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Our Pharmacy MPharm is a fully-accredited four-year pharmacy degree, based in the heart of London, that combines the study of pharmaceutical science with the practise of pharmacy. As experts in medicine, pharmacists are taking on increasingly important roles in modern healthcare teams, as well as enjoying exciting career options in diverse health-related sectors, from the hospital service and community practice to the pharmaceutical industry. Our programme will allow you to join this profession, as the Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) is the only UK qualification that leads to professional registration as a pharmacist.
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.
NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.
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.
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: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher, including Advanced Higher Chemistry and another Advanced Higher in at least one subject from Biology, Mathematics or Physics (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject). 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 exceptional circumstances. Any applicants required for interview 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 15 2017.
Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.
We have designed our MPharm degree to provide an integrated programme which combines pharmaceutical science with the practice of clinical pharmacy. It will train you to deal effectively with change and the increasing complexities of the pharmacists’ role. Our programme responds directly to the requirements and guidance of the professional regulatory body, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). We teach the therapeutic use of medicines (professional practice) throughout the four years, and you will spend a significant and increasing amount of time on placements to consolidate this learning.
Your first year will give you a grounding in the basic principles of pharmacy. Your second and third years will cover Science Informing & Influencing Practice: Pharmacy & Therapeutics. In your final year, our Science advancing practice: Pharmacy into Practice module will teach you about the therapeutic use of medicine through case studies and hospital ward rounds. You will undertake a research project and have the opportunity to choose specialised topics that interest you.
As part of King’s Health Partners, we work closely with three of London’s major teaching hospitals - Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’. These hospitals are a unique training resource, offering you multiple locations for clinical placements and the benefit of expert teaching from staff at the hospitals.
Across the four years of the programme, an average of 22% of time is spent in lectures, seminars or similar. Number and type of contact hours vary according to each module. Students have access to a module database, which details number and type of contact hours for each module.
The following table will give you an idea of what a typical academic year might look like as you progress through your studies:
Percentage of time in scheduled learning and teaching activities
Percentage of time in guided independent study
Percentage of time on placements
Typically, 1 credit equates to 10 hours of work.
You are assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations and may typically expect assessment by:
Percentage of Assessment by Written Exams
Percentage of Assessment by Practical Exams
Percentage of Assessment by Coursework
The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.
General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
King’s College London is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England
Teaching is based at King’s Waterloo Campus and clinical placements are located in London and South East England. The School of Bioscience Education offers you unrivalled education resources, including modern, well-funded teaching facilities. You can read more about specialist facilities on the School of Bioscience Education webpages. Our location in the heart of London offers you access to all the cultural and social opportunities of one of the world’s most vibrant and dynamic cities.
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.
Pharmacy is a rewarding, well paid, secure career with opportunities to contribute to the health and well-being of the nation.
Pharmacists are experts on the discovery, development, manufacture and supply of medicines. In addition to making sure medicines are safe and helping patients get maximum benefit from them, 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 dieticians.
Branches of pharmacy include:
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 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.
"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 UK:
The current tuition fee is set as £9,000 per year, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £9,250. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
Full time tuition fees EU:
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.
This means that the current tuition fee is £9,000 per year, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £9,250. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
Full time tuition fees International:
£19,650 p.a. (2017/18). This tuition fee is subject to annual increases, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.
For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.
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