M.Sc. Clinical Pharmacy

De Montfort University

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 36 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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Why this course?

* A flexible approach that meets your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements
* Suitable for pharmacists working in hospital, community or primary care pharmacy or other sectors eg the prison service, non-NHS hospitals (inlcuding Locum pharmacists)
* Options to follow different routes and gain different qualifications, including independent prescribing
* A skills-based approach to learning about 'real life' clinical pharmacy; practice-based coursework assessments, course material is written by expert pharmacists and doctors
* Distance learning which can be planned around work and personal commitments.

Career opportunities

On completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Clincal Pharmacy you will be able to:

* Formulate individualised approaches to patient care based on the application of an in-depth understanding of clinical pharmacy knowledge
* Create solutions to problems using a critical, evidence based approach to clincal pharmacy and a professional and reflective approach to decision making.
* Critically reflect upon your own practice, reviewing pharmacy practice with insight and orginality
* Employ excellent verbal and written communication skills
* Critically reflect upon the practice and perspective of others
* Demonstrate in pharmacy practice the requirments of the clinical governance and financial governance aspects of healthcare practice, in a strategic medicines management context.

All of the options within the Clinical Pharmacy MSc are suitable for practising pharmacists who wish to develop their careers and gain an additional clinical qualification. The specialist and learning skills you acquire are highly sought after in many different sectors of practice. Having an MSc is recognised by some employers (eg some hospital trusts) as a stepping stone in career progression.


The course philosophy is to provide a variety of learning activities which will enable you to meet your CPD requirements and to continually improve the quality of the clinical care delivered to patienzts. To ensure the course is kept up-to-date and relevant it has recently undergone some innovative changes which will provide greater flexibility and choice. The different options now available are:

* The Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy is particularly suitable for most pharmacists working directly with patients
* The Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy is suitable for pharmacists working in all sectors of pharmacy who wish to improve their clinical knowledge and application of this to patient care.
* The Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy (Independent Prescribing) is suitable for pharmacists who wish to work directly with patients and have scope within their job to use independent prescribing
* The Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy (Research Methods) is suitable for pharmacists who wish to complete their MSc, or those who wish to become more involved in formulary development or strategic medicines management
* The Clinical Pharmacy MSc equips pharmacists with research skills and knowledge, and gives the opportunity to carry out a research project within an area of clinical pharmacy or pharmacy practice. It is suitable for pharmacists with an interest in a particular area they would like to research or for pharmacist who wish to expand their role into teaching and research.

The ethos of the programme is designed to enhance a 'real life' approach by:

* Providing most of the teaching through distance-learning
* Having a supportive team of tutors and administrators available to answer queries
* Encouraging you to develop more effective learning skills. This enables you to continue learning throughout your career
* Using assessments that can be applied to your work situation
* Encouraging you to improve your professional skills, for example problem solving, communication and presentation skills
* Fulfilling the CPD requirements of the GPhC.

The MSc has been designed to reflect a broad strategic approach to medicines management and the core themes running throughout the module fit in with these four steps in medicines management:

* Selection of the correct and appropriate drug (through evidence based practice and prescribing guidelines)
* Ensuring and enabling partnership in medicine taking (concordance)
* Getting the right drug to the right patient at the right time (dispensing)
* Outcome monitoring (compliance and clinical outcomes).

Programme Structure

Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy

Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy

Postgraduate diploma in clinical pharmacy with research methods

Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy with IP

MSc in Clinical Pharmacy


You should be a registered pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) or Pharmaceutical Society Northern Ireland (PSNI) and practising in the UK; if you are in Southern Ireland you should discuss whether or not the course will meet your needs with the programme leaders. You should be in a patient-facing role, having contact with patients for the equivalent of at least one day a week.

There are 2 intakes a year in September and March.

Academic entry criteria

You should have a degree in Pharmacy, such as BSc (Pharm), BPharm or MPharm. Applications are welcomed from pharmacists with degrees from other countries who are practising as registered pharmacists in the UK.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


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