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The Clinical Pharmacy MSc has been designed to align with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) foundation and advanced practice frameworks and the RPS knowledge summary guides. Gain vital core skills and knowledge necessary to prepare for your role as an advanced pharmacist practitioner and utilise your portfolio assessments to be used towards building your RPS individual pharmacist portfolio.
The course has been developed by healthcare professionals and academics to reflect the most up-to-date and relevant areas to a pharmacist’s practice. Customise your clinical learning needs for your pharmacist role through our tailored module approach. There is a mentor and non-mentor route offered for the majority of modules (please see specific modules for further details); we would advise that you look to identify a chosen mentor as soon as possible in the application process, but if you are unable to find a suitable one then the non-mentor based route is available. The mentor must have an equivalent or higher qualification to a diploma in Clinical Pharmacy and held this qualification for a minimum of one year before becoming a mentor.
The course will continue to deliver a blended learning experience utilising the virtual learning environment (Canvas) and live sessions. In place of face to face conference teaching we will be delivering live webinar series attached to the applicable modules. The introduction session usually held on campus will also be held virtually.
To support the changes in delivery to the 2020-21 academic year there will be scheduled online drop-in sessions to provide an additional communication channel between academics and students. Assessments, in light of the current situation, have been reviewed in relation to work-based tasks and the style of examination. This has led to term 1 module exams that have previously been closed book to become open book assessments.
Due to modules planned to have started in April 2020 being cancelled, we are running three of these 10 credit modules (PHMM65 Evidence Based Medicine, PHMM69 Population Healthcare and PHMM73 Psychiatry) from October 2020 to January 2021 to allow those who wish to complete their studies by the February assessment board. Due to the cancellation of these modules new module selection forms will be issued prior to the new academic year.
The Clinical Pharmacy MSc is delivered through a blended learning approach. A strong focus is on the interactive distance-learning material, which you can work through at a time convenient to you.
Teaching is delivered through online lectures, expert interviews, directed reading, case-based scenarios, research, tutorials and online tutor support. Content is divided into bite-sized chunks so even in a short amount of time you could cover a specific area, self-check your knowledge in a quiz, watch an expert consult or watch a video. In addition to online teaching you will have the opportunity to attend conference days on campus at the University. You will be taught by experienced academic pharmacists working in current practice, highly specialist advanced clinical pharmacist practitioners, medical consultants and many other healthcare professionals.
Assessments include written/online examinations, OSCEs, a work-based portfolio mapped to the RPS pharmacy frameworks, and written coursework.
The suite of modules running over the academic year allow you the learner to manage your own time and give you flexibility of when you study across the module time period. Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working.
Clinical Decision Making and Stages of Care (20 credits)
Patient Safety (20 credits)
The Acute Patient (20 credits)
The Chronic Patient (20 credits)
Primary Care and Social Pharmacy (10 credits)
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Psychiatry (10 credits)
Evidence-based Medicine (10 credits)
Clinical Investigation and Diagnostics (10 credits)
Population Healthcare (10 credits)
Clinical Skills 1 (10 credits)
Clinical Skills 2 (10 credits)
Clinical Audit (15 credits)
Research Methods (30 credits)
Research Project (30 credits)
Independent Prescribing (40 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. You will need to apply for this course separately.
Our typical offer is:
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The tuition fee for this course is:
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 Student 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.
The Skills Boost North East Discount is a 20% waiver on the full cost of course fees for postgraduate taught Masters courses for any worker who has been furloughed, has been made redundant, or is likely to be made redundant and who has a local connection to the North East region. The discount is also available to anyone with a connection to the North East who graduated in academic year 2019/20 with an undergraduate degree from any university, or who has graduated with an undergraduate degree from a university in the North East in academic year 2019/20 and has been unable to secure full-time graduate employment due to pressures of Covid-19. Read more about the discount.
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
We encourage you to plan your career progression with your employer.
On completing this course you will be equipped with the advanced skills and knowledge specifically needed for progression into various senior pharmacist roles.
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).
We have a recommended route for your learning on the course, however, this is only a guide and you may have specific requirements or areas that you would want to cover. The recommended route would be:
Year 1: Clinical Decision Making and Stages of Care (20 credits), Patient Safety (20 credits) and two additional 10 credit modules.
Year 2: The Chronic Patient (20 credits), The Acute Patient (20 credits), and two additional 10 credit modules.
Year 3: Research Methods & Research Project (60 credits) OR Pharmacist Independent Prescribing (40 credits) and two additional 10 credit modules.
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