These courses have been specifically designed to meet the needs of practising community pharmacists. Because of their distance-learning format, participants can continue in full-time employment throughout the courses.
The courses are intended to help community pharmacists to:
The two courses have core material in common. Participants initially enter at M.Sc. level, and in Year 2 they may choose either to graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Pharmacy or to undertake a research component with a view to gaining a M.Sc. in Community Pharmacy.
Both courses are available on a part-time basis and participants undertake a series of modules covering clinical, social and business aspects of pharmacy practice, with opportunities for specialisation in particular fields. Pharmacists undertaking the M.Sc. complete an additional module on research methods and perform a research project relevant to community pharmacy practice.
You can apply until:
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Applicants must be registered or entitled to apply for registration as a pharmacist with the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland and currently be employed (full-time/part-time) in community pharmacy. Two references are required upon application: either two academic references or one academic and one work-related reference.
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