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Pharmacy MPharm(Hons)

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
4 years full time B230 2019
5 years full time including foundation year B231 2019

Why choose this course?

Pharmacy is an evolving science-based healthcare profession focusing on the treatment and prevention of disease and ensuring public wellbeing. The course offers training on the provision of patient-centred care in multiple care settings with focus on medicine optimisation, medicine safety and public health. This course is unique as it is co-taught with St George's, University of London, and provides a spiralling clinical programme with structured placements and inter-professional learning activities.

This course has been ranked as one of the top 10 in the UK and the best in London according to the Guardian university league tables 2019.

National Student Survey 2017

The National Student Survey
In the 2017 National Student Survey, this course scored 94.94 per cent in overall course satisfaction and 93.04 per cent for teaching.

Accreditation

The Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) degree is fully accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council for 2018 entry.

Foundation year

If you would like to study one of our science degrees at Kingston University but are not yet ready to join the first year of a BSc(Hons) course, you can include an extra foundation year within your chosen degree. Please see the science foundation year course page for details of modules.

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What you will study

Year 1 introduces the scientific basis of pharmacy, including cell biology, physiology and pharmaceutical and biological chemistry (including the importance of natural products as medicines). You will study important pharmaceutical dosage forms, formulation and manufacturing processes, physico-chemical aspects of drug stability and pharmacopoeial and regulatory requirements. You will gain a clear understanding of the profession of pharmacy and the practical and theoretical aspects of dispensing.

Year 2 places more emphasis on the role of hospital, community and industrial pharmacists. It includes the study of pharmacy law, ethics and good dispensing practice. You will integrate science with practice, learning through case studies how chemistry, pharmacology and pharmaceutics affect clinical practice. You will also learn about conditions that affect the central nervous system, such as depression and those that affect the cardiovascular system such as atrial fibrillation.

Year 3 focuses on body systems and disease states. Examples of study include: the role of the liver in health and disease; cancer its causes, the science behind its treatment and the clinical management of cancer patients; and diabetes - its public health impact and management. You will have opportunities to learn alongside other future healthcare professionals, and talk to patients about their conditions and treatment.

A major element of Year 4 is the research-based project. For this you will receive tuition in research skills. A problem-based approach is used for advanced teaching in areas such as pharmaceutical technology and biotechnology. Professional practice topics include advanced prescription analysis, risk management and drug interventions, as well as the wider role of the pharmacist in pharmaceutical care and public health. Students run themed health campaigns directly to the public and also virtually via social media.

A total of 20 placement and inter-professional activity days, mostly in hospital or community pharmacies, are spread throughout the course. These serve to introduce and develop professional skills.

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Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Year 0

  • Professional and Scientific Skills for Pharmacy
  • This module is designed to provide an essential introduction to the biological sciences, through the study of basic biochemistry, the characteristics of life, selected body systems, genetics and evolution. It also introduces some of the relevant tools and techniques used in modern biology. 

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the basics of biochemistry.
    • Identify and describe the structural and functional features of cells, tissues, organs and organ systems.
    • Describe and explain some of the central concepts and unifying theories in modern biology associated with the characteristics of living things such as homeostasis, co-ordination/control, genetics and evolution.
    • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the industrial use of cells and enzymes, and the principles of genetic engineering.
    • Demonstrate a fundamental grasp of a range of techniques used in modern biology; perform simple experiments, accurately record and analyse practical data.

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  • The module covers a wide range of fundamental chemical concepts including: atomic and nuclear structure, bonding and structure, energetics, thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, redox reactions and organic chemistry including, isomerism and introduction & reactions of alkanes, haloalkanes, alkenes, alcohols, amines, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and carboxylic acid derivatives. The module allows students to see the application of chemistry to a number of science-based disciplines.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Describe the atomic structure including the electronic arrangement.
    • Predict the bonding, structure and shape of simple inorganic, organic and metallic substances.
    • Perform calculations based on the mole concept, enthalpy changes, kinetics (rate), equilibria and pH; write chemical formulae and balance chemical equations (including ionic and redox).
    • Apply IUPAC rules to name a range of organic molecules including structural isomers and stereoisomers.
    • Describe typical reactions of alkanes, haloalkanes, alkenes, alcohols, amines, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and carboxylic acid derivatives.
    • Perform and report laboratory experiments competently and confidently.

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  • Mathematics for Pharmacy

Year 1

  • The module gives an overview of the cell biology and physiology of the human body. 

    Emphasis is placed on understanding the body as a homeostatic system that controls key components of the extracellular environment (blood, interstitial fluid).  The structure and function of the body's constituent cells are explored, as is the subcellular chemistry that allows cellular function. Another emphasis is on how common diagnostic results (BMI, blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose) can be used to promote healthful living by non-pharmacological means (diet, exercise).

