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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.  This programme of study can incorporate pharmacist independent prescribing. 

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here.

Key benefits

  • We are ranked seventh in the world for Pharmacy & Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017)

  • 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, 24 months, MSc or MSc (Prescribing): PT, 36 months. 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

Ms Nicola Husain


Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department Department of Pharmacy & Forensic Science



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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 programme, 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



Further literature

Course format and assessment


Taught classes are held on alternate Wednesdays at the Franklin Wilkins Building, Waterloo campus. Two modules are delivered each semester over five days.  A further two days are allocated for face-to-face module assessments.

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 programme.  Contact the course leader if you require specific information about a module.

 Modules are taught by expert academic staff and experienced clinical practitioners who are leaders in their field within both primary and secondary care. A variety of teaching methods are used including:

  • presentations
  • tutorials
  • workshops 
  • case studies

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
  • five 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.


Assessments are congruent with the roles of pharmacists in practice and are designed to evaluate the practitioner’s professional competencies relating to patient consultation, clinical decision making and pharmaceutical expertise.  A variety of assessment methods are utilised:

  • consultation skills assessments
  • case based discussions
  • written tasks (e.g. therapeutic review, critique of public health policy )
  • portfolio reviews

A portfolio of evidence must be submitted at the end of each semester to demonstrate learning, reflection and the application of skills and knowledge in practice. 

  • 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

Independent Prescribing

The 60 credit Independent Prescribing module (accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council) can be taken as part of the Diploma or MSc programmes.  Additional entry criteria apply.  Full details are available here.

Please note that you cannot take the Independent Prescribing module while you are undertaking other Pharmacy Practice modules.



Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take:

  • PG Cert students must achieve 60 credits (four 15 credit modules)
  • PG Dip students must achieve 120 credits (eight 15 credit modules, OR four 15 credit modules and the 60 credit Independent Prescribing module)
  • MSc students must achieve 180 credits (PG Dip requirements and the research modules – indicated with * below)
Required Modules
Optional Modules

MSc and MSc (Prescribing) students choose enough credits to bring your total to the year to 180. PG Dip and PGDip (Prescribing) students choose enough credits to bring your total to the year to 120.

PG Cert students choose four 15 credits modules.

Optimising medicines use in long-term conditions (15 credits)

Medicines and 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)

Pharmaceutical public health (15 credits)

Supporting patients with mental illness (15 credits)

Service development in a pharmacy context (15 credits)


We regularly review our modules to make sure our programmes are as up-to-date, innovative and relevant as possible. The modules we offer may therefore change. We suggest that you check the course finder 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 regsitered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) or the Pharaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI) for a minimum of 2 years.

They should have a mimimum of 2 years UK pharmacist expereince, in a patient-facing role and be currently 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 apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £55 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 Natasha Evans, Postgraduate Programme Officer, for further information: email: natasha.evans@kcl.ac.uk  tel: +44 (0)20 7848 4680.

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. 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 30th March 2018.  Applications will remain open if places are available and 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 27th July 2018 or from UK/ EU nationals after 31st August 2018.

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 UK fees: N/A
  • Full time overseas fees: N/A
  • Part time UK fees: £3,300 per year for PG Cert, PG Dip, MSc & PG Dip - Prescribing, MSc - Prescribing (2018/19)
  • Part time overseas fees: £7,980 per year for PG Cert, PG Dip, MSc & PG Dip - Prescribing, MSc - Prescribing (2018/19)

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee. 

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 on or before 31st March 2018, payment is due by 27th April 2018.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2018 and 30th June 2018, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2018 and 31st July 2018, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2018, payment is due within one week 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
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses

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

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.


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