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Advanced Pharmacy Practice PgDip

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas


Course type


Course Summary

The PgDip in Advanced Pharmacy Practice is designed for hospital-based pharmacists in Northern Ireland who wish to progress to Advanced Practitioner level (AfC Band 8a). The PG Diploma stage aims to develop the student's knowledge of therapeutics in several key areas and incorporates the NICPLD Independent Prescribing practice certificate. The PgDip in Advanced Pharmacy Practice we do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies that enhance their development as independent, lifelong learners. The role of the pharmacist in the Health Service is expanding to improve patient care and access to medicines. Agenda for Change (AfC) and the associated NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF) aim to support the career development of health service staff and the provision of effective patient care. This PG Diploma programme in Advanced Pharmacy Practice enhances the opportunities for hospital-based pharmacists in Northern Ireland to progress their career to Advanced Practitioner level.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


2 years

Start date



Clinical Management Planning
Disease Management
Advanced Therapeutics in Respiratory Disease, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes and Infectious Disease
Professional Aspects of Prescribing
Prescribing and Monitoring

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 need to have a primary degree in Pharmacy (minimum Bachelor Degree) from an institution approved by the University. Additionally all Applicants must have: Identified a designated medical practitioner prior to commencing the prescribing modules; completed the NICPLD foundation training programme or must be able to demonstrate equivalent experience. All applicants must be employed as a hospital pharmacist.

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