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

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A part time, modular postgraduate course for qualified pharmacists working in community, primary care or general practice who wish to develop excellent clinical knowledge and consultation skills.

Key benefits

  • We are ranked 14th in the world for Pharmacy & Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018).

  • Clinical experts and experienced academic staff lead our teaching, and combine university-based study days with work-based learning.

  • Course content and assessments will reflect the most up-to-date practices which will support service development in your workplace.

  • There is an opportunity to gain a Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (NB additional competitive entry criteria apply)

  • We are part of King’s Heath Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC), a pioneering collaboration between us, Guy’s, St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospitals and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts.

  • As an accredited Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Foundation School, students who are RPS members have the opportunity to complete the RPS Foundation Training Programme.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration PG Cert: PT, 12 months, PG Dip or PG Dip (Prescribing): PT, two years, MSc or MSc (Prescribing): PT, three years. All programmes start in September.

Study mode Part-time

Credit value MSc: UK 180/ECTS 90; PG Dip: UK 120/ECTS 60; PG Cert: UK 60/ECTS 30.

Course intake Up to 25.

Course leaders

Nicola Husain


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 School of Cancer & Pharmaceutical Sciences



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Course detail


Pharmacists are increasingly recognised as core providers of services relating to medicines use, disease management and health promotion.  Our part-time postgraduate Pharmacy Practice course, designed specifically for qualified pharmacists working in community, primary care or general practice, will provide students with excellent clinical knowledge and consultation skills.

On completion of the course, students will be able to confidently deliver safe, efficient and effective patient care that meets the health needs of their local population. Students will also develop their knowledge and understanding of health beliefs and adherence, public health policy and strategic service development. They will be supported to engage effectively with commissioning groups, develop partnerships with GPs and implement successful pharmacy services that respond to the needs of patients and commissioners.

The course is modular, allowing students to undertake modules according to personal interests, CPD requirements or service development needs. In combination, completion of modules leads to the award of an academic qualification. Most students continue to work full time in addition to attending the course.


Course accreditation

The module, Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council. 

Regulating body

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


This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Waterloo Campus.  Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.

Further literature

Course format and assessment


We use a variety of teaching methods including tutorials, workshops, presentations and case studies. The small class size allows for interactive learning and group discussion, and some of your materials will be on our online service.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Each 15 credit module represents 150 hours of student endeavour typically comprising of:

  • 15 contact hours
  • 15 hours of preparation for the group seminars
  • 5 hours of support and assessment
  • 75 hours of application within their clinical setting – including undertaking of clinically related tasks
  • 40 hours is to cover broader reading and engagement with clinical aspects of the work.


Your performance will be assessed through a variety of coursework and OSCEs (see below). We employ a variety of assessment methods, and some of the examples include:

  • written reflective accounts of cases or patient interventions
  • written critical reflection of a risk framework
  • design of an adherence strategy
  • oral presentation of a consultation framework or a case study
  • written report of a business proposal
  • Observed Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs).

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.


Extra information




Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take:

  • MSc – modules totalling 180 credits
  • PG Diploma – modules totalling 120 credits
  • PG Cert – modules totalling 60 credits
Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • MSc and MSc (Prescribing) – Pharmacy practice dissertation (60 credits)
  • MSc and MSc (Prescribing) – Research methods (15 credits)
  • MSc (Prescribing), PG Dip (Prescribing) – Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing (60 credits)
Optional Modules

You must choose the required number of optional modules, dependent on your programme of study: 

Pharmacy Practice

  • PGCert – 4 optional modules
  • PGDip – 8 optional modules
  • MSc - 8 optional modules plus required modules above

Pharmacy Practice (Prescribing)

  • PGDip - 4 optional modules plus required Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing module
  • MSc - 4 optional modules plus required modules above

Optional modules:

  • Supporting Patients with Mental Illness (15 credits)
  • Optimising Medicines Use in Long-Term Conditions (15 credits)
  • Pharmaceutical Public Health (15 credits)
  • Service Development in a Pharmacy Context (15 credits)
  • Medicines & Older People (15 credits)
  • Delivering Effective, Patient-Centred Care in Diabetes (15 credits)
  • Supporting Self-management of Cardiovascular Disease (15 credits)
  • Supporting Self-management of Respiratory Disease (15 credits)

You will study 60 credits each year. Modules are offered on a two-yearly cycle. The order in which the modules are undertaken therefore depends on the point of entry into the course. Contact the course leader if you require specific information about a module. 

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.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Entry requirements
Minimum UK requirements   MPharm or equivalent. An equivalent qualification could include a GPhC - accredited Overseas Pharmacists' Assessment Programme (OSPAP) - this is a programme taken by overseas pharmacists to gain equivalency in the UK.
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.
Professional requirements  

Applicants should be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and should be a practising pharmacist in a patient-facing role  (in community, primary care, general practice or hospital)


NB additional entry requirements apply to the Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing – see website for further detail 

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies.

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 Carolyn Stanton, Postgraduate Programme Officer, for further information: email:

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 is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages).  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.

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 Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Others Yes You will also need to provide evidence of being registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council or Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland.


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: N/A
  • Full time overseas fees: N/A
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £3,300 per year for PG Cert, PG Dip, MSc (2020/21); £3,300 for Independent Prescribing (Practice Certificate)
  • Part time overseas fees: £8,850 per year for PG Cert, PG Dip, MSc (2020/21); £3,300 for Independent Prescribing (Practice Certificate)

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.


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 before 1 June 2020, payment is due by 30 June 2020.


  • If you receive an offer between 1 June 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 one week of receiving the offer.


  • If you receive an offer in late August, 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 the costs above, you can also expect to pay for:

  • books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • 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

We will equip you to deliver pharmacy services in the community to a high standard, in line with the demands of the changing NHS. You may also be able to move into the provision of pharmaceutical and prescribing advice in primary care.


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