Pharmacy MPharm (Hons)

Why choose this course?

Are you interested in health issues and the treatment and prevention of disease? Have you considered a career as a pharmacist?

This course is an ideal first step towards a pharmaceutical career. It examines the science behind the preparation, supply and monitoring of medicines. You'll study law, ethics, dispensing practice, the role of hospitals, community, GP practice, care home and industrial pharmacists.

Working alongside other future healthcare professionals, you'll talk to patients about their conditions and treatment. Through case studies, you'll learn how chemistry, pharmacology and pharmaceutics affect clinical practice. In Year 4 you'll complete a research-based project, for which you'll receive specialist tuition.

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
4 years full time B230 2020 (Clearing)
2021
5 years full time including foundation year B231 2020 (Clearing)
2021
Location Penrhyn Road

2020 entry

If you are planning to join this course in September 2020, please view the information about changes to courses for 2020/21 due to Covid-19.

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • Kingston is ranked top in London for Pharmacy (Guardian University League Tables 2019 & 2020). 
  • This degree is fully accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council. 
  • This course received over 96% overall student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2019).

What you will study

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list as these could change before your year of entry. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Foundation year

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

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 pagefor details of modules.

Core modules

Professional and Scientific Skills for Pharmacy

30 credits

This is a core module for the pharmacy route of the Foundation year in Science, Computing & Mathematics.  The module provides a bridge between the wide range of study experiences of students at Level 3 and the demands of successful study within Higher Education at level 4. 

The module allows students to develop effective study skills, in the context of pharmacy and the essential scientific and professional skills necessary to allow students to progress to their chosen degree subject.  The module provides a coherent path through a set of practical and theoretical experiences to develop skills and knowledge and is designed to complement and support the subject content of the other modules within the foundation year programme.

A wide range of assessment methods are used in the module.  These include a portfolio of skills and laboratory-based assessments, a written exam and a short capstone project culminating in a poster presentation which will use the skills developed in this module, alongside the subject material in other route specific modules, to consider a topical issue related to the student's chosen degree pathway.  The personal tutorial system for the foundation year is incorporated within this module.

Biology

30 credits

This module is delivered as part of the Foundation Pharmacy one year programme. The module is core for students on the course as well as for alternative destinations such as degrees in a number of Life Science, Forensic, Chemical and Pharmaceutical related degrees. The 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.

Chemistry

30 credits

This module is delivered as part of the Foundation Pharmacy one year programme. The module is core for all students on this programme as well as for alternative destination such as degrees in a number of Life Science, Forensic, Chemical and Pharmaceutical related degrees. It is also an optional module for those who intend to study degrees in Geography, Geology and the Environmental Science.

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.

Mathematics for Science

30 credits

This module is a core module for all students following the Foundation Pharmacy one year programme. The module is designed to allow students to develop competence in a range of mathematical and statistical techniques which they can then apply within a range of scientific contexts. The module reinforces basic mathematical concepts and is accessible to students with a wide range of previous mathematical experiences. The structure and programme of delivery is specifically designed to support the other modules within the programme so ensuring that students have developed the necessary skills at the correct time for their application within the other modules.

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.

Core modules

The Human Body

30 credits

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).

The Role of the Pharmacist

30 credits

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.

Making Medicines

30 credits

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.

The Science of Drugs

30 credits

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.

Academic and Professional Portfolio

0 credits

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 willalso learn about conditions that affect the central nervous system, such as depression and those that affect the cardiovascular system such as atrial fibrillation.

Core modules

Drug Design and Medicine Development

30 credits

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.

Pharmacy Law, Ethics and Practice

30 credits

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.

The Central Nervous System and Mental Health

30 credits

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.

The Cardio-respiratory System 1

30 credits

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.

Academic and Professional Portfolio

0 credits

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.

Core modules

Infection, Immunology and Cancer

30 credits

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.

Endocrine, Reproductive and Inflammation

30 credits

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.

The Cardio-respiratory System 2

30 credits

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.

Gastrointestinal, Liver & Skin in Disease

30 credits

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

Academic and Professional Portfolio

0 credits

A major element of Year 4 is the research-based project. For this you willreceive 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.

Core modules

Technology to Care

30 credits

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.

