Pharmacy | MPharm | Full Time | UCAS code: B230

Study a pharmacy degree in the heart of London. Pharmacy is the practical application of the study of the science of medicines. Pharmacists have to be experts on the discovery, development, manufacture and supply of medicines and are an important part of the healthcare team.

KEY BENEFITS
  • Europe's largest centre for medical and professional healthcare education.
  • Only university to host six Medical Research Council centres.
  • Teaching by internationally renowned scientists and researchers.
  • Contemporary approach based on our history of pioneering discoveries – including our part in finding the structure of DNA.
  • Career opportunities through international exchanges and working in industry.
  • One of the UK's best graduate employment rates.
UCAS code
B230
Programme type
Single honours
Duration
Four years
Location
Waterloo Campus
Year of entry 2014
Offered by
Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine: School of Bioscience Education
Department of Pharmacy
Closing date
Please refer to the UCAS website for application deadline dates, or contact the relevant Admissions Office for further advice
Fees & funding
For information on fees and funding for undergraduate programmes at King's go to http://www.kcl.ac.uk/ug/funding/
CONTACTS
Address
King’s College London
Capital House
Guy’s Campus
London SE1 3QD
Email
Tel
020 7848 7966/7967
Fax
020 7848 6510


PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION
The MPharm programme commences with a two-week introductory Pharmacy Orientation Module which reviews and develops essential knowledge and practical skills as a preliminary to the integrated programme comprising:

Principles of Pharmacy
A two-semester course, which covers four Principles of Pharmacy modules and one professional module.

Pharmacy & Therapeutics
A four semester course spanning the second and third years which provides integrated learning across the pharmaceutical and scientific disciplines by consideration of six therapeutic themes, two non-therapeutics themes.

Pharmacy into Practice
The final year course is taught at graduate level. All students undertake a research project and the therapeutic use of medicines is taught through case studies and hospital ward rounds. Students also choose one elective module which reflects their interest in specialised aspects of pharmacy and one module, Emerging Therapeutics & Modern Medicine, that allows that student to self-select subjects of interest. A Preparation for Practice course allows the latest developments in the practice of pharmacy to be covered before completing the MPharm programme.


ABOUT THE Department of Pharmacy

CAREERS
Successful completion of the MPharm degree allows the student to apply for entry to a 12-month pre-registration training period in community, hospital or industrial settings or a combination of these. At the end of this recognised training period you will need to pass a professional competency examination under the auspices of the GPhC, prior to registration as a pharmacist.

The vocational nature of the degree, combined with the permanent demand for qualified healthcare professionals both in the UK and abroad, means that there is nearly full graduate employment for all MPharm graduates. The career and salary prospects are attractive, as are the opportunities for part-time and locum work. Almost all pharmacy graduates undertake the year’s pre-registration training; the majority in community practice (60 per cent) or hospitals (about 20 per cent), with the remainder employed in industry or postgraduate studies.

There are opportunities at King’s and other academic institutions to continue your studies at postgraduate level, if you are interested in a career in research. Recent graduates are now Pre-registration Pharmacists at: Boots the Chemist, Kingston Hospital, Barts and the London NHS Trust, Moorfields Eye Hospital, Middlesex Hospital, Lloyds Pharmacy, and the Co-operative Pharmacy.

Becoming a pharmacist: after a UK-based course:

After the successful completion of the course you will receive an MPharm degree. There are a number of further steps to go through before you will be able to register with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and practise as a qualified pharmacist in the UK.

Once you have completed an MPharm you will need to apply for a pre-registration year, this is where you will further develop the skills you gained during your degree as a paid employee in a professional environment. Entrance on a pre-registration year is competitive and there is no guarantee that you will receive a place. A proportion of these pre-registration places are with the NHS, but the majority of placements involve working with community pharmacists. Again, you should be aware that your place on the pre-registration year is not guaranteed as the number of available placements is dependent on different factors. One such factor is that the availability of pre-registration places offered by community pharmacies can vary from year to year.

International students are also very likely to require a visa which can be dependent on meeting a number of conditions, including a minimum salary requirement.

After the completion of 52 weeks of pre-registration training, and subject to you passing the registration exam at the end of the training, you will be eligible to register with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and practice as a fully qualified pharmacist.


