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Welcome Why pharmacy? About us Our research profile Research centres New technologies and innovations Academic facilities Master of Pharmacy MPharm MSc in Clinical Pharmacy, International Practice and Policy MSc in Drug Delivery MSc in Drug Discovery MSc in Pharmacognosy Master of Research (MRes) PhD Programmes Certificate in Medicines Management Postgraduate Diploma in General Pharmacy Practice (DipGPP) MSc in Pharmacy Practice Student life Find us

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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 difference in people’s 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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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.

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 people’s 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 first 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.


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The School of Pharmacy is one of the most highly rated pharmacy schools in the UK.


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 five different taught postgraduate degrees and our research degrees encompass a wide range of fields. 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 significant with 25 per cent identified 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 fields. 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

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 staffing at the School. The potential of this merger with one of the world’s 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 School’s clinical placement experience. Over time we also look forward to introduce opportunities for pharmacy, medical and other healthrelated students to work together in inter-professional teams in patientcentred 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 2008–9 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-theart facilities for cutting-edge research.

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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 first Global International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Collaborating Centre in partnership with WHO and UNESCO.


Our research profile

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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 (substandard). The results of the RAE 2008 were excellent news for the % weighting School of Pharmacy. 50 The School submitted 55 of Bath its King’s academics for assessment and Manchester 40 achieved a superb quality profile. TheNottingham quality profile for the School The School of Pharmacy ranks 25% of our research as 4*, 40% 30 as 3*, 25% as 2* and 10% as 1*. The combination of the strength of our 20 quality profile (fig.1) and the size of our submission (fig.2) marks us as one of the most important centres for 10 pharmacy research in UK education and places us top of the pharmacy ‘power league table’ according to Research Fortnight. 9H[PUN

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Research centres

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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 multidisciplinary 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 Group’s 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 Group’s 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 field of study which relies on diverse methods, but is unified by an interest in securing human’s supply of safe and efficacious medicines derived of plants. Gene Targeting Drug Design Research Group

The Group’s research goals are to design, synthesise and develop novel anticancer and antibacterial drugs, taking them forward to the first 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 fidelity 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

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 efficient by understanding and addressing the psychological and behavioural factors explaining variation in response to treatment.

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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 UK’s first Academic Health sciences Centre. The aims of the Centre are to conduct high quality research into medication safety, and to translate these findings 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, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

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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 waterinsoluble polymers, or polymer blends, to offer a variety of tailored drug release profiles.

Formulation for delivery of drugs to the colon

This novel technology utilises a combination of amylose and pHresponsive polymer in a combined coating. The coating is applicable to tablet and pellets, and has been demonstrated in human trials to target drugs more efficiently than the best currently marketed commercial product. Anti-Cancer Agents

Improved lung delivery using pressurised metered dose inhalers

Researchers at the School, have developed a novel method for formulation of drugs for efficient 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.

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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Academic facilities

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The main facilities for students are based in the Brunswick Square building.


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 floors of the School. In 2009 the School opened a new Molecular Pharmacy wing. This sevenstorey 980m² 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 floors house research laboratories with each floor devoted to a particular discipline: discovering new drugs to treat cancer, searching for new ways to defeat antibioticresistant 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 finally 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

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 fileserver to store their files 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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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.


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Master of Pharmacy MPharm


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Master of Pharmacy MPharm


The Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) is the only degree which is acceptable as the first 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. Introduction

Pharmacists are experts in medicines with a deep understanding of the scientific 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. Qualification

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 qualifications. Students taking resit A levels may be asked for higher grades.

The MPharm is the only undergraduate programme that we teach, so all our teaching is tailored specifically 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

Other entry qualifications

Other qualifications 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 Certificate 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 proficiency

Required for all applicants whose first 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 qualifications 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 qualifications 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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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.


Open Days

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Open Days are held for applicants from November to April. For dates of open days see


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 for more information. Programme structure Year 1

The Scientific 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 patientfocussed healthcare delivery, with classes involving patients and their medication profiles. 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. Patientfocussed 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 confidence 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 significant components of this course. Problembased learning and case studies provide the context of this study to the pharmacy profession.

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 first years of the course and to lead into the final preparation for practice course that follows the projects in year 4.

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Year 4


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 fields 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)

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) – Women’s 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

Teaching and learning

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 five 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 five 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.

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 reflective practice diaries • Private study, with appropriate guidance Academic tutor scheme

In the first 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 5–6 hours of lectures, 10–15 hours of practicals and 2-4 hours of seminars or tutorials.

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Preparation for Practice


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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 first year, count towards the final honours classification. Coursework contributes about 25% and examinations about 75% to your final mark.

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

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 find 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 final year, you will be expected to give a 10–15 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.

You must apply via UCAS 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 Interviews

Qualified 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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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. 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 profiles, taking drug histories, and shadowing specialist pharmacists on ward rounds and in clinics.


