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Pharmacy MPharm

UCAS code: B230

Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Duration:
Four years
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2022
Application deadline:
26 January 2022
Apply via UCAS

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. 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 practice of pharmacy. As experts in medicines, 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 course 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

  • Study at a university ranked Top 10 in Europe for Pharmacy & Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021).
  • Boost your career prospects with international research exchanges, placements in clinical environments.
  • Benefit from clinical placements at our partner NHS Foundation Trusts: Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and the South London and Maudsley.
  • Learn from world-renowned scientists, researchers and pharmacy practitioners.
  • Develop your diagnostic, patient education and consultation skills in our consultation and simulations suite and recently refurbished clinical skills training centre
  • The MPharm degree is the only qualification that leads to professional registration as a pharmacist.

King’s was my first choice because of its amazing reputation and its diversity. Whatever we learn we put into practice – it’s clinical and theory hand in hand.

Syeda, Pharmacy

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 pharmacist's 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 increasing amount of time on placements to consolidate this learning. Kings 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. During the course, 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

Base campus

waterloo-banner
Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Special features

Optional study abroad

Course accreditation

Regulating bodies

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
A-level (or equivalent) grade A and B in Chemistry and one from Biology, Mathematics or Physics (in any order)
Preferred subjects:
None

A-Levels

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.

Must include grade A and B in Chemistry and one from Biology, Mathematics or Physics (in any order) Notes: If you are taking linear A-levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all Science subjects. This is with the exception of private candidates who are unable to take the practical component. We do not consider the EPQ at any point of the assessment process.

Contextual A-Level information

ABC 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. Must include grade A and B in Chemistry and one from Biology, Mathematics or Physics (in any order) Notes: If you are taking linear A-levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all Science subjects. This is with the exception of private candidates who are unable to take the practical component. We do not consider the EPQ at any point of the assessment process.

International Baccalaureate

35 points including 665 at Higher Level.

Must include grade 6 and 5 in Higher Level Chemistry and one from Biology, Mathematics or Physics (in any order). Notes: The total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. IB students studying the new Mathematics curriculum would be required to study either Mathematics - Analysis and Approaches or Mathematics - Applications and Interpretation at Higher Level to meet the subject requirement for this programme. GCSE/IGCSE English Language and Mathematics requirement can be met via IB Standard Level/Middle Years grade 5, if not studied/studying at Higher Level

Contextual International Baccalaureate information

32 points including 654 at Higher Level. Must include grade 6 and 5 in Higher Level Chemistry and one from Biology, Mathematics or Physics (in any order). Notes: The total point score of 32 includes TOK/EE. IB students studying the new Mathematics curriculum would be required to study either Mathematics - Analysis and Approaches or Mathematics - Applications and Interpretation at Higher Level to meet the subject requirement for this programme. GCSE/IGCSE English Language and Mathematics requirement can be met via IB Standard Level/Middle Years grade 5, if not studied/studying at Higher Level

You will also need:

GCSEs: GCSE grade 6/B in both English Language and Mathematics is required. 

Alternative accepted qualifications

Standard requirements

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

English language band: B

Selection process

Application deadline: 26th January 2022 - 18:00 GMT

 

Age restrictions

King’s is only able to accept applicants who will be 18 years of age on 1st January on the first year of the MPharm programme. This is due to a minimum age requirement for placements. Applicants who will not be 18 by the 1st January of the first year of the degree, should submit an application the following year.

Criminal conviction disclosure

Due to the nature of this programme, UCAS requires all applicants to declare on their UCAS application if they have any spent or unspent convictions, cautions or reprimands. All offers of a place, and continued enrolment, are made subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly Criminal Records Bureau) check. 

Contextual consideration

We make contextual offers for this programme, which can be found in the entry requirements. As part of the assessment process, we take into account contextual information to gain a more complete picture of each application. More information can be found on the Contextualised admissions website.

Deferrals

Applications can be submitted for deferred entry by choosing the appropriate year of entry on the UCAS application.

