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Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Medical Sciences Pharmacy

Course type


Course Summary

The MSc in Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice is designed to help students to acquire and demonstrate the advanced-level competencies defined in the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's Advanced Pharmacy Framework, through a rigorous programme of study that provides students with the knowledge and skills required to: review and incorporate current evidence into practice; work effectively in a multidisciplinary clinical environment; make decisions in complex clinical situations; communicate effectively with patients who have common long-term medical conditions; undertake clinical and practice-based research. The new programme has replaced our previous postgraduate courses in clinical and community pharmacy. This programme in Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice enhances the opportunities for pharmacists to progress their career to advanced practitioner level. Assessment includes coursework assignments, online tests and a writtten examination in each of the first and second years. In addition, competency assessments, practice portfolios and Observed Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) are included in the Independent Prescribing option and a dissertation in the MSc stage. This programme enhances your opportunity as a pharmacist to progress your career to advanced practitioner level. Pharmacists in Great Britain have the option to undertake Independent Prescriber training in the second year whilst international students have the option to avail of on campus and local hospital teaching during the MSc stage.

Different course options

Study mode

Distance without attendance


3 years

Start date



Effective Communication & Consultation Skills (10 Credits) - Core
Actuarial Applications (10 Credits) - Core
Management of Long-term Conditions 1 (20 Credits) - Core
Stochastic Processes for Finance (10 Credits) - Core
Research Methods (10 Credits) - Core
Management of Long-term Conditions 2 (20 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants must have a pharmacy degree (minimum Bachelor degree) from a university recognised by Queen’s University Belfast and be registered as a pharmacist with an appropriate regulatory organisation.

Department profile

The Faculty of Medicine, Health & Life Sciences at Queen’s University has a reputation for excellence in education and research - a reputation which is reflected in our position in the Top 200 Universities in the World (QS World Rankings 2019). Through our research, we strive to address some of the world’s greatest challenges in health, food and the environment. To meet these challenges, our academic staff undertake world-leading research...more