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Overview

Pharmacists’ role within healthcare teams is more important than ever. At King’s, you’ll become an expert on medicines and the law, keeping people safe – and preventing harm and death connected to medication.

King’s designed and implemented the first integrated pharmacy degree in the UK. Now we lead the way with an emphasis on patient contact, clinical placements and interprofessional education. Join us to work alongside global leaders at London’s globally recognised NHS Trusts.

Key benefits:

  • Study at a university ranked 6th in Europe for Pharmacy & Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019)

  • Benefit from our partnerships with NHS Foundation Trusts: Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College and the South London and Maudsley Hospitals

  • Boost your career prospects with international research exchanges, placements in clinical environments and opportunities for internships in the pharmaceutical industry

  • Learn from world-renowned scientists, researchers and clinical pharmacists

  • Develop your diagnostic, patient education and consultation skills in our consultation and simulations suite and recently refurbished clinical skills training centre

  • 82% student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2019)

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Description

The pharmacist’s role within healthcare teams is vital in providing patients with the treatment they need. At King’s, you’ll spend time learning alongside students from other courses within our outstanding health faculties including students of nursing, medicine, dentistry, midwifery, physiotherapy, psychology and dietetics.

Our teaching meets the initial training requirements of the professional regulatory body, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). To prepare you for your career, we help you develop the skills to deal effectively with the increasing importance and complexity of the modern pharmacists’ role.

In your first year, our experts provide a strong foundation in the scientific principles underpinning pharmacy. At the same time, you’ll develop professional and clinical skills and apply these on patient-facing placements. Over your second and third year, you’ll study a series of modules that provide an in-depth understanding of disease, drugs and clinical uses of medicine.

Carry out your own research

As you move into your final year, we’ll explore emerging therapeutics in modern medicine and put your clinical decision-making to the test. You’ll also spend four months carrying out research on a topic that interests you. At this point, there are many opportunities to study in universities abroad, anywhere from Madrid to Hong Kong to Brazil.

For their research project, past students have investigated hot topics like the role of oxytocin receptor and autism, treatment for individuals with opioid use disorders and the regulation of metabolism.

Interested in working in industry? As well as our links with world-renowned hospitals and leading international universities, we have extensive links within the pharmaceutical sector. We can help you find invaluable work experience. Every year some students even get the chance to complete an industry project in the form of an internship in their final year.

“The philosophy for the programme is science transforming healthcare. We believe that students should have an underpinning in science which informs their practice.”Dr Jignesh Patel, Reader and Honorary Consultant Pharmacist in Anticoagulation

Teaching

Each member of our teaching team specialises in an area of pharmacy such as drug delivery, design or mechanism of action. Most of your lecturers are also researchers who publish top quality papers. Others work in our NHS partner Trusts and teach you about their area of specialism such as intensive care, paediatric pharmacy, infectious disease, or medicine manufacture.

We work closely with three of London’s major teaching hospitals that are globally recognised centres of excellence. Throughout the course, you’ll develop your professional skills, build on your experience and learn to perform key pharmacy roles under the watchful eye of practitioners.

Across the four years of the course, an average of 22% of time is spent in lectures, seminars or similar. The number and type of contact hours vary according to each module. Students have access to a module database, which details number and type of contact hours for each module.

The following table will give you an idea of what a typical academic year might look like as you progress through your studies:

Course Stage

Percentage of Time in Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities

Percentage of Time in Guided Independent Study

Year 1

26%

74%

Year 2

28%

72%

Year 3

29%

71%

Year 4

13%

87%

A proportion of your scheduled learning time will be experiential learning, comprising 13% in Year 1, 24% in Year 2, 28% in Year 3 and 35% in Year 4.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include coursework, objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) and examinations. Coursework contributes approximately 40%, OSCEs contribute approximately 10% and examinations approximately 50% to your final mark.

Course accreditation

This course is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

Regulating body

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

Location

This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Waterloo Campus. Clinical placements are located in London and South East England. The School of Bioscience Education offers you unrivalled education resources, including modern, well-funded teaching facilities. You can read more about specialist facilities here.

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 480 credits.

