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Pharmacy with Integrated Pre-registration Training MPharm

The five-year MPharm with Integrated Pre-registration 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.

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Key Information

Programme starts

September 2021
UCAS code
B231
Duration
Full-time: 5 years
Accreditation
GPhC
Application deadline
15 January 2021
Location
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades
AAB
Subjects
Chemistry and either Biology, Mathematics or Physics required.
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs.

Contextual offer

Grades
BBB (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
Chemistry and either Biology, Mathematics or Physics required.
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-requirements.

IB Diploma

Points
36
Subjects
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.

Contextual offer

Points
32 (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
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:

Equivalent qualification

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.

International applications

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.

Degree benefits

  • 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 fifth in the world for Pharmacy and Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings 2020).

  • The five-year MPharm programme integrates the year of pre-registration 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.

Accreditation

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

Degree structure

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).

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 Pre-registration 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 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 (Erasmus) or other 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.

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

Modules

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 module(s)

Body Systems and Therapeutics I
Chemistry of Medicines
Making Safe and Effective Medicines
The Role of the Pharmacist in Health Care

Optional modules

All first-year modules are compulsory.

Compulsory module(s)

Body Systems and Therapeutics II
Body Systems and Therapeutics III
Clinical and Professional Considerations
Medicines from the Bench to the Clinic

Optional modules

All second-year modules are compulsory.

Compulsory module(s)

Body Systems and Therapeutics IV
Communicating Science and Practice
Future Design, Delivery and Administration of Medicines

Optional modules

You will choose from a wide range of specialist options.

Compulsory module(s)

Advancement of Practice through Science
Preparation for Professional Practice
Research Project

Optional modules

All final-year modules are compulsory.

Compulsory module(s)

Pre-registration training for pharmacy professionals

Optional modules

All final-year modules are compulsory.


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. 

Assessment

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).

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.

Careers

MPharm Pharmacy with Integrated Pre-Registration 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.

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.

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.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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.

Additional costs

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 future years. You may also incur additional transport costs from undertaking the hospital visits, placements and patient interviews that are a 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).

Funding

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.

This programme is primarily aimed at international students.

Departmental scholarships

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.

Application and 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. Pharmacists keep patient safety and wellbeing as their primary concern. Successful applicants should be able to demonstrate a commitment to our values including safe and effective patient care, compassionate and honest conduct and responsible and accountable actions.

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.

Application deadline: 15 January 2021



Selection

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.

Interviews 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.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.


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