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Prospectus

2012/13
The School of Pharmacy
University of London
29/39 Brunswick Square
London
WC1N 1AX
United Kingdom
T +44 (0)20 7753 5800
F +44 (0)20 7753 5829
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Cover image:
Salbutamol is a short-acting $2-adrenergic
receptor agonist used for the relief of
bronchospasm in conditions such as asthma
and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Sold by Allen & Hanburys under the brand
name Ventolin, it was rst marketed in
1968, and the drug was an instant success.
Salbutamol has been used for the treatment
of asthma ever since.
Dean
Professor Anthony Smith
Head of Registry
Mr John Peck
International Ofcer
Mr Arvind Vepa
Correspondence Address
Registry
The School of Pharmacy
University of London
29/39 Brunswick Square
London
WC1N 1AX
United Kingdom
Course enquiries
Telephone +44 (0)20 7753 5831
Email registry@pharmacy.ac.uk
Switchboard +44 (0)20 7753 5800
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The information in this prospectus
was correct at the time of printing.
The School of Pharmacy will attempt to
inform applicants of any substantial
changes in the information contained
in this prospectus. However, the School
does not intend by publication of this
prospectus to create any legal relation
with applicants, their advisers,
parents or any other person.
www.pharmacy.ac.uk
Photography
Scanning Electron Micrograph images
Annie Cavanagh and David McCarthy
Photography Alys Tomlinson
Building photograph Ed Clark
Library Shelving by Ecospace/
Photography by Newbery Smith
Lecturer Photographs Geoff Wilson
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The School of Pharmacy received
its grant of arms in March, 1950.
It includes our motto Salutifer Orbi
which translates as Bringing Health
to the World.
Contents
1 _________________ Welcome
4 _________________ Why pharmacy?
6 _________________ About us
8 _________________ Our research prole
10 _________________ Research centres
12 _________________ New technologies and innovations
14 _________________ Academic facilities
18 _________________ Master of Pharmacy MPharm
28 _________________ MSc in Clinical Pharmacy,
International Practice and Policy
30 _________________ MSc in Drug Delivery
34 _________________ MSc in Drug Discovery
38 _________________ MSc in Pharmacognosy
42 _________________ Master of Research (MRes)
46 _________________ PhD Programmes
52 _________________ Certicate in Medicines Management
54 _________________ Postgraduate Diploma in General
Pharmacy Practice (DipGPP)
56 _________________ MSc in Pharmacy Practice
60 _________________ Student life
68 _________________ Find us
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Welcome
The School of Pharmacy
is dedicated to
education and research
in pharmacy and the
pharmaceutical sciences.
We seek students
who are committed to
making a dif ference in
peoples lives through
the discovery, design,
delivery and use of
medicines. If that is you,
then I look forward to
welcoming you to the
School.
Professor Anthony Smith
Principal and Dean
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Pharmacy is a highly trusted
profession and a vital part of the health
care system. People probably visit the
pharmacist more often than they do
any other member of the health team.
Pharmacists talk to people when they
are healthy and when they are sick,
when they are just browsing or when
they are concerned with an emergency.
As a pharmacy professional you will be
a frontline healthcare provider and can
have a direct impact on peoples lives
and health.
Pharmacy is a demanding degree.
Once you have graduated, you will
spend a year training, after which you
will need to take an examination to
qualify as a professional pharmacist.
You will have to become knowledgeable
about the origin and chemistry of
drugs, the preparation of medicine
and approved pharmacy practice.
We are dedicated to supporting the
career and personal development of
our students and employment rates
amongst pharmacists are high. The
School of Pharmacy topped the most
recent HESA Employment indicator:
leavers obtaining frst degrees from
full-time courses poll with an amazing
100% graduate employment rate.
Six out of every ten pharmacists
work in community pharmacies in the
high street or supermarkets.
They prepare and dispense
prescriptions and liaise with
doctors to make sure that the most
appropriate medicines are used.
Community pharmacists give
advice on matters such as smoking
cessation, travel medicine and baby
care, diagnose minor ailments, refer
major illnesses to doctors and help
to manage chronic illnesses such as
diabetes and asthma.
Another popular branch of the
profession is hospital pharmacy.
Hospital pharmacists are found
throughout the hospital, working
closely with doctors, nurses and other
health care professionals. They go
on ward rounds with the health care
team and have a lot of patient contact.
After one or two years, a hospital
pharmacist can choose to specialise in
areas such as cancer, paediatrics, HIV,
surgical or education and training.
There are also career routes into
industry and academia. Industrial
pharmacists work in research and
development, marketing, production,
quality control, clinical trials,
product registration and medical
information. Those choosing to stay
in the academic world undertake
teaching and research.
Why pharmacy?
Pharmacy is the study of the science of drugs
where they come from, how they act on the body,
how to turn drugs into medicines. Pharmacists
can be involved in any aspect of the preparation
and use of medicines.
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We have a long tradition of academic
and research excellence. Founded
by the Pharmaceutical Society of
Great Britain in 1842 to elevate the
profession of pharmacy by furnishing
the means of proper instruction, we
have successfully evolved to meet the
changing demands of the education
and pharmacy sectors for over 160
years. Our ability to embrace change
and develop has been a key factor in
our longevity and, although we draw
extensively upon our heritage and
tradition, we are continually pushing
our research forward into the future.
Our four-year undergraduate
pharmacy course leads to the honours
degree of Master of Pharmacy
(MPharm) and, after a further year
of paid pre-registration training,
to registration as a pharmacist in
Great Britain. We offer fve different
taught postgraduate degrees and
our research degrees encompass a
wide range of felds. Our continuing
professional development programme
provides training for practising
pharmacists and pharmacy
technicians.
We are ranked in the top tier for both
teaching quality and research
In a recent inspection by the Quality
Assurance Agency for Higher
Education, we were highly praised
for the quality of our teaching and
our support for students. In the 2008
Research Assessment Exercise for
British universities 90 per cent of
our research activity was deemed
internationally signifcant with 25
per cent identifed as world-leading.
Our academic faculty is at the vanguard
of science and practice
Research underpins all our
teaching. Our faculty includes many
internationally renowned researchers
who are at the forefront of their
chosen felds. Our academics bring this
experience and knowledge into the
lecture theatre and their dedication
and accessibility is an integral part of
our unique School culture.
We accommodate approximately
1,300 students, including 700
undergraduates studying on the
MPharm degree, 95 on full-time MSc
degrees and 120 undertaking research
leading to a PhD. The remainder are
part-time students, pharmacists or
pharmacy technicians engaged in
continuing professional development.
The School encourages an open and
welcoming environment in which
teachers, professionals and students
can interact. All are connected by
an interest in medicines how they
About us
The School of Pharmacy is one of the most
highly rated pharmacy schools in the UK.
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work, how they are made and how
they are used by people to prevent
and treat disease. The School is home
to eleven specialist research centres
and the frst Global International
Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)
Collaborating Centre in partnership
with WHO and UNESCO.
Merger with UCL
In May 2011 the School agreed to
a merger with UCL. The merger is
proposed for January 2012. There
are no plans to change the location or
staffng at the School.
The potential of this merger with
one of the worlds leading universities
is extremely exciting. Clinical
experience (already an important part
of the MPharm programme) will be
supported and the options extended
through the UCL Medical Schools
clinical placement experience.
Over time we also look forward
to introduce opportunities for
pharmacy, medical and other health-
related students to work together in
inter-professional teams in patient-
centred clinical placements.
Working as part of UCL will offer
broader research opportunities
and platforms. UCL receives more
research council funding than any
other university. In 20089 UCL
received 81,365,000. In second place
Cambridge received 74,263,000,
in third place Oxford was awarded
54,750,000. UCL is currently
investing 350 million in state-of-the-
art facilities for cutting-edge research.
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Our research prole
The School of Pharmacy is a research-led
institution in which teaching and learning
take place in an active research environment.
Research Assessment Exercise (RAE)
2008
The RAE is the main way that Higher
Education Institutions measure the
quality of their research. Panels of
academics in 67 different subjects
assess the quality of their peers
work. They consider the quality of
research, the environment in which it
is produced and the esteem in which
researchers are held.
All the research submitted
was rated either 4* (world-leading),
3* (internationally excellent),
2* (internationally recognised),
1* (nationally recognised) or 0 (sub-
standard). The results of the RAE
2008 were excellent news for the
School of Pharmacy.
The School submitted 55 of
its academics for assessment and
achieved a superb quality profle.
The quality profle for the School
ranks 25% of our research as 4*, 40%
as 3*, 25% as 2* and 10% as 1*. The
combination of the strength of our
quality profle (fg.1) and the size of
our submission (fg.2) marks us as
one of the most important centres for
pharmacy research in UK education
and places us top of the pharmacy
power league table according to
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Research centres
The School is organised into four academic
departments and each department has one or
more associated specialist research centres.
Centre for Cancer Medicines
The role of the Centre for Cancer
Medicines is to foster multi-
disciplinary collaborations between
those members of the School involved
in various aspects of cancer studies,
and to enhance links with external
organisations and cancer research
groups, especially with clinical
colleagues.
Cancer Research UK Biomolecular
Structure Group
The recognition of nucleic
acid sequence and structure is
fundamental to many cellular
processes. The Groups goal is to
understand the molecular basis of
these processes by studying nucleic
acid recognition by small molecules,
nucleic acids themselves, and by
proteins.
Cancer Research UK Protein-Protein
Interaction Drug Discovery Research
Group
The Groups mission is to design,
synthesise and evaluate novel
inhibitors of protein-protein
interactions with a special interest
in the HIF and STAT signalling
pathways, which will be developed
into novel cancer chemotherapeutic
agents for Phase I evaluation.
Centre for Pharmacognosy and
Phytotherapy
Pharmacognosy is the discipline
covering all areas of medicinal plant
research, a feld of study which
relies on diverse methods, but is
unifed by an interest in securing
humans supply of safe and effcacious
medicines derived of plants.
Gene Targeting Drug Design
Research Group
The Groups research goals are to
design, synthesise and develop novel
anticancer and antibacterial drugs,
taking them forward to the frst stages
of clinical trials.
Molecular Neuroscience Research Group
The research group investigates the
structure, function and regulation
of two fast-acting ligand-gated ion
channel neurotransmitter receptors,
the major inhibitory GABAA receptor
and the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA)
subclass of excitatory glutamate
neurotransmitter receptor, important
protein molecules pivotal to
maintaining fdelity of brain function.
