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The Diploma/MSc in Clinical Pharmacy has been designed to align with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's (RPS) foundation and advanced pharmacist frameworks and the RPS's knowledge summary guides. Gain vital core skills and knowledge necessary to prepare for your role as an advanced pharmacist practitioner and prescriber, and use your portfolio assessments in building your RPS individual pharmacist portfolio.
The course has been developed by pharmacist practitioners 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. We offer a mentored programme, and we would advise that you look to choose an in-work mentor as soon as possible in the application process; your mentor must have a diploma (or higher qualification) in Clinical Pharmacy and must have held this qualification for a minimum of one year before becoming a mentor. We highly recommend that students identify an in-work mentor where possible, however, a non-mentor approach can be opted for if deemed necessary.
The Diploma/MSc in Clinical Pharmacy 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 and a pace that is best for 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 content, you will have the opportunity to attend a series of online seminars (webinars). 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 to manage your own time and gives you the flexibility of when you study across the module time period. Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this programme 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) (This module can only be taken once you have completed Clinical Skills 1)
Clinical Audit (10 credits)
Research Methods (30 credits)
Research Project (30 credits)
Independent Prescribing (40 credits)
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Each year of the course requires 60 credits to complete.
We are not accepting applications from international students.
Learn more about settled status, pre-settled status, special discounts, visa requirements, and Common Travel Area (CTA) agreements for the Republic of Ireland applicants in our Help and Advice article.
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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 per annum).
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. Most students study 60 credits across each academic year to obtain the 120 credits for a diploma or 180 credits for the MSc award. 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.
Option 1: The Chronic Patient (20 credits), The Acute Patient (20 credits), and two additional 10 credit modules
Option 2: Independent Prescribing (40 credits), and an additional 20 credits
Option 1: Independent Prescribing (40 credits), and an additional 20 credits
Option 2: Research Methods (30 credits) and Research Project (30 credits)