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Advanced Pharmacy by Distance Learning

Taking your skills to the next level

The MSc in Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice provides a flexible programme of study that is designed to develop the therapeutic knowledge and clinical practice skills of pharmacists to an advanced level.

MSc Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice

The new programme replaces 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
  • Blend of distance and work-based learning
  • Independent Prescribing option for GB pharmacists
  • Management and leadership development option
  • Optional on-campus and local hospital teaching for International students
  • This programme replaces our previous Clinical Pharmacy and Community Pharmacy programmes.


Optional features include:

  • Independent Prescribing training for pharmacists in Great Britain
  • Clinical experience in Northern Ireland's Medicines Optimisation Innovation Centre (final year option for International students only)
  • Management and leadership module linked to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's Advanced Pharmacy Framework (final year option)


For full course information, visit the course profile.

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Postgraduate education

For pharmacists in Northern Ireland

Our Advanced Pharmacy Practice and non-medical prescribing programmes include on-campus workshops and assessment and are open to pharmacists who live and work in Northern Ireland.

Non-medical Prescribing

The School provides 2 routes for pharmacists in Great Britain who wish to train as non-medical prescribers:

  • Non-medical prescribing option in year 2 of our Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice programme (see above)
  • PG Certificate in Prescribing for Pharmacists

The PG Certificate in Prescribing for Pharmacists is a one-year 60-credit programme that includes a 5-day clinical skills residential on campus.

Non-medical prescribing applicants 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’.

For full course information, visit the course profile.

Pharmacists in Northern Ireland who wish to undertake non-medical prescribing training should contact NICPLD.


Advanced Pharmacy Practice (MSc/ PgDip)

This programme has been designed for hospital pharmacists in Northern Ireland who wish to become prescribers and who wish to develop their practice to an advanced level. The course content is based on the competencies specified in the Advanced and Consultant Level Framework, developed by CoDEG, and includes the NICPLD prescribing course.

The programme is open to hospital pharmacists in Northern Ireland who have completed the NICPLD Vocational/Foundation Training programme, or who have sufficient experience or qualifications for credit transfer.

For full course information, visit the course profile.

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