 

Science Underpinning Practice: Principles of Pharmacy

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Biochemical Basis of Therapeutics (30 credits)

  • Principles of Clinical Care (30 credits)

  • Science of Medicines (30 credits)

  • Chemistry of Drugs (30 credits)

  • Core Competencies - MPharm Year 1 (0 credits)

Optional Modules

There are no optional modules for year 1.

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. 

Year 2

Science Informing & Influencing Practice: Pharmacy & Therapeutics 

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Formulation of Drugs (30 credits)

  • Nervous System (30 credits)

  • Cardiovascular & Renal Systems (30 credits)

  • Respiratory & Musculoskeletal Systems (30 credits)

  • Core Competencies - MPharm Year 2 (0 credits)

Optional Modules

There are no optional modules for year 2.

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. 

Year 3

Science Informing & Influencing Practice: Pharmacy & Therapeutics (continued)

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Infection & Pharmaceutical Microbiology (30 credits)

  • Medicines Discovery & Development (30 credits)

  • Endocrine System & Cancer (30 credits)

  • Gastrointestinal System & Skin (30 credits)

  • Core Competencies - MPharm Year 3 (0 credits)

Optional Modules

There are no optional modules for year 3.

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. 

Year 4

Science Advancing Practice: Pharmacy into Practice

Required Modules
You are required to take:
  • Clinical Decision Making (30 credits)

  • Research Project (60 credits)

  • Emerging Therapeutics & Modern Medicines (30 credits)

  • Core Competencies - MPharm Year 4 (0 credits)

Some students will also have the opportunity to study abroad for the first semester of your fourth year. Our partner institutions currently include:

  • Universität Wien

  • Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main

  • Universidad CEU San Pablo, Madrid

  • Universita degli Studi di Bologna

  • Universita degli Studi di Padova "Il Bo"

  • Paris Descartes University

  • University of Rome 'La Sapienza'

  • Philipps-Universität Marburg

  • Universiteit Utrecht

  • Göteborgs Universitet - Sahlgrenska Academy

  • University of São Paulo (USP)

  • University of Auckland

  • University of Pittsburgh

  • Universiti Sains Malaysia

  • University of Hong Kong

Optional Modules

There are no optional modules for Year 4.

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

 

Required grades

AAB

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) with three Higher Level subjects at 665

Required grades

45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades

D3 D3 M2

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels).

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

80% overall

Required grades

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

Chemistry and at least one subject from Biology, Mathematics or Physics. Additional subjects required at GCSE (or equivalent) - see below

Preferred subjects

None

Further information and other requirements

A-level

AAB

Including Chemistry and at least one of Biology, Mathematics or Physics

Also required: GCSE grade 6/B in English language and Mathematics.

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

Access to HE Diploma

D: 33 credits

M: 12 credits

P: 0 credits

Access to Science (or similar subject) with 60 credits overall and 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction (including 15 credits in Chemistry and a further 18 credits in one or more of Biology, Mathematics and Physics), with the remaining 12 Level 3 credits at Merit.

GCSE grade 6/B in both English and Mathematics also required.

Cambridge Pre-U

D3 D3 M2

Must include Chemistry at least one of Mathematics, Physics or Biology.

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.

Also required: GCSE grade 6/B in English language and Mathematics.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)

 

DDD with twelve Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level at grade B

or

DDM with eleven Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level at grade A 

Subjects offered should include Chemistry, and at least one subject from Biology, Mathematics or Physics with one of those subjects being offered as the A-level and the other being offered within suitable modules from the Applied Science BTEC.

Note: The BTEC in Applied Sciences should cover topics not already covered by the A level. For example, if offering A level Chemistry, the BTEC in Applied Science should cover subjects other than Chemistry.

Also required: GCSE grade 6/B in English language and Mathematics.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)

 

DD with eight Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level at grade B

or

DM with six Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level at grade A

Subjects offered should include Chemistry, and at least one subject from Biology, Mathematics or Physics with one of those subjects being offered as the A-level and the other being offered within suitable modules from the Applied Science BTEC.

Note: The BTEC in Applied Sciences should cover topics not already covered by the A level. For example, if offering A level Chemistry, the BTEC in Applied Science should cover subjects other than Chemistry.

Also required: GCSE grade 6/B in English language and Mathematics.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)

 

D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB

or

M and two A levels at grades AA

Subjects offered should include Chemistry, and at least one subject from Biology, Mathematics or Physics.