TEACHING STYLE
King’s MPharm programme has been designed to integrate the teaching of fundamental science with the practice of pharmacy, with interdisciplinary teaching from other departments (predominantly Pharmacology & Therapeutics and Physiology) and outside experts from industry and hospital pharmacies.

STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMES & ASSESSMENT
Some of the unique features are the professional modules that run throughout the degree, starting with an overview of pharmacy as a profession. These modules also seek to develop your transferable skills from the outset.

The first-year continues with two-semester modules which cover the principles of pharmaceutical science and practice.

Years two and three form a four-semester theme of pharmacy and therapeutics. The aim is to provide integrated teaching across the pharmaceutical and scientific disciplines, with six therapeutic themes (Endocrine System & Cancer, Nervous System, Respiratory & Musculoskeletal Systems, Infection & Pharmaceutical Microbiology, Cardiovascular & Renal Systems, Gastrointestinal System & Skin), two non-therapeutic modules (Formulation & Analysis of Drugs and Medicines Discovery & Development), which train students in the disciplines of pharmaceutics, analysis and medicine design, and two professional modules which include law and ethics, and monitor core competencies for safe and effective practice, all fundamental to the profession of pharmacy.

In the final year, modules are arranged around the theme of Science Advancing Practice. You may choose topics in a specialist elective module (Emerging Therapeutics & Modern Medicine), and you must complete an individual Research Project and the Complex Decision Making module. Successful students are awarded the MPharm degree which allows you to apply for a pre-registration place. You must complete a four-year degree and successfully pass the pre-registration training before you can register and practise as a pharmacist in the UK.

LOCATION
The Department of Pharmacy is located on one floor of the purpose-designed Franklin-Wilkins Building at the Waterloo Campus, which includes an extensive library and easy computer access.

Our Drug Control Centre is the only World Anti-Doping Agency accredited laboratory in the UK and is playing a key role in the 2012 Olympics anti-doping screening programme.

King’s also incorporates three major teaching hospitals (Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’) that provide a unique training resource for our students.

 

Currently, students study the following modules shown below. King's reviews its modules on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting programmes and this list is therefore subject to change. Please check here for updates, or contact the School/department for further advice.

YEAR 1
Principles of Pharmacy

YEAR 1 CORE
Pharmacy Orientation
Biochemical Basis of Therapeutics
Pharmacy Practice & Biopharmacy
Physical Pharmaceutics
Chemistry of Drugs

YEAR 2
Pharmacy & Therapeutics

YEAR 2 CORE
Formulation & Analysis of Drugs
The Nervous System
Cardiovascular & Renal Systems
Respiratory & Musculoskeletal Systems

YEAR 3
Pharmacy & Therapeutics

YEAR 3 CORE
Infections & Pharmaceutical Microbiology
Medicines Discovery & Development
Endocrine System & Cancer
Gastrointestinal Systems & Skin
Professional Examinations

YEAR 4
Pharmacy into Practice

YEAR 4 CORE
Preparation for Practice
Research Project

YEAR 4 OPTIONS
Chemical Mediators & Disease
Drug Delivery & Industrial Pharmacy
Drug Toxicity
Emerging Therapeutics & Modern Medicine
Applied Clinical Practice

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Australia
Tertiary Entrance Ranking
96+ ATAR, or an OP of band 3 for Queensland including high marks in Chemistry plus another science or Maths
Austria
Reifezeugnis (Matura)
Reifezeugnis with 1 including 1 in Chemistry plus another science or Maths
Belgium
Certificat D
Certificat D’Enseignement Secondaire Superieur/Diplma van Secundair Onderwijs with 8/10 or 17/20 including 8 or 17 in Chemistry plus another science or Maths
Brazil
Brazil
Leaving CertifHigh School icate (Certificado de Ensino Médio) with 8 OR B OR Muito Bom PLUS at least one year of Bacharel/Licenciado at a Brazilian University with a GPA of at least 8.0 OR the King’s College London International Foundation Programme OR 3 A-levels with grades of AAB. Including high marks in Chemistry plus another science or Maths
Bulgaria
School Leaving Certificate
Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie with the majority of subject marks of 5.5 including 5.5 in Chemistry plus another science or Maths
Canada
Secondary School Certificate/Diploma
High School Certificate/Diploma with 85% OR Ontario University Preparatory Course with 85% at five grade 12 4U subjects including Chemistry plus another science or Maths. The sixth subject may be at 4U or 4U/C level. OR the Quebec CEGEP Cote R with an overall R score of 31.
Chile
Chile
Licencia de Educación Media with 6 PLUS at least one year of the Licenciatura at a Chilean university with a mark of 5 OR the Kings College London International Foundation Programme OR 3 A-levels with grades of AAB. Including high marks in Chemistry plus another science or Maths
China
Gao Kao (University Entrance Examination)
University Entrance Examination including high marks in Chemistry plus another science or Maths with at least a foundation/Access year or one year of undergraduate study at a Chinese university with at least 80%
Cyprus
Apolytirion
Apolytirion (School Leaving Certificate) with 18 including high marks in Chemistry plus another science or Maths, plus at least an additional foundation/Access year
Czech Republic
Maturita
Maturita with 1 including 1 in Chemistry plus another science or Maths
Denmark
Studentereksamen or Hjere Forberedelseseksamen
Studentereksamen or Højere Forberedelseseksamen with 10 including 10 in Chemistry plus another science or Maths
Estonia
Gmnaasiumi lputunnistus (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)
Gümnaasiumi lõputunnistus with majority marks of 5, (including 5 in Chemistry plus another science or Maths) and an attestation of success in the state entry examinations (Riigieksamitunnistus)
Finland
Ylioppilastutkinto/Studentexamen (National Matriculation)
Ylioppilastutkinto with 6 including 6 in Chemistry plus another science or Maths
France
Baccalaureat (including the option internationale baccalaureat)
The Baccalaureat with 13/20 overall and 13 in Chemistry plus another science or Maths
Germany
Abitur
Abitur with 1.5 overall including high marks in Chemistry plus another science or Maths
Ghana
School Leaving Certificate
the West African Senior School Certificate (WASSC/WASSCE) PLUS 3 international Cambridge-board A levels at AAB including high marks in Chemistry plus another science or Maths
Greece
Apolytirion
Apolytirion with 18 including high marks in Chemistry plus another science or Maths
Hong Kong
No information found.
Hungary
Erettsegi
Erettsegi with 5 including 5 in Chemistry plus another science or Maths
India
School Leaving Certificate
School Leaving Certificate with 85% overall OR School Leaving Certificate with 75% including high marks in Chemistry plus another science or Maths, with at least a foundation/Access year or year of undergraduate study at an Indian univeristy.
Iran
School Leaving Certificate
Pre-University Certificate (Peeshdaneshgahe) OR the National Entrance Exam (Kunkur) with 16 OR 3 Cambridge A levels at AAB. All including high marks in Chemistry plus another science or Maths
Ireland
Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher level unless otherwise stated)
A1 A1 A1 A2 B1 B1 including Chemistry and one subject from Biology, Maths and Physics. English, Maths and Science looked for at Ordinary level B if not offered as Higher.  
Italy
Esame di Stato
Esame di Stato with 90 including high marks in Chemistry plus another science or Maths
Japan
School Leaving Certificate
Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho) PLUS 3 Cambridge Board International A-levels at ABB OR an Associate degree or Diploma from a Junior College (Jun-Gakushi) with a GPA of 3.3 or B+ or 4 OR a foundation year. Including Chemistry plus another science or Maths
Latvia
Atestats par visparejo videjo izglitibu (Certificate of General Secondary Education)
Atestats par visparejo videjo izglitibu with 8 including high marks in Chemistry plus another science or Maths with at least a foundation/Access year or a year of undergraduate study at a Latvian university
Lithuania
Brandos Atestatas (Maturity Certificate)
Brandos Atestatas with 90 including high marks in Chemistry plus another science or Maths with at least a foundation/Access year or a year of undergraduate study at a Lithuanian university
Luxembourg
Diplome de Fin D
Diplome de Fin D’Etudes Secondaires with Tres bien including Tres bien in Chemistry plus another science or Maths
Malta
Matriculation Certificate - Advanced level
Matriculation Certificate with AAB including Chemistry plus another science or Maths
Mexico
Mexico
The Bachillerato with a mark of 8 PLUS the King’s College London International Foundation Programme OR at least one year of the Licenciado study with an overall average mark of at least 8/10 OR A-levels with grades of ABB. Including high marks in Chemistry plus another science or Maths
Moldova
School Leaving Certificate
Diploma de Bacalaureat with 9 including 9 in Chemistry plus another science or Maths
Netherlands
Diploma Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO)
VWO with 7.5 including 7.5 in Chemistry plus another science or Maths
New Zealand
National Certificate of Educational Achievement Level 3 (NCEA)
the NCEA level 3 with E in the majority of standards/modules in four subjects,including Excellent in Chemistry plus another science or Maths
Nigeria
School Leaving Certificate
The Senior School Certificate (SSC/SSCE) OR the West African Senior School Certificate (WASSC/WASSCE) PLUS 3 Cambridge International A levels at AAB, including Chemistry plus another science or Maths
Norway
Vitnemal-videregaende opplaering (Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate)
Vitnemal-videregaende opplaering grade 5 including 5 in Chemistry plus another science or Maths
Pakistan
High School Certificate (HSSC)
High School Certificate with A including high marks in Chemistry plus another science or Maths, with at least a foundation/Access year or a year of undergraduate study at a Pakistani university
Poland
Matura
Matura with 80% in extended level subjects including high marks in Chemistry plus another science or Maths
Portugal
Diploma de Ensino Secundário
Diploma de Ensino Secundário with 18 including high marks in Chemistry plus another science or Maths
Romania
School Leaving Certificate
Diploma de Bacalaureat with 8 including 8 in Chemistry plus another science or Maths
Russia
Attest o (Polnom) Srednem Obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary Education)
Attest o (Polnom) Srednem Obshchem Obrazovanii with an average of 4.5 including 5 in Chemistry plus another science or Maths, with at least a foundation/Access year or a year of undergraduate study at a Russian university
Saudi Arabia
School Leaving Certificate
College of Technology Diploma OR Higher Technical Institute Diploma OR Junior Health College Diploma OR Undergraduate Diploma with 85% OR 3 Cambridge International A levels at AAB. Including Chemistry plus another science or Maths
Singapore
Singapore A Level
AAB in three content-based H2 subjects (including Chemistry and one from Biology, Mathematics or Physics). Knowledge and Inquiry is not considered as part of the offer
Slovakia
Vysvedcenie Maturitnej Skuska/Maturita
Vysvedcenie Maturitnej Skuske/Maturita with 2 including 2 in Chemistry plus another science or Maths
Slovenia
Maturitetno Spricevalo (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)
Maturitetno Spricevalo with 5 including 5 in Chemistry plus another science or Maths
South Africa
South African Senior Certificate/National Senior Certificate with Matriculation endorsement
The National Senior Certificate with Matriculation endorsement with AAABB including high marks in Chemistry plus another science or Maths
Spain
Titulo de Bachiller
Titulo de Bachiller with 8 overall including 8 in Chemistry plus another science or Maths
Sweden
Fullständigt Slutbetyg (School Leaving Certificate)
Fullstandigt Slutbeytg with MVG including MVG in Chemistry plus another science or Maths
Switzerland
Federal Maturity Certificate
Federal Maturity Certificate with an overall mark of 5 including 5 in Chemistry plus another science or Maths
Turkey
Lise Diplomasi (High School Diploma)
Lise Diplomasi with an overall mark of 4 including high marks in including Chemistry plus another science or Maths, with at least a foundation/Access year or a year of undergraduate study at a Turkish university
United Kingdom
Compulsory subjects
AAB (including Chemistry and one from Biology, Mathematics or Physics) at A-level. GCSE requirements: 5 Grade B including English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology (or Double Science)
A levels
AAB
General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy
Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer
Access to HE Diploma
Access to Science (or similar) Diploma including study of Chemistry and Biology at Level 3 with 33 Level 3 credits from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining 12 Level 3 credits awarded at Merit. Note that at least 15 of the Level 3 credits at Distinction should be in Chemistry and the other 18 credits at Level 3 Distinction should be in science subjects(Biology or Physics)/Maths
Cambridge Pre-U
3 Pre-U Principal Subjects with grades of D3 D3 M2 including Chemistry and one subject from Biology, Maths or Physics. GCSE requirements (or equivalent): 5 Grade B including English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology (or Double Science)
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)
DDM required plus A-Level in Chemistry, grade B
Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers
AAABB and AB at Advanced Higher including Chemistry and one subject from Biology, Maths and Physics . Standard Credit grade/Intermediate 2 in Mathematics also required if not taken at Higher/AH.
International Baccalaureate
35 points and 665 HL ( including Chemistry and one from Biology, Mathematics or Physics HL). GCSE requirements (or equivalent): 5 Grade B including English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology (or Double Science)
European Baccalaureate
80% overall including 8 in Chemistry and one other subject from Biology, Maths or Physics.
USA
Advanced Placements/SAT-R and SAT/ACT
Three AP subjects with 554 including Chemistry and one subject from Biology, Maths and Physics

