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Clinical Pharmacy, International Practice and Policy - MSc

Course Description

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.

Degree information

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). There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Clinical Pharmacy Practice and Policy I
-Clinical Pharmacy Practice and Policy II
-Clinical Practice at Placement Site
-International Perspectives on Health

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation.

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.


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.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Clinical Pharmacist, Nigerian National Petroleum Company
-Assistant Lecturer, Niger Delta University
-PhD in Pharmacy, University of Kent
-Clinical Instructor, Kuwait University

Why study this degree at UCL?

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.

Visit the Clinical Pharmacy, International Practice and Policy - MSc page on the University College London website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree in pharmacy from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, and registration as a pharmacist. At least one year’s relevant work experience in a clinical setting is normally required. Applicants must be familiar with standard software packages including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

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