pharmacy settings and in-house patient interviews.
In the fourth year students 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 or international partners.
Upon successful completion of 480 credits, you will be awarded a MPharm (Hons) in Pharmacy.
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.
Body Systems and Therapeutics I
Chemistry of Medicines
Making Safe and Effective Medicines
The Role of the Pharmacist in Health Care
All first-year modules are compulsory.
Body Systems and Therapeutics II
Body Systems and Therapeutics III
Clinical and Professional Considerations
Medicines from the Bench to the Clinic
All second-year modules are compulsory.
Body Systems and Therapeutics IV
Communicating Science and Practice
Future Design, Delivery and Administration of Medicines
Investigative Studies Project
Advancement of Practice through Science
Preparation for Professional Practice
All final-year modules are compulsory.
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, clinical placements, skills workshops with patients, journal clubs, independent learning, and visits to hospital and community pharmacies.
Your performance is assessed through a combination of coursework, essays, controlled assessments of coursework, MCQs, practical exams (OCSEs), portfolios, 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.
Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Pharmacy MPharm.
MPharm graduates must apply for and undertake a year in pre-registration training then pass the 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.
Six out of every ten pharmacists work in community pharmacies on the high street or in supermarkets or in GP practices. Another popular branch of the profession is hospital pharmacy, working closely with doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. After one or two years, a hospital pharmacist can choose to specialise in areas such as cancer, paediatrics, HIV, surgical or education and training.
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.
UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.
“The same professors that taught us were also directors of international pharmacy groups, advisors to the government or World Health Organization, or world-renowned researchers. My network at UCL opened doors I could never have fathomed. ”Amy Chow - Pharmacy MPharm 2014
Fees and funding
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2021/22 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 2021/22 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.
- UK students
- £9,250 (2021/22)
- Overseas students
- £25,800 (2021/22)
Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.
Students will be required to undergo a Disclosures and Barring (Enhanced) check and an occupational health check, for which there is likely to be a fee. In 2019/20 DBS checks cost £44 and Occupational Health checks cost £106. We are yet to receive updated prices for 2020/21. You may also incur additional transport costs from undertaking the hospital visits, placements and patient interviews that are part of the programme.
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).
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.
Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.
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.
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Page last modified on 6 January 2021