Taught course

Pharmacy Practice (Overseas Pharmacists Assessment Programme)

Kingston University · Pharmacy and Chemistry

Entry requirements

Entrants to the Overseas Pharmacists Assessment Programme (OSPAP) programme must: have been approved as suitable for entry to the course by the pharmacy regulator; and demonstrate proficiency in English language (see below for details). 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).

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.


Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

  • Design and Application of Dosage Forms

    This module provides an understanding of different principles of biopharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics and their application in designing various pharmaceutical dosage forms for a safe and effective delivery in vivo. The module deals with regulatory framework that underpins drug development from discovery of active substance through clinical trials, drug development, manufacture and licensing.

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

    • Evaluate the influence of physico-chemical properties of drug molecules on their formulation, performance and clinical activity.
    • Show an advanced understanding of the fundamental pharmacokinetic parameters of drugs given by a variety of routes and also predict the pharmacokinetic profiles of modified drug delivery systems utilising pharmacokinetics simulation software.
    • Critically appraise new and emerging pharmaceutical technologies, including but not limited to the delivery of biotechnology products.
    • Apply specialised practical skills for dispensing and manipulating sterile dosage forms and extemporaneous dispensing.
    • Critically analyse and apply the regulatory framework to new pharmaceutical products.
    • Critically review a published primary literature study with relevance to the pharmacokinetics presented.
  • Professional Pharmacy Practice

    This module advances your knowledge of legal, ethical and recent practices related to pharmacy eg medicine use reviews and supplementary and independent prescribing.

    It teaches you the skills you will need for professional practice, such as:

    • decision making;
    • minimising dispensing errors;
    • continual professional development;
    • the role of pharmacist as part of the health-care team; and
    • pharmacoeconomics.

    It also prepares you for your pre-registration year. Nearly 25% of the teaching time is spent in practicals and workshops to emphasise these concepts.

  • The Application of Evidence to Patient Care

    This module advances the knowledge in relation to conditions commonly treated in practice by pharmacists and issues concerning pharmaceutical public health. The module teaches the skills required to appropriately respond to symptoms, prescribe over-the-counter medicines, including complimentary therapies and to provide advice for health promotion activities.

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

    • Demonstrate the advanced understanding and application of evidence hierarchy and critical appraisal techniques.
    • To conduct decision analysis and clinical decision-making using evidence-based practice for both traditional and complementary therapies.
    • Use observation and structured questioning to reach an appropriate decision when responding to symptoms and to communicate this information to the patient in an effective non-judgment way.
    • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the professional issues and responsibilities, including CPD, in relation to pharmacist prescribing.
    • Demonstrate competence in accurately and critically analysing, labelling, dispensing, and endorsing multi-item prescriptions, identifying potential drug interactions and making interventions where appropriate.
    • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the role of laboratory tests in diagnosis and disease monitoring.
  • Pharmacological and Clinical Management of Disease

    This module introduces the principles and skills required to practice evidence-based medicine and problem solving as a clinical pharmacist. This module deals with real clinical situations and near patient learning gained working in a hospital (1.5 days).

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

    • Recognise, evaluate and appraise the effect and mechanism of action of drugs that act on the cardiovascular, skeleto-muscular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, endocrine and neurological systems.
    • Demonstrate and apply enhanced knowledge of the concept and implication of ADRs, drug interactions and drug induced disorders.
    • Relate the selection of therapy to treatment to treatment guidelines/evidence base, drug properties and patient management.
    • Use and critically evaluate data including medical abbreviations from commonly requested laboratory test to monitor drug treatment and disease progression.
    • Produce a structured reflective diary of placement experience.

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). http://www.kingston.ac.uk/international/studying-at-kingston/language-requirements/

Fees and funding

Please see http://www.kingston.ac.uk/postgraduate-course/overseas-pharmacists-assessment-programme-pgdip-msc/fees-and-bursaries.html for more details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

08448 547683/+44 (0)20 3308 9931