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Pharmacy MPharm

UCAS code: B230

Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Required A-level:
Duration:
Four years
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2021
Application deadline:
15 January 2021
Apply via UCAS

TASTER EVENT! Join us at 4pm on 3 December for an online Pharmacy taster event. copy and paste this link in your browser to find out more and sign up: www.kcl.ac.uk/events/undergraduate-taster-pharmacy 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 2020)
  • 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
  • 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

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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. 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

Base campus

waterloo-banner
Waterloo Campus

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

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the modules you study.

Special features

Optional study abroad

On this programme, you will have the opportunity to apply to study abroad, supported by the Study Abroad Tutor in your department and King’s Global Mobility Office. Together with partner organisations around the world, you will be supported in navigating your international, educational journey, developing new skills and competences and learning to apply different perspectives to your chosen discipline.

Find out more about Study Abroad

Course accreditation

Regulating bodies

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
Chemistry and at least one subject from Biology, Mathematics or Physics.
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.

Including Chemistry and at least one subject from Biology, Mathematics or Physics. NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

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. 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

You will also need:

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

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. 

Alternative accepted qualifications

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

To study at King's, it is essential that you can communicate in English effectively in an academic environment. You are usually required to provide certification of your competence in English before starting your studies.

Selection process

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 2021

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

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.

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.

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. You can read more about specialist facilities here

 

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

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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.

 

Study Abroad

Some students will 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

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

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

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Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2021-2022 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 2021-2022 academic year is £25,800 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

To find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans, and other financial help available at King's please visit the Fees and Funding section.

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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. 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

Base campus

waterloo-banner
Waterloo Campus

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

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the modules you study.

Special features

Optional study abroad

On this programme, you will have the opportunity to apply to study abroad, supported by the Study Abroad Tutor in your department and King’s Global Mobility Office. Together with partner organisations around the world, you will be supported in navigating your international, educational journey, developing new skills and competences and learning to apply different perspectives to your chosen discipline.

Find out more about Study Abroad

Course accreditation

Regulating bodies

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
Chemistry and at least one subject from Biology, Mathematics or Physics.
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.

Including Chemistry and at least one subject from Biology, Mathematics or Physics. NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

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. 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

You will also need:

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

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. 

Alternative accepted qualifications

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

To study at King's, it is essential that you can communicate in English effectively in an academic environment. You are usually required to provide certification of your competence in English before starting your studies.

Selection process

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 2021

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

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.

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.

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. You can read more about specialist facilities here

 

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

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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.

 

Study Abroad

Some students will 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

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

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

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Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2021-2022 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 2021-2022 academic year is £25,800 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

To find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans, and other financial help available at King's please visit the Fees and Funding section.

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Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Required A-level:
Duration:
Four years
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2021
Application deadline:
15 January 2021
Apply via UCAS

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