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Pharmacy Practice (Overseas Pharmacists Assessment Programme) (Top-Up) (MSc/PGDip)

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  • Study Type

    Full time available

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  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    1 year full time

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip

  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    30 May 2019

You must successfully pass the PgDip before you can register for the MSc top-up.

This Overseas Pharmacists Assessment Programme (OSPAP) is a conversion programme designed to enable non-EU-qualified pharmacists to receive theoretical and practical training in key topics relevant to practice in the UK. It aims to familiarise overseas-trained pharmacists (non-EU and not covered by Directive 2005/36/EC) with the practice of pharmacy in the UK. The course is fully accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) for 2018 entry.

Kingston is long established as a top teaching university with excellent facilities. We have excellent links with a number of hospitals, including St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Kingston Hospital, the Royal Marsden Hospital and University Hospital Lewisham, as well as a number of major community pharmacies, enabling you to experience the role of the pharmacist first-hand through visits or placements.

What will you study?

We will equip you with knowledge pharmaceutical sciences, clinical pharmacy, pharmacy practice, and UK pharmacy law and practice. Your learning will integrate science with practice, with case studies demonstrating how chemistry, pharmacology and pharmaceutics affect clinical practice. Your learning is further supported with community and hospital placements, simulations and inter-professional education.

Successful graduates will be eligible to apply for a one-year pre-registration period in an approved pharmaceutical establishment, prior to taking membership examinations from the pharmacy regulator (the General Pharmaceutical Council) and gaining entry onto the UK register of pharmacists. Obtaining a pre-registration placement is the responsibility of the student, and different visa requirements may apply for non-EU/EEA citizens. You are advised to visit the UK Borders Agency and Home Office websites for the latest information on visas and employment.


Assessment takes place in various forms such as in-class and multiple choice tests, assignments, practical sessions and reports, case studies, essays, posters, oral presentations, portfolios, a research project report (if the MSc top-up is chosen) and written exams.

Visit the Pharmacy Practice (Overseas Pharmacists Assessment Programme) (Top-Up) (MSc/PGDip) page on the Kingston University website for more details!




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