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Clinical Pharmacy

Clinical pharmacy at QUB
  • PG Certificate - 12 months
  • PG Diploma - 24 months
  • Master's (MSc) - 36 months

Contact Details

Programme Director: Dr Brian McCaw
Telephone: +44 (0)28 9097 2004
Email: b.mccaw@qub.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

Applications close: 30th June 2015 (Extended to 31st July)

Programme Aim:

Our clinical pharmacy programme has been designed to provide hospital pharmacists with the knowledge and skills required to specialise in clinical pharmacy within the hospital sector.

The programme has been developed in collaboration with leading clinical pharmacists and hospital pharmacy managers in Northern Ireland.

Programme Structure*:

Year 1 (PG Certificate):

Pharmaceutical Care (20 credits)

Medicines Governance (10 credits)

Clinical Laboratory Tests (10 credits)

Infection & Antimicrobials (10 credits)

Pain Management (10 credits)

Year 2 (PG Diploma):

Evidence-based Medicine (10 credits)

Research in clinical pharmacy or self-directed study (10 credits)

Therapeutics for clinical pharmacists 1 (20 credits)

Therapeutics for clinical pharmacists 2 (20 credits)

Year 3 (Master's):

Research project (60 credits)

 

*This programme is being reviewed for 2015/16 and the content may vary from that described above.

Our clinical pharmacy programme is delivered via a combination of distance 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. 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 workbooks. Written coursework is uploaded and returned via Queen's Online.

Examination

Students sit a written therapeutics examination at the end of the PG Diploma stage. UK examination centres are located in London, Glasgow, Bradford and Belfast. Examination venues are arranged for international students in their countries of residence. These are normally at the nearest British Council office.

Work-based learning

Students are required to identify a local mentor before commencing their studies. The local mentor should be a senior clinical pharmacist or medical doctor. Students are expected to meet with their local mentor regularly to discuss the topics being studied and how they might incorporate their learning into their daily work. In addition, the local mentor undertakes several work-based assessments during the PG Certificate and PG Diploma stages. Local mentors are provided with a detailed handbook and must be approved by the School before the programme starts in September. 

MSc research supervision

In the Master's (MSc) year, students undertake a work-based research or audit project and submit a dissertation at the end of the year. 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 pharmacy degree (minimum Bachelor’s) from a university recognised by QUB.

Our Clinical Pharmacy programme is designed specifically for hospital-based pharmacists. Applicants must:

  • Be employed in a hospital and have access to patients and their progress notes throughout the programme
  • Have identified a suitable Local Mentor within their workplace (see Programme Delivery for further information)

 

Applicants from outside the UK and Ireland

The University requires evidence that international candidates are competent in the use of the English language. Suitable qualifications for this purpose include the following:

  • The British Council IELTS Test (minimum acceptable score is 6.0)
  • TOEFL (minimum acceptable scores are: Paper-based total 550, Computer-based total 213 or Internet-based total 79-80)

Registration fees are paid annually and are calculated according to the total number of credits to be taken during the year. The fee per credit is based on the student's country of residence at the start of the year.

 

UK/EU residents

The 2015/16 fee is £32.50 per credit and, normally, students complete 60 credits in each year.

Therefore, for the majority of UK and EU students, the 2015/16 fee is £1950.

 

International (non-EU) residents

The 2015/16 fee is £54.50 per credit and, normally, students complete 60 credits in each year. 

Therefore, for the majority of non-EU students, the 2015/16 fee is £3270.

 

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. 

 

Credit transfer students

Students who join via credit transfer pay a pro rata fee depending on the amount of credit awarded.

Applicants who completed an approved postgraduate course after September 2010 may be awarded credit towards our 2015/16 programme. The amount of credit will vary depending on the content and level of the approved course. The following courses are approved for credit towards the PG Diploma/MSc in Clinical Pharmacy:

  • Certificate in Pharmacy Practice, University of London (40 points credit)
  • Northern Ireland Hospital Pharmacists Vocational Training Scheme (40 points credit)
  • Stage II Scottish Hospital Pharmacists Vocational Training Scheme (40 points credit)
  • PG Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy, De Montfort University (40 points credit)
  • PG Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy, Cardiff University (40 points credit)
  • PG Certificate in Psychiatric Therapeutics, Cardiff University (20 points credit)
  • PG Certificate in Therapeutics, The Robert Gordon University (40 points credit)
  • MSc in Public Health, Leeds University (20 points credit)
  • MSc in Applied Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University (20 points credit)

Applications for Credit Transfer for courses not listed above will be considered by the School's APL Panel. A Credit Transfer processing fee of £45 is payable for Credit Transfer applications for courses that have not been approved previously.

Applicants should state on their application that they wish to apply for Credit Transfer.

Students who join via credit transfer pay a pro rata fee depending on the amount of credit awarded.

Please note: An application for Credit Transfer cannot be considered unless you have applied for and been offered a place on our September 2015 intake

 
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