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What is pharmaceutical medicine

Pharmaceutical medicine is a multi-disciplinary and global field, involving scientists and a wide range of professional and technical groups, both medical and non-medical, together with support from legal, financial and administrative professions. It is a broad discipline which encompasses basic research to identify targets for drug action, through experimental medicine to identify potentially useful biomarkers, to clinical development, running and managing Phase 1, 2 and 3 clinical trials, to pharmacoeconomics and supporting medicines in the healthcare marketplace. King’s Pharmaceutical Medicine MSc programmes have been designed to cover the whole drug development process, but three routes to three specific MScs have been mapped out in order to cater for the different career paths of those individuals working within this process.

Where will I study?

The modules will be delivered at King’s campuses in central London, mainly on Guy’s and Waterloo campuses. See individual modules for more details.

The Experimental Research Project module (part of the Translational Medicine MSc) could take place externally within a pharmaceutical company or clinical trials office.

What are the fees?

Fee information is as follows:

What are the entry requirements?

Our minimum entry requirements are normally a medical degree (MBBS or equivalent) or a 2:1 first degree in pharmacy, pharmacology, biology, biochemistry, chemistry or related subject, or overseas equivalent.  Non-traditional qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.  Employment within a relevant industrial environment would be advantageous but is not essential. We will require two references.  All applicants are required to be familiar with Excel’s basic functionality.  We also have minimum English language requirements as follows:

IELTS: 7.0 overall; minimum of 6.0 in all four skills

TOEFL: paper-based = 620; computer-based = 260

Do you accept overseas students?

Overseas applicants who meet our entry requirements are welcome and there are no fee differentials for UK, EU and international students taking standalone modules or for part-time study. Student will need a visa that permits study in the UK. Overseas applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa should apply for one of the full-time MSc programmes.  Applicants should seek advice from Student Advice & International Student Support by emailing

Individuals who are already in the UK on a work visa are normally permitted to study part-time. Again, advice can be sought from Student Advice & International Student Support if you are unsure.

How will I be assessed?

For each module, there will be post-course assignments plus one online multiple choice examination.

How long does the course take to complete?

Standalone modules involve four or five days of attendance plus approximately 40 hours of pre and post-course reading and assignments.  All coursework must be completed within eight weeks of the end of the module.

The full-time MSc is a one-year programme that runs from September to September. Part-time MSc, PGDip and PGCert programmes must be completed in a minimum of two and a maximum of four years. 

What is the awarding institution?

King's College London

Are the programmes professionally accredited?

Some of our modules are accredited by the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom. Please see the Module Selection Information table on the Calendar page for more information.

Do you interview applicants?

We do not normally interview potential students, but reserve the right to if deemed necessary.

Can I study full-time?

These MSc programme is available as a full-time option.

Can I change modules?

Yes, you can easily swap and change from one module to another after submitting your Application and Module/Fee Form. However, once you have paid/confirmed your place on the module (at which point the module will be added to their SMO record), you cannot change.  The fee is non-refundable and non-transferrable as it acts as a 100% deposit, securing your place on the module.

If someone has extenuating circumstances such as bereavement or illness the fee can be transferred to their next module.

Do the modules ever run more than once in a year?

If a particular module is oversubscribed or there is a high demand to run a module again there is a possibility that a module may run for a second time.

Can I switch across programmes/from standalone modules to an award/from an award to standalone?

Yes – it is possible to switch. However if you would like to transfer on to an award course you may have to submit references if this wasn’t included in your original application. 

Do I have to pay for the modules all at once/ straight away?

If you’re part-time students you are not required to pay for all of the modules immediately, however, a place will only be reserved for you on each module, and module information and pre-course reading sent, once the fee for that module has been paid.

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