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Pharmacy Practice MSc, MSc (Prescribing), PG Dip, PG Dip (Prescribing), PG Cert



The post-graduate Pharmacy Practice programme is a part-time, flexible competency-based programme for qualified community pharmacists.  It has been designed for pharmacists who are keen to make their consultations more clinically effective and are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of their local population.

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Key benefits

  • 'Pharmacy & Pharmacology' at King's is ranked 12th in the world (QS World University Subject Rankings).

  • Teaching is led by clinical experts and experienced academic staff and will combine university-based study days with work-based learning. Course content and assessments will reflect up-to-date practices which will support service development in the workplace

  • Modules may be selected according to professional interests, service needs or for continuing professional development

  • KCL is part of King’s Heath Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC), a pioneering collaboration between King's College London, and Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts.

  • Option to gain a Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing, accredited by the GPhC, either alone or as part of the PG Dip or MSc

  • Pharmacists working in hospital, community or primary care pharmacy who already possess a relevant PG Dip may apply for the MSc year.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration Independent Prescribing PG Cert: PT, minimum six months, starts Sept or Jan; Pharmacy Practice PG Cert: PT, 12 months, starts Sept or Jan; Pharmacy Practice PG Dip: PT, 24 months, starts Sept or Jan; Pharmacy Practice (Prescribing) PG Dip: PT, 24 months, starts Sept or Jan; Pharmacy Practice MSc: PT, 36 months, starts Sept or Jan; Pharmacy Practice (Prescribing) MSc: PT, 36 months, starts Sept or Jan.

Study mode Part-time

Credit value MSc: UK 180/ECTS 90; PG Dip: UK 120/ECTS 60; PG Cert: UK 60/ECTS 30.

Programme accreditations Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing (accredited by the GPhC) is an optional module

Course intake Up to 25.

Course leaders

Ms Nicola Husain

Course contact for further information

Ms Nicola Husain – Programme Leader +44 (0)207 848 4838 • Before you apply: via our Enquiry Form at • After applying: use the messaging service at

Course contact email,

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department Department of Pharmacy & Forensic Science


Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

MPharm or equivalent.

First degree taught and examined in English or IELTS Level 7.

Current registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland.

Practising pharmacist in a patient-facing role within community or primary care.

NB additional entry requirements apply to the Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing – see website for further detail

Application procedure

Your application will be assessed by two academics. You are welcome to call the Department of Pharmacy to arrange a visit. We aim to process complete applications in four weeks.

Individuals who are interested in applying for modules on a stand-alone basis should contact Natasha Evans, Postgraduate Programme Officer, for further information: email:  tel: +44 (0)20 7848 4158.

Personal statement and supporting information

Please describe your current area of practice, your experience to date and reasons for pursuing postgraduate academic study, including whether your current employment is full or part-time.

You will also need to provide a copy of your final degree certificate/s and evidence of being registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council or Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland.

If you are applying for the Independent Prescribing programme you will need to provide an additional form, which can be downloaded from the following web-site.

You may also provide any other relevant information which supports your application.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 01 April 2016 for 2016 entry. Prior to this date all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After this date applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.


Course detail


This specialist graduate programme consists of short modules that can be taken alone or in combination to lead to a post-graduate qualification such as a Certificate, Diploma or MSc. The course is flexible, so modules can be chosen to meet professional interests or service needs. Pharmacists can combine University study with their ongoing professional practice. There is also the option to undertake the GPhC-accredited Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing as part of the programme.

Course purpose

It is recognised that pharmacists have an important and expanding role in optimising the use of medicines and in supporting public health. Course participants will enhance their practice by learning to apply clinical knowledge in the pharmacy setting and support adherence through effective consultation.

Course format and assessment

Teaching is delivered through tutorials, problem-based tasks, lectures, case studies and scenarios from the workplace.

A variety of assessment approaches are used including oral presentations and objective clinical structured examinations (OSCEs). Students are required to submit a competency-based portfolio of evidence, which may include complex case studies, risk frameworks, critical analysis of local and national strategies and service development planning.

Extra information

MSc (Prescribing) and PG Dip (Prescribing)

If you are planning to do either of the above programmes you will find additional details regarding the dates and times for the Independent Prescribing module on the following link.

Please note that you cannot undertake the Independent Prescribing module whilst undertaking any of the other Pharmacy Practice modules.


  • Required Modules

    No core content.

    Optional Modules

    • Optimising medicines use in long-term conditions

    • Medicines and older people

    • Delivering effective patient-centred care in diabetes

    • Supporting self-management of respiratory disease 

    • Supporting self-management of cardiovascular disease

    • Supporting people with mental illness

    • Pharmaceutical public health

    • Service development in a pharmacy context

    • Research methods (MSc programme only)

    • Pharmacy Practice dissertation (MSc programme only)

    • Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing



    • Pharmacy Practice Certificate (60 credits) consisting of four 15 credit modules.

    • Pharmacy Practice Diploma (120 credits) consisting of eight 15 credit modules.

    • Pharmacy Practice MSc (180 credits) consisting of eight 15 credit modules and a 60 credit research project *.

    * Completion of the research methods module is a pre-requisite to the research project.


Career prospects

On completion of this programme pharmacists will be equipped to deliver pharmacy services in the community to a high standard, in line with the demands of the changing NHS. Students may also be able to move into the provision of pharmaceutical and prescribing advice in primary care.



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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£2,400 p.a (2016/17)* - Independent Prescribing (Practice Certificate)

Full time tuition fees - Overseas


Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£3,000 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£7,250 p.a. (2016/17)*

*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.



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