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Overview

Our Pharmacy MPharm is a fully-accredited four-year pharmacy degree, based in the heart of London, that combines the study of pharmaceutical science with the practise of pharmacy. As experts in medicine, pharmacists are taking on increasingly important roles in modern healthcare teams, as well as enjoying exciting career options in diverse health settings, from hospitals and community pharmacy to working in GP practices, care homes and the pharmaceutical industry. Our courses will allow you to join this profession, as the Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) is the only UK qualification that leads to professional registration as a pharmacist.

Key benefits:

  • We are ranked 6th in Europe for Pharmacy & Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019)

  • 82% student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2019)

  • Career opportunities through international exchanges and work placements in industry and leading clinical environments

  • Clinical placements at our partner NHS Hospital Foundation Trusts: Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and the South London and Maudsley

  • Teaching by internationally renowned scientists, researchers and pharmacy practitioners

  • The MPharm degree is the only qualification that leads to professional registration as a pharmacist

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The Pharmacy MPharm at King's

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Course detail

Description

We have designed our MPharm degree to provide an integrated course that combines pharmaceutical science with the practice of pharmacy. It will train you to deal effectively with change and the increasing complexities of the pharmacists’ role. Our course adheres directly to the requirements and guidance of the professional regulatory body, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). We teach the therapeutic use of medicines (professional practice) throughout the four years, and you will spend an increasing amount of time on placements to consolidate this learning.

King's has an excellent reputation for inter-professional learning, and you will spend time learning alongside others, for example nursing, medical, dental and midwifery students.

Your first year will give you a grounding in the underpinning scientific principles needed by pharmacists’, as well as a sound introduction to pharmacy practice. Your second and third years will involve studying a series of modules that integrate the disease, drugs and clinical uses of medicines, as well as scientific modules specific to pharmacists. In your final year, you will study, clinical decision-making, emerging therapeutics in modern medicine and undertake a substantial research project, which we hope you will publish.

As part of King’s Health Partners, we work closely with three of London’s major teaching hospitals - Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’. These hospitals are a unique training resource, offering you multiple locations for clinical placements and the benefit of expert teaching from staff at the hospitals.

Teaching

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)

  • Physical Pharmaceutics (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 & Analysis 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)

 You 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. The Government is expected to announce changes regarding EU student tuition fees in September 2018.

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

Pharmacy is a rewarding, well paid, secure career with opportunities to contribute to the health and well-being of the nation.

Pharmacists are experts on the discovery, development, manufacture and supply of medicines. In addition to making sure medicines are safe and helping patients get maximum benefit from them, pharmacists provide advice on staying healthy and dealing with minor ailments. Practising pharmacists are an important part of the healthcare team that also comprises doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, dieticians and others.

Traditional settings for pharmacists to practice have included in the community, in hospitals and in the pharmaceutical industry. Exciting developments now include pharmacists working in GP practices, in A&E departments and in care homes to ensure medicines use across the healthcare system is safe and effective.

The vocational nature of the MPharm degree, combined with the permanent demand for qualified healthcare professionals both in Great Britain and abroad, means that there are exceptionally high graduate employment rates for MPharm graduates. The career and salary prospects are attractive, as are the opportunities for part-time work. Almost all pharmacy graduates undertake the one-year pre-registration training programme; the majority in community practice (60%) or hospitals (about 20%), with the remainder employed in industry or postgraduate studies.

Pharmacists are expected to continue learning and developing throughout their careers, In the UK pharmacists increasingly undertake foundation training and postgraduate clinical and research qualifications, including prescribing. King's provides some of these programmes. 

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