If your circumstances change and, therefore, you need to request a deferral after an offer has been made, then we can generally permit these for this programme. However, each deferral request will be considered on a case-by-case basis and we reserve the right to decline any post-offer deferral request. Requests should be submitted via a message on King’s Apply with an explanation of the reason for making the request.

Please note, second deferral requests will only be considered where the request is due to extreme unforeseen extenuating circumstances, for example, health reasons. We are unable to permit deferral requests that go beyond two years and you would need to apply again. This is with the exception of deferrals which are due to military/national service.

Foundation courses

Applicants studying Foundation Year programmes in the UK are welcome to apply for this programme. Foundation programmes from other universities and further education providers in the UK are considered on a case-by-case basis. Whether or not we can consider a particular foundation year as suitable for study at King's depends on the content of the syllabus and modules studied. In the past we have accepted foundation programmes from a number of other institutions.

We are unable to accept Foundation programmes that are integrated as part of a main degree at another institution. These may be called Year 0 or Integrated Foundations. We are also unable to accept non-UK Foundation courses.

Once you have submitted an application, the Admissions Office may contact you via King's Apply to ask for further details on your qualification, such as a list of modules and course specifications.

The King's International Foundation Programme has guaranteed pathways available for progression onto our King's undergraduate degree programmes, and information can be found on the website.

Graduates

Our general entry requirements are based on A-level or equivalent. However, where an applicant is completing/has completed a degree, we are able to consider the degree study as part of the assessment of the application.

Generally, we would consider a minimum of a UK Bachelor degree with a 2:1 grade profile (or overseas equivalent) as meeting the entry requirements for our undergraduate degrees. However, those who have achieved/are predicted a high 2:1 or a First may be considered more competitive.

Where a programme has subject requirements, these will still need to have been met. If you have not met the subject requirements via A-level (or equivalent) then we may be able to consider the content within your degree. We would be looking for significant study of the subject across the degree programme with a 2:1 or above grading on those modules.

Once you have submitted an application, the Admissions Office may contact you via King's Apply to ask for further details on your degree study.

Interviews

Interviews are an essential part of the assessment process, and our interviewers are assessing communication skills, exploring general social and ethical issues, normally health related, and assessing the interviewee’s general suitability for the programme and as a health professional, as well as how the interviewee will contribute to the university as a whole.

Confirmation of how interviews will take place for the 2021/22 admissions cycle will be confirmed shortly and will be detailed in the information communicated to those who are invited to an interview.

We operate a “fit-to-sit” policy for interviews, therefore, we are unable to take into account mitigating circumstances for the interview performance. If there are any issues within the interview which you consider affected your performance, you should ensure these are raised with the Admissions team.

Occupational Health clearance

Due to the nature of this programme, all offerholders will be required to complete the Occupational Health Clearance process. Once your application is firmly accepted, the application will be set-up for the Occupational Health Clearance checks. Information is usually sent out by the end of May/early June. Occupational Health Clearance is a requirement for enrolment onto our Dentistry programmes.

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. We are looking for students with a firm commitment both to study the subject of Pharmacy and the Pharmacy profession. We can consider Medicine and Dentistry personal statements but as Pharmacy is a unique, professional programme we would still be looking to see evidence of your aptitude for study of Pharmacy and your potential as a Pharmacist.

We look for applicants with an enthusiasm for scholastic activities in general such as reading, debating, theological interests etc. Participation will be valued but achievement in these areas of interest will also be recognised. We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also those who have demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment. We look for applicants who have varied extra-curricular interests and enjoy active participation in areas such as sport, music and the arts in general. Participation will be valued but any achievement in extra-curricular activities will also be recognised. King’s aspires to recruit applicants who will continue with their personal interests and contribute to the vitality of the College community. Although we do not require applicants to have any paid or voluntary work experience, we welcome applications from those with any work experience. 

Resits

We are able to consider applicants who have retaken or are retaking their qualifications.

Transfers

Transfers into this programme are not permitted.

Help for international applicants

International Foundation Year

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, we can help with our Foundation year courses.

Pre-sessional courses

If you have an offer from King's, but English isn't your first language, we have courses to help you.

Teaching methods - what to expect

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 guided learning and teaching activities  Percentage of time in 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.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment. 

