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

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Our post-graduate Pharmacy Practice programmes are part-time, flexible and competency-based. We have designed them specifically to cater for the needs of qualified community pharmacists. If you are keen to make your consultations more clinically effective, and if you are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of your local population, this programme will be ideal for you.


Key benefits

  • We are ranked fourth in the world for Pharmacy & Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016)
  • Clinical experts and experienced academic staff lead our teaching, and combine university-based study days with work-based learning.
  • Course content and assessments will reflect the most up-to-date practices which will support service development in your workplace.
  • You may choose modules according to your own professional interests, service needs or continuing professional development.
  • 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.
  • Opportunity to gain a Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing, accredited by the GPhC, either alone or as part of the PG Dip or MSc.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration Independent Prescribing PG Cert: PT, minimum six months, starts Sept or Jan; Pharmacy Practice PG Cert: PT, 6 to 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.

Course intake Up to 25.

Course leaders

Ms Nicola Husain, Sian Gaze;;

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 play an important and expanding role in optimising the use of medicines and in supporting public health. This programme will enhance your practice by enabling you to apply clinical knowledge in the pharmacy setting and to deliver more effective consultation leading to higher levels of patient adherence.

This specialist graduate programme consists of short modules that you can take on their own or together to gain a post-graduate qualification such as a Certificate, Diploma or MSc. The course is flexible, so you can tailor it to meet your specific professional interests or service needs. If you are a practicing pharmacist, you can combine study with work. We also offer you the opportunity to undertake the GPhC-accredited Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing as part of the programme.

Further literature


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.

Further literature

Course format and assessment


We use a variety of teaching methods including tutorials, workshops, presentations and case studies. The small class size allows for interactive learning and group discussion, and some of your materials will be on our online service.

Each 15-credit module comprises 15 hours (five half-day sessions) of small group activity and tutorials, for which you should spend 15 hours preparing. You will have five hours of support and preparation for assessments, and 75 hours of applying your learning to a clinical setting. We will also expect you to undertake 40 hours of self-study.


We employ a variety of assessment methods, and some of the examples include:

  • 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

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 while you are undertaking any of the other Pharmacy Practice modules.


Year 1

Required Modules
Optional Modules

MSc and MSc (Prescribing) students choose enough credits to bring your total to the year to 180.

PG Dip and PGDip (Prescribing) students choose enough credits to bring your total to the year to 120.

PG Cert students choose 60 credits.

The modules may be from the list below.

  • Supporting patients with mental illness (15 credits)
  • Optimising medicines use in long-term conditions (15 credits)
  • Pharmaceutical public health (15 credits)
  • Service development in a pharmacy context (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)
  • Supporting self-management of respiratory disease (15 credits)
  • Oral hormonal contraception services (15 credits)
  • Supporting self-management of contraception and sexual health (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.

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 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)*

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

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. 


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.

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

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