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Study a fully-accredited four-year pharmacy degree in the heart of London. The Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) is the only UK qualification which leads to professional registration as a pharmacist. As experts in medicine, pharmacists are taking on increasingly important roles in modern healthcare teams, as well as having exciting career options in diverse health-related sectors.
92% student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2015).
Clinical placements and enhanced pre-registration opportunities at our partner NHS Hospital Foundation Trusts: Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and the South London and Maudsley.
Be part of Europe's largest centre for medical and professional healthcare education, and benefit from interprofessional training.
Be taught by internationally renowned scientists, researchers and pharmacy practitioners.
Opportunities to enhance your degree through international exchanges and work placements in industry and leading clinical environments.
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UCAS code B230
Duration Four years
Study mode Full-time
Course type Single honours
Course accreditations General Pharmaceutical Council
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine
Department Department of Pharmacy & Forensic Science
Chemistry and at least one subject from Biology, Mathematics or Physics. Additional subjects at GCSE (or equivalent).
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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.
A-levels: AAB including Chemistry, and at least one subject from Biology, Mathematics or Physics. Also required: GCSE grade B in English language and Mathematics.
Access to HE Diploma: Access to Science (or similar) with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction (including 15 credits in Chemistry and a further 18 credits in one or more of Biology, Mathematics and Physics), with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics also required. Please contact the King's Admissions Office to check which institutions' Access to HE Diploma will be considered.
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Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2 including Chemistry, and at least one subject from Biology, Mathematics or Physics. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered. Also required: GCSE grade B in English language and Mathematics.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDD with twelve Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level at grade B or DDM with eleven Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level at grade A. Subjects offered should include two from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics, with one of those subjects being offered as the A level and the other being offered within suitable modules from the Applied Science BTEC. Note: The BTEC in Applied Sciences should cover topics not already covered by the A level. For example, if offering A level Chemistry, the BTEC in Applied Science should cover subjects other than chemistry.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DD with eight Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level at grade B or DM with six Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level at grade A. Subjects offered should include two from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics, with one of those subjects being offered as the A level and the other being offered within suitable modules from the Applied Science BTEC. Note: The BTEC in Applied Sciences should cover topics not already covered by the A level. For example, if offering A level Chemistry, the BTEC in Applied Science should cover subjects other than chemistry.
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA including Chemistry, and at least one subject from Biology, Mathematics or Physics. Note: BTEC science subjects considered include Applied Science, Applied Pharmaceutical Science, Applied Biology, Applied Chemistry and Applied Physics. Applied Biology, Applied Chemistry and Applied Physics can be considered instead of an A Level in these subjects however if the same subject is studied at both A Level and BTEC they will not be considered as two separate qualifications. For example, BTEC Applied Chemistry and Chemistry A level will not be counted as two separate subjects, a further two A Levels/BTEC subjects would be required.
Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: BB in Advanced Highers in addition to AABBB in 5 Highers including Chemistry, and at least one subject from Biology, Mathematics or Physics. Standard Credit grade/Intermediate 2/N5 in Mathematics and English language also required if not taken at Higher/AH.
International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665 including Chemistry, and at least one subject from Biology, Mathematics or Physics. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. Also required: GCSE grade B in English language and Mathematics.
Occupational Health clearance: Required for successful applicants 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.
Work experience: 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.
Interviewing: Interviews are not routinely used and will only be offered in excceptional circumstances. Any applicants required for inteview will be notified in advance.
Your personal statement should demonstrate a clear commitment to pursuing a career in Pharmacy. It is your opportunity to make yourself stand out and to outline why you would be a strong candidate for our MPharm programme. Due to the high number of applicants, we will only invite candidates to interview whose personal statements are clear in this regard.
Application deadline: January 15th 2016
The MPharm degree is designed as an integrated programme in which pharmaceutical science and the practice of pharmacy are taught in an intercalated way.After an introduction to the pharmaceutical sciences and clinical care in the first year, the programme focuses on the patient by organising the teaching in modules based principally on therapeutic themes. The focus on patient need and an early exposure to the clinical environment, growing throughout the programme, underlines this philosophy. Science Underpinning PracticeA two-semester course, which includes four modules that cover the principles of pharmacy and one professional module.