Centre for Drug Delivery Research
The Centre now consists of three
groups that share common goals
and the infrastructure that allows us
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to perform research in developing
advanced delivery systems. The shared
goal is to generate knowledge that will
allow novel and advanced delivery
systems for a variety of applications to
reach the clinic fast and effectively.
Centre for Paediatric Pharmacy
Research
The Centre is a fruitful collaboration
between The School of Pharmacy,
the Institute of Child Health and
the Great Ormond Street Hospital
for Children. The mission of the
Centre is to improve the health of
children through interdisciplinary
collaborative research which
addresses questions central to
medicines for children.
Centre for Behavioural Medicine
The overall aim of the Centre is to
make healthcare more effcient by
understanding and addressing the
psychological and behavioural factors
explaining variation in response to
treatment.
Centre for Medication Safety
and Service Quality
The Centre is as a joint initiative
between the School of Pharmacy
and Imperial College Healthcare
NHS Trust, the largest NHS Trust in
the UK and the UKs frst Academic
Health sciences Centre. The aims of
the Centre are to conduct high quality
research into medication safety, and to
translate these fndings into practice
to make the use of medication safer
for patients and the public.
FIP Collaborating Centre
The FIP Collaborating Centre is
a joint partnership between the
School of Pharmacy, University
of London and the International
Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP).
The FIP Collaborating Centre serves
as a conduit for expertise, research
and development in collaboration
with key stakeholders in health care,
including the WHO and the United
Nations Educational, Scientifc and
Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
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research in developing advanced
delivery systems. The shared goal is
to generate knowledge that will allow
novel and advanced delivery systems
for a variety of applications to reach
the clinic fast and effectively.
Centre for Paediatric Pharmacy
Research
The Centre is a fruitful collaboration
between The School of Pharmacy,
the Institute of Child Health and
the Great Ormond Street Hospital
for Children. The mission of the
Centre is to improve the health of
children through interdisciplinary
collaborative research which
addresses questions central to
medicines for children.
Centre for Behavioural Medicine
The overall aim of the Centre is to
make healthcare more effcient by
understanding and addressing the
psychological and behavioural factors
explaining variation in response to
treatment.
Centre for Medication Safety
and Service Quality
The Centre is as a joint initiative
between the School of Pharmacy
and Imperial College Healthcare
NHS Trust, the largest NHS Trust in
the UK and the UKs frst Academic
Health sciences Centre. The aims of
the Centre are to conduct high quality
research into medication safety, and to
translate these fndings into practice
to make the use of medication safer
for patients and the public.
FIP Collaborating Centre
The FIP Collaborating Centre is
a joint partnership between the
School of Pharmacy, University
of London and the International
Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP).
The FIP Collaborating Centre serves
as a conduit for expertise, research
and development in collaboration
with key stakeholders in health care,
including the WHO and the United
Nations Educational, Scientifc and
Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Purkinje neurones
a class of GABAergic
neurons located in
the cerebellar cortex
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New technologies and innovations
The School has an outstanding record for
commercialising its novel technologies through
its spinout companies; Lipoxen, Pharmaterials,
PolyTherics, Spirogen and Therakind.
Microparticles for oral drug delivery
Matrix microparticles have been
formulated from a variety of
pH-sensitive polymers capable
of delivering drugs to different
regions of the GI tract by virtue of
the proximal to distal increases in
physiological pH. Microparticles
can also be fabricated from water-
insoluble polymers, or polymer
blends, to offer a variety of tailored
drug release profles.
Improved lung delivery using
pressurised metered dose inhalers
Researchers at the School, have
developed a novel method for
formulation of drugs for effcient
delivery to the lung using pressurised
metered dose inhalers (pMDIs).
Novel antibacterial molecules effective
against MRSA
Novel molecules isolated from the
plant genus Hypericum have been
shown to have high antibacterial
properties, particularly against
Staphylococcus aureus.
Formulation for delivery of drugs
to the colon
This novel technology utilises a
combination of amylose and pH-
responsive polymer in a combined
coating. The coating is applicable
to tablet and pellets, and has been
demonstrated in human trials to
target drugs more effciently than
the best currently marketed
commercial product.
Anti-Cancer Agents
Researchers at the School have
developed novel molecules which
interact with quadruplex structures
to modulate gene expression. These
include chemotherapeutic agents
and telomerase inhibitors. Recent
studies have pointed to the tertiary
structure of DNA in control over gene
expression. By creating molecules
which interact with these structures,
researchers at the School have been
able to demonstrate decrease in
gene expression. The molecules thus
have potential as anti-cancer agents
through modulation of expression of
cancer related genes.
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Lecture theatres and classrooms
There are two large lecture theatres
the Maplethorpe and John Hanbury
which each seat 195 and have
multimedia facilities. Other teaching
facilities include a small lecture
theatre seating 55 and a variety of
classrooms and seminar rooms.
Some classes for MSc students are
also held at 21 Russell Square.
Laboratories and research centres
The School has some of the best
equipped laboratories in the UK
with the very latest analytical
instrumentation. Students
undertaking project work do so in
the research laboratories of their
supervisors, which are situated over
six foors of the School.
In 2009 the School opened a new
Molecular Pharmacy wing. This seven-
storey 980m wing places scientists
from across all the pharmaceutical
sciences alongside each other to
create a centre for collaborative
research into the discovery, design
and development of medicines.
Five foors house research
laboratories with each foor devoted
to a particular discipline: discovering
new drugs to treat cancer, searching
for new ways to defeat antibiotic-
resistant infections such as MRSA,
exploring the use of nanotechnology
to deliver drug molecules to the right
place within the patient, exploring
the rich resource of natural products
extracted from micro- organisms and
plants as clues for new drugs and
fnally using the very latest molecular
genetic techniques to understand
disorders of the brain.
The Library
The School of Pharmacy has its own
recently refurbished library with
an excellent collection of material
covering the complete biomedical
spectrum as well as pharmaceutical
subjects. The Library currently
Academic facilities
The main facilities for students are based in
the Brunswick Square building.
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subscribes to around 4,000 scholarly
electronic journals and over 150
print journals. The collection holds
some 15,000 volumes, including the
textbook collection. Library staff, who
are biomedical information specialists,
conduct weekly training sessions on
all aspects of information retrieval.
School of Pharmacy students also
have access rights to the libraries of
58 other academic institutions in the
London area, many of which are close
by, whose libraries are open late in
the evening and at weekends. You can
also use the British Library collection
and the library at the Wellcome
Trust. Pharmacy students can also
borrow from the Library of the Royal
Pharmaceutical Society.
Computer Unit
The Computer Unit maintains the
100+ workstations that are available
for student use around the School.
The main IT Suite was recently
totally refurbished and now offers a
state of the art open access area and
training room. Printing facilities are
available, and students have access
to a dedicated fleserver to store
their fles either in a shared folder
or in a personal folder if required.
PhD students also have access to
additional computing facilities in
their departments.
Blackboard and e-mail
The School uses the Blackboard
managed learning environment as an
integral part of all courses. Blackboard
is used for communication, course
notes, timetables, tutorial material,
multiple choice questionnaire sets,
example problems and the digital
submission of some course work.
Students have continuous online
access to Blackboard and a web-based
e-mail account.
Multimedia Unit
The Multimedia Unit provides a
service for staff and postgraduate
students. The user room houses
20 workstations, of which six have
scanning facilities and specialist
graphics software. The Unit runs
its own workshops and provides
comprehensive student support,
conducting small group teaching
seminars when required. This enables
postgraduates and staff to present a
professional image at seminar and
conference presentations.
Free WiFi access
The School has a LAN network
which enables students to access the
internet using a wireless connection
anywhere in the School. Students may
bring their own laptops or borrow one
from the Library.
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Undergraduate
Master of
Pharmacy
MPharm
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Introduction
Pharmacists are experts in medicines
with a deep understanding of the
scientifc basis of therapy. They are
frontline providers of healthcare.
Consequently our MPharm gives
graduates an integrated and
interdisciplinary view of the science
of medicines and links this to the
practice of the pharmacy profession.
The MPharm is the only undergraduate
programme that we teach, so all our
teaching is tailored specifcally for this
course. It is taught by staff that carry
out nationally and internationally
recognised research and brings this
experience and knowledge into the
classroom. 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.
Our programme includes
contact with patients throughout
the course with students taking
part in hospital visits, hospital and
community pharmacy placements,
and in-house patient interviews. In
the third year students undertake
a research project in an area of
pharmacy or pharmaceutical science.
This project may be carried out in
the School, in another university,
hospital or industry either in the UK
or worldwide. This opportunity to
study abroad during the third year is
the School of Pharmacy extramural
programme that includes the
Erasmus student exchange.
Entry requirements
Three A2 levels to include Chemistry, a
second science subject (Biology, Maths
Master of Pharmacy
MPharm
The Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) is the only degree
which is acceptable as the frst step towards a career
as a pharmacist. On completion of your MPharm
you will be required to undertake pre-registration
training before qualifying as a registered pharmacist.
Qualication
MPharm
UCAS code
B230
Institution code
S12
Accredited
General Pharmaceutical Council
Calendar
2 semesters running from
October to June
Duration
4 year full-time
Number of places
195
Typical A level offer
AAB. The offer you receive
may be different depending on
your background and previous
qualifcations. Students taking
resit A levels may be asked for
higher grades.
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or Physics) and a third in any subject
except General Studies or Critical
Thinking. Also grade B or higher in
GCSE Maths and English Language.
Other entry qualications
Other qualifcations from the UK,
EU or other countries are accepted
provided they are equivalent in
standard and depth to A levels.
Chemistry must be studied to an
advanced level.
International Baccalaureate 35
points, with 6,6,5 in Higher Level
subjects including Chemistry and a
second science subject
Irish Leaving Certifcate AAAABB,
including A in Chemistry and one
further science
Scottish Highers minimum
AAABB at standard level, including
Chemistry and at least one other
science plus AB at advanced level
including Chemistry
English language prociency
Required for all applicants whose
frst language is not English, even
if previous study is undertaken in
English.
IELTS 6.5 overall, with minimum
6.5 in each of the skill areas or
TOEFL Internet Based Test 92
overall, with minimum 21 in
listening, 22 in reading, 23 in
speaking, 21 in writing.
Mature students
The School welcomes applications
from mature students who can
demonstrate that their educational
and other qualifcations have
prepared them to an appropriate
academic standard. Each year nearly
10% of the intake is 25 or older.
