Pharmacy, Pharmacology and Toxicology
Nadia Bukhari
the University of Surrey


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About this Subject Spotlight

Join renowned pharmacist, Nadia Bukhari in this Subject Spotlight with UCL. Nadia uses her years of experience to give you a taste of what being on the Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) course is like at UCL. Learn about drug combinations, take in the aspirin case study, and understand what's involved when you're a pharmacist.

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Master of Pharmacy at UCL

The Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) at UCL 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.

This programme at UCL 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.

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 fourth in the world for Pharmacy and Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings 2022). You'll have the opportunity to undertake placements in community pharmacies, teaching hospitals and GP practices. 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 UCL's graduates are in work or further study within six months of finishing their degree. There is also the opportunity to take the Year 4 research project as part of our Study Abroad programme either in Europe or at one of UCL's international partner institutions. UCL also has a five year programme with an integrated pre-registration year. Students on the four year programme need to complete the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) pre-registration exam to register as a pharmacist at graduation.

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