M.Sc. Clinical Pharmacy (distance learning)

University College Cork

Application deadline: July
Tuition fee:
  • € 3,850 / Year (EEA)
  • € 8,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits: 90 credits
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: Blended
Educational variant: Part-time
Intensity: Flexible
Duration part-time: 24 months
Part-time variant: Flexible
Structure: Fully structured
Student interaction: Online group works/assignments
Attendance: No Attendance
Teacher support: Continuous support with feedback on request

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All students register for the MSc in Clinical Pharmacy(Pathway I). This consists of a two year distance learning programme, which is supported by regular compulsory teleconferences. It is offered by the School of Pharmacy, University College Cork.

There is a compulsory introductory workshop held in UCC at the start of year one. Core areas such as clinical pharmacy skills, rational prescribing and medication safety are covered in year one along with four clinical areas. In year two of the course further clinical areas are covered, along with pharmacoeconomics. End of year exams consists of written examinations in UCC at the end of both years and also oral examinations at the end of year two.

At the end of year two the student completes a research assignment which will form the basis of the MSc dissertation that has to be submitted at the end of September in year two of the course. An internal examiner from the UCC School of Pharmacy is appointed for each research project.
There is another option available to students who hold a Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy from other recognised institutions. This is the one year MSc course ( see pathway II).

The course comprises of taught modules by distance learning, a clinical attachment in the workplace and a thesis.

The distance learning modules will consist of formal teaching material, individual assignments and practical logbook exercises. The students will communicate with the module co-ordinators and each other by way of regular teleconferences and via the Internet (using Blackboard). In addition, students will be required to undertake a clinical attachment, in their workplace, under the supervision of a designated tutor. Both the workplace and the tutor will need to be approved by the Programme Committee, prior to the start of the programme.

Course materials will be circulated in hard copy and, in some instances, electronically according to a strict programme timetable and all module assignments (workbooks, case studies, other personal assignments) must be returned within designated time-points.


Programme Requirements (Pathway I)

Year I:
* PF6001 Biostatistics/Critical Appraisal

* PF6009 Pharmacotherapy I

* PF6010 Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Rational Use of Drugs

Year II:
* PF6005 Pharmacoeconomics

* PF6006 Pharmacotherapy II

* PF6007 Pharmacotherapy III

Upon completion students may opt to be conferred with a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy, or may complete a research project/thesis to be conferred with the MSc in Clinical Pharmacy.

Programme Requirements (Pathway II - one year only):
* PF6001 Biostatistics/Critical Appraisal

* PF6007 Pharmacotherapy III

* PF6008 Dissertation


Entry Requirements (Pathway I)

* Students must hold a primary pharmacy degree from a School of Pharmacy that is approved by the Programme Committee.
* They must be registered with the professional accreditation authority in the country in which they are practising.
* Ideally candidates should have practical experience in their area of qualifications of at least two years post-registration.
* All students will be required to have full access to computer and internet facilities and to be computer literate.
* Candiates must be employed by an agreed hospital or community pharmacy and must have a letter of consent/support from the hospital of employment from their employer/supporting GP (where relevant) before registration.
* In some exceptional circumstances candidates, who by virtue of their training and experience, may, at the discretion of the Programme Director and the Head of School, be deemed suitable for entry to the degree.

Entry Requirements (Pathway II)
In addition to the above:

* The Programme Management Committee may permit graduates holding a Postgraduate Diploma (equivalent to Level 9 award) in Clinical Pharmacy from an appropriately accredited School of Pharmacy to enter a one-year programme. To be considered for entry to this programme, candidates must have completed their Clinical Pharmacy Diploma no more than five years prior to the date of registration for this programme.

Part-Time Taught Postgraduate Programmes
Please note that non-EU applicants are not eligible to study part-time programmes

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5



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