Access courses
Access courses are usually only
accepted when used as a refresher
post A Level or to supplement
secondary school qualifcations gained
abroad. They are not appropriate for
applicants who have never previously
studied beyond GCSE or O level
standard or who have not achieved the
required grades in A2 levels.
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Open Days
Open Days are held for applicants
from November to April. For dates of
open days see www.pharmacy.ac.uk.
The School will also have
representatives at the University of
London Undergraduate Open Days in
September. You will be able to talk to
us about the MPharm and take part
in guided tours to the School. Visit
www.lon.ac.uk/openday for more
information.
Programme structure
Year 1
The Scientifc Basis of Pharmacy
This course provides an introduction
to pharmacy and seeks to bring
knowledge of the basic sciences
to a common level. Background
knowledge in such subjects as
chemistry, mathematics, biology
and physics is strengthened and
extended and experience is gained in
basic pharmaceutical calculations.
There is an introduction to patient-
focussed healthcare delivery, with
classes involving patients and their
medication profles. Core concepts in
chemistry, biochemistry, physiology
and pharmacology are developed
to understand the properties of
drugs, drug targets, the techniques
of pharmaceutical analysis and
how medicines are made. Patient-
focussed case studies are used to
illustrate the application of this
science to healthcare and the role
of the pharmacist, particularly
in prescription interpretation, is
explored in Pharmacy Practice.
There is an emphasis on improving
skills, abilities and confdence in
performing calculations.
Year 2
The Translation of Medicines from
Laboratory to Patient
The second year integrates the study
of the mechanisms of action of drugs
(incorporating pharmacology, cell
biology and biochemistry) with the
study of the drug discovery and
development process. This course
contains a substantial biomedical
component embracing several of the
major organ systems, such as the
cardiovascular and central nervous
systems. The aim is to correlate
pharmacology, pharmacy practice
and aspects of the pharmaceutical
formulation of medicines in order
to provide an understanding of
therapeutics in the context of
pharmacy. This course makes extensive
use of teacher-practitioners (practising
pharmacists working part-time for the
School of Pharmacy) in small group
problem-based learning and during
hospital-based clinical teaching.
The drug discovery theme focuses
on the fundamental role of the
chemical sciences, natural products
and biotechnology in the discovery,
development and evaluation of new
therapeutic agents; the science that
underpins pharmaceutical formulation
and the delivery of drug molecules
to their sites of action in the body;
Clinical Trials and Regulatory Affairs
and monitoring of new products.
Professional roles in pharmacy and the
clinical expertise required is a theme
throughout this year.
Year 3
Semester 1
Pharmacy and Commonly Occurring
Diseases
This term brings together the study
of diseases of the endocrine system,
microbial infections, diseases
involving the immune system,
cancer and dermatological conditions.
The principal aim of the course is
to provide an understanding of the
cause, epidemiology and treatment of
a range of diseases in these important
therapeutic areas. This requires
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an understanding of cell biology,
molecular biology and immunology.
Aspects of drug delivery and
pharmacy practice which impact on
the therapeutic areas are signifcant
components of this course. Problem-
based learning and case studies
provide the context of this study to
the pharmacy profession.
Semester 2
Research Project and Integrated
Therapeutics Project
All students take a research project
based in one of the four academic
departments in the School, or at
an extramural placement that
is typically in another country.
Research projects are under the
supervision of a member of academic
staff and are usually in the felds of:
Biochemistry and molecular
biology
Medicinal chemistry and
pharmaceutical analysis
Natural products and
pharmacognosy
Pharmaceutics, Microbiology, and
drug delivery
Pharmacology and toxicology
Pharmacy practice (Healthcare;
Pharmacy education; Clinical
pharmacy)
The research project occupies 80%
of the time. A distance-learning
integrated therapeutics project
occupies the other 20% of the
semester and is designed to integrate
across topics from the frst years of
the course and to lead into the fnal
preparation for practice course that
follows the projects in year 4.
Year 4
Specialist Options
All students take two specialist Course
F options, one in each semester of the
fourth year. The specialist options
normally include the following:
Biopharmaceuticals
Clinical Pharmaceutics
(take 2 modules)
Medicines for Children
Pharmacy Production and
Quality Assurance
Curing Cancer
Intelligent Design of Medicines
Medicinal Chemistry
(take 2 modules)
Pharmaceutical and Forensic
Analysis
Modern Aspects of Drug Discovery
Molecular Basis of Disease
Nanomedicine and Targeted
Delivery
Overcoming Biological Barriers
Pharmacology 1
(take both modules)
Womens Health
CNS Pharmacology & Disorders
Pharmacology 2
(take 2 modules from 3)
CNS Drugs of Abuse
Epileptic Disorders
Advanced Cardiovascular
Pharmacology
Pharmacy Practice
(take 2 modules from 4)
Pharmacy Management
Mental Health Care
Improving Public Health
Health Care in Developing
Countries
Therapeutic Uses of Plants
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Preparation for Practice
Professional roles in pharmacy have
evolved in recent years and continue to
become even more patient focussed.
Pharmacists are the medicines
experts within the health care system
and this course provides a range of
learning opportunities to prepare
students for this crucial responsibility.
Placements are a key feature with
fve directed days in hospital practice
which provide opportunities to learn
about the patient journey through
health care and pharmacists roles,
prescription review and patient
monitoring, evidence- based practice,
medicines safety. There is also an
opportunity for further experience in
community pharmacy.
This course covers fve aspects of
current and future pharmacy practice:
evidence based medicine, medicines
safety, medicines optimisation, public
health and professional development.
Within evidence- based medicine,
students develop critical appraisal
skills to apply evidence to medicines
use and their own practice. Medicines
safety encompasses the analysis
and minimisation of errors and
adverse drug reactions. Medicines
optimisation includes patient
consultation skills, the provision of
support for medicines taking, clinical
medication review, therapeutics
and an introduction to the clinical
examination skills needed for a
prescribing role. Public Health focuses
on health of the population, health
and wellbeing support by pharmacists,
the management of minor ailments
and interventions to support healthy
living. The professional development
component supports the students
to prepare for the preregistration
year and working life beyond, with
professional development planning,
an introduction to continuing
professional development and
consideration of key aspects of
professionalism.
Teaching and learning
You will be exposed to many different
styles of teaching and learning. These
help you to develop skills which will
be useful to you as a professional
and ultimately enable you to take
responsibility for your continuing
professional development.
Lectures, with associated handouts
Practical classes
Tutorials and problem-solving
sessions
Problem-based learning groups
Coursework assignments and
projects
Computer-assisted learning (CAL)
software packages
Visits, to hospital and community
pharmacies, industry
A research project with dissertation
and oral presentation
A distance-learning project to
promote integration of the whole
course
Clinical seminars and workshops
Ward-based clinical placements
Skills workshops with patients
Journal clubs
Independent learning through
CPD (continuing professional
development) portfolio, including
refective practice diaries
Private study, with appropriate
guidance
Academic tutor scheme
In the frst year, you are assigned
to an academic tutor whom you
will meet regularly for small group
tutorials. Your academic tutor is
available for academic and personal
support throughout the duration of
your course.
Typical timetable
An average weekly timetable includes
56 hours of lectures, 1015 hours of
practicals and 2-4 hours of seminars
or tutorials.
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Assessment
Your performance is assessed
by both coursework and written
examinations. Exams are held at
the end of each year, in June. Resit
examinations are held in September
(at the discretion of the Exam Board).
Marks from all years of the course,
except the frst year, count towards
the fnal honours classifcation.
Coursework contributes about 25%
and examinations about 75% to your
fnal mark.
Study abroad
During your third year you will have
the chance to spend a term abroad
doing a research placement in a
university, hospital or industrial
research laboratory. You can opt for
a placement arranged by us at one of
our European partner universities or
fnd one yourself.
The School of Pharmacy has
exchange agreements with 45
universities in 17 countries through
the European Socrates-Erasmus
programme. The School also has
exchange agreements with universities
in countries outside the EU.
You will spend at least 12 weeks
in your placement culminating in a
research project thesis. At the start of
your fnal year, you will be expected
to give a 1015 minute talk about
your project.
Pre-registration training
Anyone wanting to work in the UK
as a pharmacist must register with
the General Pharmaceutical Council.
This involves an examination and a
12-month pre-registration training
placement after you graduate. This
is a paid placement in an approved
hospital or community pharmacy or a
split placement with part of the year
spent in industry.
Throughout your third year, you
will receive information about how to
apply and listings for interview dates.
The School runs a career fair each
year attended by most of the major
employers in pharmacy. We also
hold workshops on CV writing and
interview techniques each student
receives personal guidance from our
pre-registration tutor.
Overseas students may remain in
Britain to do their pre-registration
training. Students from outside the
EU must obtain a work permit via
their pre-registration employer.
How to apply
You must apply via UCAS
www.ucas.ac.uk
Particular emphasis is placed on
the personal statement, which should
include your own assessment of your
academic strengths and explain your
interest in pursuing pharmacy, and
on the academic reference, which
should be from someone who knows
about your work in science.
If your personal statement is
primarily aimed at a different
subject, we recommend that you write
a supplementary personal statement
explaining your interest in pursuing
pharmacy. You should send the
statement directly to us before the
interview.
Registry
The School of Pharmacy
University of London
29/39 Brunswick Square
London WC1N 1AX
United Kingdom
T +44 (0)20 7753 5831
E registry@pharmacy.ac.uk
Interviews
Qualifed applicants living or
studying in the UK are required to
attend an interview as part of the
application process.
Application deadline
15 January
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Postgraduate Degrees
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Introduction
The programme is centred on the
health priorities of the World Health
Organisation (WHO), and includes
both taught courses within the
School (e.g. clinical therapeutics,
research methods, management and
international perspectives in health),
and clinical/research experiences
at teaching hospitals in the London
area. Clinical experiences at the
hospital include carrying out patient
profles, taking drug histories, and
shadowing specialist pharmacists on
ward rounds and in clinics.
The programme requires a
substantial commitment to self-
directed learning.
This degree is not designed to
lead to registration with the General
Pharmaceutical Council.
English language prociency
Required for all applicants whose
frst language is not English, even
if previous study is undertaken in
English.
IELTS 6.5 with 6.5 in each skill area
or
TOEFL 580 (paper-based) or 92
(internet-based) or 237 with 4 in
TWE (computer-based)
Attendance at a pre-sessional
language course may be required as
a condition of the offer of a place.
Programme structure
The MSc programme comprises
taught modules at the School of
Pharmacy and clinical placements
at hospitals in and around London.
