Masters degrees in Pharmacy allow postgraduates to learn the skills to prepare and dispense pharmaceutical drugs and prescription medications. They also include instruction in the principles of medicinal chemistry, drug behaviour and mixing.
Related subjects include Pharmacology, Community Pharmacy and Global Pharmacy. Entry requirements typically include an appropriate undergraduate degree such as Medicine or Biology.
Pharmacy is an essential practice, with pharmacists working across many healthcare systems and service provisions. Practical training usually involve practice in evidence-based medicine and diagnostics, where you will learn about the ways different drugs react together and how to manage dosage.
The importance of Pharma on a global scale is also considered. For example, you might analyse the difference in availability of drugs across different countries, or the implications of managing patients at different stages of care. You may also explore issues such as the affordability of medicine, population healthcare and personalised healthcare.
Traditional careers include clinical practice within schools, health centres and hospitals, as well as community work and humanitarian aid. You might also take up a role within supply chain management and regulation for the pharmaceutical sector.
This MSc is an advanced-level programme offered by UCL School of Pharmacy together with several local hospitals or teaching hospitals within London. It is designed for overseas pharmacists who wish to develop the clinical expertise and leadership skills needed to deliver enhanced pharmacy services adapted to their home countries.
Pharmacists will develop clinical pharmacy skills, inquisitive and enquiring approaches to practice and pharmaceutical care delivery, critical thinking and appraisal skills, transferable skills for pharmaceutical care services in new settings and environments, and an international perspective on healthcare systems and health needs of different populations worldwide.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of four core modules (120 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures and workshops, case tutorials and small-group work. Assessment is through written examination, coursework, resesarch projects and oral presentations.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Clinical Pharmacy, International Practice and Policy MSc
Graduates of this programme usually return to their home countries to work in governnment ministries, hospitals and universities, or pursue a PhD in the UK or overseas.
Recent career destinations for this degree
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
The programme is centred on the health priorities of the World Health Organisation, which includes diabetes, cardiovascular and infectious diseases. Approximately half of the programme is delivered through taught modules at the UCL School of Pharmacy with the remaining time spent gaining clinical and research experience at hospitals in the London area under the tutelage of clinical pharmacy specialists.
Students develop new learning styles as they progress through the programme. This makes for a stimulating and challenging year where self-development is central.
This programme has drawn international students from approximately 40 countries worldwide.
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: School of Pharmacy
87% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Pharmacy Management offers practitioners working within pharmacy the opportunity to gain a unique qualification in pharmacy management, and thereby an opportunity for career development through the management route, either within secondary care or community pharmacy environments.
This diploma will advance the development of pharmacy practitioners in areas of personal and personnel management, marketing principles, and financial management within a framework of self-reflection and self-development. On successful completion of the course, students should have improved management, marketing and financial skills, which will benefit the practitioner, the employer and the community as a whole by the professional development of the pharmacist and other relevant pharmacy staff.
This course is undergoing academic revalidation during 2016/17, and the course content/ modules are subject to change. for the most up to date information, please contact [email protected]
This programme is designed specifically for those working within pharmacy, to provide a distinct and unique qualification gained from the study of all aspects of pharmacy business management. In order to widen access and participation, the course will be offered as a distance-learning course, allowing practitioners to allocate their time more readily within the demands of their employment.
The use of a variety of quality management systems and techniques encompassing a range of recognised transformational, behavioural and personal development practices is a novel approach to management training and education. These techniques allow flexibility for individuals to use methods most suitable to their personal learning styles. They will assist the pharmacist/student to manage and positively influence all spheres of their potential influence, from other healthcare professionals, to patients, from political spheres to suppliers; and to identify opportunities where others will only assess risk. Completion of the programme will enable the pharmacist/student to consistently achieve the results that they want for themselves, their business, their services and their personal progression.
This is a fully online, part-time, distance learning programme.
