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Pharmacology MSc, MRes

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Our Pharmacology MSc or MRes degrees will give you a deep understanding of pharmacology, and allow you to put this into practice through laboratory practicals and projects in our world-class facilities. We will train you in the design and execution of practical approaches to the mechanisms by which drugs act. This course will provide you with a strong platform from which to pursue careers in the pharmaceutical or research- related industries, or for further in- depth research in the field with a PhD.

 

 


Key benefits

  • We are ranked 9th in the world for Pharmacy & Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018).

  • A central London location equipped with first- class laboratory, IT, library and study facilities.

  • An opportunity to plan and design as well as to pursue your own original research.

  • Preparation for a career in drug research and related industries.


Key information

Application status Open

Duration MSc: 12 months FT September to September; MRes 16 months FT September to January

Study mode Full-time

Credit value MSc: UK 180/ECTS 90; MRes: UK 240/ECTS 120

Course intake 14 FT approximately.

Course leaders

Professor Peter McNaughton

 

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics

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Course detail

Description

The taught component of the course includes a compulsory lecture-based module in which you will study systems and cellular pharmacology, which is complemented by a lab-based practical module. You will also undertake projects to develop your critical thinking and research skills, such as a literature research module, a research design module and a lab-based practical research project.

On the MSc you will take 180 credits including a 60 credit research project.

On the MRes you will take 240 credits, the additional credits coming from an extended experimental research project, which will enable you to pursue an area of your own interest to a high level and to prepare for possible future research.

 

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Course format and assessment

Teaching

You will have 20 hours of contact each week with our academic staff and we will expect you to complement this with 20 hours of self-study a week.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

We will assess you through a combination of coursework, exams and practicals.

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.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.

Extra information

Location

This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Guy’s campus, but will require attending some project work at Waterloo campus and possibly other campuses. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary.

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take:

  • MSc – modules totalling 180 credits
  • MRes – modules totalling 240 credits.
Required Modules

 

You are required to take:

 

MSc only

MRes only

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/index.aspx

Optional Modules

Entry requirements & how to apply

Pharmacology Entry Requirements
Minimum UK requirements 2:1 A medical degree (such as an MBBS) or a 2:1 first degree in a biomedical science, pharmacy, medicine or related subject or, in chemistry if the course includes sufficient biological support.
International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies. You will be admitted on the basis of your academic ability together with recommendations from academic referees.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal Statement Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes One reference is required, professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional You may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.

 

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 31 March 2020. After this date, applications will remain open if places are available, but programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 31July 2020 or from UK/EU nationals after 28 August 2020.

Please note you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline and places are filled before the final deadlines above and we are unable to process more offers.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: £12,750 (MSc, 2019/20); £17,100 (MRes, 2020/21)
  • Full time overseas fees: £26,550 (MSc, 2019/20); £35,500 (MRes, 2020/21)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: N/A
  • Part time overseas fees: N/A

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March 2020, payment is due by 30 April 2020.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 April 2020 and 30 June 2020, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 July 2020 and 31 July 2020, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1 August 2020, payment is due within 2 days of receiving the offer.

    If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for:

  • books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • clothing eg lab coat
  • library fees and fines
  • personal photocopies
  • printing course handouts
  • society membership fees
  • stationery
  • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • graduation costs.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Our extensive training in research skills mean that many of our graduates go on to PhD research degrees, or transfer their skills and knowledge to work in the pharmaceutical or research-related industries.

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