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Pharmacy Practice (Overseas Pharmacists Assessment Programme)

Kingston University · Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing
PGDipMSc top-up

Entry requirements

All applications for the Pharmacy Practice (Overseas Pharmacists Assessment Programme) must go through the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) for approval in the first instance. Please see their website or contact them directly for more information including entry requirements.

If you make an application for a place on the course, the General Pharmaceutical Council will advise us of your eligibility and you will be sent information from the admissions team on how to apply for a place at Kingston University.

Months of entry


Course content

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).

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

You will receive training in pharmaceutical sciences, clinical pharmacy, pharmacy practice, and pharmacy law and practice. 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.

Information for international students

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in each element (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MSc top-up
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

08448 547683/+44 (0)20 3308 9931