The Clinical Pharmacy course has been developed by healthcare professionals and academics to reflect the most relevant areas to a pharmacist’s practice. This is the only part-time MSc Clinical Pharmacy course in the North-East of England. It runs on a distance learning basis and allows you to combine study with work and family commitments.
Each year of the course you must successfully attain 60 credits in order to progress into the next stage. Study a number of elective modules throughout all stages in order to tailor your development path, and receive support from a personal tutor and information on what modules are available at each stage.
Teaching and learning methods include online lectures, expert interviews, directed reading, case-based scenarios, research, tutorials and online tutor support. The conferences will involve master classes delivered by experts in their field, supported by workshop-based sessions.
Assessment on the course includes: examinations (written and OSCE-style); work-based portfolio mapped to competencies outlined in the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Foundation Pharmacy Framework (you will require a mentor* in practice to facilitate this); case-based coursework tasks.
Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working.
*Mentors can include experienced, qualified pharmacists, nurses or doctors.
Please see the Programme Map for how the modules can be taken: MSc Clinical Pharmacy course content programme (.pdf) (the optional modules in blue are not offered in year 2017/18).
Clinical Decision Making and Stages of Care (20 credits)
- Learn how to make decision in the best interest of the patient
- Incorporate exciting academic knowledge and critical thinking skills to assess difficult situations and determine the relative benefit and risk to the patient’s individual situation
This module allows content alterations based on the current position of pharmacists and healthcare professionals during the time of delivery.
Patient Safety (20 credits)
- Clinical governance and risk assessment/management in healthcare
- Safer prescribing
- High-risk medicines
- National patient safety initiatives
The Acute Patient (20 credits)
- A case-orientated approach to management of the most common conditions presenting in acute clinical settings
The Chronic Patient (20 credits)
- Following the patient journey from initial diagnosis to longer-term management of the most common chronic diseases
- Addresses the specific needs of patients in a variety of settings including nursing homes, in the community, in hospital and across care interfaces
- Works in tandem with the Acute Patient Module to build knowledge across different care stages
Clinical Skills 1 (10 credits)
- Clinical assessment and examination skills
Evidence-based Medicine (10 credits)
- Principles of EBM
Clinical Investigation and Diagnostics (10 credits)
- Advanced biochemistry and other investigations for specialist therapeutic areas, including simple ECG interpretation, basics of x-ray findings, spirometry, biomarkers, arterial blood gases
Healthcare Systems and Service Provisions (10 credits) (Not offered 2017/18)
- Organisation of the NHS (structure, function, links to government and other organisations)
- Interprofessional working and seamless transfer of care
- Service commissioning for pharmacists
- Budget management
Personalised Healthcare (10 credits) (Not offered 2017/18)
- Pharmacogenomics, biotechnology and gene therapy
Population Healthcare (10 credits)
- Public health and health informatics
Social Pharmacy and Primary Care (10 credits)
- Medicines management in care homes
- Multi-disciplinary teams in primary care
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Clinical Skills 2 (10 credits) (Can only be taken once you have completed Clinical Skills 1)
Building upon the basic clinical examination and assessment skills in level one, but becoming increasingly specialised into specific therapeutic areas
Independent Prescribing (45 credits)
This module is accredited by The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPHc) and allows you to gain an award of Postgraduate Certificate of Achievement: Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists. To be eligible, pharmacists must be registered in the UK and have at least two years’ experience in a patient-facing capacity and have the agreement of Designated Medical Practitioner to mentor them and assess their competence in a range of prescribing skills, as detailed by NICE Single Competency Framework for Prescribers.
Clinical Audit (15 credits)
Students will be expected to develop their knowledge and understanding of the audit cycle, standard-setting, metrics and comparisons to enable them to develop a major audit in their own practice.
Not available in year 2 of the programme. If you choose to do Independent Prescribing in Year 2 of this course, you should combine this with a clinically-orientated module, e.g. Chronic Patient.
Independent Prescribing (45 credits)
MSc Research Module (15 credits)
Research Methods (30 credits)
Research Project (30 credits)
We usually require:
Your degree should be recognised by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).
If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.
Tuition fees for part-time postgraduate students are £344 per 10 credits. Each year of the course requires 60 credits to complete.
Please note that part-time courses are not available to international students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK. Fees for non-Tier 4 international students will be agreed at application stage, and may differ from the above.
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
Postgraduate qualifications in clinical pharmacy will help you take on additional responsibility. 95.8% of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2015/16 (based on UK postgraduate students).
We encourage you to plan your future contributions with your employer and how your career will progress.
On completing this course you will be equipped with the advanced skills and knowledge specifically needed for promotion in roles such as:
A promotion to a higher band of pay can quickly ensure a good return on your investment in the course. Within the NHS, salaries for specialist clinical pharmacist are rated as Band 7 (up to around £40,000).
Our biannual Learning Conference Weekends are an opportunity for you to hear from expert speakers across a range of practice areas including hospital, community, primary care and academia. Previous expert speakers have included include leaders in pharmacy fields, expert pharmacists in clinical therapeutics, consultant physicians and medical registrars, specialist nurses and pharmacy-related researchers. We have state-of-the-art facilities for hands-on learning experiences. This includes simulations of clinical scenarios using SIM-MAN technology and mock wards/pharmacy which we use during our workshops. We cover clinically-orientated topics relevant to all pharmacy sectors and have a range of workshop choices on offer at each event to allow you to tailor your learning to your own practice.
UK Learning Conference Dates for 2018 are: