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Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice

Entry year
Entry requirements
Minimum Bachelor Degree in Pharmacy
1 year (Part Time)
Places available
  • Overview

    Our Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice programme was developed following extensive consultation with pharmacists and their employers both within and beyond the United Kingdom. It provides a flexible study pathway that is designed to develop the therapeutic knowledge and clinical skills of pharmacists to an advanced level. The modules are designed to help pharmacists to acquire and demonstrate the advanced-level competencies defined in the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's Advanced Pharmacy Framework.

    The programme is an amalgamation of our previous clinical pharmacy and community pharmacy programmes and is open to pharmacists in all employment sectors.

    The PG Certificate is studied entirely off-campus by distance-learning and is therefore open to pharmacists both within and outside the United Kingdom.

    Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice highlights

    The distance-learning format allows you to organise your studies around your work and family commitments. Also, employers support distance-learning as staff do not require regular leave to attend on-campus.

    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.

    Student Experience

    • The School has strong international links as well as a great community spirit.

    Brexit Advice

    Information on the implications of Brexit for prospective students.

  • Course content

    Course Structure

    Study part-time by distance learning

    Course detailsStudents study three core modules and two modules selected from the list of 10-credit options.

    Core modules:
    PMY7005 Medicines Optimisation (10 Credits)
    PMY7006 Effective Communication & Consultation (10 Credits)
    PMY7034 Management of Long-term Conditions 1 (20 Credits)

    In PMY7034, students study three therapeutic topics from:
    • Respiratory disease
    • Diabetes
    • Cardiovascular disease 1 (coronary heart disease, essential hypertension, heart failure)
    • Cardiovascular disease 2 (arrhythmias, angina, acute coronary syndromes)
    • Gastrointestinal disease
    • Neurology
    • Management of pain
    • Mental health
    • Skin disease

    10-credit options:

    PMY7010 Adverse drug reactions and interactions
    PMY7018 Evidence-based medicine
    PMY7025 Infection and antimicrobial stewardship
    PMY 7029 Medicines governance
    PMY7045 Managing drug treatment
    PMY7064 Prescribing audit and analysis
    PMY7066 Health promotion

    People teaching you

    Dr Brian McCaw
    Distance Learning Manager

    School of Pharmacy

    Career Prospects

    Professional Opportunities
    This programme will enhance opportunities to progress your career as a pharmacist to advanced practitioner level.

    Learning and Teaching

    Learning opportunities associated with this course are outlined below:

    Students complete their studies by distance/online learning without having to attend on-campus.

    Students complete compulsory core modules that include medicines optimisation and interpersonal skills, 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.


    Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:

    A variety of written coursework, case study and online assessment is used. PMY7034 (Management of long-term conditions 1) includes a written examination. We have examination venues throughout the UK and Ireland (London, Glasgow, Belfast, Bradford and Dublin) and will arrange overseas venues as required for international students.

  • Entry Requirements

    Entrance requirements

    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.

    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.

    The University requires evidence that international applicants are competent in the use of English language.

    International Students

    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:

    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

    Tuition Fees

    Northern Ireland (NI) £2,190
    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £2,190
    Other (non-UK) EU £2,190
    International £3,720

    Tuition fees quoted are for 2019-20. Tuition fees are subject to an annual inflationary uplift.

    All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2020-21. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

    More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

    Additional course costs

    All Students

    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

    There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.

    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.

    More information on funding options and financial assistance.

    International Scholarships

    Information on scholarships for international students, is available at

  • Apply

    How to Apply

    Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

    Apply now

    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.

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