Effective Decision Making for Pharmacy Practice

30 credits

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.

Research Methods and Project

60 credits

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.

Academic and Professional Portfolio

0 credits

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.

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 pagefor details of modules.

Entry requirements

If you would like to join us through Clearing 2020, please call our Clearing hotline on 0800 0483 334 (or +44 020 8328 1149 if you are calling from outside the UK) and speak to our friendly and knowledgeable hotliners who will be able to provide information on available courses and will guide you through your options.

Please note the entry requirements listed below are for 2021 entry only.

Typical offer 2020

  • 120 UCAS points from a minimum of three A-levels or equivalent Level 3 qualifications.
  • A-levels to include Chemistry with a minimum of a grade B and at least one of the following: Mathematics, Physics or Biology with a minimum of a grade B. General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted.

Alternatively, BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science only. Applicants must also hold an A-level Chemistry with a minimum of a grade B.
Candidates are normally required to hold five GCSE subjects grades A*-C including Mathematics, Double Award Science and English Language (or comparable numeric score under the newly reformed GCSE grading).

Entry requirements 2021

UCAS tariff points: 120 for MPharm (Hons); 64 for MPharm (Hons) including foundation year.

Three A-levels (or equivalent) in Chemistry and either Biology, Physics or Mathematics at grade B or above. Enhanced DBS check and health check. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview.

Alternative routes

We will consider a range of alternative qualifications such as an Access Course in Applied Science which has been passed with 128 UCAS points. Applicants must also hold an A Level in Chemistry with a minimum of a grade B.

Applications from those that have undertaken a Science foundation year will also be considered.

 

Interview

For this course the selection process normally includes an interview. The interviews may be on a one-to-one basis or in a group, and you may be given a task such as participating in a workshop, a short essay, a numeracy test, or a discussion to demonstrate your strengths in addition to any formal entry requirements. Further details about your interview will be sent with your interview invitation. Acceptance onto the MPharm programme will be conditional upon a satisfactory enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and satisfactory health checks.

International

We welcome applications from International Applicants. All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.5, with no element below 6.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching includes lectures, workshops, tutorials, seminars and practical classes, backed up by computer-assisted learning, problem-based learning and self-directed study. A unique feature of the course is that a significant component of teaching is by scientists and clinicians at the medical school at St George's, University of London. As well as being taught by practising pharmacists, doctors and pharmaceutical scientists you will also work with hospital and community pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. You will also have contact and learn from patients.

Assessment includes module (not modular) exams, coursework and practical assessments including professional and clinical skills.

Guided independent study

When not attending timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, the online virtual learning platform.

Academic support

Our academic support team here at Kingston University provides help in a range of areas.

Dedicated personal tutor

When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of academic staff who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at Kingston and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer at Kingston University.

Your workload

Type of teaching and learning

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 1
  • Scheduled teaching: 494 hours
  • Placement: 16 hours
  • Guided independent study: 690 hours
Year 2
  • Scheduled teaching: 461 hours
  • Placement: 16 hours
  • Guided independent study: 723 hours
Year 3
  • Scheduled teaching: 470 hours
  • Placement: 40 hours
  • Guided independent study: 690 hours

Year 4

225 hours spent in scheduled teaching and learning
967 hours spent in guided independent study
8 hours spent in placement

How you will be assessed

Type of assessment

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 1
  • Coursework: 24%
  • Practical: 6%
  • Exams: 70%
Year 2
  • Coursework: 15%
  • Practical: 8%
  • Exams: 77%
Year 3
  • Coursework: 25%
  • Practical: 34%
  • Exams: 41%

 

Year 4

Coursework: 42%
Practical exam: 10%
Written exam 48%

 

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Your timetable

Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9am and 6pm. For undergraduate students, Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Class sizes

To give you an indication of class sizes, this course normally enrols 150 students and lecture sizes are normally 90-150. However this can vary by module and academic year.

What our students say

Pharmacy student Arzoo Parveen talks about her experiences of studying at Kingston:

Pharmacy student Maria Kyriakidou talks about her experiences of studying at Kingston:

Staff teaching on this course

The course is taught at the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing. Faculty staff have a wide range of experience across research and industry and continue to practice and research at the cutting edge of their discipline. This ensures that our courses are current and industry informed ensuring you get the most relevant and up to date education possible. Staff will use their experience and professional networks to hone your skills and shape you into the next generation of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduates.

Postgraduate students may run or assist in lab sessions and may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader.

Facilities

Pharmacy lab

Central to your learning is our new pharmacy practice laboratory, designed to allow you to experience what it is like in a real pharmacy and finesse your skills before you start working in the health service. Based at our Penrhyn Road campus, the £420,000 centre includes:

  • 40 medicine-dispensing stations;
  • a pharmacy counter;
  • a consulting area; and
  • computers connected to the Nexphase system (used in many local pharmacies).

You practice your people and diagnostic skills through role plays, taking it in turns to play the patient. Other role plays include advising doctors (usually played by experienced tutors) on how to deal with prescribing errors and clinical problems.When dispensing prescriptions you have to make all the same checks that you would make in a real pharmacy, including:

  • analysing prescriptions to check they have been filled in correctly by doctors;
  • checking clinical issues such as how one medicine might interact with another; and
  • advising pretend patients on how to take their prescriptions.

Other facilities

There is a wide range of facilities for practical work at our Penrhyn Road campus, where this course is based. You will have access to a modern environment with the latest equipment, including:

  • the £9.8 million Eadweard Muybridge building with state-of the art laboratories;
  • specialist equipment, such as:
    • gas and liquid chromatography;
    • electron microscopy;
    • a range of spectrometers, including mass spectrometers, infrared spectrometers and nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers;
    • nuclear science equipment;
    • thermal analysis;
    • x-ray diffractometers; and
    • electrochemical analysis.
  • computing laboratories and a team of IT technicians to offer assistance.

The Library offers:

  • subject libraries, plus a free inter-library loan scheme to other libraries in the Greater London area;
  • online database subscriptions; and
  • a growing selection of resource materials.

Course fees and funding

2021/22 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2021/22 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK students) £9,250*
International

Year 1 (2021/22): £15,450
Year 2 (2022/23): £15,900
Year 3 (2023/24): £16,200
Year 4 (2024/25): £16,500

* If your course involves a foundation year, the fee for that year for Home (UK) students will be £9,250 in 2021/22. The fees shown above apply for Year 1 of the degree from 2021/22 onwards (fees may rise in line with inflation for future academic years).

For full time programmes of a duration of more than one academic year, the published fee is an annual fee, payable each year, for the duration of the programme. Your annual tuition fees cover your first attempt at all of the modules necessary to complete that academic year. A re-study of any modules will incur additional charges calculated by the number of credits. Home tuition fees may be subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body. Full time taught International fees are subject to an annual increase and are published in advance for the full duration of the programme.

Eligible UK students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

2020/21 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK or EU), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2020/21 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK and EU students) £9,250*
International

Year 1 (2020/21): £15,000
Year 2 (2021/22): £15,450
Year 3 (2022/23): £15,900
Year 4 (2022/23): £16,200

* If your course involves a foundation year, the fee for that year for home and EU students will be £9,250 in 2020/21. The fees shown above apply for Year 1 of the degree from 2020/21 onwards (fees may rise in line with inflation for future academic years).

For full time programmes of a duration of more than one academic year, the published fee is an annual fee, payable each year, for the duration of the programme. Your annual tuition fees cover your first attempt at all of the modules necessary to complete that academic year. A re-study of any modules will incur additional charges calculated by the number of credits. Home/EU tuition fees may be subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body. Full time taught International fees are subject to an annual increase and are published in advance for the full duration of the programme.

Eligible UK and EU students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

Where a course has additional expenses, we make every effort to highlight them. These may include optional field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering), security checks such as DBS, uniforms, specialist clothing or professional memberships.

Textbooks

Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to, or be required to, buy your own copy of key textbooks.

Computer equipment

There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residence.

Free WiFi is available on each of the campuses.

Printing

In the majority of cases coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees.

Travel

Travel costs are not included but we do have a free intersite bus service which links the campuses and halls of residence.

