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School of Life Sciences, Pharmacy and Chemistry

The School of Life Sciences, Pharmacy and Chemistry is made up of four departments:

Understanding the role of biomolecules, cells, organs and systems within our body and how that is related to wellbeing, diseases and aging is broadly what Life Sciences are about. The fundamental science, clinical and professional practice based courses provided by the School are integrated to enrich student experience and along with competency based assessments are in the heart of our education philosophy. Courses in chemical and pharmaceutical sciences provide knowledge and skills needed for the development and quality assessment of new medicines to treat disease.

We've invested heavily in the development of new facilities including laboratories for teaching and research, and the first stage of a recent £6.8million investment into state-of-the-art STEM facilities is already complete. Our labs provide students the access to ultra-modern equipment in a wide range of teaching facilities in areas such as anatomy, biochemistry, biotechnology, cell and molecular biology, histology, immunology, microbiology, nutrition, pharmacology, physiology, radiotracer studies, sports science (including biomechanics and an environmental testing chamber), chemical synthesis and analysis, pharmaceutics, specialist labs for pharmacy practice, pharmaceutical science and chemistry, a forensic crime scene and pharmacy dispensing simulation suites.

Department of Applied and Human Sciences

Our Sport Science and Nutrition degrees scored 100% Student Satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS) in 2015/16 and 2014/15. Our Nutrition degree is accredited by the Association for Nutrition.

Practical aspects of the department's courses are delivered in conjunction with Kingston College, using its extensive sporting facilities which include outdoor playing fields, a modern indoor sports hall and a well-equipped fitness centre.

Kingston University achieved 22 out of 24 in the last QAA audit for sports science, ranking our teaching quality as Excellent, and our nutrition and sports science courses both achieved the maximum 100 per cent student satisfaction rating in the 2015/16 National Student Survey (NSS).

Department of Biomolecular Sciences

The Department of Biomolecular Science is host to one of the School's most popular courses, namely the Bachelor of Biological Sciences (Honours) and the Master of Science programmes.

Both are accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), and graduates are well prepared to work in a variety of areas including hospital pathology laboratories, the pharmaceutical industry and research laboratories. Our Biochemistry course is accredited by Royal Society of Biology.

Department of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Kingston University has a reputation for high quality undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences and we have numerous links with the health services and chemical and pharmaceutical industries. This is culminated by the accreditation of our BSc in Chemistry degree by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Our academic staff are equipped with wide ranging educational, research and industrial expertise, particularly in pharmaceutical chemistry, physiology and pharmacology, pharmaceutical technology and forensic and analytical science. The healthy balance of experienced and newer staff with flourishing research interests fosters a dynamic academic environment filled with an enthusiasm for learning and supporting excellence.

Industrial and sector-specific placements are available to help students get real, hands on industry experience.

Department of Pharmacy

This Department provides courses to qualify and practice as a pharmacist in the UK. The Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) course is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) for this purpose. It is the only MPharm course in the country that's taught jointly with a medical school (St George's, University of London).

The course is firmly patient centred, with a patient focus at the centre of all teaching. The vast majority of graduates become hospital or community pharmacists so the teaching reflects this. Post-graduation employment as a preregistration pharmacist is around 96-98%. During the course as well as exposure to patients, pharmacy practitioners and doctors, students have the opportunity to work in simulation sessions and undertake clinical placements in community and hospital pharmacies.

The Department has a commitment to widening participation and there are alternative routes to get into the MPharm for prospective students with qualifications that don't meet the exacting MPharm criteria. The School's Foundation Degree is also accredited by the GPhC and successful graduates gain direct entry into the second year of the MPharm course.

Students can undertake a five year option with a Foundation year or transfer to the first year of the MPharm course, subject to achieving the relevant grades from a number of BSc courses.

The department is also proud to be the only London-based provider of the GPhC accredited overseas pharmacists' assessment programme (OSPAP).

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