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

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A part time, modular postgraduate programme for qualified pharmacists working in community, primary care or general practice who wish to develop excellent clinical knowledge and consultation skills.  This programme of study can incorporate pharmacist independent prescribing. 

Key benefits

  • We are part of King’s Heath Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC), a pioneering collaboration between us, Guy's, St Thomas' and King's College Hospitals and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts.
  • We are ranked 7th in the world for Pharmacy & Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017)
  • Teaching is delivered by clinical experts and experienced academic staff, and combine university-based study days with work-based learning.
  • There is an opportunity to gain a Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (NB additional competitive entry criteria apply).
  • As an accredited Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Foundation School, students who are RPS members have the opportunity to complete the RPS Foundation Training Programme

Key information

Application status Open

Duration PG Cert: PT, 12 months, PG Dip or PG Dip (Prescribing): PT, 24 months, MSc or MSc (Prescribing): PT, 36 months. All programmes start in September.

Study mode Part-time

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

Course intake Up to 25.

Course leaders

Ms Nicola Husain

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

DepartmentDepartment of Pharmacy & Forensic Science



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Course detail


Pharmacists are increasingly recognised as core providers of services relating to medicines use, disease management and health promotion. Our part-time postgraduate Pharmacy Practice programme, designed specifically for qualified pharmacists working in community, primary care or general practice, will provide students with excellent clinical knowledge and consultation skills.

On completion of the programme, students will be able to confidently deliver safe, efficient and effective patient care that meets the health needs of their local population. Students will also develop their knowledge and understanding of health beliefs and adherence, public health policy and strategic service development. They will be supported to engage effectively with commissioning groups, develop partnerships with GPs and implement successful pharmacy services that respond to the needs of patients and commissioners.

The programme is modular, allowing students to undertake modules according to personal interests, CPD requirements or service development needs. In combination, completion of modules leads to the award of an academic qualification. Most students continue to work full time in addition to attending the course



Further literature

Course format and assessment


Taught classes are held on alternate Wednesdays at the Franklin Wilkins Building, Waterloo campus. Two modules are delivered each semester over five days.  A further two days are allocated for face-to-face module assessments.

Modules are offered on a two-yearly cycle. The order in which the modules are undertaken therefore depends on the point of entry into the programme.  Contact the course leader if you require specific information about a module.

 Modules are taught by expert academic staff and experienced clinical practitioners who are leaders in their field within both primary and secondary care. A variety of teaching methods are used including:

  • presentations
  • tutorials
  • practical workshops (e.g. physical assessment skills, consultation skills)
  • clinical case discussions (e.g. problem solving, decision making)

Material is also provided via the King’s e-learning and teaching service and students are expected to undertake preparatory and follow-up work in order to benefit fully from the taught sessions. 


Assessments are congruent with the roles of pharmacists in practice and are designed to evaluate the practitioner’s professional competencies relating to patient consultation, clinical decision making and pharmaceutical expertise.  A variety of assessment methods are utilised:

  • consultation skills assessments
  • case based discussions
  • written tasks (e.g. therapeutic review, critique of public health policy )
  • portfolio reviews

A portfolio of evidence must be submitted at the end of each semester to demonstrate learning, reflection and the application of skills and knowledge in practice. 

  • Written reflective accounts of cases or patient interventions
  • Written critical reflection of a risk framework
  • Design of an adherence strategy
  • Oral presentation of a consultation framework or a case study
  • Written report of a business proposal
  • Observed Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)

Extra information

Independent Prescribing

The 60 credit Independent Prescribing module (accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council) can be taken as part of the Diploma or MSc programmes.  Additional entry criteria apply.  Full details are available here.

Please note that you cannot take the Independent Prescribing module while you are undertaking other Pharmacy Practice modules.



Year 1

PG Cert students must achieve 60 credits (four 15 credit modules)

PG Dip students must achieve 120 credits (eight 15 credit modules, OR four 15 credit modules and the 60 credit Independent Prescribing module)

MSc students must achieve 180 credits (PG Dip requirements and the research modules – indicated with * below)

Required Modules
Optional Modules

Modules in 2017-18:

Optimising medicines use in long-term conditions (15 credits)

Medicines and older people (15 credits)

Delivering effective, patient-centred care in diabetes (15 credits)

Supporting self-management of cardiovascular disease (15 credits)

 Modules in 2018-19:

Supporting self-management of respiratory disease (15 credits)

Pharmaceutical public health (15 credits)

Supporting patients with mental illness (15 credits)

Service development in a pharmacy context (15 credits)


We regularly review our modules to make sure our programmes are as up-to-date, innovative and relevant as possible. The modules we offer may therefore change. We suggest that you check the course finder for updates:

Entry requirements & how to apply

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

MPharm or equivalent.

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

Practising pharmacist in community, primary care or general practice.

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 4680.

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.

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

Application closing date

The deadline for applications for September 2017 entry is 31st March 2017. After this date, programmes will remain open if places are available, and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: N/A
  • Full time overseas fees: N/A
  • Part time UK fees: £3,150 p.a. for PG Cert, PG Dip, MSc & PG Dip - Prescribing, MSc - Prescribing (2017/18)*
  • Part time overseas fees: £7,600 p.a. for PG Cert, PG Dip, MSc & PG Dip - Prescribing, MSc - Prescribing (2017/18)*

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee. 

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

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

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

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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