Pharmacy Practice


MSc, MSc (Prescribing), PG Dip, PG Dip (Prescribing), PG Cert


Part Time

| Admissions status: Open
The post-graduate Pharmacy Practice programme is a part-time, flexible competency-based programme for qualified community pharmacists. It has been designed for pharmacists who are keen to make their consultations more clinically effective and are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of their local population.

  • 'Pharmacy & Pharmacology' at King's is ranked 3rd in the world (QS World University Subject Rankings).
  • Teaching is led by clinical experts and experienced academic staff and will combine university-based study days with work-based learning. Course content and assessments will reflect up-to-date practices which will support service development in the workplace
  • Modules may be selected according to professional interests, service needs or for continuing professional development
  • KCL is part of King’s Heath Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC), a pioneering collaboration between King's College London, and Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts.
  • Option to gain a Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing, accredited by the GPhC, either alone or as part of the PG Dip or MSc
  • Pharmacists working in hospital, community or primary care pharmacy who already possess a relevant PG Dip may apply for the MSc year.

Student destinations
On completion of this programme pharmacists will be equipped to deliver pharmacy services in the community to a high standard, in line with the demands of the changing NHS. Students may also be able to move into the provision of pharmaceutical and prescribing advice in primary care.
Programme leader/s
Ms Nicola Husain
Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing (accredited by the GPhC) is an optional module
Awarding Institution
King's College London
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
MSc: UK 180/ECTS 90; PG Dip: UK 120/ECTS 60; PG Cert: UK 60/ECTS 30.
Independent Prescribing PG Cert: PT, minimum six months, starts Sept or Jan; Pharmacy Practice PG Cert: PT, 12 months, starts Sept or Jan; Pharmacy Practice PG Dip: PT, 24 months, starts Sept or Jan; Pharmacy Practice (Prescribing) PG Dip: PT, 24 months, starts Sept or Jan; Pharmacy Practice MSc: PT, 36 months, starts Sept or Jan; Pharmacy Practice (Prescribing) MSc: PT, 36 months, starts Sept or Jan.
Waterloo Campus; Guy's Campus (for Independent Prescribing only).
Year of entry 2015
Offered by
Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine
Department of Pharmacy & Forensic Science
Closing date
31 July 2015 (for September 2015) and 15 November 2015 (for January 2016). Please apply as soon as possible so that we can assess your application for a place for 2015.
Up to 25.
PT Home: £2,400 (2015)
PT Overseas: £6,900 (2015)
Contact information
Ms Nicola Husain Programme Leader
+44 (0)207 848 4838
Before you apply: via our Enquiry Form at
After applying: use the messaging service at
Email Website

It is recognised that pharmacists have an important and expanding role in optimising the use of medicines and in supporting public health. Course participants will enhance their practice by learning to apply clinical knowledge in the pharmacy setting and support adherence through effective consultation.


This specialist graduate programme consists of short modules that can be taken alone or in combination to lead to a post-graduate qualification such as a Certificate, Diploma or MSc. The course is flexible, so modules can be chosen to meet professional interests or service needs. Pharmacists can combine University study with their ongoing professional practice. There is also the option to undertake the GPhC-accredited Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing as part of the programme.


MSc (Prescribing) and PG Dip (Prescribing)

If you are planning to do either of the above programmes you will find additional details regarding the dates and times for the Independent Prescribing module on the following link.

Please note that you cannot undertake the Independent Prescribing module whilst undertaking any of the other Pharmacy Practice modules.

Core programme content
Flexible programme with no core content.

Indicative non-core content
  • Optimising medicines use in long-term conditions
  • Medicines and older people
  • Delivering effective patient-centred care in diabetes
  • Supporting self-management of respiratory disease 
  • Supporting self-management of cardiovascular disease
  • Supporting people with mental illness
  • Pharmaceutical public health
  • Service development in a pharmacy context
  • Research methods (for MSc)
  • Pharmacy Practice dissertation (for MSc)
  • Oral hormonal contraception services
  • Postgraduate Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing.


Modules relating to teaching and learning can be undertaken via the King's Learning Institute. Examples include:

  • Personal development and continuing professional development
  • Pharmacy in an educational context
  • Professional development in the workplace.


