Your route to becoming a clinical pharmacologist

After graduating from medical school you will need to complete two years of Foundation Training before you can choose your specialty. ​

Foundation Training is a work-based programme that bridges the gap between medical school and specialty training. Applications begin around October each year, with a start date the following summer. From August you will be able to view available Academic Foundation Programmes (AFP) on Oriel. ​

To take up an offer of a Foundation Training place, you must have:​

  • Applied to the General Medical Council (GMC) for registration with a licence to practise.​

  • Passed the Prescribing Safety Assessment (PSA) exam.​

Download our leaflet  showing the key stages of applying for a Foundation Training Place. ​

Once you have accepted an offer and know where your programme will be, get in touch with local clinical pharmacologists. Arrange to spend some time with them to get a taste of the specialty – they don’t have to be at your hospital.​

After your training you will be awarded the Foundation Programme Certificate of Completion (FPCC). You can then go on to your Internal Medicine Training (IMT)​.

Towards the end of your Foundation Training you will need to make decisions about where to complete the first stage of your IMT. If you are interested in Clinical Pharmacology it can be worthwhile researching which schools might give you the best experience relevant to the specialising in CPT later.  ​

If you are interested in developing your skills in clinical research and clinical trials, the Clinical Pharmacology Scientist apprenticeship might be for you

Find out more about NHS Foundation Programmes.​

Learn more about specialising in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics.