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.