Science Informing & Influencing Practice: Pharmacy & TherapeuticsA four semester course spanning the second and third years which provides integrated learning across the pharmaceutical and scientific disciplines through six therapeutic themes and two non-therapeutics themes. Core competencies for safe and effective practice are regularly monitored.
Science Advancing Practice: Pharmacy into PracticeThe final year is taught at graduate level. All students undertake a research project. The therapeutic use of medicines is taught through case studies and hospital ward rounds. Students also choose specialised topics of personal interest in the 'Emerging Therapeutics & Modern Medicine' module. The 'Complex Decision Making' module covers the latest developments in the practice of pharmacy.
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.
Faculty teaching staff generally have a minimum PhD qualification. Post graduate research students studying towards a PhD in a relevant discipline will on occasions assist in the delivery of teaching sessions, for example by acting as demonstrators in practical classes or leading revision tutorial sessions.
Across the three years of the programme, an average of 22% of time is spent in lectures, seminars or similar. Number and type of contact hours will vary according to each module. Students have access to a module database which details number and type of contact hours for each module.
The programme conforms to the higher Education Credit Framework for England. During an academic year students will study 120 credits, equating to 1200 notional hours of learning.
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.
Overall assessment methods for the course varies by module. Students have access to a module database at the beginning of each year which details the assessment methods for each module.
Year one: 60% written examinations, 15% coursework, 25% practical-based assessment
Year two: 60% written examinations, 31% coursework, 9% practical-based assessment
Year three: 60% written examination, 26% coursework, 14% practical-based assessment
Year four: 30% written examination, 63% coursework, 7% practical-based assessment
The Department of Pharmacy & Forensic Science 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.
Teaching is based at Waterloo Campus, Clinical placements are located in London and South East England.Our Drug Control Centre is the only World Anti-Doping Agency accredited laboratory in the UK and played a key role in the anti-doping screening programme during the 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games. King’s College London works in partnership with three major teaching hospitals (Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’) - together our organisations are known as King's Health Partners. Our hospitals provide a unique training resource for our students, offering multiple locations for clinical placements as well as over 30 staff from the hospitals who teach on the MPharm degree programme.
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.
Science Underpinning Practice (Principles of Pharmacy)
Biochemical Basis of Therapeutics
Principles of Clinical Care
Chemistry of Drugs
Science Informing Practice (Pharmacy & Therapeutics)
Formulation & Analysis of Drugs
The Nervous System
Cardiovascular & Renal Systems
Respiratory & Musculoskeletal Systems
Science Influencing Practice (Pharmacy & Therapeutics)
Infections & Pharmaceutical Microbiology
Medicines Discovery & Development
Endocrine System & Cancer
Gastrointestinal Systems & Skin
In Year 3 students can apply to spend a semester as part of the Erasmus exchange programme at one of our international partner universities.
Science Advancing Practice (Preparation for Practice)
Clinical Decision Making
Emerging Therapeutics & Modern Medicine
Pharmacists are experts on the discovery, development, manufacture and supply of medicines. In addition to ensuring the safety of medicines and helping patients obtain maximum benefit from their use, pharmacists provide advice on staying healthy and dealing with minor ailments.
Practising pharmacists are an important part of the healthcare team that also comprises doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and dietitians.
Branches of pharmacy include:
Community practice: The majority of pharmacists choose to practise in the community. The pharmacist is the most accessible healthcare professional - it has been estimated that about six million people visit a community pharmacy each day.
The hospital service: Hospital pharmacists can contribute to a wide range of services such as ward or clinical pharmacy, residency, drug information, manufacturing and radiopharmacy.
The pharmaceutical industry: This is one of the UK's largest export industries and a major employer of scientists. There are many opportunities for pharmacists in a diverse range of fields eg pure and applied research, product development, and sales and marketing.
The Department of Health: This area employs pharmacists in monitoring, legislative and advisory capacities. Pharmacists are also employed in universities where they train future pharmacists and undertake research.
Pharmacy provides a rewarding, well paid, secure career with opportunities to contribute to the health and well-being of the nation.
The vocational nature of the MPharm degree, combined with the permanent demand for qualified healthcare professionals both in the UK and abroad, means that there are exceptionally high graduate employment rates 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.
Becoming a pharmacist in the UK
After the successful completion of the four-year Pharmacy degree programme you will receive an MPharm qualification. 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.
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.
"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 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."
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£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)*
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£19,000 p.a. (2016/17)**
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