The MSc in Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice is designed to help pharmacists to acquire and demonstrate the advanced-level competencies defined in the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's Advanced Pharmacy Framework, through a rigorous programme of study that provides students with the knowledge and skills required to:
Review and incorporate current evidence into practice
Work effectively in a multidisciplinary clinical environment
Make decisions in complex clinical situations
Communicate effectively with patients who have common long-term medical conditions
Undertake clinical and practice-based research
This programme has replaced our previous postgraduate courses in clinical and community pharmacy. It is completed by Distance Learning, without attending on-campus. It is therefore open to both UK and International pharmacists.
Open to pharmacists from all employment sectors
Independent Prescribing option for GB pharmacists
Advanced Practice Development option (MSc)
Optional on-campus and local hospital teaching for International students (MSc)
Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice highlights
Over 3000 students in more than 25 countries have completed a postgraduate distance learning degree in the School of Pharmacy.
World Class Facilities
- The School of Pharmacy at Queen's is acknowledged as a leading centre for Pharmacy teaching and research in the UK, consistently featuring at or near the top of league tables for the subject.
- The School has strong international links as well as a great community spirit.
Year 1 Core modules:
Medicines Optimisation (10 Credits)
Effective Communication & Consultation Skills (10 Credits)
Management of Long-term Conditions (20 Credits)
PLUS Two from the 10 Credit options listed below
Year 2 Core modules:
Research Methods (10 Credits)
Data Analysis (10 Credits)
Further Study of Long-term Conditions (20 Credits)
PLUS Two from the 10 Credit options listed below.
10 CREDIT OPTIONS:
1. Adverse drug reactions and interactions
2. Managing Drug Treatment
3. Evidence-based medicine
4. Health promotion
5. Infection and antimicrobial stewardship
6. Medicines governance
7. Prescribing audit and analysis
As an alternative to the above, students in Great Britain can complete Independent Prescribing (IP) training in the second year of the PG Diploma/MSc. The IP option includes a 5-day residential in Belfast (travel and accommodation costs are in addition to the course fee).
SEE BELOW FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE INDEPENDENT PRESCRIBING OPTION.
Year 3 Option 1: Practice-based research project (60 credits)
Option 2: Practice-based research project (30 credits) plus Advanced Practice* (30 credits)
Option 3: Practice-based research project (30 credits) plus UK clinical Practice** (30 credits)
*Advanced Practice includes development of management and leadership skills and is linked to the RPS Advanced Pharmacy Framework.
**Clinical Practice option includes a 2-week residential programme at the Regional Medicines Optimisation Centre and NHS hospitals in Northern Ireland. An additional fee is payable for this module (International students only).
INDEPENDENT PRESCRIBING OPTION
The Independent Prescribing option is open to pharmacists in Great Britain and is delivered in second year of the PG Diploma/MSc in Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice.
The programme is delivered via a combination of e-learning and work-based learning and includes 12 days in-practice training with a Designated Prescribing Practitioner, the purpose of which is to enable the student to develop and practice clinical examination skills relevant to the condition(s) for which they intend to prescribe. The pharmacist may complete their in-practice training at any point during the course.
APPLYING TO JOIN
Independent Prescribing applicants must have been practicing for at least two years and should be employed in either primary or secondary care.
Students are required to attend a 5-day residential in Belfast, which will include workshops, clinical skills training and assessment. The residential will be held in the second Semester (dates to be confirmed). Students are required to pay their own travel, accommodation and subsistence costs.
Normally, the part-time Masters programme is completed between three and five years. Credit may be awarded for previous relevant postgraduate qualifications, which can reduce the duration to two years. When necessary, students can exit with a PG Certificate or PG Diploma qualification in less than three years. This programme is not available for full-time study.
People teaching you
School of Pharmacy
This programme will enhance opportunities to progress your career as a pharmacist to advanced practitioner level.
Pharmacists in Great Britain have an option to undertake non-medical prescriber training in the second year.
International students have the option to undertake clinical experience in the UK during the MSc stage.
Learning and Teaching
Learning opportunities associated with this course are outlined below:
The programme is delivered by the School’s Distance Learning Centre and is completed by distance learning.
Students complete compulsory core modules that include medicines optimisation, interpersonal skills, research methods and data analysis, and can select from a range of optional modules that are relevant to their current work or that will help them to achieve their employment aspirations.
Students can complete their studies by distance/online learning without having to attend on-campus. Alternatively, students in Great Britian may undertake Independent Prescriber training as an option in their second year, which includes a one-week residential in Belfast. International students may select a final year option that includes clinical pharmacy experience in local NHS hospitals in Northern Ireland.
Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:
Assessment includes coursework assignments, online tests and a writtten examination in each of the first and second years. In addition, competency assessments, practice portfolios and Observed Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) are included in the Independent Prescribing option and a dissertation in the MSc stage.
This course is designed to meet the postgraduate education needs of pharmacists working in patient-facing roles, although applications are welcome from pharmacists working in any employment sector.
The programme is open to local, national and international applicants.
The University requires evidence that international applicants are competent in the use of English language.
Applicants must have a pharmacy degree (minimum Bachelor degree) from a university recognised by Queen’s University Belfast and be registered as a pharmacist with an appropriate regulatory organisation.
Students in Great Britain who wish to enrol on the Independent Prescribing option in Year 2 must:
- be registered as a pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI).
- be in good standing with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and/or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and any other healthcare regulator with which they are registered.
- have at least two years' appropriate patient-orientated experience in a relevant UK practice setting post registration.
- have an identified area of clinical or therapeutic practice in which to develop independent prescribing practice. They must also have relevant clinical or therapeutic experience in that area*.
- have a medically qualified designated prescribing practitioner (DPP) who has agreed to supervise their learning in practice*.
* Further guidance on the type of experience and DPP requirements will be provided when applying for this programme.
Further information is available in the ‘PIP Information for pharmacists’ at the link below.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
English Language Requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.
For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
- Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
- Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.
INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Fees and Funding
Northern Ireland (NI) £6,570 England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £6,570 Other (non-UK) EU £6,570 International £11,160
Certificate (PC) Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice
All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2019-20 and relate to one year of study only. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.
Additional course costs
Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs. If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding. Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.
Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice costs
In Year 1 or 2 students in Great Britain may undertake an Independent Prescribing option, which includes a compulsory five day clinical skills residential in Belfast. Students are responsible for funding travel, accommodation and subsistence costs of approximately £500 for the residential. In Year 3 International students have the option to undertake a two week visit to the Medicines Optimisation Innovation Centre in Northern Ireland at a cost of £1,000, which includes accommodation. Students are responsible for funding all travel and subsistence costs.
How do I fund my study?
The Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.
A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,609 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.
Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.
How to Apply
Terms and Conditions
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.
Queen's University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2019 Entry.
Fees and Funding