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Pharmacy at King’s

Train to become a pharmacist with a world-leading team 

Drugs offer extraordinary possibilities, from managing life-long illness to treating diseases once thought incurable. But the greater choice, cost and complexity of modern medicines means greater expertise is needed to care for patients safely, effectively and economically. At King’s, our insight into this area is influencing how medicines are managed globally.

Situated in the Waterloo Campus, on the South Bank of the River Thames with all its cultural and social amenities. The Department is recognised for the excellence in teaching and research, and attracts both high-quality staff and well-qualified students.

There are about 380 undergraduate students, 100 postgraduate students and 28 staff who form a close-knit, friendly department. We have a personal tutor system whereby each student has a member of staff to whom they can go to seek advice and guidance on any problem.

The role of the pharmacist is evolving faster than ever before. By being a frontline source of expert advice on health and medicines, they’re helping healthcare teams optimise medicines use, avoid medication errors and alleviate the strain on A&E departments. 

If you’re thinking of becoming a pharmacist, there’s never been a better time. The Department of Health is currently championing pharmacists to run clinics in GP practices and support patients once a diagnosis has been made. 

Pharmacy vs. Pharmacology

Pharmacology looks at the action of drugs and how they work. Pharmacy takes a broader view of how medicines are made, prescribed and used to help manage conditions. 

Pharmacists are experts on the discovery, development, manufacture and supply of medicines. As well as making sure medicines are safe and used appropriately, they also provide advice on staying healthy and dealing with minor ailments. At King’s, we’re at the forefront of the field and making breakthroughs that help people enjoy longer, healthier lives. 

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Placement partners

Our students have the opportunity to undertake a semester with leading Pharmaceutical companies and global universities which have included the following: