Pharmaceutical Sciences

The Pharmaceutical Sciences CAG is unique as the world’s only formal healthcare/academic partnership in pharmaceutical sciences.   

The Pharmaceutical Sciences CAG brings together more than 1,500 staff and students from each of the partner organisations within King’s Health Partners, with the aim of improving practice, research and education in pharmaceutical sciences. It includes a variety of professional groups, including pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, scientists, healthcare professional, undergraduate and postgraduate students and administrative staff.Pharma Sciences

Our CAG draws together all aspects of the use of medicines, from drug discovery through first-in-man studies, through to formulation technology and prescribing safety to post marketing pharmacoepidemiology (the study of the uses and effects of drugs in large numbers of people).

Our range of services includes pharmacy departments at Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley, the Institute of Pharmaceutical Science at King’s College London, a pharmaceutical production facility at Guy’s, the Medicines Information Centre at the Maudsley, the Toxicology Unit at King’s College Hospital and Quintiles Drug Research Unit.

We work closely with specialist services such as cancer, cardiovascular and emergency services. Working across our acute and community sectors, we are maximising beneficial outcomes for our patients from medicines, through medicines optimisation. This sees our CAG focusing on safety, governance, professional collaboration and patient engagement in the formulation, prescribing and research into medicines.   


Our CAG runs several education and training programme for healthcare professionals and pharmacy students. They include:

  • BSc Pharmacology, Pharmacology with Molecular Genetics
  • a four year MPharm degree
  • an MSc degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • MSci Integrated Pharmacology and Physiology for Research
  • a pre-registration training year for pharmacy graduates, which includes working across King’s Health Partners
  • international paediatric pharmacy internships
  • more than 300 full and part-time PhD studentships
  • independent prescribing course for pharmacists and nurses

Staff in our CAG contribute to a large number of courses that are run in King’s Health Partners including undergraduate medicine and postgraduate medical specialty courses. Academics in our Institute of Pharmaceutical Science provide substantial teaching in a wider range of undergraduate and postgraduate taught course delivered within teaching departments in:

  • pharmacy
  • pharmacology
  • biochemistry
  • physiology

Key achievements in education include:

  • MPharm degree was re-accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) for the maximum six years, with no conditions or recommendations.
  • King's College London Pharmacy and Pharmacology ranked third in the world by QS ratings.


Our pharmacy and pharmacology was ranked third in the world, in the 2014 QS World University Rankings by subject. Our research is governed by the need of clinical practice.

Increasingly, collaborative research with NHS colleagues forms a major part of our work, producing 50 full research papers in 2014.  More than ten NHS staff are currently undertaking MRes or PhD qualifications.

The Institute of Pharmaceutical Science has wide ranging expertise that includes drug discovery, the evaluation of novel drugs and their mechanisms of action, formulation science, clinical pharmacology, and therapeutics and drug delivery.

The Quintiles Guy’s Drug Research Unit carries out Phase I/II studies of investigational drugs including first-on-man studies. The unit also holds expertise in preclinical and regulatory strategy. Phase I/II services include drug interaction studies and contract work for companies, government organisations and charities.

Members of our CAG have a multiplicity of collaborations with industry that have led to the award of research grants, consultancy agreements, CASE studentships, knowledge partnerships and the setting up of their own companies. 

King’s Health Partners Clinical Trial Pharmacies

At any one time, King’s Health Partners Clinical Trial Pharmacies supports around 450 clinical trials of medicinal products. We collaborate across all pharmacy units in the partnership to support this clinical research. We aim to be a centre of excellence for providing pharmacy services and drug management solutions for clinical research. We review all clinical trials of investigational medicinal products as part of an approval process for research and development in each of our partner trusts. We also work with researchers to ensure clinical trials are set up efficiently and provide support in designing effective trials.


Our clinical academic group has dissolved artificial boundaries between research, practice, teaching and training, and between the NHS and academic. Our clinicians teach, our researchers practice and our teachers research. This structure is enabling us to attain our key strategic goal of assuring the translation of research findings related to drugs and medicines into practice as quickly as possible, which ultimately benefits our patients who safely receive the right medicine, in the right formulation at the right time.
Professor David Taylor, Leader of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Clinical Academic Group

Pharmaceutical Sciences Clinical Academic Group Leader

Professor David Taylor, Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, King's College London