The course is organised into three
terms. Students should expect to
spend the entire 12 months in the
UK, working approximately 40 hours
a week on the course.
MSc in Clinical Pharmacy,
International Practice and Policy
This MSc programme is designed for overseas
pharmacists intending to practise outside the
UK who wish to develop the clinical expertise
needed to implement pharmaceutical care
services adapted to their home country.
Calendar
Start in late September and end in
early September of the following
year
Duration
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
A degree in pharmacy with second
class honours or higher and
registration as a pharmacist in
your home country. At least one
years relevant work experience
in a clinical setting is normally
required.
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First term
Therapeutic areas prioritised
by the WHO, including diabetes,
cardiovascular disease and
infectious diseases.
Social pharmacy skills, including
literature review, critical appraisal,
consultation skills, presentation
skills
Coursework includes patient
profles, case notes and journal club
One day per week at hospital site
Second term
Health services research methods
International perspectives in health
Further therapeutic topics
Coursework includes patient
profles, case presentations and
literature dissertation
Two days per week at hospital site

Third term
Research
Coursework includes a report on
a proposed pharmaceutical care
service for the students home
country, and a project report from
a placement-based research/audit
assignment.
Three days per week at hospital site
Teaching and learning
Many students are used to a purely
didactic approach to teaching and
learning when they frst arrive. They
are surprised by the expectation that
they must learn to analyse the subject
matter critically, question what
their teachers are saying and take
responsibility for their own learning.
Students will develop new learning
styles as they progress through the
course. This makes for a stimulating
and challenging year where self
development is central.
Teaching methods range from
lectures and workshops to case
tutorials and small group work.
Students keep a portfolio and take
part in peer evaluation and feedback
sessions.
Assessment
Progress is assessed by a mid-year
written examination, a variety of
coursework assignments, research
projects and oral presentations.
Clinical placements
Students will gain clinical and research
experience through a placement at a
London teaching hospital under the
supervision of a clinical specialist. The
clinical placements are designed to
support academic learning, and are not
intended as work experience training.
The placements allow students access
to patients, in order to identify suitable
cases for the coursework. The course
is designed to develop pharmaceutical
care skills, and to apply these to the
health care needs of individual patients.
Course Director
Professor Felicity Smith, BPharm,
MA, PhD, MRPharmS
Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Course Co-ordinator
Jean Taylor BPharm, MSc, PGCEMSc
CPIPP
T +44 (0)20 7874 1273
F +44 (0)20 7753 5920
E msc.clin.pharm@pharmacy.ac.uk
How to apply
Applicants must submit an
application form directly to
The School of Pharmacy.
Download the application from
www.pharmacy.ac.uk/apply_msccp.
html or request one from:
Registry
The School of Pharmacy
University of London
29/39 Brunswick Square
London WC1N 1AX
United Kingdom
T +44 (0)20 7753 5831
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Introduction
The programme develops the key
skills needed to pursue a career in
industrial product development or a
research career in the design of drug
delivery systems. The course places
particular emphasis on developing
research skills and students are
expected to join the research group of
one of our internationally-recognised
academics for around six months.
English language prociency
Required for all applicants whose
frst language is not English, even
if previous study is undertaken in
English.
IELTS 6.5 with 6.5 in each skill area
or
TOEFL 580 (paper-based) or 92
(internet-based) or 237 with 4 in
TWE (computer-based)
Attendance at a pre-sessional language
course may be required as a condition
of the offer of a place.
Programme structure
The MSc has a strong taught element,
which is rigorous enough to stretch
you academically yet fexible enough to
be tailored to your scientifc interests.
Five modules are available from
which you must choose three. Courses
are updated yearly to ensure they
encompass the very latest scientifc
advances and developments. Course
material is delivered by academic staff
and internationally-recognised guest
speakers from academia or industry
giving you the chance to interact with
some of the leading fgures in the feld.
First term
Choose two modules from three:
Overcoming Biological Barriers
This module focuses on modifed
release technologies and the barriers
encountered to both mucosal and non-
mucosal drug delivery. The properties
MSc in Drug Delivery
This MSc was introduced in specifc response to the
requirements of the pharmaceutical industry for
highly skilled, competent scientists capable of taking
new, promising drug candidates and developing them
into world-class medicines.
Calendar
Start in late September and end in
early September of the following
year
Duration
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
Second class honours degree
or higher in Pharmacy,
Pharmaceutical Science, Physical
Science, Chemistry, Chemical
Engineering, Materials Science
or a related feld.
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of polymers are discussed in relation
to their application in controlled-
release systems. Emphasis is placed
on microsphere and nanoparticle
technologies and the applications of
these particulates to drug delivery.
The nature of the barriers to achieving
delivery by the oral, nasal, pulmonary,
ocular, buccal and transdermal routes
are studied in detail together with
recent developments in devices and
formulations to enable effective drug
administration by these routes.
Biotherapeutics
Medicines in the new century will
encompass a wide variety of actives
(low molecular weight heterocyclic
compounds, peptides, proteins,
nucleotides, cells and even tissues).
Development of these products
will be largely driven by rapidly
advancing insight into the molecular
basis of both biological function and
pathological processes.
These actives, especially the
biopharmaceuticals or biologics
will need comprehensive activity/
toxicology profling, a new set of
analytic descriptors and, crucially,
advanced drug delivery technologies.
The aim of this module is to equip
current and future drug delivery
scientists with the skills to formulate
and deliver these new actives.
Clinical Pharmaceutics
Hospital Pharmacy Production
and Quality Management
This half-module course, taught in
conjunction with senior hospital
production and quality assurance
staff, considers the legislation
relating to production and the design
validation and commissioning of
a manufacturing unit. Control of
starting materials, premises and
documentation are then covered,
followed by consideration of the
processes involved in sterile and non-
sterile manufacturing and production
of materials for clinical trials.
Paediatric Drug Delivery
Children are not small adults and the
management of paediatric medicines
in practice is challenging. Research
and development of paediatric
formulations has been encouraged by
updates from worldwide regulatory
authorities. Formulation of drug
delivery systems for neonates, infants
and children, linked to routes of
administration and compliance
issues, as well as consideration of
differences in drug deposition and
excipient selection form the key
aspects of this half-module.
Second term
Choose one module from two:
Intelligent Design of Medicines
All drugs must be formulated to
produce the marketed medicine.
Formulation strategy is critical as it
can modify undesirable properties
of a drug (such as poor solubility,
stability or taste) as well as conferring
marketing and patentability
advantages. The implementation
of the Quality by Design (QbD)
philosophy requires characterisation
of the physical properties of drugs and
excipients and how these correlate
with formulation design and product
performance. Understanding these
Drug Delivery
Microparticle
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relationships is the essence of this
module. Considerable emphasis is
placed on application of analytical
techniques.
Nanomedicine and Targeted Drug
Delivery
This module will explain the
concept of drug targeting with drug
carriers and distinguish between
active and passive drug targeting.
An appreciation of the strategies
adopted in the choice of delivery
system for a particular drug and the
methods of characterising the key
parameters of delivery systems will
be developed. Targeting to specifc
tissues such as brain, liver, spleen
and tumours will be discussed. Site-
specifc delivery and macroparticle
uptake in the gastrointestinal tract
will be addressed. The scope and
limitations of specifc examples of
carrier systems such as liposomes,
niosomes, nanoparticles and soluble
polymer conjugates will be explored.
The physiological environment will be
emphasised and the latest advances
in drug targeting described.
Third term
Research project
The research project is the largest
and most challenging component
of the MSc. You will join and work
full-time for up to four months in
one of the many internationally-
recognised research groups within
the department, conducting research
on your own unique topic. During
this time you will learn to plan
your time, design experimental
series, interpret data and critically
assess your progress, such that you
develop into an independent research
scientist. Projects are assigned early
in term 1, giving you time to conduct
a thorough literature review and
prepare a literature dissertation.
Teaching and learning
Teaching methods include lectures,
seminars and tutorials as well
as industrial visits. The modules
include shared lectures with MPharm
students. However, there is a separate
weekly tutorial programme for MSc
students.
Assessment
Assessment is by written
examinations, coursework
assignments and research project.
You may be asked to attend an oral
examination.
Course Director
Dr Simon Gaisford BSc, MSc, PhD,
MRSC, CChem, ILTM
Department of Pharmaceutics
T +44 (0)20 7753 5863
F +44 (0)20 7753 5942
E simon.gaisford@pharmacy.ac.uk
How to apply
Applicants must submit an
application form directly to
The School of Pharmacy.
Download the application from
www.pharmacy.ac.uk/apply_pg.html
or request one from:
Registry
The School of Pharmacy
University of London
29/39 Brunswick Square
London WC1N 1AX
United Kingdom
T +44 (0)20 7753 5831
E msc@pharmacy.ac.uk
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Introduction
The course exposes students to
modern platforms for drug discovery
and methods of drug synthesis with
hands-on experience of molecular
modelling and computer-based drug
design, and analytical and synthetic
techniques. The MSc covers marketing,
licensing and the regulatory affairs
that form an integral part of the
development process and includes
lectures and seminars from
industry-based scientists and visits
to industrial and biotechnological
research laboratories.
English language prociency
Required for all applicants whose
frst language is not English, even
if previous study is undertaken in
English.
IELTS 6.5 with 6.5 in each skill area
or
TOEFL 580 (paper-based) or 92
(internet-based) or 237 with 4 in
TWE (computer-based)
Attendance at a pre-sessional
language course may be required as a
condition of the offer of a place.
Programme structure
The MSc programme comprises fve
modules, including a core module
running from October to April, two
smaller modules in each of the frst
and second terms and a substantial
laboratory-based research project in
the fnal term.
First term
Core module plus two supporting
modules and practical classes:
The Process of Drug Discovery and
Development (core module)
The core module explains the basis
of the pharmaceutical industry by
examining previous successes and
current methods in drug discovery.
MSc in Drug Discovery
This MSc provides a broad overview of the drug
discovery and development process for graduates
in science-based subjects who wish to prepare
for PhD-level research or pursue a career in
the pharmaceutical industry or a government
regulatory body.
Calendar
Start in late September and end in
early September of the following
year
Duration
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
Second class honours degree or
higher in a related subject, such as
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Science,
Pharmacology, Physiology, Physical
Science, Biochemistry, Biotechnology,
Biological Sciences, Chemistry,
Chemical Engineering, Genetics,
Material Sciences and Medicine.
