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Advanced pharmacy practice

Advanced Pharmacy Practice at QUB
  • PG Diploma - 15 months
  • Master's (MSc) - 30 months

Contact Details

Programme Director: Dr Brian McCaw
Telephone: 028 9097 2004





Applications close: 31st July 2015

Programme Aim:

This programme has been designed for hospital pharmacists in Northern Ireland who wish to become prescribers and who wish to develop their practice to an advanced level. The course content is based on the competencies specified in the Advanced and Consultant Level Framework, developed by CoDEG, and includes the NICPLD prescribing course.

The programme is open to hospital pharmacists in Northern Ireland who have completed the NICPLD Vocational/Foundation Training programme, or who have sufficient experience or qualifications for credit transfer.


Programme Structure:

Stage 1 (PG Diploma):

PMY7040: Advanced Therapeutics (20 credits)

PMY7054/5/6/7: Prescribing for pharmacists (40 credits)

Stage 2 (Master's):

PMY7041: Research in Advanced Practice (10 credits)

PMY7042: Advanced Practice Development (20 credits)

PMY7043: Practice Research Project (30 credits)

Our Advanced Pharmacy Practice programme is delivered via a combination of distance, on-campus and work-based learning.

Distance learning

Students are provided with access to their module study materials and online resources via Queen's Online, the university's online learning environment, and the NICPLD prescribing e-learning site. Modules are studied and coursework is submitted according to a timetable provided at the start of the course. A variety of assessments are used throughout this programme including case studies, online tests, written coursework and portfolios. 


On-campus learning

The Advanced Therapeutics module, prescribing modules and the Advanced Practice Development module include on-campus workshops.


Work-based learning

The Advanced Therapeutics module, prescribing modules and Advanced Practice Development module require completion of work-based portfolios.

MSc research supervision

In the Master's (MSc) stage, students undertake a work-based research or audit project and submit a dissertation at the end of the stage. Each student is allocated to a member of the School's academic staff who supervises their work and the preparation of the dissertation. Students are required to submit progress reports and dissertation drafts to their supervisor according to a timetable throughout the year.

Applicants must have a primary degree in pharmacy from a university recognised by Queen's University Belfast and must be employed as a hospital pharmacist in Northern Ireland.

This programme is open to pharmacists who have successfully completed the NI Hospital Pharmacist Vocational Training/Foundation programme, or who can demonstrate equivalent Accredited Prior Learning (see Credit Transfer).

Please seek approval from your employer before submitting your application.

Registration fees are paid annually and are calculated according to the total number of credits to be taken during the year. 

The 2015/16 fee is £32.50 per credit, this is an annual fee and increases by inflation each year.

Students who commence in September 2015/16 and progress through the programme without a break in their studies will complete the following credits in each year:

2015/16: 40 credits

2016/17: 55 credits

2017/18: 25 credits


Paying your fees

The annual fee can be paid in up to four equal instalments. The first payment is due at the time of registration in September.

Sponsored students should provide details of their sponsor during registration. 



Students can apply to NICPLD for a CPD grant towards fees for this programme.

Accredited Prior Learning

In addition to those who have completed the NICPLD Foundation/VT programme, there will be other pharmacists working in the hospital sector who may wish to join this programme.

The key requirement is that applicants must be able to demonstrate competence in 4 areas of the Foundation/VT programme (ALL THREE core areas: dispensary services, medicines management and evidence-­based practice; and ONE from either technical services or public health).

Competence is demonstrated by submitting an Accredited Prior Learning (APL) portfolio. Please contact the Programme Director if you wish to apply via this route.


Previous PG Certificate in Prescribing for Pharmacists qualification

If you meet the requirements for joining the APP programme, you will be permitted to return your PG Certificate in Prescribing for Pharmacists. The prescribing modules will be credited towards the PG Diploma stage of the APP programme and you will not have to repeat them.  You will retain your Practice Certificate from NICPLD and can continue to be registered as a prescriber after returning your PG Certificate to QUB.

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