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Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Psychiatry Pharmacy

Course type


Course Summary

This course is for you if you are looking to build upon the Diploma in Psychiatric Pharmacy to gain an MSc. This qualification provides the necessary critical, analytical and evaluation skills to understand the research process including ethical and risk assessment issues. This course is accredited by the CMHP. This one year research MSc in Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice is available to you if you are a graduand of the Diploma in Psychiatric Pharmacy. You will undertake supervised, but independently executed, practice research. You will be encouraged to integrate and apply the skills acquired during the Certificate and Diploma courses to investigate in depth an area of clinical psychiatric pharmacy practice of specific interest to you.

In addition to the knowledge gained on this course, you will develop the following skills: The ability to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries in the field of psychiatric practice research; Learn to communicate effectively to academics as well as students; Learn good writing skills and the ability to complete an ethics proposal for submission to an ethics committee; Develop the ability to study independently and employ good time management. The certificate is the first stage for pharmacists in becoming a specialist mental health pharmacist. It is also undertaken by mental health nurses to increase their knowledge base especially those practicing or aiming to practice as non-medical prescribers. General practitioners and psychiatrists, as well as graduates working in the pharmaceutical industry have also been past students. The diploma is frequently a requirement for specialist clinical mental health posts in the NHS. “Specialist status” as deemed by Membership of the College of Mental Health Pharmacy is also increasingly expected for higher level clinical posts in the NHS. The Diploma forms part of the pathway for this accreditation. The MSc is designed to help students develop their career either within practice or academia. Consultant pharmacist posts, in the NHS, are all required to have a research component. The qualification can also help students looking to undertake a PhD.

Different course options

Study mode

Distance without attendance


1 year

Start date



This should demonstrate a detailed theoretical understanding and a critical appraisal of the relevant research literature. It should include an appropriate research question or hypothesis, plus suitable experimental design, execution, data handling, data analyses and interpretation in a systematic and accurate manner. The project should usually be between 10,000 and 15,000 words in length. Included in that word limit are an abstract (maximum 300 words) and an executive summary (maximum 1500 words). Independence of thought and action within the research process and effectiveness of timekeeping will all be assessed.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For students starting in 2018: £9,900 (total). For students starting 2018 that already hold the PgDip Psychiatric Pharmacy from Aston University: £3,300.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a Diploma in Psychiatric Pharmacy from Aston University or equivalent, with a research methods module a desirable option. Students will normally be employed by the NHS and will be on a career path as a mental health pharmacist specialising in the treatment of people with mental illness. All students are considered on an individual basis based on their qualifications, experience, references and motivation.