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  • This module is a core requirement for students reading the MPharm degree. The module introduces the principles of the role of a professional pharmacist and the pharmacist's various responsibilities in providing healthcare or support for healthcare.  You will be introduced to the principles of health and well being, as well as providing a foundation to responding to symptoms and health promotion knowledge. Basic pharmaceutical skills will be developed including those of dispensing, analysing prescriptions, performing calculations, dosage forms and recognising adverse drug reactions and interactions. An introduction to communication skills will be provided together with critical appraisal, presentation and scientific report writing all with the emphasis to application in pharmacy.

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  • The module introduces key concepts in the manufacture and use of medicines in pharmaceutics, microbiology and pharmacy practice. It provides you with an understanding of essential concepts and physico-chemical principles and techniques used in the design and production of various pharmaceutical dosage forms with links to the route of delivery into the body. The making and labelling of extemporaneous preparations are undertaken as relevant to the clinical practice of pharmacy. Fundamental concepts relevant to the clinical microbiology of disease-causing organisms, their manipulation, and use in manufacturing are also explored.

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  • This module introduces the idea that chemistry is a central and underpinning science in pharmacy, describing how aspects of organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry are essential to a full understanding of the science of a drug. The module outlines the structure, bonding and chemical reactivity of various important classes of organic molecules, ranging from simpler examples of hydrocarbons or those containing a single functional group, to some of the important biological molecules such as carbohydrates, nucleic acids and proteins. It also examines the chemistry of some inorganic compounds, particularly the complexes of transition metal ions that have important applications in medicine. The importance of the physical and chemical properties of molecules in determining the activity of a drug, including an introduction to structure/activity relationships, is discussed. You are also introduced to the essentials of spectroscopy in the analysis of drugs. Thus the module introduces you to a range of core principles that underpin the actions, absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination of drugs in the body, as well as in vitro aspects of stability, pharmaceutical analysis and molecular manipulation.

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  • Academic and Professional Portfolio

Year 2

  • The module builds upon themes and chemical topics that are introduced in the level 4 modules PY4030; Making Medicines and PY4040; The Science of Drugs developing them further in conjunction with pharmacologists, pharmaceutical scientists and pharmacists. The chemistry of carbonyl compounds is developed from the level 4 module to include carbanion chemistry and the associated reactions with applications in biosynthetic pathways such as the catabolism of glucose. Similarly aromatic chemistry is extended to look at the second substitution reaction-orientation effects using the formation of an anaesthetic as a case study. Asymmetric synthesis will be extended to include the synthesis of chiral medicines using ibuprofen as a case study. The mechanistic chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry and bioanalytical chemistry taught in this module will underpin applications in later Level 6 and 7 modules.

    The medicinal chemistry topics will include antifungals, enzyme inhibition and novel peptides (solid support synthesis). Drug/receptor interaction will be introduced in terms of bonding interactions and signal transduction. Pharmacognosy will introduce you to natural products used for the treatment of cancer eg. taxol, calicheamicin and vincristine/vinblastine and cardiothoracics such as plant glycosides and bronchodilators. These topics will be taught in the context of themes/case studies and be augmented by inputs covering formulation and pharmaceutics, regulatory affairs associated with drug development in terms of clinical trials, licensing and registration. Various anchor points throughout the module will feed into other level 5 modules as well as higher level modules.

    The lectures and associated workshops will attempt to develop your problem solving and team working skills in preparation for your future careers. This will be carried out in workshops and during the laboratory-based work where you will undertake various activities including group "mini-projects" that will be assessed using a range of methodologies such as oral presentations, report writing and group poster presentations.

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  • This module covers a number of core concepts for the MPharm degree and requires you to demonstrate proficiency in use of your learning at a higher level than other modules. It is a module that reflects the key professional regulations, law and obligations required to become a pharmacist, as dictated by the governing professional body and government legislation. The module advances your knowledge in relation to legal and ethical practices related to pharmacy. It builds on teaching you the skills you will need for professional practice such as analysing prescriptions and dispensing relevant products, interpretation and application of law using problem solving, and using professional judgement. Approximately 20% of the teaching time is spent in practicals and workshops to emphasise these concepts.

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  • The module gives an overview of the structure and function of the CNS. These lectures, tutorials and practicals will set the scene for the teaching of neurological and mental health dysfunction including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, drug abuse and addiction, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy and pain. The focus will be on the more common psychiatric and neurological disorders, which future pharmacists will need to treat and will cover pathology, diagnosis, treatment and treatment side-effects. There will also be discussion of treatments with respect to drug development and individual variations to treatment. The development of specialist formulations used in the management of these conditions, such as IV infusions, depot injections and patches will also be covered.

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  • This module aims to introduce the underlying mechanisms of cardiovascular and respiratory disease and their treatment.The lectures, tutorials and practicals will set the scene for the teaching of cardiac and respiratory function and dysfunction including angina, dysrhythmias, heart failure, asthma and stroke. The focus will be on the more common cardiac and respiratory, which future pharmacists will need to treat and will cover pathology, diagnosis, treatment and treatment side-effects. There will also be discussion of treatments with respect to drug development and individual variations to treatment as well as dealing patients presenting with minor ailments in the pharmacy. The development, pharmaceutics and design of delivery systems for pulmonary administration of medicines such as inhalers and nebulisers will also be covered.