Note for EU students: UK withdrawal from the European Union

The Government has recently announced that new students from the European Union and Swiss Nationals starting their course after August 2021 will no longer be eligible for a student loan in England for Undergraduate or Postgraduate studies for 2021/22 academic year. This decision only applies to new EU students starting in 2021/22. If you are an existing/continuing EU student, you will continue to be funded until you graduate or withdraw from your course.

Need to know more?

Our fees and funding section provides information and advice on money matters.

Accreditation

The Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) degree is fully accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council until 2020 entry.

After you graduate

Careers and progression

You'll graduate ready for the next steps towards becoming a pharmacist in the UK. These are a year's training in an approved pharmaceutical establishment and passing the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) registration exam.

Careers and recruitment advice

The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing has a specialist employability team. It provides friendly and high-quality careers and recruitment guidance, including advice and sessions on job-seeking skills such as CV preparation, application forms and interview techniques. Specific advice is also available for international students about the UK job market and employers' expectations and requirements.

The team runs employer events throughout the year, including job fairs, key speakers from industry and interviews on campus. These events give you the opportunity to hear from, and network with, employers in an informal setting.

Employability preparation at Kingston University

In addition to building expertise in your own discipline, our courses will also help you to develop key transferable skills that you'll need for professional life or further study once you graduate.

As well as a range of careers and employability activities at Kingston, we also offer you the chance to apply and develop your skills in live contexts as an integral part of your course. Opportunities include:

  • placements;
  • working or studying abroad;
  • volunteering;
  • peer mentoring roles; and
  • internship opportunities within and outside the University.

In your final year, you'll get the opportunity to complete a major 'capstone' project where you can apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired to a range of real issues in different contexts. This is a great way to learn and is a valuable bridge to employment or further research at masters level.

Courses available after you graduate

If you decide that you would like to go on to postgraduate study after your undergraduate course, we offer a 10% discount on our postgraduate course tuition fees to our alumni.

What our students say

I chose pharmacy at Kingston University due to the placements it offers. Furthermore, it's located by the River Thames and has many shopping and entertainment facilities. In addition to this, it's only 30 minutes by train from the centre of London.

Coming from Greece, I was able to build my personality and independence as well as meet students from different backgrounds. This multicultural experience gave me the chance to create new friendships that will last for life.

Maria Kyriakidou – Pharmacy MPharm

I have always been interested in science and finding out things to do with medicines, so I thought this would be the perfect course and, so far, I have enjoyed everything about it. The course is taught at an appropriate pace and I like the lectures.

The practicals have interested me most, especially Professional Practice. We are put in a pharmacist's shoes for a few hours a week and this enables us to do dispensing which is really enjoyable.

Through the University I have also done both community and hospital pharmacy placements. These have helped me understand more about the way pharmacies work in the different environments. Kingston in general is a nice place. The lecturers are friendly and I've made lots of friends here. I look forward to coming to University every day."

Rebecca Assafa – Pharmacy MPharm

Pharmacy at Kingston

Meet pharmacy student Josh and find out about his journey to becoming a registered pharmacist.

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 and 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 on our pharmacy department FtP blog.

The Department of Pharmacy 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.

How we work with other organisations

St George's, University of London

This course is run jointly by Kingston University and St George's, University of London. Most of the teaching takes place at Kingston, but you will also have access to the specialist facilities and staff expertise of St George's.

Industrial placement

The Clinical Pharmacy module includes placements in hospitals and community pharmacies. This gives you the chance to apply your academic studies to real situations and experience on-the-job training.

Competitions

Pharmacy students have the chance to take part in competitions such as the British Pharmaceutical Students' Association (BPSA) 'Responding to Symptoms', which was won in 2008 by Kingston University student Martin Rayner.

The competition assesses students' communication skills through role play with a 'patient'. The final involved counselling a patient on smoking cessation and nictotine replacement therapy.

Changes to courses for 2020/21 due to Covid-19

Changes detailed here are for students who will be starting the course in September 2020.

Course information (changes for 2020 entry)

Composition of the course

We do not anticipate making any changes to the composition of the course, i.e. number of modules or credits in a year, as a result of the pandemic.

In order to safeguard our students' health and safety and to minimise the risk of disruption to their studies, the University has postponed all Study Abroad programmes for outgoing students in the first teaching block of 2020/21. The University will review this decision before the second teaching block and will take into account relevant government advice at that time.