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Topics include:
Introduction to drug targets and
the molecular basis of disease
History of drug discovery and lead
identifcation
Molecular modelling and structure-
based drug design
Approaches to lead compound
synthesis, high throughput screening
Physiochemical properties of
drugs (absorption, distribution,
metabolism)
Preclinical development
Clinical trials, regulatory affairs,
commercial affairs and intellectual
property
Modern Aspects of Drug Discovery
(supporting module)
Historical advances in drug discovery
and how they have led to modern day
medicines. Topics include discovery
of penicillin and the development of
modern day antibiotics, discovery of
insulin, use of proteins as medicines,
discovery of beta blockers, medicinal
chemistry of drugs acting on
enzymes, use of membrane proteins
as drug targets.
Pharmaceutical and Forensic
Analysis (supporting module)
Theoretical basis and practical
use of a wide range of analytical
techniques required to detect and
identify compounds and to determine
their physicochemical properties,
including ultraviolet, visible and
infra-red spectroscopy, HPLC,
NMR, mass spectrometry, X-ray
crystallography, electrophoretic and
immunological techniques.
Practical classes
Thirty-nine hours of lab-based
practical classes covering computer-
based modelling and a variety of
synthetic and analytical techniques.
Second term
Core module plus choose two
specialist modules from four:
The Process of Drug Discovery and
Development (core module)
The core module continues from the
frst term.
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Anticancer Drug Development
(specialist module)
Topics include different classes
of anticancer agents and new
approaches to cancer chemotherapy
still in development that seek
to reduce toxicity by enhancing
selectivity (e.g. kinase inhibitors,
anti-angiogenics, gene-targeting
approaches and antibody targeted
strategies such as ADEPT).
New Drug Targets in the CNS
(specialist module)
With the discovery that multiple
highly homologous neurotransmitter
receptor subtypes exist for
each inhibitory and excitatory
neurotransmitter, the challenge is
to develop receptor subtype-selective
therapeutic compounds with unique
and selective therapeutic properties in
order to reduce unwanted adverse side
effects. Includes case studies of drugs
currently undergoing clinical trials.
Genomics and Proteomics in Drug
Discovery and Development
Explores new technologies that enable
rapid, costminimising screening
and interrogation of the human
genome and proteins in the search for
new drug targets.
Natural Products and Medicinal
Plants in Drug Discovery
Compounds from natural sources
continue to be important in the
discovery and development of new
therapies. Includes the study of toxic
natural products as a useful source of
drug leads, including the potential use
of drugs of abuse such as Cannabis
as a source of new pharmaceuticals.
Develops skills in the structure
elucidation of compounds isolated
from natural sources.
Third term
Research project
All students undertake a laboratory-
based project under a research
supervisor.
Students are required to submit
a project report at the end of the year
and make an oral presentation.
Teaching and learning
Teaching methods include lectures,
tutorials and seminars supported by
the Blackboard e-learning system.
Assessment
The modules in each term are
assessed by a combination of written
examination and coursework. The
research project is assessed by a
written report and oral presentation.
Course Director
Dr Michael Munday, DPhil
Department of Pharmaceutical and
Biological Chemistry
T +44 (0)20 7753 5875
F +44 (0)20 7753 5829
E mike.munday@pharmacy.ac.uk
How to apply
Applicants must submit an
application form directly to
The School of Pharmacy.
Download the application from
www.pharmacy.ac.uk/apply_pg.html
or request one from:
Registry
The School of Pharmacy
University of London
29/39 Brunswick Square
London WC1N 1AX
United Kingdom
T +44 (0)20 7753 5831
E msc@pharmacy.ac.uk
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Introduction
This programme aims to train students
in the methods used to analyse
and characterise medicinal natural
products, to examine the safety and
effcacy of currently used herbal
medicines, and to examine analytical
and bioassay methods and the
ethnopharmaceutical uses of plants
from traditional systems of medicines.
The course is designed for students
wishing to pursue a natural
sciences oriented career in research
and development in the herbal,
phytopharmaceutical or (health) food
sector as well as in drug discovery.
Other opportunities exist in the
context of regulatory requirements
and the media/consumer support.
English language prociency
Required for all applicants whose
frst language is not English, even
if previous study is undertaken in
English.
IELTS 6.5 with 6.5 in each skill area
or
TOEFL 580 (paper-based) or 92
(internet-based) or 237 with 4 in
TWE (computer-based)
Attendance at a pre-sessional
language course may be required
as a condition of the offer of a place.
Programme structure
Students take two modules in the
frst term and a further two modules
in the second term, followed by a
substantial research project in the
fnal term.
First term
Therapeutic uses of plants
This module examines herbal
medicines in healthcare, and the
safety and quality of herbal medicinal
products. A section covering natural
products as medicines outlines
classes of medicinal products and the
methods used in their isolation and
characterisation. The module includes
an overview of the pharmacology of
natural products.
MSc in Pharmacognosy
The School of Pharmacy has an international
reputation in natural drug discovery and the
evaluation of drug leads from natural sources.
This MSc has been designed in response to ever
increasing interest in the development and use
of medicines derived from natural products.
Calendar
Start in late September and end in
early September of the following year
Duration
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
Second class honours degree in
Pharmacy or the Pharmaceutical,
Chemical, Biological or Medical
Sciences, or a related feld.
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Topics include:
Herbal medicines in health
care. Botanical components of
traditional medicines (Traditional
Chinese medicine (TCM), Ayurveda),
biological effects
Safety and quality of herbal
medicinal products. Analysis and
standardisation of extracts to
ensure quality and effcacy
Natural products as medicines.
The methods used to isolate and
characterise biologically active
compounds from natural sources
Isolation of single chemical entity
drugs; structure and biological
activity (e.g. anti-cancer, anti-malarial
and anti-infective natural products)
Herbal medicinal product
monograph. Preparation of a
monograph which will include the
chemistry, biology and clinical data
for a herbal medicinal product (HMP)
Pharmaceutical Analysis
This module considers the diverse
methods and techniques that are
used in drug discovery, development
and production. The module is
supported by practical classes and
includes:
Molecular basis of disease and
mechanism of drug action.
Pharmaceutical analysis
techniques in drug analysis (e.g.
HPLC, mass spectrometry, NMR)
Lead compound identifcation and
history of drug discoveries
Second term
Methods in Pharmacognosy
This module considers in depth
the types of bioassays employed in
pharmacognosy, the experiments used
in the structure determination of
biologically active natural products,
the lead discovery process and the
application of natural products in
cognitive disease. It includes:
Bio-assays in drug discovery.
Testing extracts against various
assays including anti- oxidant, anti-
infammatory and anti-microbial
Nature product structure
elucidation. Chemical structures
of compounds using spectroscopic
techniques. Workshop on how to
work out the structures of natural
products
Natural product lead discovery
how to turn a plant into a drug lead
Therapeutic Natural Products and
Ethnopharmacology
This module considers the use of
natural products in different societies,
exploring ways to preserve traditional
medicinal plant use and new methods
for improving future use primarily
in indigenous communities but also
in pharmaceuticals. The module
includes:
The scientifc and philosophical
basis of medicinal plant research
(ethnopharmacology)
Ayurveda - overview of the Indian
system of medicine.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
commonly used herbs.
Ethnobotany the use of plants by
ethnic groups and their value in the
drug discovery process.
Marine natural products use of
corals, sea animals and microbes as
a source of drugs.
Development of a natural product
Cannabis
Trichome
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drug monograph. This piece of
coursework is analogous to the
HMP monograph but in this case
information on the chemistry,
biology and clinical effcacy of
a single chemical entity natural
product drug will be compiled.
In addition, students will
undertake a literature survey which
will help prepare them for their
research project which commences
in Term 3.
Third term
Research project
Students undertake a four-month
research project in the third term.
Projects cover a wide range of topics
including natural product isolation
and characterisation, synthesis,
analysis and a survey of medicinal
products used in the community. The
aim of the project is to give students a
research problem to tackle and to give
skills in solving this problem.
Teaching and learning
Teaching methods include lectures,
seminars, tutorials and laboratory-
based practical classes. Some classes
are shared with MPharm and MSc in
Drug Discovery students.
Assessment
Students are assessed by a
combination of written examinations,
coursework and practical assignments
and the research project and oral
presentation.
How to apply
Applicants must submit an
application form directly to
The School of Pharmacy.
Download the application from
www.pharmacy.ac.uk/apply_pg.html
or request one from:
Registry
The School of Pharmacy
University of London
29/39 Brunswick Square
London WC1N 1AX
United Kingdom
T +44 (0)20 7753 5831
E msc@pharmacy.ac.uk
The course is designed for students
wishing to pursue a natural
sciences oriented career in research
and development in the herbal,
phytopharmaceutical or (health) food
sector as well as in drug discovery.
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Introduction
This full-time postgraduate course
runs for twelve months. It includes
taught and research components. Your
research begins straight away when
you join your chosen laboratory and
lasts for the whole year. The taught
component is tailored to your research
programme and includes training
in core research skills. Graduates
are equipped with well-rounded,
laboratory-based research training and
the necessary transferable skills and
are fully prepared for employment
within the pharmaceutical and
biomedical sciences industries, and
also for further academic study.
English language prociency
Required for all applicants whose
frst language is not English, even
if previous study is undertaken in
English.
a minimum of 7.0 in IELTS
or
263 in ToEFL (627 if paper-based)
Attendance at a pre-sessional
language course may be required as
a condition of the offer of a place.
Course structure
The course provides a fexible
opportunity to obtain high level
research based training combined
with the development of academic and
professional skills. The particular focus
of the course is set by the students
choice of research project topic, which
also determines the topics studied in
the modules. Because of this the exact
nature of the course is to some extent
individual to each student.
Our research areas
Our faculty includes many
internationally renowned researchers
who are at the forefront of their
chosen felds. Research themes at
the School include:
Cancer drug discovery
Drug delivery, formulation and
materials science
Medical and molecular microbiology
Master of Research (MRes)
The new MRes is intended for those wishing to
pursue research. It will prepare you for PhD-level
study or beginning a career in the biotech and
pharmaceutical industries.
Calendar
Starts in late September and early
February
Duration
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
You should have a good degree
in chemistry, biochemistry,
pharmacy, the pharmaceutical or
physical sciences or related felds.
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Molecular and systems
neuroscience
Pharmacognosy, ethnobotany
and phytochemistry
Nanomedicine
Pharmacology and toxicology
Biochemistry and biotechnology
Medicinal and polymer chemistry
Structure-based drug design
For more information about our
researchers visit:
www.pharmacy.ac.uk/mres.html
Course Director
Professor Anne Stephenson
Department of Pharmaceutical
and Biological Chemistry
How to apply
Applicants must submit an
application form directly to
The School of Pharmacy.
