Pharmacy Distance Learning Courses


MSc/PG Diploma/PG Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy/Community Pharmacy


These guidance notes provide an outline of the next stages of the admissions procedures together with other useful information for postgraduate applicants to the School of Pharmacy – Distance Learning Programme. 

It is important that you read the notes carefully and ensure that you take appropriate action within the deadline dates indicated in order to avoid delays in processing your application.

The notes are divided into four sections:

Section 1:
Admissions procedures for either accepting or declining an offer of a place to study at Queen’s University

Section 2:
Advice on the support services available to Queen’s students

Section 3:
Tuition fees and financial arrangements for 2015/16

Section 4:
A list of useful contact numbers and email addresses



1. Your Offer of Admission

The only official letter confirming your offer of admission to undertake a postgraduate programme of study is that issued by the Admissions and Access Service.

An offer of admission does not constitute an offer of financial support. If you are not in receipt of financial support you should ensure that you are fully aware of the financial commitments and that you have the necessary resources to cover fees for the duration of your studies.

2. Before Accepting your Offer of a Place

All students must agree to conform to the Statutes of the University:

‘We, the students of Queen’s University Belfast, on admission do hereby promise that we will conform to the Statutes of the University and to all regulations, rules and orders from time to time made by the authorities of the University for the proper conduct of its business and due maintenance of discipline, that we will refrain from words or acts prejudicial thereto or from any conduct or activity which conflicts with the University’s policies on Equality and Diversity, and Student Anti-Bullying and Harassment (including harassment on the grounds of age, religious belief, political opinion, race, gender, colour, ethnic origin, sexual orientation or disability), that we will refrain from injury to the property of the University and will endeavour to promote its interests and studies and will not engage in any conduct liable to bring the University into disrepute.’

Prospective students should be aware of this obligation before deciding to accept the offer of a place.

3. Replying to an Offer of Admission

This is an important step in the admissions process since it enables both the Admissions and Access Service and the selector to track the progress of your application.

To accept or decline an offer of a place, you should reply online following the links through the Direct Applications Portal – This should be completed as soon as possible, ideally within 14 days of receipt of your offer letter.

If you have applied and been offered a place on more than one course/programme of study, you must indicate whether you wish to accept or decline the offer against each course/programme.

Given that your final course choice may be dependent on funding and/or other factors, you may initially decide to accept more than one offer of a place. If you initially accept a place, and subsequently wish to decline the offer, please email if you are resident outside the EU. Candidates should email if they are resident in the UK, Republic of Ireland or other EU country.

For some high demand courses waiting lists are in operation and an early response would enable us to offer the place to another applicant.

4. Conditional Offers – Notification of Examination Results

If your offer is conditional upon the completion of a degree or other academic qualification, a ‘Notification of Examination Results’ sheet is enclosed (UK and Republic of Ireland applicants only). This should be completed and returned to the Admissions and Access Service as soon as your results are known.

If you are studying at a University outside the UK or the Republic of Ireland you must forward a scanned copy of your examination result(s) to the Admissions and Access Service by email as soon as they are known.

Please do not upload your results via the Direct Applications Portal.

If you do not provide this information your application cannot proceed to the next stage of the admissions cycle and you will not be notified of the registration procedures.

Applicants who subsequently fulfil the conditions of their offer of admission and who have replied online confirming they wish to accept the offer of a place, will be sent a final letter of acceptance.

5. Unconditional Offers

If you meet all the admission requirements for your chosen course of study, you will receive an unconditional offer letter which you may use as evidence that you have been accepted on to the course.


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1. Students with Disabilities

Disability Services co-ordinates a range of services to support students with disabilities, including School and exam support. If you have declared a disability, special needs or a medical condition on your application form you should have received further details and a questionnaire with your offer letter. If these details were not included or you wish to receive further information please contact the Admissions and Access Service. Please see section 4 for contact details.

