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Community pharmacy

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

Contact Details

Programme Director: Dr Maureen Mullen
Telephone: +44 (0)28 9097 2364
Email: m.mccann@qub.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

Applications close: 30th June 2015

Programme Aim:

Our community pharmacy programme has been designed for community pharmacists who wish to expand their pharmacy services and update their therapeutic knowledge. The course is suitable for employee and locum pharmacists from both independent pharmacies and pharmacy multiples.

 

Programme Structure*:

Year 1 (PG Certificate):

Effective communication in the community pharmacy (10 credits)

Management of chronic illness (20 credits)

Clinical pharmacy skills in practice 1 (10 credits)

Clinical pharmacy skills in practice 2 (10 credits)

Plus one from:

Pharmaceutical care (10 credits)

Health promotion (10 credits)

Complementary and alternative medicine (10 credits)

Year 2 (PG Diploma):

Pharmacotherapy of common diseases (20 credits)

Clinical pharmacy skills in practice 3 (10 credits)

Clinical pharmacy skills in practice 4 (10 credits)

Plus two from:

Pharmaceutical care (10 credits)

Developing services in primary care (10 credits)

Pharmacy practice research (10 credits)

Health promotion (10 credits)

Complementary and alternative medicine (10 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 community 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 both the PG Certificate and PG Diploma stages. 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 complete four work-based learning modules, two in each of the PG Certificate and PG Diploma stages. Topics studied in these modules include:

  • Care of children
  • Care of elderly people
  • Women's health
  • Care of patients with diabetes
  • Care of patients with chronic or recurrent illness 

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 Commuity Pharmacy programme is designed specifically for community/primary care-based pharmacists.

Applicants must be employed in a community/primary care pharmacy and have access to community/primary care patients throughout the programme.

 

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. 

 

NICPLD Grants

Students based in Northern Ireland can apply to NICPLD for a CPD grant towards fees for this programme.

 
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