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)
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.
Entry Requirements (Pathway I)
Entry Requirements (Pathway II)
In addition to the above:
Please note that non-EU applicants are not eligible to study part-time programmes
No work experience is required.
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