2. Student Guidance Centre

The Student Guidance Centre is a new concept in the delivery of services designed to enhance the student experience at Queen’s. It provides a single point of contact for students to access high quality information, advice and guidance from specially-trained University staff from pre-application through to career, employability and skills planning. More information about the individual services is available on the Queen’s University website at:

3. English Language Requirement

For those applicants who do not currently meet the English Language requirement, the University is a test centre for IELTS. Further details are available from the website at:

INTO Queen’s University offers a wide range of English language provision, including 10, 6 or 4 week pre-sessional courses. Those who have satisfied the other course entry requirements and who achieve the required level of performance in the pre-sessional English course, will be permitted to progress to their postgraduate degree programme without having to retake the IELTS or TOEFL test. See Section 4 for contact details.

Please note that you have to meet the University’s English Language requirement before being permitted to register on to your postgraduate programme of study.


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1. Tuition Fees

The tuition fee is based on the number of CATS points to be completed during 2015/16, and is determined by the student’s country of residence at the time of taking the course, as follows:

Resident in the UK, Republic of Ireland or other EU country
£32.50 per CATS point

Resident outside the EU
£54.50 per CATS point

Direct entry applicants will complete 60 CATS points during each stage.  Their 2015/16 fee will be:-

Home/EU   £1,950

Non EU      £3,270

The fee to be paid by applicants who are awarded credit for previous Postgraduate qualifications via the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) will be calculated according to the number of points to be completed in 2015/16.

2. Payment of Fees

Students will be required to fulfil certain financial arrangements to the satisfaction of the University as outlined below.

Applicants are advised to consult the University’s website at for full details of the procedures for the payment of tuition fees. A summary of the requirements for 2015 entry is outlined below.

As part of the registration and enrolment process, and before commencing your studies you will have to either:

  • provide official evidence of sponsorship or scholarship from a government or other official organisation; or
  • pay the total tuition fee applicable for the modules in which you have enrolled at or prior to enrolment and registration. Please note that cash will not be accepted; or
  • pay by Direct Debit: a minimum deposit of 25% of the total fees must be paid at or prior to enrolment and registration. The balance of tuition fees will be collected by Direct Debits in three equal instalments at the end of November, January and March, or within four working days of each date. The Direct Debit facility is only available to those students who have a UK current bank account (not savings account) which is recognised by the Direct Debit Scheme. A Direct Debit Mandate form must be completed to avail of the option; or
  • pay by Payment Plan: a minimum deposit of 25% of the total fees must be paid at or prior to enrolment and registration. The balance of tuition fees will be collected in three equal instalments at the end of November, January and March, or within four working days of each date. This facility is only available to those students who DO NOT have a UK current bank account and who are International or Non-UK EU Distance Learning students. Full details of how to avail of this option are enclosed; or
  • provide evidence that you are in receipt of an award from the University or funding administered by the University.

3. Registration

Registration and enrolment for the academic year 2015/16 will commence during September 2015. The School of Pharmacy will send you further details of the procedures for distance learning students nearer to the start of the programme.


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Admissions and Access Service
Lanyon North
Queen’s University Belfast
Belfast BT7 1NN

Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 5081
UK and EU applicants:
International applicants:

School of Pharmacy
Medical Biology Centre
Queen’s University Belfast
97 Lisburn Road
Belfast BT9 7BL

Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 2004/5801
Student Finance
(tuition fee payment)
Student Guidance Centre
Queen’s University Belfast
Belfast BT7 1NN

Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 2767
Disability Services
Student Guidance Centre
Queen’s University Belfast
Belfast BT7 1NN

Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 2727
International and Postgraduate Student Centre
Queen’s University Belfast
Belfast BT7 1NN

Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 3899
INTO Queen’s University Belfast
(English Language enquiries)
Queen’s University Belfast
Belfast BT9 5BY

Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 6850
Student Services and Systems
Student Guidance Centre
Queen’s University Belfast
Belfast BT7 1NN

Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 2727


The Admissions and Access Service at Queen’s University has made all reasonable efforts to ensure that these guidance notes are accurate and up to date when compiled, but can accept no responsibility for any errors or omissions.

The University reserves the right to revise, alter or discontinue courses of study and to amend the Statutes and Regulations at any time without notice. It may prove necessary to vary the content or availability of some courses before or after students have been admitted. Entry to courses may be restricted by number or quality of entrants.



Admissions and Access Service
March 2015

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