MSc | Postgraduate Taught

Advanced Pharmacy Practice (with Independent Prescribing)

Entry year
Entry requirements
Minimum Bachelor Degree in Pharmacy
3 years (Part Time)
Places available
  • Overview

    The MSc 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 course aims to support the development of advanced pharmacy practice in the student's chosen field of expertise. In addition, MSc students receive training in research methods and are required to undertake a service evaluation/development project.

    Advanced Pharmacy Practice (with Independent Prescribing) highlights

    In the non-medical prescribing modules, students undertake clinical skills training in the University's clinical skills teaching laboratories.

    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.

    Student Experience

    • The School has strong international links as well as a great community spirit.
    This programme is delivered by expert pharmacy practitioners in Northern Ireland. On completion, students will be able to demonstrate the competencies required to work at an advanced level of practice, as defined in the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Advanced Pharmacy Framework.

    Dr Brian McCaw
    School of Pharmacy
  • Course content

    Course Structure

    IntroductionPG Diploma / MSc stage 1 modules include:

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

    MSc stage 2 modules include:

    Advanced Practice Development
    Research Methodology
    Service Research and Development

    People teaching you

    Dr Brian McCaw
    Distance Learning Centre Manager

    School of Pharmacy

    Teaching Times

    Teaching is is delivered via a combination of distance and work-based learning, and on-campus workshops.

    Career Prospects

    This Masters/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.

    Learning and Teaching

    Learning opportunities associated with this course are outlined below:


    At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable student to achieve their full academic potential.

    On the Msc in Advamced 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.

    Teaching is is delivered via a combination of distance and work-based learning, and on-campus workshops.


    Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:

    Includes competency assessments, practice portfolios, coursework assignments, online tests, workbooks, Observed Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), a viva voce and a dissertation at the MSc stage.

  • Entry Requirements

    Entrance requirements

    A primary degree in Pharmacy (minimum Bachelor Degree) from an institution approved by the University. Additionally all students must have:

    - Identified a designated medical practitioner prior to commencing the prescribing modules;

    - Completed the NICPLD foundation/vocational training (VT) programme or must be able to demonstrate equivalent experience

    - All applicants must be employed as a hospital pharmacist.

    Please note: this programme is open only to students who are resident in Northern Ireland or pharmacists in Ireland by prior agreement between QUB and the applicant's employer.

    International Students

    For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

    English Language Requirements

    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:

    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.

    • Academic English: 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)

  • Fees and Funding

    Tuition Fees

    Northern Ireland (NI) £6,390
    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £6,390
    Other (non-UK) EU £6,390
    International £10,800

    Certificate (PC) Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice 

    All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2019-20 and relate to one year of study only. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

    More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

    Additional course costs

    All Students

    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 Pharmacy Practice (with Independent Prescribing) costs

    There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.

    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.

    More information on funding options and financial assistance.

    International Scholarships

    Information on scholarships for international students, is available at

  • Apply

    How to Apply

    Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

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    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 2019 Entry.

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