Changes can be made to courses as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area and to provide a high quality student experience. Any such changes made to the composition of the course will be highlighted to students during the induction period.

Modules

We do not anticipate making any changes to module titles and summaries or to the availability of modules as a result of the pandemic.

Changes can be made to modules as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area and to provide a high quality student experience. Any such changes made to module titles and/or availability of modules will be highlighted to students during the induction period.

Length of course

We expect to deliver the course within the planned timescales to enable successful students to progress through and graduate from the course without delay.

In exceptional circumstances the sequence of learning and teaching activities may be changed, e.g. re-sequencing those modules that can be delivered more effectively under the current restrictions with those which would be more difficult to deliver, such as practical modules and placements.

If the current pandemic situation continues into the next academic year and beyond, the University may be unable to offer suitable placements which may then impact the length of the course. In these circumstances the University will provide students with appropriate alternative options and ensure that support will be available to them so that they are able to make informed choices.

Entry requirements (changes for 2020 entry)

We have not changed entry requirements as a result of the pandemic. However, the range of accepted alternatives have increased as has the way in which we select students, which now includes virtual interviews and online portfolios.

Entry requirements for international students

We have not changed entry requirements for international students as a result of the pandemic. However, in response to the pandemic, we now accept a much broader list of English language exams for entry to the course; the level of these exams remain the same.

Teaching (changes for 2020 entry)

Changes to the way the course will be delivered

Due to the current pandemic the course's teaching and learning activities will be delivered through both online and on-campus methods (blended learning) in 2020/21. In order to provide all students with a comparable on-campus experience, the University has committed to ensuring that all courses provide at least 30% of their teaching and learning activities on-campus.

Practicals will be delivered mostly on campus. For workshops, these will be delivered by a mix of on campus and virtual online activities but with no change in the total hours of delivery.

While physical distancing measures remain in place, you will receive your learning and teaching via a blend of on-campus and on-line activities. Should your circumstances prevent your attendance at on-campus sessions, you will still be able to engage with your course in a way that allows you to progress. Where this is not possible, support will be available to consider what options are open to you.

Changes to teaching in the event of a further lockdown or adjustments in government advice

The University will continue to closely monitor government announcements and advice in relation to the current pandemic and, where required, will take any necessary action in order to comply with such advice.

In the event that a further lockdown is enforced the University will aim to deliver the course fully online. This may require some additional changes being made to planned teaching and learning activities, including assessments. The majority of our courses are prepared to be delivered fully online if the situation requires it. Where the quality of the student experience may be compromised significantly, or the course is unable to be delivered fully online, the University may need to suspend the delivery of that course until a time that it can be delivered appropriately. Students will be supported in these situations to ensure they are able to make the right choices for their particular circumstances.

In the event that the current social distancing restrictions are fully lifted and the University is able to resume normal delivery of teaching and learning activities, courses will assess whether it is in the students' interest to resume normal delivery. In some cases it may be better to continue and complete modules under the planned blended delivery mode.

Changes to the overall breakdown of scheduled teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours for Year 1

Changes to the overall breakdown of scheduled teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours will not be made as a result of the pandemic. However, it is possible that some adjustments might be made at module level, e.g. a few more scheduled activities, in order to help ensure student engagement with blended learning.

Any changes made to the overall breakdown of scheduled teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours for year 1 of the course will be highlighted to students during the induction period.

'Scheduled teaching' includes teaching that is online either live or recorded / on demand.

Timetable

Your individualised timetable for teaching block 1 (i.e. up to December 2020) should be available by the end of August. Timetables for teaching block 2 (i.e. from January 2021) will not be available until the autumn. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9am and 9pm. To accommodate smaller group sizes and social distancing, we will need to maximise the time available for teaching. This means, we may have to use Wednesday afternoons and enrichment week for additional teaching slots. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Class sizes

On-campus teaching may involve smaller class sizes in line with social distance requirements.

Assessment (changes for 2020 entry)

Changes can be made to modules, including how they are assessed, as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our modules up to date with current developments in that subject area. Due to the current restrictions in place, i.e. social distancing, it is anticipated that many formal on-campus examinations, including practical examinations, will be replaced with alternative assessments which can be completed online. These changes will be considered and approved through the University's processes to ensure that student assessments will be able to demonstrate they have achieved the expected learning outcomes. The approval process will also assess whether the change impacts the status of any professional body accreditation the course benefits from.