Download the application from
www.pharmacy.ac.uk/apply_pg.html
or request one from:
Registry
The School of Pharmacy
University of London
29/39 Brunswick Square
London WC1N 1AX
United Kingdom

T +44 (0)20 7753 5831
E registry@pharmacy.ac.uk
Molecular model
of a pentameric
inhibitory glycine
receptor a
ligand-gated ion
channel involved
in startle disease,
inammatory pain
and rhythmic
breathing.
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Research Degree
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Introduction
Studying for a PhD at the School
of Pharmacy is an immensely
rewarding experience. Most students
begin their studies with a thorough
literature survey and then undertake
a lengthy period (two years or more)
of data collection and analysis.
They then spend several months
writing up their results as a thesis
and lastly take part in an oral
examination with two examiners.
Their work is overseen by at least two
academic supervisors. The PhD is
an intellectually demanding degree
requiring focus, discipline and hard
work.
English language prociency
Required for all applicants whose frst
language is not English, even if previous
study is undertaken in English.
IELTS 6.5 in each skill area
TOEFL 580 (paper-based) or 92
(internet-based) or 237 with 4 in
TWE (computer-based)
Our Research Prole
The School of Pharmacy is a research-
led institution in which teaching
and learning take place in an active
research environment. The Research
Assessment Exercise (RAE) is the
main way that Higher Education
Institutions measure the quality of
their research. Panels of academics
in 67 different subjects assess the
quality of their peers work. They
consider the quality of research, the
environment in which it is produced
and the esteem in which researchers
are held. All the research submitted
was rated either 4* (world-leading),
3* (internationally excellent), 2*
(internationally recognised), 1*
(nationally recognised) or 0 (sub-
standard).
PhD Programmes
The School of Pharmacy is internationally renowned
for its research and our research degree students
make a major contribution to our research output
and reputation. Our research focuses on advancing
and understanding medicines and healthcare, and
in creating new medicines.
Calendar
Usually start in frst week of
October, though it is possible to
start at other times of the year by
arrangement with the supervisor.
Duration
36 months full-time or 60 months
part-time
Entry requirements
A frst or upper second class
honours degree in Pharmacy,
Pharmacology, Chemistry,
Biochemistry, Microbiology or
other relevant subject from a UK
university or a qualifcation of
the equivalent standard from a
university in another country.
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The results of the RAE 2008
were excellent news for the School of
Pharmacy.
The School submitted 55 of
its academics for assessment and
achieved a superb quality profle.
The quality profle for the School
ranks 25% of our research as 4*, 40%
as 3*, 25% as 2* and 10% as 1*. The
combination of the strength of our
quality profle and the size of our
submission marks us as arguably the
most important centre for pharmacy
research in UK Higher Education
and places us top of the pharmacy
power league table according to
Research Fortnight.
Our research is organised into
four divisions:
Drug discovery
Our drug discovery activities focus
on three complementary areas:
cancer medicines, antimicrobials
and natural products as a source of
novel compounds against a range of
human disease.
Neurosciences
Our research covers nervous
system regulation and function in
health and disease, with a focus on
synaptic function and neuronal
circuitry.
Formulation Sciences
Our research activities focus on the
sciences and technologies used to
develop and understand the fnal
dosage form of medicines.
Medicines Use and Health
Our research examines ways to
translate the potential benefts
of medicines into positive health
outcomes by understanding and
shaping the factors that infuence
their optimal use.
Training programme
The postgraduate training
programme is an integral component
of the PhD degree at the School of
Pharmacy. It provides students
with opportunities to improve their
generic skills and learn about issues
common to all research activities.
It also promotes collaboration
and collegiality amongst research
groups. The programme comprises
a mixture of core, specialist and
refresher courses. It is complemented
by an active departmental seminar
programme, which brings guest
speakers to the School from around
the world.
Part-time programme
It is possible for students working in
industrial, hospital or government
research laboratories in the UK and
EU to enrol for a PhD on a part-time
basis. Part-time students must spend
a minimum of three weeks each year
at the School. Their work is jointly
overseen by an academic supervisor
at the School of Pharmacy and a work-
based supervisor.
MPhil registration
All students are initially registered
for an MPhil degree. Students submit
a written report the frst year and, if
successful, their registration is then
transferred to PhD. If not successful,
students are given an extension in
order to satisfy these requirements or
asked to withdraw from their studies.
It is very rare for a student to be
allowed to continue their registration
David Thurston,
Professor of
Anticancer
Drug Design
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at the MPhil level, particularly if on
a funded studentship, unless the
nature of the project is such that it is
appropriate to do so and the funding
body is in agreement. Please note that
the registration period for MPhil is
the same as for PhD. The difference
between these two awards is the
standard of the research.
How to apply
Applicants must submit an
application form and photo, two
letters of reference, a transcript
of marks from their frst degree
and evidence of English language
profciency.
Download the application at
www.pharmacy.ac.uk/apply_phd.html
or request the application by email
registry@pharmacy.ac.uk
Applications from students with
their own funding are considered on
a rolling basis. Home and EU students
seeking studentship funding should
apply by 30 January if they wish to be
considered automatically for all new
awards for which they are eligible.
Alternatively, home and EU students
may make an application for a specifc
studentship when it is announced
on the Schools website or in the
scientifc press.
Work is overseen by at least two
academic supervisors. The PhD
is an intellectually demanding
degree requiring focus, discipline
and hard work.
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Continuing Professional
Development
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Certicate in Medicines Management
As a qualifed pharmacy technician you can now
undertake local professional training in medicines
management on a course accredited by The School
of Pharmacy, University of London.
Introduction
The Certifcate in Medicines
Management course has been
developed to support the continuing
professional development of
pharmacy technicians. The course
has been designed by Cambridge
University Hospitals NHS Trust,
Essex Rivers NHS Trust and London,
Eastern and South East Specialist
Pharmacy Services jointly with The
School of Pharmacy. The course is
delivered by centres accredited by The
School of Pharmacy and comprises
a taught programme, independent
study, practical assignments and an
examination. Successful completion
of the course offers 45 academic
credits at intermediate level for
higher education.
The course examines the
principles of medicines management
and their application. It introduces
students to basic clinical pharmacy
skills, elements of pathophysiology,
pharmacology and therapeutics
for a range of conditions. There are
a number of practice activities to
undertake, including pharmaceutical
treatment of special patient groups
refecting the diverse areas you as a
pharmacy technician are involved
with.
Duration and Delivery
The course is undertaken over
one year. This includes: 50 hours
(minimum) of workshops/tutorials;
70 hours of coursework; 60 hours of
independent study; and 120 hours of
assessed guided study. Throughout
the course pharmacy technicians
maintain a refective learning diary
and are encouraged to become
responsible for their own learning.
This work based course is delivered
via accredited NHS training centres,
making your place of work the
learning environment.
Credits
The Certifcate comprises 45 credits
at intermediate level and can be
accredited towards a Foundation
Degree offered by The School of
Pharmacy, Birkbeck College and
the NHS.
Teaching
A variety of teaching methods will be
used, comprising lectures, seminars,
group work and presentations at
accredited training centres. At the
accredited training centres, work
based course tutors provide teaching
in this course.
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Syllabus
The syllabus comprises the following
subject areas:
Policies and Procedures
(local and national)
Patient Consultation skills
Clinical Governance
Understanding Medical Notes and
Pharmaceutical Care Planning
Interpretation of End- of-bed,
Biochemical and Haematological
Results
Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs) and
Drug Interactions
Antibiotics and Microbiology
Pharmaceutical Calculations
Principles of Drug Therapy in Liver
and Renal Disease
Drug Use in Special Care
Groups (Paediatrics, Pregnancy,
Breastfeeding)
Coronary Heart Disease
Diabetes Mellitus
Respiratory Disease
Gastrointestinal Disease
Pain Control
Care for Older People
Mental Health
Assessment
There are a number of assignments,
practice activities and case studies
along with a tutor report on practice-
based activities and an examination
at the end of the course.
Further information
For more information on how to apply
as a student or as a centre to deliver
the course, contact the London
Education Pharmacy and Training
Pharmacy Technician Training
Manager:
Diane Blunden
T +44 (0)20 7763 6586
E diane.blunden@chelwest.nhs.uk
Qualication
Certifcate in Medicines
Management (45 credits at
Intermediate Level)
Duration
1 year part-time
Entry requirements
You must be a qualifed pharmacy
technician with at least two
years post-qualifying experience;
you must be working in a
hospital pharmacy or other NHS
organisation
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Introduction
The DipGPP embraces clinical,
technical, medicines information
and patient service elements and
fundamentally contributes to the
practitioner development strategy.
It links to the NHS Agenda for Change
and the relevant Knowledge and
Skills Framework; individuals are
supported to achieve the relevant
gateway competencies while
achieving an academic award.
Programme structure
Module 1
Foundations of General Practice
(60 credits). Module 1 is designed to
take place over an 18 month period,
primarily work-based learning.
Completion of the module can allow
for an exit award of PG Certifcate in
General Pharmacy Practice.
Modules 2, 3 and 4
Defned Areas of Practice (20 credits
each). These six-month modules are
linked to placements in specialist
areas such as Infectious Diseases,
Cardiology, Elderly Care, Hepatic
Diseases, HIV, Medicines Information,
Mental Health, Paediatrics, Primary
Care, Renal Disease, Surgery and
Technical Services.
Delivery
The majority of the clinical and
practitioner based skills learning are
work-based, building on a system of
mentoring and facilitation under the
guidance of a lead practice tutor at
each training site. Students attend
study days at the School of Pharmacy
and receive extensive e-learning
support. The curriculum is delivered
by the Joint Programmes Board (JPB),
a consortium of higher education
institutions working in collaboration
with NHS specialist pharmacy
services. For more information on
the JPB please visit:
www.postgraduatepharmacy.org
Postgraduate Diploma in General
Pharmacy Practice (DipGPP)
The aim of the Postgraduate Diploma in
General Pharmacy Practice (DipGPP) is
to equip practitioners with the core skills
and competencies they require to provide
pharmaceutical care in a practice setting.
Qualication
DipGPP
Duration
3 years although the fexible
programme allows different
progression rates
Entry requirements
Must be a pharmacist registered
with the General Pharmaceutical
Council or in another EU member
state and have a practice base which
is an accredited training centre
with access to a practice tutor.