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  • Academic and Professional Portfolio

Year 3

  • This module addresses a number of core principles and concepts within the MPharm programme.  It serves to develop knowledge of the immune system in health and disease including the use of vaccines.  Infective agents and the science and practice of their control are investigated as well as cancer as a disease.  The mechanisms of action and practical applications of chemotherapy are described together with novel drug targeting and palliative care.  The delivery is via lectures supported by workshops integrating the different subject areas in case studies.

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  • This module will deal with physiology and pathology of the endocrine and reproductive systems and inflammatory processes and how they can be affected by, or cause disease. The chemistry of the drugs which affect the endocrine and reproductive systems and are used to treat inflammatory disease and their relevant structure activity relationships will be covered together with the science and use of various formulations to ensure optimal drug delivery in these areas. The module will use a series of patient centred case studies to link the scientific content and the application of pharmaceutical care to treat and manage patients, in a variety of settings from disease prevention, managing risks, disease identification, responding to symptoms in the community pharmacy, prescribing and dispensing, through to the management of hospitalised patients.

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  • This module builds on relevant basic scientific knowledge acquired in other modules and integrates it to cover the presentation, clinical features and management of cardiovascular, respiratory and renal diseases in patients. This module will provide you with an insight into the management of these conditions in primary and secondary care as well as dealing with aspects of public health associated with these conditions.

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  • This module will deal with physiology and pathology of the gastrointestinal system, including the liver and how it can be affected by disease, the chemistry of the drugs which affect the gastro-intestinal system and are used to treat gastro-intestinal diseases and relevant structure activity relationships. The science and use of various formulations to ensure optimal absorption, along with the science and practice of ensuring local delivery of drugs not only to the GI tract but also transdermaly. The module will examine the treatment of skin disorders, in addition to dealing with the structure of the skin and its pathophysiology. Drug metabolism and the central role that metabolism plays in many drug interactions will be dealt with within this module. Material that has been considered in previous years (examples; drug dissolution, cell structure) will be revisited in this module and the knowledge built upon. Key skills will be developed whilst employability has been embedded into the assessment strategy through the use of group work and the development of oral presentation skills

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  • Academic and Professional Portfolio
  • Assessment of Professional Competence (APC)

Year 4

  • This module is designed to integrate advanced clinical and scientific concepts as they relate to patient care. Using complex patient cases as the basis for group discussions, you will learn how to apply your clinical skills and scientific knowledge (pharmaceutics, chemistry, pharmacology etc.) to provide the most appropriate recommendations. Emphasis is placed on the development of problem-solving skills and independent learning.

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  • This module is a core module for the MPharm degree. It will draw together a number of themes that have developed over the previous 3 years in order to prepare you for practice as a preregistration trainee and a future pharmacist, in all areas of practice. The aim of the module is to enable you to become a pharmacist who can make decisions when faced with a scenario, even if all the necessary information is not available, based on the skills and competences gained throughout the MPharm programme as well as your knowledge. The module also aims to enable you apply the knowledge you gained through your MPharm course in a safe and effective manner for patient care. Nearly 30% of the teaching time is spent in practicals and workshops to emphasise these concepts.

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  • This module is designed to meet the research methodology requirements of the MPharm programme. Following a taught introduction to research methodology you will undertake a substantial piece of original research or clinical audit that requires the collection of data and subsequent analysis of that data.

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  • Academic and Professional Portfolio

Becoming a pharmacist

To become a pharmacist you need to:

  • achieve an accredited four-year degree in pharmacy;
  • satisfactorily complete a year of pre-registration training in approved pharmaceutical establishments; and
  • pass the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) professional registration exam.

This course's accreditation means that if you graduate with an MPharm from Kingston University you can:

  • progress to register for your pre-registration training; and
  • after carrying out your pre-registration experience and passing the GPhC registration exam, go on to become a pharmacist in Great Britain.

You can then work as a pharmacist in a hospital, community pharmacy or the pharmaceutical industry. A number of other healthcare-related jobs will also be open to you.

DBS & Fitness to Practise

Students enrolling onto The MPharm course will be required to complete a successful Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Annual self-declarations will be required during the MPharm course. New conduct issues may be referred to the Pharmacy Department Fitness to Practise (FtP) Committee for consideration. Further details can be found at our Pharmacy department FtP webpage https://blogs.kingston.ac.uk/pftp/.

The Pharmacy Department at Kingston University is part of the Excluded Students Database. Excluded Students Database runs between Medical, Dental, Pharmacy, Veterinary Schools Councils, and General Medical Council in order to verify the applicant FtP. This is used only for FtP purposes in order to protect patients and the public, and to prevent fraudulent applications.

Health Checks

Students enrolling onto the MPharm are required to complete a health check questionnaire and based on the outcome they may need to provide evidence of immunisation or health status and maybe requested to obtain immunisation against vaccine preventable diseases to ensure their safety and the safety of the public during placements.

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University on a not-for-credit basis as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Most of our undergraduate courses support studying or working abroad through the University's Study Abroad or Erasmus programme.

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