  • Independent Prescribing Certificate- 60 credit course consisting of a 60 credit prescribing module.
  • Pharmacy Practice Certificate- 60 credit course consisting of four 15 credit modules.
  • Pharmacy Practice Diploma- 120 credit course consisting of eight 15 credit modules.
  • Pharmacy Practice (Prescribing) Diploma- 120 credit course consisting of four 15 credit modules and a 60 credit prescribing module.
  • Pharmacy Practice MSc*- 180 credit course consisting of eight 15 credit modules and a 60 credit project.
  • Pharmacy Practice (Prescribing) MSc*- 180 credit course consisting of four 15 credit modules, a 60 credit prescribing module and a 60 credit project.

* The research project is undertaken after the successful completion of 120 credits. Completion of the Research Methods module is a pre-requisite to starting the project.


Teaching is delivered through tutorials, problem-based tasks, lectures, case studies and scenarios from the workplace.

A variety of assessment approaches are used including oral presentations and objective clinical structured examinations (OSCEs). Students are required to submit a competency-based portfolio of evidence, which may include complex case studies, risk frameworks, critical analysis of local and national strategies and service development planning.

General entry advice
Current registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland and one year of work experience as a registered pharmacist.
Enhanced criminal conviction check
Required for successful applicants
Occupational Health clearance required?

To apply for graduate study at King's you will need to complete our graduate online application form. Applying online makes applying easier and quicker for you, and means we can receive your application faster and more securely.
King's does not normally accept paper copies of the graduate application form as applications must be made online. However, if you are unable to access the online graduate application form, please contact the relevant admissions/School Office at King's for advice.


Your application will be assessed by two academics. You are welcome to call the Department of Pharmacy to arrange a visit. We aim to process complete applications in four weeks.

Individuals who are interested in applying for modules on a stand-alone basis should contact Natasha Evans, Postgraduate Programme Officer, for further information: email:  tel: +44 (0)20 7848 4158.

Please describe your current area of practice, your experience to date and reasons for pursuing postgraduate academic study, including whether your current employment is full or part-time.

You will also need to provide a copy of your final degree certificate/s and evidence of being registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council or Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland.

If you are applying for the Independent Prescribing programme you will need to provide an additional form, which can be downloaded from the following web-site.

You may also provide any other relevant information which supports your application.


Details of available scholarships for 2015 can be found here:
Scholarships available for applications made by 31st March 2015

Student profiles

Pharmacy Practice MSc, MSc (Prescribing), PG Dip, PG Dip (Prescribing), PG Cert

Becoming a pharmacist after completing the MPharm degree at the London School pharmacy and the consequent pre-registration year left me with the tools to become a qualified pharmacist. However, I felt to enhance my professional ability in the community, starting a diploma would aid me in developing these skills. Looking at the course structure, the university and location all helped me decide that this course was for me.

I found that this programme had a good mix of learning styles, including hospital visits and talking to patients from expert patient groups, which really helped to improve my communication skills. I felt that the theory of effective communication was previously neglected at University, however using a tool called motivational interviewing helped to develop my skills in this area, something I find essential when dealing with patients on a daily basis. I have been able to strengthen my knowledge of elderly people and long term conditions by completing the relevant modules taught by experts in their field. One of the most inspiring aspects of the course was being in contact with specialists who had a wealth of practical knowledge, as well as listening to guest speakers, such as Ash Soni, who motivated us with his influential words. This course includes elements and modules which have supported me in becoming a more patient-centred pharmacist.

I initially applied for the 2-year diploma in pharmacy practice. However the course’s flexibility allows students to complete a one-year certificate if they wish, integrate independent prescribing into the two-year diploma or even advance to a Masters. I found the courses face-to-face contact time is manageable with a full-time job and other commitments. The opportunity to interact with fellow student pharmacist and learn from their expertise gave me an unexpected insight into the variations of the pharmacy profession.

I now aim to extend my diploma into a Masters and complete independent prescribing, which was beyond my original intention. During this course I have had the opportunity to enhance relations with the local surgery and GP’s, helping me to understand their wider agenda. This course has given me the enthusiasm to get involved in the various portals of the pharmacy profession to successfully equip me for the future; with the changes occurring in the NHS I feel capable of dealing with any potential tides in the industry.