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
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.
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
PG Diploma / MSc year 1 modules include:
Advanced Therapeutics in Diabetes, Respiratory, Cardiovascular, and Infectious Disease
Clinical Management Planning
Prescribing and Monitoring
Professional Aspects of Prescribing
MSc year 2 modules include:
Advanced Practice Development
Service Research and Development
People teaching you
Dr Brian McCaw
Manager of the Distance Learning Centre
School of Pharmacy
|Teaching is is delivered via a combination of distance and work-based learning, and on-campus workshops.|
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.
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.
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: 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.
- 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)
|Northern Ireland (NI)||£2130|
|England, Scotland or Wales (GB)||£2130|
|Other (non-UK) EU||£2130|
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 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.
Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.
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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