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Distance Learning Centre

Take your career to the next level with our postgraduate distance learning programmes

Our Distance Learning Centre delivers part-time postgraduate programmes for pharmacists. Students on our clinical and community pharmacy programmes can complete a postgraduate degree without attending the university at any stage. International students can take their examinations in their home countries. 

The following distance learning programmes will commence in September 2014 (Click on a programme for more information):

Clinical Pharmacy (PG Cert / PG Dip / MSc)

Community Pharmacy (PG Cert / PG Dip / MSc)

The following programmes include some on-campus teaching and assessment and are only open to pharmacists who are working in Northern Ireland: 

Prescribing for Pharmacists (PG Cert)

Advanced Pharmacy Practice (PG Dip / MSc)

Why should you study with us?

1. The Sunday Times University Guide 2013 named the Queen’s School of Pharmacy as the No. 1 Pharmacy school and the best place to study pharmacy in the UK.

2. We have been delivering distance learning programmes for over 20 years and have developed a high level of expertise in developing and delivering distance learning courses for pharmacists

3. The team at the Distance Learning Centre are dedicated to supporting the requirements of distance learning students. Four full-time staff members are available by telephone and e-mail during office hours.

4. We work with pharmacy employers and senior NHS pharmacists to develop materials that are relevant to today's pharmacists. This is a continuous process - we review our courses annually to ensure that our learning materials are current and of a high quality.

5. We have embraced opportunities provided by the Internet for course delivery and student support. Students are provided with high quality learning materials and resources via our online learning system and coursework assignments are submitted and returned electronically on a regular basis. We don't believe that distance learning should be a lonely experience - our distance learning students keep in regular contact with each other via module discussion forums on our dedicated course web sites.

Are you a potential distance learner?

Study by distance learning has many advantages - no attendance is required at the university and students can study at a time and place that suits them. This allows students to fit their study time around their work and family schedules. However, distance learning may not be suitable for everyone, it requires discipline to make the time to study and some people prefer face to face contact with fellow students and teachers. Students who tend to be most successful with distance learning are those individuals who are self-directed and self-motivated in their learning and study habits.

If you are not sure if distance learning is for you, please feel free to contact Dr. Brian McCaw, our Distance Learning Manager for further information (