MSc/PG Diploma/PG Certificate in Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice. 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:
Admissions procedures for either accepting or declining an offer of a place to study at Queen’s University
Advice on the support services available to Queen’s students
Tuition fees and financial arrangements for 2023/24
A list of useful contact numbers and email addresses
SECTION 1 – ADMISSIONS PROCEDURES
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 – https://dap.qub.ac.uk/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 email@example.com if you are resident outside the EU. Candidates should email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 qualification such as an English Language test, you must upload scanned copies of your examination result(s) and official final transcript/degree award certificate to the online application portal. Please ensure that you upload scanned copies of your documentation to the My Applications section of the portal.
This also applies to students who are currently studying at Queen’s University since the Admissions and Access Service does not receive notification of degree results. Where applicable, confirmation of your qualifications must be officially translated into English.
Please submit your results even if you have not exactly met the condition(s) of your offer, as it may be possible to exercise some flexibility if places are available.
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.
SECTION 2 – SUPPORTING YOUR STUDIES
1. Students with Disabilities
The University's Disability Service co-ordinates a range of supports for students with disabilities or long term conditions., Further information can be found at www.qub.ac.uk/disability. If you wish to register with the University's Disability Service to receive academic support for your studies, please refer to go.qub.ac.uk/ado-disability for guidance on the next steps in the process. If you require any additional support to register for the service, please email email@example.com.
2. Student Centre
The Student Centre offers a range 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: http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/.
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: http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/InformationServices/LanguageCentre
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.
SECTION 3 – TUITION FEES AND FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS
1. Tuition Fees
The tuition fee is based on the number of CATS points to be completed during 2022/23, and is determined by the student’s country of residence at the time of taking the course, as follows:
Resident in NI/ROI/GB
£41.50 per CATS point
Resident outside NI/ROI/GB
£70.00 per CATS point
Direct entry applicants will complete 60 CATS points during each stage. Their 2023/24 fee will be:-
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 2023/24.
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 www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Feesandfinance/Paymentoptions/ for full details of the procedures for the payment of tuition fees. A summary of the requirements for 2023 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 by 13 October 2023 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 available to download; or
- provide evidence that you are in receipt of an award from the University or funding administered by the University.
Registration and enrolment for the academic year 2023/24 will commence during September 2023. The School of Pharmacy will send you further details of the procedures for distance learning students nearer to the start of the programme.
SECTION 4 – USEFUL CONTACTS AT QUEEN’S
Admissions and Access Service
|School of Pharmacy
Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 2004/5801
(tuition fee payments)
Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 2767
Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 2727
|International Student Support
(student visas and immigration advice)
Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 3820
INTO Queen’s University Belfast
Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 6850
|Student Services and Systems
(enrolment and registration)
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
Updated November 2022