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Assessment
The programme is assessed using
the following:
Multiple choice questionnaire
(MCQ) exams
Objective structured clinical exams
(OSCEs)
Portfolio of evidence
Record of in-service training
assessment (RITA)
Further Information
Advanced Pharmacy Studies Centre
The School of Pharmacy
University of London
21 Russell Square
London WC1B 5EA
T +44 (0)20 7160 0530
E admin@jpbsoutheast.org
www.jpbsoutheast.org
Head of Programmes
Professor J Graham Davies, BPharm,
PhD, MRPharmS
E graham.davies@pharmacy.ac.uk
Programme Administrator
Mrs Verona Zloh
E verona.zloh@pharmacy.ac.uk
How to Apply
An online application form is
available at www.pharmacy.ac.uk/
pharmprac.html or
www.jpbsoutheast.org
There are intakes in September and
March of each year.
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Introduction
The programme is designed on
a philosophy of student-centred
workplace learning, specifcally
aligned with the ACLF (www.codeg.org).
The programme will support further
development of self reliance and an
independent approach to learning in
support of professional development.
Practitioners undertaking this
advanced practice programme are
expected to take responsibility for
their learning and to achieving the
course objectives through work-
based professional development.
The programme has been designed
to support contemporary pharmacy
policy, in collaboration with the
Joint Programmes Board (JPB,
www.postgraduatepharmacy.org).
Programme structure
The MSc programme is organised as:
Ten half- day learning sets every
four or fve weeks
A series of ACLF-linked
assignments
Professional development
assessments linked to ACLF
progression
Assessment
Practitioners will be required to
undertake a series of work-based
MSc in Pharmacy Practice
(Advanced Practice Fast-track Programme)
The aim of this advanced practice postgraduate
MSc is to support practitioners to attain excellence
in the core skills and knowledge they require to
provide all aspects of advanced pharmaceutical
care in the workplace.
Qualication
MSc
Duration
There will be ten half-day learning
sets, and a requirement for
completion of a series work-based
project(s) over 12 to 18 months,
mapped against the Advanced and
Consultant Level Framework (ACLF).
Calendar
Annual intake of students is in
September
Entry requirements
Applicants must be a practising
pharmacist with at least fve years
experience in a Band 8 post, and
have completed the Postgraduate
Certifcate and Diploma in
Pharmacy Practice at the School of
Pharmacy, University of London, or
equivalent from another University
(at discretion of the Course
Director); or
provide a portfolio of evidence of
prior learning and experience and
undergo a formal interview with
an approved APL/APEL panel.
Note: All applicants will be required to
submit a CV and a portfolio of experience.
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projects, linked specifcally to the ACLF.
The learning outcomes for this
programme are underpinned by
the ACLF (Advanced to Consultant
Level Framework www.codeg.org).
Practitioners will be assessed by
portfolio assessment (including
assessment of project(s) and related
assignments) and a viva voce (based
on the portfolio). The viva will assess
the practitioners knowledge and
experience across all competency
areas for each ACLF cluster at
Excellence level of competence.
Course Director
Professor Ian Bates
Course Coordinator
Mrs Alison Innes
E alison.innes@pharmacy.ac.uk
Course Administrator
Mrs Jo Ray
E jo.ray@pharmacy.ac.uk
How to apply
Applications must be made via the
online form on the Schools website
www.pharmacy.ac.uk/pp_msc.html
Student Life
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Our International Offcer is
responsible for promoting the School
to students outside the UK through
a wide range of activities. These
include visits to schools, universities
and exhibitions around the world to
attract the most able students from
a global pool of applicants. Based in
the Registry, he works closely with
colleagues to provide international
students with support and advice to
ensure that they settle into their life
here, overcome any hurdles in their
way, and are able to access the help
they need. You are welcome to contact
him directly by email or telephone.
Mr Arvind Vepa
International Offcer
The School of Pharmacy
University of London
29/39 Brunswick Square
London WC1N 1AX
T +44 (0)20 7753 5993
E arvind.vepa@pharmacy.ac.uk
Student visa
International students (non EEA/
Swiss) coming to study a full-time
course of more than 6 months must
obtain Entry Clearance (a visa) under
Tier 4 (General) Student before coming
to the UK to start their course. If you
do not have Entry Clearance when
you arrive, you will not be allowed to
enter the UK. Nationals from EU/EEA
(EU; and Iceland, Lichtenstein and
Norway) countries and Switzerland
do not require a student visa prior to
studying in the UK.
Information on whether you
require a visa, how to apply, guidance
notes and application forms are
available from the UK Border Agency
website: www.ukvisas.gov.uk
It is important that you read the
information posted on the site carefully
for up-to-date and current regulations.
In order for you to apply for a Tier
4 student visa you will need:
1. A Confrmation of Acceptance
for Studies (CAS) an electronic
reference number issued by The
School of Pharmacy this will
confrm to the UK Border Agency
that you have an unconditional
offer of a place of full-time. This
will be sent to you when you have
accepted your offer and paid a
deposit.
2. Evidence that you have the
suffcient level of money (known
as maintenance) to support
yourself, as shown below:
You will need to demonstrate you are
able to fund your tuition fees for the
International students
Overseas students currently make up 25% of our
student population, representing all of the main
regions of the world. The breadth of experience,
insights and cultural perspectives that they bring
to the School create an extraordinary learning
environment.
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academic year plus a set amount for
your living costs. You will need to
prove your money is in a bank account
in your own name (or joint name), and
the funds will need to have been in
your bank account for a 28 day period
ending no more than 1 month before
you make your application.
The Registry will send you up-
to- date information on applying for
the visa along with the CAS once
your offer to attend the School is
unconditional and we have received
your deposit.
Academic Technology Approval Scheme
(ATAS)
The Academic Technology
Approval Scheme is run by the
British Government (Foreign &
Commonwealth Offce) and is a
mandatory requirement for some
postgraduate students planning
to undertake study in the areas of
Science, Engineering and Technology.
For full details of ATAS please visit
the Foreign & Commonwealth Offce
(FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk.
If you require ATAS clearance, you
must obtain clearance before applying
for your visa. The processing time
for ATAS clearance is a minimum
of 20 working days; therefore it is
recommended that you should apply
for clearance a minimum of one
month before you wish to apply for
a visa. The Registry will send you
the necessary information if you are
required to apply for the ATAS.
Arrival in London
Before the course starts, we will
send you an information pack that
includes a map of London, Tube
map, London Planner, and the A-Z
Guide for Overseas Students. We
will also give you tips about what to
pack and explain how to go through
Immigration and Customs once you
arrive in Britain.
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International induction
You will be invited to attend a special
induction for international students
at the start of the academic year.
This gives you a chance to meet other
students and talk about adjusting to
life in a new country.
English language classes
The School of Pharmacy requires all
non-native speakers of English to
provide evidence of English ability.
Some applicants may be required
to attend an external pre-sessional
language course. There is an additional
charge for classes taught outside the
School. If your frst language is not
English, we recommend that you
attend our free in-session English
language classes. These are informal
classes which meet for two hours each
week during term time. For further
details please visit our website:
www.pharmacy.ac.uk
UKCISA
UKCISA is the UK Council for
International Student Affairs.
It provides advice on a range of
issues including sources of funding,
immigration and health and welfare.
www.ukcisa.org.uk
Students Union
The Students Union is the elected
organisation which represents all
students at the School of Pharmacy.
The Students Union is responsible for
student societies and sports clubs and
organises social events.
It helps welcome new students
with its big brother/big sister scheme
and a mid-sessional ball and boat
party are popular annual events.
In recent years, the Students Union
has had joint presidents who sit on
Academic Board and other School
committees.
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Postgraduate Society
The Postgraduate Society is an
elected organisation, also part of the
Students Union, which represents
PhD and MSc students on committees
and helps organise PhD research and
career days. It also hosts social events.
Junior Common Room (JCR)
The JCR is located in the lower
ground foor of the School of
Pharmacy. You can relax playing pool
or table tennis, surfng the internet or
just chatting with friends. On Friday
nights the JCR bar is open to both
staff and students.
Refectory
The Schools traditional Refectory
is open weekdays from 10.00 am
to 3.00pm and serves hot and cold
lunches and snacks.
University of London Union
As a student at the School of
Pharmacy, you are automatically
entitled to be a member of the
University of London Union (ULU).
Membership of ULU is free and
entitles you to get involved with
everything the Union has to offer,
including access to the facilities in
their building on Malet Street which
is just ten minutes walk from the
School. ULU organise sport across the
entire University of London as well as
activities and societies.
Cost of living
The cost of living in London is
variable; however, we highly
recommend that you budget to have
at least 1,000 per month of study.
This should be enough to cover your
rent, entertainment, travel housing
and bills. It is a good idea to analyse
your income and expenditure in a
spreadsheet. Keep any bills, bank
statements or payslips which you
receive, and enter the amounts into
the spreadsheet. This will help you to
manage your money more carefully.
Student travel discounts
Students on full-time courses are
eligible for a 30% discount on weekly
and monthly travel cards on London
transport. Students must apply
each year for the Student Discount
Oystercard; there is a small charge
for this.
Accommodation
Places in the intercollegiate halls
of residence are allocated based on
the number of students each college
has within the University of London
federation. As we are one of the
smaller colleges, our allocation is very
small and we do not have our own
halls of residence. This means that we
have to apply strict priorities when
allocating rooms. We give highest
priority to the frst year international
undergraduate students and provide
extensive information to all other
students about external options.
Postgraduate students are
required to make their own
arrangements for accommodation.
We provide all our postgraduate
applicants with information on
alternative accommodation ranging
from other halls of residence, hostels,
fat or house share options to staying
with a host family.
If you are renting or are about
to rent in the private sector, you
should contact the University of
London Housing Services. All School
of Pharmacy degree students are
entitled to use these services to seek
help with fnding accommodation or
to obtain advice (including free legal
advice) concerning housing. Their
vacancy listings can be accessed via
the website with a password obtained
from our Registry. We can also
recommend a number of independent
residence halls run by charitable
organisations around London.
