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Advanced Pharmacy Practice (with Independent Prescribing) (PGDip)

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Advanced Pharmacy Practice (with Independent Prescribing)

Entry year
Entry requirements
Minimum Bachelor Degree in Pharmacy
24 months (Part Time)
Places available
30 (Part Time)
This course is now closed to applications for September 2021. If you are interested in September 2022 entry, please register your interest.
  • Overview

    Our Advanced Pharmacy Practice programme is designed for hospital-based pharmacists in Northern Ireland who wish to practice at Advanced Practitioner level.

    The PG Diploma stage aims to develop the student's knowledge of therapeutics in several key areas and includes training as an independent non-medical prescriber.

    Advanced Pharmacy Practice (with Independent Prescribing) highlights

    In the non-medical 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

    • Students are supported by full-time dedicated staff in the School of Pharmacy Distance Learning Centre and at the NI Centre for Pharmacy Learning and Development (NICPLD).
  • Course content

    Course Structure

    Study part-time by distance and work-based learning

    IntroductionHospital pharmacists who have completed the NI Foundation Programme (or equivalent) receive 60 credits, equivalent to the following modules:

    PMY7046 Hospital dispensary services
    PMY7047 Hospital technical services
    PMY7048 Hospital clinical services
    PMY7049 Clinical effectiveness

    The remaining 60 credits are delivered in the following modules:

    PMY7040 Advanced Therapeutics (includes respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and infectious disease)

    Plus the non-medical prescribing modules:

    PMY7070 Person-centred care and collaboration
    PMY7071 Disease management
    PMY7072 Clinical skills
    PMY7073 Professionalism

    Note: The Royal Pharmaceutical Society will be publishing a new Advanced Pharmacist curriculum during 2021/22. As a result, the content and format of the Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice programme may change for 2022/23.

    People teaching you

    Dr Brian McCaw
    Distance Learning Manager

    School of Pharmacy

    Teaching Times

    Teaching 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:

    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 PgDip 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 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, and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs).

  • 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 be able to demonstrate equivalent experience;

    - be employed as a hospital pharmacist.

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

    Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible and ideally no later than 31st July 2022 for courses which commence in late September. In the event that any programme receives a high number of applications, the University reserves the right to close the application portal. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Application Portal against the programme application page.

    International Students

    Our country pages include information on entry requirements, tuition fees, scholarships, student profiles, upcoming events and contacts for your country. Use the dropdown list below for 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.

    • 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) 1 £4,740
    Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2 £4,740
    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1 £4,740
    EU Other 3 £8,040
    International £8,040

    The tuition fees quoted are for 2022-23. These will be subject to an inflationary uplift for 2023-24. The fee indicated is for the two-year programme.


    1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled status, will be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB will be charged the GB fee.

    2 EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI are eligible for NI tuition fees, in line with the Common Travel Agreement arrangements.

    3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.

    All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2022-23, and relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. 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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    When to Apply

    The deadline for applications is normally 30th June 2021. In the event that any programme receives a high volume of applications, the university reserves the right to close the application portal earlier than 30th June deadline. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Entry Portal (DAP) against the programme application page.

    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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