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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)
King’s College London is ranked 4th in the world for Pharmacy & Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016)
Teaching by internationally renowned scientists, researchers and pharmacy practitioners.
Career opportunities through international exchanges and work placements in industry and leading clinical environments
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.
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).
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
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 60 credits overall and 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 12 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 2017
Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.
The MPharm degree is designed as an integrated programme in which pharmaceutical science and the practice of pharmacy are taught in an interrelated way. This programme has been developed to enable students to deal effectively with change and the increasing complexities of the pharmacists’ role. Specific focus has been placed on the requirements of the regulatory body, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). The GPhC publishes guidelines for the approval of pharmacy degrees, which are outcomes-based and detail an indicative syllabus, guiding both design and delivery. The therapeutic use of medicines (professional practice) is taught throughout the four years of the MPharm degree. The time spent on placements increases over the four years.
The first year covers Science Underpinning Practice: Principles of Pharmacy. Students take 4 modules that cover the principles of pharmacy and one professional module.
Spanning the second and third years, Science Informing & Influencing Practice: Pharmacy & Therapeutics 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.
In the final year, Science advancing practice: Pharmacy into Practice students are taught the therapeutic use of medicine through case studies and hospital ward rounds. All students undertake a research project and have the opportunity to choose specialised topics of personal interest in the 'Emerging Therapeutics & Modern Medicines' module.
Fourth year students also have the opportunity to study abroad for the first semester of their fourth and final year. Partner institutions currently include:
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. 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 staff from the hospitals who teach on the MPharm degree programme.
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.
To see a breakdown of the time spent in lectures, seminars or similar for this course, and the methods students are assessed by, please visit the Unistats website.
The study time and assessment methods detailed on the Unistats website are typical and give a good indication of what to expect, however overall teaching and assessment methods vary by module. Our students have access to a module database at the beginning of each year which details the teaching and assessment methods for each module.
This 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.
Teaching is based at King’s Waterloo Campus; clinical placements are located in London and south east England.
The School of Bioscience Education offers students unrivalled education resources, including modern, well-funded teaching facilities. You can read more about specialist facilities on the School of Bioscience Education webpages.
For information on university-wide facilities, such as libraries and student services, on our Facilities & Support webpages.
Please find below an indication of what modules will be offered. King’s College London reviews its modules on a regular basis in order to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. The optional modules offered may therefore change. Please check here for updates.
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."
In the heart of London
Professor Peter Hylands and Professor Graham Davies introduce the MPharm degree programme, taught by the Department of Pharmacy at King's College London. Hear from students and alumni about their experience.
Full time tuition fees - Home/EU
£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)*
Full time tuition fees - Overseas
£19,000 p.a. (2016/17)**
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*This tuition fee may be subject to annual increases.
**This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.
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