Note: BTEC science subjects considered include Applied Science, Applied Pharmaceutical Science, Applied Biology, Applied Chemistry and Applied Physics. Applied Biology, Applied Chemistry and Applied Physics can be considered instead of an A Level in these subjects however if the same subject is studied at both A Level and BTEC they will not be considered as two separate qualifications. For example, BTEC Applied Chemistry and Chemistry A level will not be counted as two separate subjects, a further two A Levels/BTEC subjects would be required.

Also required: GCSE grade 6/B in English language and Mathematics.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AAB at Highers

and

AB at Advanced Highers

Must include Advanced Higher Chemistry and at least one of Mathematics, Physics or Biology.

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.

Additionally, Standard Credit grade/Intermediate 2/N5 in Mathematics and English language also required if not taken at Higher/AH.

International Baccalaureate

35 points

Must include 665 at Higher Level including Chemistry, and at least one of Maths, Physics or Biology. The total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Also required: GCSE grade 6/B in English language and Mathematics.

Note: IB students studying the new Maths curriculum would be required to study either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretation at Higher Level to meet the subject requirement for this programme

Other International Qualifications

 

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.

English Language Requirements

Band B

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

Non academic requirements

Occupational Health clearance:

Required for successful applicants

Enhanced criminal conviction check:

Required for successful applicants

Scholastic activities:

We hope to attract applicants who participate in any scholastic activity, e.g. general reading, debating, theological interests etc.

Community activities:

We hope to attract applicants who have participated in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment.

General:

We hope to attract applicants who have varied extra-curricular interests and enjoy active participation in areas such as sport, music and the arts in general. Any participation is valued and any achievement in extra-curricular activities will be particularly recognised. King’s aspires to attract applicants who will continue with their personal interests and contribute to the vitality of the College community.

Work experience: 

We are looking for students with a firm commitment both to study the subject of pharmacy and the pharmacy profession. Work experience is preferred but not essential. 

Interviewing

Are interviews offered? Yes

Are all applicants interviewed? No. Only candidates deemed to be borderline or from non-traditional academic backgrounds may be called for interview.

Are all those made an offer interviewed? No. The majority of admissions decisions are made on basis of information provided on UCAS application form. 

Selection procedure

Personal Statement

Your personal statement should demonstrate a clear commitment to pursuing a career in Pharmacy. It is your opportunity to make yourself stand out and to outline why you would be a strong candidate for our MPharm programme. Due to the high number of applicants, we will only invite candidates to interview whose personal statements are clear in this regard.

Application deadline: January 15th 2020

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 (September 2020) 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.

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is £24,650 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

 

Additional costs

If you choose the study abroad option with one of King’s partner universities, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad webpages for details of the relevant partner universities.

King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees.  At present these are as follows: 

  • Home students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,167 for King’s tuition fees for the year

  • EU students studying for a semester abroad - £6,167

  • Overseas students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for two thirds of the King’s tuition fees for the year

NB EU students will be liable for the same study abroad tuition fees as Home (UK) students in 2019/20. This may be subject to change in subsequent years. 

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling.

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Alternative venue examination fees

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 

  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 

  • Graduation costs

  • Library fees and fines 

  • Personal photocopies 

  • Printing course handouts 

  • Society membership fees 

  • Stationery 

  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

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

The vocational nature of our MPharm and on-going demand for pharmacists means King’s graduates have excellent employment prospects. The role is flexible, well-paid and secure. But you’ll also have the opportunity to contribute to the health and wellbeing of the nation.

When you finish this course, you are more than a graduate. You’re a professional eligible to register as a pharmacist – once you’ve completed supervised workplace training programme and the qualifying exam.

Almost all of our pharmacy graduates continue to the one-year pre-registration training programme, either in a community or hospital pharmacy – and in exceptional cases in partnership with industry or academia.

There are nearly 50,000 Pharmacists in the UK working in:

· Hospitals

· Community pharmacy

· GP practices

· Care homes

· The military

· Pharmaceutical manufacturing

· Medicines research and development

· Pharmaceutical sales

· Financial and market analysis

· Clinical research

· Pharmacy regulation and government advisors

Pharmacists are expected to continue learning and developing throughout their careers. In the UK, pharmacists are increasingly deciding to complete foundation training, as well as postgraduate clinical and research qualifications, including prescribing.

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