PgDip: two academic years for completion
PgCert exit award may be offered after one academic year
Many people working within pharmacy take on a management role to some extent which has not been supported by their undergraduate training. This programme will support those working within pharmacy to the Agenda for Change Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF) who wish to progress and require a postgraduate diploma in addition to their undergraduate degree to do so. This programme will also support those employed within the pharmacy retail sector in community pharmacies who wish to proceed along a management career pathway. Currently most of the postgraduate diplomas that are available are clinical in nature; this programme will provide for those who have chosen a career pathway other than the clinical route e.g. patient-services, medicines information, management.
The course develops students’ understanding of how pharmacy can impact global health. Students are provided with a foundation in the complex determinants of health and the global burden and management of disease.
The curriculum then focuses on the twin strands of pharmaceuticals and pharmacists, and their role in improving global health, with a particular emphasis on addressing health inequities. The course brings together experts from many disciplines to deliver a vibrant and stimulating programme.
The Global Pharmacy course is suitable for anyone interested in taking a multidisciplinary approach to how pharmacy and global health are related.
This course is particularly relevant for pharmacists, those working in the pharmaceutical industry and pharmaceutical policy makers, as well as others interested in how global health and pharmacy intersect.
This course equips students to apply their specialist knowledge and skills to make a unique contribution to improving global health through pharmacy.
The course has a particular focus on overcoming health inequities: the avoidable differences in health globally. Graduates will have the skills to work as global pharmacy practitioners, policy makers, consultants or researchers, with international health and development agencies or in global health-related aspects of the pharmaceutical industry.
As a student on this course you will study new developments in the areas of pharmaceutics, clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice and have the opportunity to develop a programme of work that meets your individual needs.
When you have completed the course, you will be able to undertake pre-registration training and apply for the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) registration exam with the aim of becoming a UK-registered pharmacist.
For the MSc award, research projects run from June to September following completion of the PGDip modules. For more information about our PGDip-only qualification, visit the relevant course page.
The PGDip is accredited by the GPhC as an Overseas Pharmacists’ Assessment Programme (OSPAP).
The course includes experiential visits to community and hospital pharmacies to help you build practical experience in healthcare.
There are seven diploma modules run over two semesters: one independent study and six university-based modules. The independent study module is supported by specifically written module materials and staff-led tutorial sessions. The remaining six modules involve a mixture of lectures and skills-based workshops and are run over two days per week at the university.
Although attendance for the diploma modules is only required at the university for two days a week, attendance for the MSc project from June to August requires attendance five days a week.
Studies focus on new developments in the areas of pharmaceutics, clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice. In addition, you explore pharmacy law and ethics, contemporary pharmacy issues and UK healthcare provision. There is also an opportunity for you to develop a programme of work that suits your individual requirements.
You choose your topic for the research project from the range of research interests in the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences. Current research areas in the school include work with paediatric medicine, patient mood and health outcomes, the role of empathy in consultation skills, and patients’ and pharmacists’ knowledge of and attitudes towards counterfeit drugs.
On completion of the course you will be able to undertake pre-registration training and apply for the General Pharmaceutical Council registration examination, which will allow you to become a UK-registered pharmacist.
This MSc course is for pharmacy graduates who want to gain experience of clinical pharmacy practice in the UK as well as a postgraduate qualification.
As a student on this course, you will study new developments in the areas of clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice and spend time in our clinical skills laboratory.
Workshops make extensive use of patient simulation technology known as SimMan 3G, which allows for realistic and challenging scenario-based learning to help with the development of critical thinking and clinical decision-making skills.
You will also have the chance to undertake a placement in a clinical setting to maximise your practical experience and interact with other healthcare professionals and patients.
The Extended Masters (EMA) gives international applicants the opportunity to take an intensive English language course before starting their degree. Successful completion of the EMA allows you to progress automatically to the MSc.
This is a 12-month, full-time course with a combination of seven modules run over two semesters, one independent study module and six university-based modules.
The independent study module is supported by specifically written module materials and staff-led tutorial sessions. The remaining six modules involve a mixture of lectures, skills-based workshops and research-based activity.
You will need to complete a research project and will have a supervisor to support you.
Applied Therapeutics is a distance-learning module supported by a workbook, tutorials and a clinical placement, giving you an in-depth understanding of the therapeutic process by examining the major diseases that affect the population. It uses evidence-based practice to assist in rational drug therapy, taking patient factors and economic considerations into account.