The Property Management Unit
(PMU) of University of London
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Housing Services offers a selection
of self-catering houses and fats,
of various sizes ranging from
one to seven bedroom properties,
specifcally for use as student
accommodation. When available, the
accommodation is advertised directly
on the Private Housing Unit lists and
website; http://housing.london.ac.uk/
cms/property-management-unit.html
Accommodation websites
University of London Housing Services
www.housing.london.ac.uk
Goodenough College
www.goodenough.ac.uk
International Students House
www.ish.org.uk
International Lutheran Student
Centre
http://www.ilscentre.org.uk/
Nido Kings Cross
www.nidokingscross.com
Opal
www.opalstudents.com
UNITE
www.unite-students.com
YMCA Indian Student Hostel
www.indianymca.org
Other useful websites:
www.london-hostels.co.uk
www.lcos.org.uk
www.studius.com
Contact our Registry if you need any
advice on accommodation.
Registry
T +44 (0)20 7753 5910
F +44 (0)20 7753 5829
E registry@pharmacy.ac.uk
Student welfare
Pastoral care
We recognise that making the
transition to university life from
school or work is not always easy.
The School promotes a community
culture and tries to ensure that all
students and staff have someone
to turn to when they need help
and advice. As part of the Schools
Pastoral Care Scheme all students
are assigned to a personal tutor or
supervisor.
Healthcare
All students at the School can use the
facilities of The Gower Street Practice,
a surgery located about 10 minutes
walk away, which is staffed by doctors
and nurses and provides a walk
in clinic for urgent problems and
counselling service. Students who live
in the catchment area may register
with this practice as an NHS patient.
International students are eligible for
free NHS health care in Britain while
they are registered at the School. We
recommend that overseas students
carry supplemental insurance to
cover the cost of returning home in
the event of a medical emergency.
Childcare
The school has good links with local
childcare providers.
Religious and cultural
considerations
The School is a multi-cultural
institution which gives consideration
to students individual needs and
preferences. However, it is a secular
institution where health, safety
and security requirements, as well
as the needs and aspirations of the
academic community as a whole,
are paramount. It is not possible
to guarantee a timetable with no
afternoon or Friday commitments or
make available single sex facilities,
except toilets. There is also a dress
code in operation and students may
be asked to refrain from wearing any
clothing which poses an unacceptable
health and safety risk. Face veils are
not permitted at any time. The School
does not have prayer facilities for
any religious groups, though student
societies may book classrooms
depending on availability.
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Equal opportunities
The School of Pharmacy operates
an equal opportunities policy in
the admission of students. If other
criteria are met, no regard is taken
(except where legally required) of
an applicants race, national origin,
sex, age, marital status, number
of children, disability, beliefs, or
lawful preferences privately held
on any matter, including religion,
politics and sex. The School does not
tolerate discriminatory behaviour or
practices.
Students with disabilities
If you are disabled, have dyslexia
or a long term medical condition,
you are welcome to visit the School
before you apply to discuss any
concerns you might have about
the building or your course. Our
teaching laboratories have modifed
benches and all essential areas of
the School are fully accessible. The
School has a Programme Support
Offcer who makes arrangements for
disabled students, including special
exam requirements, note-taking and
diagnostic assessments for specifc
learning diffculties such as dyslexia.
Programme Support Offcer
c/o The Registry
The School of Pharmacy
University of London
2939 Brunswick Square
London WC1N 1AX
T +44 (0)20 7753 5958
E registry@pharmacy.ac.uk
Finances
Tuition and other fees
For information about current rates
see www.pharmacy.ac.uk/fees.html
Depending on your course, you may
be required to undergo occupational
health clearance or a Criminal
Records Bureau (CRB) check. You
must pay any charges yourself.
Students undertaking laboratory
work must purchase a lab coat and
safety spectacles.
Annual bench fees for PhD
students usually range from 1,000
to 5,000, depending on the nature
of the project and the cost of
consumables.
Dif ferent rates of tuition fees
The School of Pharmacy charges two
rates of tuition fees, a subsidised rate
for funded Home/EU students and a
full rate for overseas and non-funded
home/EU students.
Who is a funded Home student?
To be classifed as a funded Home
student:
you must have been ordinarily
resident in the UK for three years
before the start of the course not
mainly for the purpose of education
you must have settled status (that
is, allowed to live here without
any time restriction) as of 1st
September in the year you start the
course; and
you must not hold a qualifcation
that is equivalent or higher to the
one you intend to do at The School
of Pharmacy.
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There are certain exceptions
for people with refugee status,
exceptional leave to remain or a
disability qualifying for a disabled
students allowance.
Who is a funded EU student?
To be classifed as a funded EU student:
you must be a citizen of an EU
member state
you must have been resident in a
country of the European Economic
Area for the three years before the
start of the course; and
you must not hold a qualifcation
that is equivalent or higher to the
one you intend to do at The School
of Pharmacy.
All other students pay the full rate
of fees.
Financial Support, Scholarships
and Bursaries
Student support for undergraduates
Home students can apply for a
tuition fee loan to assist with fees.
Eligible students will also be awarded
maintenance grants to help with
living expenses. Students who are not
eligible for maintenance grants can
apply for a student loan to assist with
living costs. Visit www.direct.gov.uk
for information about eligibility and
how to apply.
Bursaries for Home Students
We will award bursaries to students
depending on their fnancial need.
Students who receive support
from the Government by way of a
maintenance grant will automatically
receive a basic bursary. Students who
receive a maintenance grant and who
achieve academic excellence in their
A levels will receive a supplementary
bursary as well as a basic bursary. To
qualify for a supplementary bursary,
students must be awarded grade A in
their Chemistry A level as well as in
either Biology, Physics or Maths.
Scholarships for International
Students
For information about scholarships for
international students, please contact
your local British Council offce.
Said Foundation Scholarships
The School of Pharmacy and the Said
Foundation jointly offer scholarships
(full or partial) to students from
Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria
who wish to pursue a one-year taught
masters programme. Applicants
applying to this scholarship must
follow the procedures as specifed in
the Said Foundation website: http://
www.saidfoundation.org
Commonwealth Scholarship and
Fellowship Plan
The Commonwealth Scholarship
and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is an
international programme under
which member governments offer
scholarships and fellowships to
citizens of other Commonwealth
countries. The award covers fees,
fares and designated stipend.
Website: http://cscuk.dfd.gov.uk
PhD studentships
Studentships funded by industry,
Research Councils and The School
of Pharmacy are offered each year.
Most studentships cover the cost
of tuition and bench fees and pay a
maintenance stipend for three years.
Students must have UK or EU student
status to be eligible. Awards are
competitive. Application details can
be found on the Schools website
www.pharmacy.ac.uk/phd_
studentships.html.
Our location
Our students have the best of both
worlds; benefting from the friendly
and inclusive nature of our School
whilst experiencing life in one of
the great global cities. There are
over seven million people living in
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London making it the biggest city in
Western Europe. It is a vital city with
world class arts and culture, business
facilities, education, sports, events
and entertainment.
London is a world leader in the
science and technology sectors with
the capital boasting over 4,500 world
class researchers and renowned
medical and clinical trial centres.
Londons academic excellence
is underpinned by the greatest
concentration of higher education
institutions in Europe.
The School of Pharmacy is
situated in Bloomsbury, an attractive
and historic area of central London.
Bloomsbury is the academic heart of
London and home to Senate House
and the main library of the University
of London, our fellow Bloomsbury
Colleges (Birkbeck, University of
London, Institute of Education,
London School of Hygiene and
Tropical Medicine, School of Oriental
and African Studies and the Royal
Veterinary College) and University
College London.
The Bloomsbury Campus
Our main building is located at
Brunswick Square, a peaceful
corner of central London just east of
Russell Square tube station and the
British Museum. The Department of
Practice and Policy, along with its
two research centres, the Centre for
Paediatric Pharmacy Research and
Centre for Behavioural Medicine, are
based at BMA House in Tavistock
Square, a short walk from the main
building. Our continuing professional
development and taught postgraduate
courses are based at 2122 Russell
Square. This site also houses the
FIP Collaborating Centre, a joint
partnership between the School of
Pharmacy and the International
Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)
The local area, arranged around
elegant Georgian squares, with parks,
gardens and tennis courts, is one
of the best spots for green space in
London. To the south of Brunswick
Square lies International Hall, the
largest of the intercollegiate halls
of residence, and to the east you
can fnd the refurbished Brunswick
Centre which houses the Renoir
Cinema, a wide range of shops and
restaurants, and a supermarket.
The area surrounding the School is
well served by many bus routes and
several London Underground stations.
The mainline rail stations Euston
and Kings Cross are located just
north of Bloomsbury as is St Pancras
International Train Station.
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Find us
The area surrounding the School is well served
by bus routes, London Underground stations
and mainline rail stations.
Euston Station
Kings
Cross
Station
St Pancras
Station
Underground Stations
Euston Square
Russell Square
Holborn
Tottenham Court Road
Goodge Street
Warren Street
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Dean
Professor Anthony Smith
Head of Registry
Mr John Peck
International Ofcer
Mr Arvind Vepa
Correspondence Address
Registry
The School of Pharmacy
University of London
29/39 Brunswick Square
London
WC1N 1AX
United Kingdom
Course enquiries
Telephone +44 (0)20 7753 5831
Email registry@pharmacy.ac.uk
Switchboard +44 (0)20 7753 5800
Minicom +44 (0)20 7837 3992
Fax +44 (0)20 7753 5829
The information in this prospectus
was correct at the time of printing.
The School of Pharmacy will attempt to
inform applicants of any substantial
changes in the information contained
in this prospectus. However, the School
does not intend by publication of this
prospectus to create any legal relation
with applicants, their advisers,
parents or any other person.
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Photography Alys Tomlinson
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The School of Pharmacy received
its grant of arms in March, 1950.
It includes our motto Salutifer Orbi
which translates as Bringing Health
to the World.
Contents
1 _________________ Welcome
4 _________________ Why pharmacy?
6 _________________ About us
8 _________________ Our research prole
10 _________________ Research centres
12 _________________ New technologies and innovations
14 _________________ Academic facilities
18 _________________ Master of Pharmacy MPharm
28 _________________ MSc in Clinical Pharmacy,
International Practice and Policy
30 _________________ MSc in Drug Delivery
34 _________________ MSc in Drug Discovery
38 _________________ MSc in Pharmacognosy
42 _________________ Master of Research (MRes)
46 _________________ PhD Programmes
52 _________________ Certicate in Medicines Management
54 _________________ Postgraduate Diploma in General
Pharmacy Practice (DipGPP)
56 _________________ MSc in Pharmacy Practice
60 _________________ Student life
68 _________________ Find us
Prospectus
2012/13
The School of Pharmacy
University of London
29/39 Brunswick Square
London
WC1N 1AX
United Kingdom
T +44 (0)20 7753 5800
F +44 (0)20 7753 5829
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