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 unrivaled education resources, including modern, well-funded teaching facilities.

 

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Written/Practical Examinations

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.

Regulating Body

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

Structure

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

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.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

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, dietitians 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.

Tuition Fees

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2022-2023 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 2022-2023 academic year is £27,090 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

In addition to your tuition costs, 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

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.   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 • 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 2020/21. However, this may be subject to change in subsequent years.

Funding

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 pharmacist's 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 increasing amount of time on placements to consolidate this learning. Kings 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. During the course, 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

Base campus

waterloo-banner
Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Special features

Optional study abroad

Course accreditation

Regulating bodies

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
A-level (or equivalent) grade A and B in Chemistry and one from Biology, Mathematics or Physics (in any order)
Preferred subjects:
None

A-Levels

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.

Must include grade A and B in Chemistry and one from Biology, Mathematics or Physics (in any order) Notes: If you are taking linear A-levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all Science subjects. This is with the exception of private candidates who are unable to take the practical component. We do not consider the EPQ at any point of the assessment process.

Contextual A-Level information

ABC 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. Must include grade A and B in Chemistry and one from Biology, Mathematics or Physics (in any order) Notes: If you are taking linear A-levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all Science subjects. This is with the exception of private candidates who are unable to take the practical component. We do not consider the EPQ at any point of the assessment process.

International Baccalaureate

35 points including 665 at Higher Level.

Must include grade 6 and 5 in Higher Level Chemistry and one from Biology, Mathematics or Physics (in any order). Notes: The total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. IB students studying the new Mathematics curriculum would be required to study either Mathematics - Analysis and Approaches or Mathematics - Applications and Interpretation at Higher Level to meet the subject requirement for this programme. GCSE/IGCSE English Language and Mathematics requirement can be met via IB Standard Level/Middle Years grade 5, if not studied/studying at Higher Level

Contextual International Baccalaureate information

32 points including 654 at Higher Level. Must include grade 6 and 5 in Higher Level Chemistry and one from Biology, Mathematics or Physics (in any order). Notes: The total point score of 32 includes TOK/EE. IB students studying the new Mathematics curriculum would be required to study either Mathematics - Analysis and Approaches or Mathematics - Applications and Interpretation at Higher Level to meet the subject requirement for this programme. GCSE/IGCSE English Language and Mathematics requirement can be met via IB Standard Level/Middle Years grade 5, if not studied/studying at Higher Level

You will also need:

GCSEs: GCSE grade 6/B in both English Language and Mathematics is required. 

Alternative accepted qualifications

Standard requirements

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

English language band: B

Selection process

Application deadline: 26th January 2022 - 18:00 GMT

 

Age restrictions

King’s is only able to accept applicants who will be 18 years of age on 1st January on the first year of the MPharm programme. This is due to a minimum age requirement for placements. Applicants who will not be 18 by the 1st January of the first year of the degree, should submit an application the following year.

Criminal conviction disclosure

Due to the nature of this programme, UCAS requires all applicants to declare on their UCAS application if they have any spent or unspent convictions, cautions or reprimands. All offers of a place, and continued enrolment, are made subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly Criminal Records Bureau) check. 

Contextual consideration

We make contextual offers for this programme, which can be found in the entry requirements. As part of the assessment process, we take into account contextual information to gain a more complete picture of each application. More information can be found on the Contextualised admissions website.

Deferrals

Applications can be submitted for deferred entry by choosing the appropriate year of entry on the UCAS application.

If your circumstances change and, therefore, you need to request a deferral after an offer has been made, then we can generally permit these for this programme. However, each deferral request will be considered on a case-by-case basis and we reserve the right to decline any post-offer deferral request. Requests should be submitted via a message on King’s Apply with an explanation of the reason for making the request.

Please note, second deferral requests will only be considered where the request is due to extreme unforeseen extenuating circumstances, for example, health reasons. We are unable to permit deferral requests that go beyond two years and you would need to apply again. This is with the exception of deferrals which are due to military/national service.