Any changes to the overall methods of assessment for Year 1 of the course will be highlighted to students during the induction period.

Staff (changes for 2020 entry)

No changes are expected to the general level of experience or status of staff involved in delivering the course.

As a result of the social distancing restrictions in place, on-campus teaching activities may need to be split into smaller groups which may require the support of teaching assistants and student mentors, who will be managed by experienced staff.

Fees, funding and additional costs (changes for 2020 entry)

Tuition fees

There will be no changes to published tuition fees for 2020/21.

Additional costs (e.g. field trips, materials, equipment, etc.)

As a result of the blended delivery of courses in 2020/21, where a significant proportion of the teaching will be done online, students will need a personal laptop or computer and access to the internet to participate in online teaching and learning activities. Students who are able to travel will have access to computers on campus, however, it should be noted that access to on-campus facilities will be restricted due to social distancing requirements.

The University is considering how best to provide support to students who do not have access to suitable hardware and software requirements and access to the internet. Identifying students who require this type of support is an important milestone for the University in our journey to ensure equity of access while we continue to deliver our blended approach. Information about the support that will be available will be provided to students during the induction period.

Funding

There will be no changes to any existing University funding arrangements for 2020/21. Currently there are no indications from the UK government that there will be any changes to government funding arrangements.

Fees and funding for international students

There will be no changes to published tuition fees or funding arrangements specifically relating to international students for 2020/21.

Work placements and field trips (changes for 2020 entry)

Placements (including work and clinical placements) and field trips included as part of the course will go ahead as planned. However, to ensure students are able to gain maximum value from these activities, it may be necessary to reschedule them to later in the year, or to a different year when current restrictions have been lifted. We acknowledge that this year it may be more difficult for students to secure appropriate placements. In those situations, students will be guided and supported through the various options that will be available to them, including switching courses or interrupting their studies until a time when they can complete their placement.

Any proposed changes to placements or field trips would go through the University's agreed processes where the impact of the change will be carefully considered. Students will be advised of any changes that may become necessary and appropriate support will be available to guide them through the various options that may be available to them.

In the interest of the health and wellbeing of our students, the University will ensure that appropriate risk assessments are made before students are sent on a placement.

Courses which require placements or field trips to be completed in order to pass relevant modules will have contingency plans in place in the event that a placement or field trip cannot be completed due to another lockdown or more stringent social distancing measures.

Voluntary placements or field trips may be rescheduled, or, as a last resort, cancelled if it becomes difficult to deliver them and doing so is in the interest of the health and safety of our staff and students.

Award, qualification and accreditation (changes for 2020 entry)

Qualification

No changes will be made to the qualification awarded, e.g. BSc (Hons), as a result of the pandemic.

Changes can be made to courses, including the qualification awarded (although very rare), as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area. Any changes made to the qualification awarded for the course will be highlighted to students during the induction period.

Accreditation

During the pandemic, the University has been working closely with all its associated professional bodies to establish where flexibility/changes can be applied without undermining their professional standards. This will ensure that any changes made to courses which have professional, statutory or regulatory body (PSRB) accreditation do not negatively impact the accreditation status.

In the very exceptional circumstance that professional bodies do not agree with changes proposed, it may be necessary to defer relevant modules until those modules can be delivered as required. Students will be informed of this during the induction period and appropriately supported so that they can consider all options available to them.

Additional changes for 2020 entry

International students

International students should maintain awareness of the UK government's and their home country's government advice on possible travel restrictions. The University will closely monitor advice and guidance published by the UK government and assess its impact on our international students. Appropriate advice and guidance will be provided as and when required.

Students who are unable to attend on-campus learning and teaching activities

The University will ensure students who are unable to attend on-campus learning and teaching activities are able to effectively engage with their studies remotely. For certain courses an inability to attend on-campus learning and teaching activities may not be in the students best interest, as it may impede their chances of succeeding in the course or lead to them receiving a poor learning experience. In such cases students will be advised and guided through the various options available to them, such as deferring their studies until they can engage fully with the course.

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