Pharmaceutical Skills is a year-long module that gives you the necessary skills to practise pharmacy. These skills include those in communication, record keeping, numeracy, teamwork, literature searching and evaluating, dispensing, and diagnostic and patient management.
The Special Topic varies according to your interests. Example topics include diabetes, oxidative stress, human disease and the pharmaceutical care of surgical patients.
The Project module is the largest of the course. It mainly involves independent study, requiring you to collect and analyse your own data and report on your findings, but you will also have a project supervisor who will support and guide you throughout the academic year.
The types of project vary and some may require ethical approval before they begin. Examples of projects that the course leader has supervised include:
All Clinical Pharmacy students have access to our SimMan 3G, a highly advanced patient simulator that allows you to monitor vital signs, detect numerous signs of disease and assess clinical response to drug treatment in real time.
The simulator can be programmed to exhibit the symptoms of specific medical conditions, so you can apply your theoretical knowledge to a variety of practical scenarios. This will help you to be more confident when faced with similar real-life situations.
You will graduate with enhanced career opportunities and a deeper understanding of research methodology, which may be appropriate for further study of a PhD. The course is beneficial to students who have had a career break and want to get back into the workplace, or who want a career change to a role more focused in clinical pharmacy.
The programme has been designed in close collaboration with NHS partners to support the development of foundation stage pharmacist practitioners following registration. It develops the practitioner student's underpinning knowledge and skills in clinical pharmacy practice and medicines management.
We work on a philosophy of student-centred workplace learning, supported by workbooks and learning sets facilitated by experienced pharmacy practitioners. The practitioner students are expected to take responsibility for managing their learning and achieving the course objectives in support of their continuing professional development (CPD).
Students will gain the understanding needed to conduct effective consultations with patients respecting their diverse needs and with regard to confidentiality and consent and to identify, prioritise and resolve complex pharmaceutical care issues.
There is one intake each year for students starting on the certificate level of the programme. Students begin in March of each year and attend eight learning sets over a period of 18 months. By October of the following year, if all the assessments have been passed, students can either exit with a postgraduate certificate or transfer to the postgraduate diploma.
The certificate comprises one compulsory course entitled "Practitioner Development and Establishment of Professional and Clinical Practice" (60 credits).
The postgraduate diploma consists of two separate courses:
Each course runs for six months, starting in March and October, and consists of three learning sets. Most students complete the certificate and then transfer immediately to the diploma. There is flexibility in the system and students can delay before transferring if necessary. Students must complete within six years of the certificate start date.
Students who have successfully completed the postgraduate diploma in general pharmacy practice can elect to continue to the MSc. This consists of a research project, supported by academics with expertise in practice research. Students will gain expertise in research techniques, be supported to write a protocol and complete either an NHS or university ethics application and collect and analyse data. Start dates are in September, January and April.
The certificate and the diploma are commissioned by Health Education England London and the South East – Kent Surrey Sussex (HEE LaSE KSS) and are jointly delivered with the University of Brighton. PGCert level learning sets take place in Kent, Surrey and Sussex and the PGDip courses are delivered by both institutions concurrently enabling students to elect which to do first and which location best fits with work and home travel.
The programme is run at the Medway School of Pharmacy by academics and practising healthcare professionals. Please visit http://www.msp.ac.uk for more information on the school.
PG Cert General Pharmacy Practice P12588
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PG Diploma General Pharmacy Practice P12589
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MSc General Pharmacy Practice P13371
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Completion of the course leads not only to the academic award of PG Diploma but also to the Certificate of Completion of General Pharmacist Training from an accredited training centre.
Certificate and Diploma: These programmes provide progression for pharmacists towards advanced practitioner status. Completion of the practice elements of the full Diploma programme qualifies you not only for the PG Diploma but also leads to the award of the NHS Statement of Completion of General Pharmacist Training
MSc: This degree gives you a strong foundation for a career in pharmacy in any sector, allowing you to experience different aspects of pharmaceutical care and strengthening the key skills you will need to flourish in your chosen specialty.