Foundation courses

Applicants studying Foundation Year programmes in the UK are welcome to apply for this programme. Foundation programmes from other universities and further education providers in the UK are considered on a case-by-case basis. Whether or not we can consider a particular foundation year as suitable for study at King's depends on the content of the syllabus and modules studied. In the past we have accepted foundation programmes from a number of other institutions.

We are unable to accept Foundation programmes that are integrated as part of a main degree at another institution. These may be called Year 0 or Integrated Foundations. We are also unable to accept non-UK Foundation courses.

Once you have submitted an application, the Admissions Office may contact you via King's Apply to ask for further details on your qualification, such as a list of modules and course specifications.

The King's International Foundation Programme has guaranteed pathways available for progression onto our King's undergraduate degree programmes, and information can be found on the website.

Graduates

Our general entry requirements are based on A-level or equivalent. However, where an applicant is completing/has completed a degree, we are able to consider the degree study as part of the assessment of the application.

Generally, we would consider a minimum of a UK Bachelor degree with a 2:1 grade profile (or overseas equivalent) as meeting the entry requirements for our undergraduate degrees. However, those who have achieved/are predicted a high 2:1 or a First may be considered more competitive.

Where a programme has subject requirements, these will still need to have been met. If you have not met the subject requirements via A-level (or equivalent) then we may be able to consider the content within your degree. We would be looking for significant study of the subject across the degree programme with a 2:1 or above grading on those modules.

Once you have submitted an application, the Admissions Office may contact you via King's Apply to ask for further details on your degree study.

Interviews

Interviews are an essential part of the assessment process, and our interviewers are assessing communication skills, exploring general social and ethical issues, normally health related, and assessing the interviewee’s general suitability for the programme and as a health professional, as well as how the interviewee will contribute to the university as a whole.

Confirmation of how interviews will take place for the 2021/22 admissions cycle will be confirmed shortly and will be detailed in the information communicated to those who are invited to an interview.

We operate a “fit-to-sit” policy for interviews, therefore, we are unable to take into account mitigating circumstances for the interview performance. If there are any issues within the interview which you consider affected your performance, you should ensure these are raised with the Admissions team.

Occupational Health clearance

Due to the nature of this programme, all offerholders will be required to complete the Occupational Health Clearance process. Once your application is firmly accepted, the application will be set-up for the Occupational Health Clearance checks. Information is usually sent out by the end of May/early June. Occupational Health Clearance is a requirement for enrolment onto our Dentistry programmes.

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. We are looking for students with a firm commitment both to study the subject of Pharmacy and the Pharmacy profession. We can consider Medicine and Dentistry personal statements but as Pharmacy is a unique, professional programme we would still be looking to see evidence of your aptitude for study of Pharmacy and your potential as a Pharmacist.

We look for applicants with an enthusiasm for scholastic activities in general such as reading, debating, theological interests etc. Participation will be valued but achievement in these areas of interest will also be recognised. We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also those who have demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment. We look for applicants who have varied extra-curricular interests and enjoy active participation in areas such as sport, music and the arts in general. Participation will be valued but any achievement in extra-curricular activities will also be recognised. King’s aspires to recruit applicants who will continue with their personal interests and contribute to the vitality of the College community. Although we do not require applicants to have any paid or voluntary work experience, we welcome applications from those with any work experience. 

Resits

We are able to consider applicants who have retaken or are retaking their qualifications.

Transfers

Transfers into this programme are not permitted.

Help for international applicants

International Foundation Year

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, we can help with our Foundation year courses.

Pre-sessional courses

If you have an offer from King's, but English isn't your first language, we have courses to help you.

Teaching methods - what to expect

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 guided learning and teaching activities  Percentage of time in 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.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment. 

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 unrivaled education resources, including modern, well-funded teaching facilities.

 

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Written/Practical Examinations

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.

Regulating Body

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

Structure

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

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.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

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, dietitians 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.

Tuition Fees

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2022-2023 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 2022-2023 academic year is £27,090 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

In addition to your tuition costs, 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

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.   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 • 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 2020/21. However, this may be subject to change in subsequent years.

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Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Duration:
Four years
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2022
Application deadline:
26 January 2022
Apply via UCAS

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