The programme requires a substantial commitment to selfdirected learning. This degree is not designed to lead to registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council. English language proficiency

Required for all applicants whose first 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)

Start in late September and end in early September of the following year

Attendance at a pre-sessional language course may be required as a condition of the offer of a place.


Programme structure

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 year’s relevant work experience in a clinical setting is normally required.

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.

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 profiles, case notes and journal club • One day per week at hospital site

Progress is assessed by a mid-year written examination, a variety of coursework assignments, research projects and oral presentations.

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Health services research methods International perspectives in health Further therapeutic topics Coursework includes patient profiles, case presentations and literature dissertation • Two days per week at hospital site

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

Third term

Research • Coursework includes a report on a proposed pharmaceutical care service for the student’s 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 first 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.

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 How to apply

Applicants must submit an application form directly to The School of Pharmacy. Download the application from 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

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Second term

Clinical placements


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MSc in Drug Delivery


This MSc was introduced in specific 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.


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 proficiency

Required for all applicants whose first language is not English, even if previous study is undertaken in English. 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 field.

• 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 flexible enough to be tailored to your scientific interests. Five modules are available from which you must choose three. Courses are updated yearly to ensure they encompass the very latest scientific 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 figures in the field. First term

Choose two modules from three: Overcoming Biological Barriers This module focuses on modified release technologies and the barriers encountered to both mucosal and nonmucosal drug delivery. The properties

of polymers are discussed in relation to their application in controlledrelease 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 profiling, 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 nonsterile 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

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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 specific tissues such as brain, liver, spleen and tumours will be discussed. Sitespecific delivery and macroparticle uptake in the gastrointestinal tract will be addressed. The scope and limitations of specific 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 internationallyrecognised 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 How to apply

Applicants must submit an application form directly to The School of Pharmacy. Download the application from 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


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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. Introduction

English language proficiency

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.

Required for all applicants whose first 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


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.

The MSc programme comprises five modules, including a core module running from October to April, two smaller modules in each of the first and second terms and a substantial laboratory-based research project in the final 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.

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 computerbased 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 first term.

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Topics include: • Introduction to drug targets and the molecular basis of disease • History of drug discovery and lead identification • Molecular modelling and structurebased 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


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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, cost–minimising 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 laboratorybased 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 How to apply

Applicants must submit an application form directly to The School of Pharmacy. Download the application from 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


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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. Introduction

English language proficiency

This programme aims to train students in the methods used to analyse and characterise medicinal natural products, to examine the safety and efficacy of currently used herbal medicines, and to examine analytical and bioassay methods and the ethnopharmaceutical uses of plants from traditional systems of medicines.

Required for all applicants whose first 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)

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.

Attendance at a pre-sessional language course may be required as a condition of the offer of a place.


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 field.

Programme structure

Students take two modules in the first term and a further two modules in the second term, followed by a substantial research project in the final 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.

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 identification 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

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assays including anti-oxidant, antiinflammatory 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 scientific 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

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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 efficacy • 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)


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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 efficacy 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.


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 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

Teaching and learning

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials and laboratorybased practical classes. Some classes are shared with MPharm and MSc in Drug Discovery students.

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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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.


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 proficiency

Required for all applicants whose 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 fields.

first 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 flexible 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 fields. Research themes at the School include: • Cancer drug discovery • Drug delivery, formulation and materials science • Medical and molecular microbiology

How to apply

Applicants must submit an application form directly to The School of Pharmacy. Download the application from or request one from:

Course Director

Registry The School of Pharmacy University of London 29/39 Brunswick Square London WC1N 1AX United Kingdom

Professor Anne Stephenson Department of Pharmaceutical and Biological Chemistry

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For more information about our researchers visit:

Molecular model of a pentameric inhibitory glycine receptor – a ligand-gated ion channel involved in startle disease, inflammatory pain and rhythmic breathing.

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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



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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. 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 Calendar

Usually start in first 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 first or upper second class honours degree in Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology or other relevant subject from a UK university or a qualification of the equivalent standard from a university in another country.

academic supervisors. The PhD is an intellectually demanding degree requiring focus, discipline and hard work. English language proficiency

Required for all applicants whose first 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 Profile

The School of Pharmacy is a researchled 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 (substandard).

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

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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 workbased supervisor. MPhil registration

All students are initially registered for an MPhil degree. Students submit a written report the first 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

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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 profile. The quality profile 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 profile 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 final dosage form of medicines. • Medicines Use and Health Our research examines ways to translate the potential benefits of medicines into positive health outcomes by understanding and shaping the factors that influence their optimal use.


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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 first degree and evidence of English language proficiency.

Download the application at or request the application by email 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 specific studentship when it is announced on the School’s website or in the scientific 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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Certificate in Medicines Management


As a qualified pharmacy technician you can now undertake local professional training in medicines management on a course accredited by The School of Pharmacy, University of London.


Duration and Delivery

The ‘Certificate 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 reflecting the diverse areas you as a pharmacy technician are involved with.

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 reflective 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 Certificate 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.

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 practicebased 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 Qualification

Certificate in Medicines Management (45 credits at Intermediate Level) Duration

1 year part-time Entry requirements

You must be a qualified 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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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. 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 Certificate in General Pharmacy Practice. Modules 2, 3 and 4 Defined 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


DipGPP Duration

3 years although the flexible 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.

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:


Head of Programmes

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)

Professor J Graham Davies, BPharm, PhD, MRPharmS E

Advanced Pharmacy Studies Centre The School of Pharmacy University of London 21 Russell Square London WC1B 5EA T +44 (0)20 7160 0530 E

Mrs Verona Zloh E How to Apply

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Further Information

Programme Administrator


MSc in Pharmacy Practice

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(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.


The programme is designed on a philosophy of student-centred workplace learning, specifically aligned with the ACLF ( 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 workbased professional development. The programme has been designed to support contemporary pharmacy policy, in collaboration with the Joint Programmes Board (JPB, Programme structure

The MSc programme is organised as: • Ten half-day learning sets every four or five 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 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 five years experience in a Band 8 post, and – have completed the Postgraduate Certificate 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.

Course Director

Professor Ian Bates Course Coordinator

Mrs Alison Innes E Course Administrator

Mrs Jo Ray E How to apply

Applications must be made via the online form on the School’s website

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projects, linked specifically to the ACLF. The learning outcomes for this programme are underpinned by the ACLF (Advanced to Consultant Level Framework 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 practitioner’s knowledge and experience across all competency areas for each ACLF cluster at ‘Excellence’ level of competence.


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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. Our International Officer 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 Officer The School of Pharmacy University of London 29/39 Brunswick Square London WC1N 1AX T +44 (0)20 7753 5993 E 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: 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 ‘Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)’ an electronic reference number issued by The School of Pharmacy – this will confirm 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 sufficient 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

For full details of ATAS please visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: 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.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

Arrival in London

The Academic Technology Approval Scheme is run by the British Government (Foreign & Commonwealth Office) and is a mandatory requirement for some postgraduate students planning to undertake study in the areas of Science, Engineering and Technology.

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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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 upto-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.


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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.

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.

English language classes

Students’ Union

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 first 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:

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.

Postgraduate Society

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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.

Student travel discounts

The JCR is located in the lower ground floor of the School of Pharmacy. You can relax playing pool or table tennis, surfing the internet or just chatting with friends. On Friday nights the JCR bar is open to both staff and students. Refectory

The School’s 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 ÂŁ1,000 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


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 first 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, flat 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 finding 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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Junior Common Room (JCR)

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.


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Housing Services offers a selection of self-catering houses and flats, of various sizes ranging from one to seven bedroom properties, specifically for use as student accommodation. When available, the accommodation is advertised directly on the Private Housing Unit lists and website; cms/property-management-unit.html


Accommodation websites

University of London Housing Services Goodenough College International Students’ House International Lutheran Student Centre Nido King’s Cross Opal UNITE YMCA Indian Student Hostel Other useful websites: Contact our Registry if you need any advice on accommodation. Registry T +44 (0)20 7753 5910 F +44 (0)20 7753 5829 E 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 School’s 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.

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 modified benches and all essential areas of the School are fully accessible. The School has a Programme Support Officer who makes arrangements for disabled students, including special exam requirements, note-taking and diagnostic assessments for specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia. Programme Support Officer c/o The Registry The School of Pharmacy University of London 29–39 Brunswick Square London WC1N 1AX T +44 (0)20 7753 5958 E Finances

Tuition and other fees For information about current rates see 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.

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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 applicant’s 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 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. Different 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 classified 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 qualification 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.

Scholarships for International Students For information about scholarships for international students, please contact your local British Council office.

Who is a funded EU student? To be classified 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 qualification that is equivalent or higher to the one you intend to do at The School of Pharmacy.

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 master’s programme. Applicants applying to this scholarship must follow the procedures as specified in the Said Foundation website: http://

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 for information about eligibility and how to apply. Bursaries for Home Students We will award bursaries to students depending on their financial 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.

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: 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 School’s website studentships.html. Our location

Our students have the best of both worlds; benefiting 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

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 21–22 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 find 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 King’s Cross are located just north of Bloomsbury as is St Pancras International Train Station.

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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. London’s 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.


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The area surrounding the School is well served by bus routes, London Underground stations and mainline rail stations.


Euston Station St Pancras Station

King’s Cross Station

King’s Cross Station – First Capital Connect

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Dean Professor Anthony Smith Head of Registry Mr John Peck International Officer 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 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. 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 Design Harrison + Co Creative

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’.

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