The PgCert in Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice, is designed to help pharmacists 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
This programme has replaced our previous postgraduate courses in clinical and community pharmacy. It is completed by Distance Learning, without attending on-campus and is therefore open to both UK and International pharmacists.
Open to pharmacists from all employment sectors
Independent Prescribing option for GB pharmacists
Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice highlights
The School of Pharmacy is ranked as the No. 1 Pharmacy school in the UK by The Guardian University League Table 2018.
World Class Facilities
- The School of Pharmacy at Queen's is acknowledged as a leading centre for Pharmacy teaching and research in the UK, consistently featuring at or near the top of league tables for the subject.
- The School has strong international links as well as a great community spirit.
Medicines Optimisation (10 Credits)
Effective Communication & Consultation Skills (10 Credits)
Management of Long-term Conditions 1 (20 Credits)
PLUS Two from the 10 Credit options listed below
Modules (10-credit options)
Adverse drug reactions and interactions
Managing drug treatment
Infection and antimicrobial stewardship
Prescribing audit and analysis
People teaching you
Dr Brian McCaw
Manager of the Distance Learning Centre
School of Pharmacy
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 (PG Dip/MSc) whilst international students have the option to avail of on campus and local hospital teaching (MSc).
Learning and Teaching
Learning opportunities associated with this course are outlined below:
The programme is delivered by the School’s Distance Learning Centre and is completed by distance learning.
Students complete compulsory core modules that include medicines optimisation and interpersonal skills, and can select from a range of optional modules that are relevant to their current work or that will help them to achieve their employment aspirations.
Students complete their studies by distance/online learning without having to attend on-campus.
Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:
Assessments include coursework assignments, online tests and a writtten examination.
This course is designed to meet the postgraduate education needs of pharmacists working in patient-facing roles, although applications are welcome from pharmacists working in any employment sector.
The programme is open to local, national and international applicants.
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.
The University requires evidence that international applicants are competent in the use of English language.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
English Language Requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required *taken within the last 2 years.
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.
For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
- English for University Study: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
- Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.
INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
|Northern Ireland (NI)||£35.50 per CAT|
|England, Scotland or Wales (GB)||£35.50 per CAT|
|Other (non-UK) EU||£35.50 per CAT|
|International||£60.00 per CAT|
Certificate (PC) Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice
All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2018-19 and relate to one year of study only. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.
Additional course costs
Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs. If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding. Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.
Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice costs
In Year 1 or 2 students in Great Britain may undertake an Independent Prescribing option, which includes a compulsory five day clinical skills residential in Belfast. Students are responsible for funding travel, accommodation and subsistence costs of approximately £500 for the residential. In Year 3 International students have the option to undertake a two week visit to the Medicines Optimisation Innovation Centre in Northern Ireland at a cost of £1,000, which includes accommodation. Students are responsible for funding all travel and subsistence costs.
How do I fund my study?
From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.
A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.
Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.
* information shown is for 2017-18 and should be used as a guide until 2018-19 scholarships are confirmed.
Terms and Conditions
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.
Queen's University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2018 Entry.
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