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MSc | Postgraduate Taught

Advanced Pharmacy Practice (with Independent Prescribing)

Entry year
Entry requirements
Minimum Bachelor Degree in Pharmacy
3 years (Part Time)
Places available
Please note, the start date of this course may have changed. Check for latest updates.
  • Overview

    Our Advanced Pharmacy Practice programme is designed for hospital-based pharmacists in Northern Ireland who wish to progress to Advanced Practitioner level (AfC Band 8a).

    Stage 1 (PG Diploma stage) aims to develop the student's knowledge of therapeutics in several key areas and includes Independent Prescribing (IP) training, delivered by NICPLD.

    In stage 2 (MSc stage), students receive training in research and data analysis methods and are required to undertake a service evaluation/development project.

    Advanced Pharmacy Practice (with Independent Prescribing) highlights

    In the independent prescribing modules, students undertake clinical skills training in the clinical skills teaching laboratories at Queen's.

    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.
    This programme is delivered by expert pharmacy practitioners in Northern Ireland. On completion, students will be able to demonstrate the competencies required to work at an advanced level of practice, as defined in the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Advanced Pharmacy Framework.

    Dr Brian McCaw
    School of Pharmacy

    Brexit Advice

    Information on the implications of Brexit for prospective students.

  • Course content

    Course Structure

    Study part-time by distance and work-based learning

    Stage 1 (PG Diploma stage)Students complete the following modules:

    PMY7040 Advanced Therapeutics (includes respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and infectious disease)
    PMY7070 Person-centred care and collaboration
    PMY7071 Disease management

    PMY7072 Clinical skills
    PMY7073 Professionalism
    Stage 2 (MSc stage)Students complete the following modules:

    PMY7041 Research in Advanced Practice
    PMY7042 Advanced Practice Development A
    PMY7043 Practice Research Project A

    PMY7044 Advanced Practice Development B
    PMY7050 Practice Research Project B

    People teaching you

    Dr Brian McCaw
    Distance Learning Manager

    School of Pharmacy

    Teaching Times

    Teaching is is delivered via a combination of distance and work-based learning, and on-campus workshops.

    Career Prospects

    This Masters/PG Diploma programme in Advanced Pharmacy Practice enhances the opportunities for hospital-based pharmacists in Northern Ireland to progress their career to Advanced Practitioner level.

    Learning and Teaching

    Learning opportunities associated with this course are outlined below:


    At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable student to achieve their full academic potential.

    On the Msc in Advanced Pharmacy Practice we do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies that enhance their development as independent, lifelong learners.

    Teaching is is delivered via a combination of distance and work-based learning, and on-campus workshops.


    Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:

    Includes competency assessments, practice portfolios, coursework assignments, online tests, workbooks, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), a viva voce and a dissertation at the MSc stage.

  • Entry Requirements

    Entrance requirements

    A primary degree in Pharmacy (minimum Bachelor Degree) from an institution approved by the University. Additionally all applicants must:

    - have identified a designated medical practitioner prior to commencing the prescribing modules;

    - have completed the NICPLD foundation/vocational training (VT) programme or must be able to demonstrate equivalent experience;

    - be employed as a hospital pharmacist.

    Please note: this programme is open only to students who are resident in Northern Ireland or pharmacists in Ireland by prior agreement between QUB and the applicant's employer.

    International Students

    For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

    English Language Requirements

    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.

    As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering Academic English and Pre-sessional courses online only from June to September 2020.

    • 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) £6,750
    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £6,750
    Other (non-UK) EU £6,750
    International £11,430

    The tuition fees quoted are for the full programme for students who commence the programme in the academic year 2020-21. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.


    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 Pharmacy Practice (with Independent Prescribing) 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.

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