OTHER REQUIREMENTS
Aptitude testing
No test required

NON ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
Enhanced criminal conviction check
Required for successful applicants
Scholastic activities
We hope to attract applicants who participate in any scholastic activity, e.g. general reading, debating, theological interests etc.
Community activities
We hope to attract applicants who have participated in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment.
General
We hope to attract applicants who have varied extra-curricular interests and enjoy active participation in areas such as sport, music and the arts in general. Any participation is valued and any achievement in extra-curricula activities will be particularly recognised. King’s aspires to attract applicants who will continue with their personal interests and contribute to the vitality of the College community.
Interviewing

We are looking for students with a firm commitment both to study the subject of pharmacy and the pharmacy profession. Work experience is preferred but not essential. Applicants are usually interviewed between December and March - further details of dates and selection procedure will be published under the 'Applying, Fees and Funding' tab. Student attending interviews will be able to take part in a campus tour and meet with current MPharm students.


APPLYING TO KING'S
If you are interested in coming to King’s, you should apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and apply online via the UCAS website (click on 'apply'). If you are applying through a school or college, you will need to obtain a 'buzzword' from the centre you are applying through. Alternatively, you can apply as an individual, independent of a school or college. Please see the UCAS website for instructions. The UCAS institution code name for King’s is KCL, and the institution code is K60.

There are a few programmes which require direct application to King's, this will be stated above

SELECTION PROCEDURE
We are looking for students with a firm commitment both to study the subject of pharmacy and the pharmacy profession. Work experience is preferred but not essential. Applicants will be interviewed between December and March. Students attending interviews will be able to take part in a campus tour and meet with current MPharm students. Students offered a place are invited to a post-offer Open Day to see our facilities and meet current staff and students.


Student profiles

Pharmacy MPharm
I chose to study at King's College London after falling in love with the campus during an open day visit. Being located in central London, one of my favourite cities was just the icing on the cake. King's is an established university, well known for its high level of teaching and for the vast job opportunities it brings.

The Waterloo campus is home to a variety of degrees. This allows for socialising with other students who are not on your course. King's offers a wide range of societies, from the Pharmacy Society to the Dance society and I would recommend joining as many as you can. King's halls are very accommodating and located near campuses. I lived at Brian Creamer Halls in Lambeth, just 10 minutes walk from Waterloo.


After the final year of my degree I will be undertaking a pre registration year at Guys and St. Thomas' Hospital, in which I will train to become a practicing pharmacist. In the future I hope to further my career as a Hospital Pharmacist and study a clinical specialty. I feel I have been well prepared by my degree to undertake this as there has been practical experience from my first year.

Pharmacy MPharm
I chose King's because it is a leading university with a sensational reputation, and has a great atmosphere for learning. I was particularly attracted to the integrated Pharmacy programme because of the teaching by experts in their field and the great links within the Pharmacy sectors. At King's each student is supplied with the ingredients for success and a stepping stone for a fruitful career. After I graduate I plan to carry out my pre-registration year in either community or hospital pharmacy.

In my first year I stayed in Stamford street apartments, which is literally across the road from the Waterloo campus - very convenient for me. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and it helped me to become much more independent.


The advantage of being in London is that it is one of the most cosmopolitan and multicultural cities in the world; students will be expose to all aspects of life. I have a part-time job and the extra money gained is helpful, while working allows me to get away and take my mind off university. Living in London provides you with phenomenal opportunities and links in whatever profession you are studying for.