(Original post by Maturestudent1)
From what I have deduced so far, most of the first year course is taught through lectures and labs, however a lot of my own learning is through self study as the amount of information they want you to have, is fairly impossible (with my simple brain at least) to have and cover in the lecture time allotted. There is another part of the course which I have forgot to mention, which is a cultural awareness and sensitivity. This topic is not merely about race, but about the different mind sets of people. This is primarily done through group discussion and self reflection. You'll also have a few small (as in percentage wise) tests throughout the academic year, which is more of a preparation for the end of year exams as these small tests force you to revise, and they highlight the areas you need to work on prior to the end of year exams.
Throughout the year the timetable is made predominately with lectures and labs with the odd workshop here and there, however now that most of my lectures have recently come to an end, the majority of slots in my upcoming schedule are timetabled with workshops.
As I was told before I started, the timetable for MPharm1 (Masters in Pharmacy first year) can change quite drastically from year to year, due to the availability of lecture theatres, lecturers availability, things going on at King's (an example is when you start, the summer olympics + paraolympics will have just finished and I'm not sure how much work the Uni will still have to do) and a number of other factors that are difficult to determine or foresee. So it will be difficult to use what I say as a basis for your timetable. In addition, the timetable can (will) change several times throughout the year, again due to the factors that I previously mentioned. However I shall inform you none the less of what my timetable is , but I will continually repeat that next years MPharm1 timetable may be totally different.
Monday and Tuesday I have lectures from 9-12 with the rest of the day off. (though yours may be different)
Wednesdays afternoons are normally free. However when we did IPE with other healthcare professionals, ours was scheduled Wednesday morning and sometimes reached till about 1-2pm depending. Again, for next year this may be different.
Thursday and Friday I have lectures from 9-12 and labs from about 1.30 till about 4.30 (finish times vary with labs, I've been in some labs sweating till 5, others I've come out feeling fresh and enlightened at 2.30-3). Additionally, most labs will require a write up which will have to be submitted normally Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday (depending on the lab and whether you did it Thursday or Friday). And again, your lab days and submission dates may be different.
The first year covers mostly chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry and Physical Chemistry. Then as you go on through the years, you cover the various aspects of the body. It is done this way because you will need to have a basic understanding of the chemistry of the drugs and its excipients (covered by organic and physical chemistry), how manufacturing, storage, structure, etc will have and effect on this chemistry (again organic and physical chemistry), then once it goes inside the body, how the body will (can/may) cope and react to these drugs (biochemistry together with organic and physical chemistry). Then from what I understand, you'll go into detail in the upcoming years by covering the systems of the body and the various classes of drugs.
Before you make a decision, I would recommend you ask around as I'm sure there will be someone at UCLsop that will be able to give you the same information about their school. Also come to King's and ask around (open day, interview days, post offer open day, book an appointment to come and talk to someone). Don't just base your decision on what I say.