MSc Clinical Pharmacy / Course details
Year of entry: 2024
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Our MSc/PGDip Clinical Pharmacy course and offers a mix of clinical, applied practice, public health and research units, giving you the knowledge and skills to be an excellent clinical pharmacist.
You will also cover applied practice topics including health economics, public health, pharmacy practice research, training others and organisational influences on healthcare.
If you want to undertake research, you will be supported by one of our leading academic researchers to undertake a small-scale clinical research project to complete the MSc award.
Following four compulsory units in Year 1, you can choose from 11 units in Year 2 to tailor the course to your own interests. There are two learning routes described below to suit pharmacists in all patient-facing roles and with differing work demands.
Online distance learning
This is a completely online route and allows you to study from home at times convenient to you, which is ideal for international students, shift workers and those based outside the Manchester area. Interactive online learning supplemented by webinars will enhance your skills in optimising drug therapy and clinical problem-solving. This route is open to pharmacists in any patient-facing role.
This route consists of six campus-based study days per year and interactive online learning that will enhance your clinical knowledge, teaching you to optimise drug therapy and develop your problem-solving skills.
You need to be in a patient-facing role and will need both a suitable work environment and work-based tutor. Study days in Manchester are mandatory.
This route is generally aimed at Band 6 and 7 pharmacists who are seeking to develop within the NHS.
Both routes are open to qualified pharmacists who would like to develop their clinical skills and enhance their practice.
This course aims to help you develop:
- advanced knowledge and understanding of the management of a range of acute and chronic conditions;
- skills in medicines optimisation and the ability to communicate with a range of healthcare professionals to promote the appropriate use of medicines;
- skills in the critical evaluation of a range of health services literature.
Apply your knowledge to work
The content of this course has been written by clinical experts with a focus on workplace application.
Varied unit options
This course can be tailored to meet the needs of your own career goals through a range of optional course units in the second year and your choice of research topic for the dissertation in the final year. We offer a selection of 11 learning units, including unique options such as paediatrics, mental health, surgery, medicines management and public health.
Develop research skills
You will have the opportunity to conduct master's-level research within a top three university for research power in pharmacy within the UK in the national Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021).
Teaching and learning
The course uses a range of teaching and learning approaches, including:
- the Blackboard learning management system
- e-lectures, podcasts and webinars
- online discussion forums and wikis
Blended or online learning?
We offer both blended and online distance learning study options to suit your own location and circumstances.
All students will benefit from:
- shared learning content online, including evening webinars;
- content mapped against the RPS post-registration Foundation Pharmacist curriculum;
- access to materials to pursue RPS recognition;
- access to academic staff and clinical teachers.
Blended learning students will benefit from:
- study days on campus in Manchester;
- a workplace tutor and workplace-based learning.
Distance learning students will benefit from:
- study webinars and e-workshops;
- an academic advisor.
Coursework and assessment
We use a range of assessments that allow you to demonstrate your clinical knowledge and skills in medicines optimisation and critical analysis.
We use a variety of formative and summative assessments including online quizzes and exams, participation in online discussion boards, patient case studies and care plans, oral case presentations, professional development and clinical portfolios and research protocol.
For an award in Clinical Pharmacy, you will need to achieve an overall mark of 50% in each course unit to progress.
Course content for year 1
You will study four core units to build your clinical, problem-solving and critical appraisal skills.
- Foundations of Clinical Pharmacy
- Medicines Optimisation and Therapeutics 1
- Medicines Optimisation and Therapeutics 2
- Evidence Based Practice
Course content for year 2
You will choose four optional units from the following:
- Education and Training
- Economic Evaluation in Healthcare
- Leadership and Management
- Medicines Management
- Mental Health
- Pharmacy Public Health
- Practical Statistics for Population Health
- Qualitative Research Methods
- Specialist Medicines Optimisation and Therapeutics
Course content for year 3
Course unit details
The course consists of four compulsory course units in Year 1, four optional course units from a choice of 11 in Year 2, and a research project in Year 3.
You can mix and match units in year 2 to graduate with a degree that suits your career ambitions:
- PGCert/PGDip Clinical Pharmacy: Four compulsory Year 1 course units plus any four optional year 2 course units.
- PGDip Clinical Pharmacy with Independent Prescribing: Four compulsory Year 1 course units plus any two optional year 2 course units and the 30-credit level 7 Independent Prescribing course.
To progress into research through the MSc year (Year 3), take any of the above pathways but you must choose Research Methods as an optional unit.
You can choose to undertake the Independent Prescribing course in either Semester 1 or Semester 2 of Year 2. If you wish to study for your Independent Prescribing qualification as part of this course, you must meet the entrance requirements and be successful in your application for a place before you can undertake these units. See the Independent Prescribing page for more information.
Course unit list
The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.
|Medicines Optimisation & Therapeutics 1||PHAR60411||15||Mandatory|
|Pharmacy Research Dissertation||PHAR62230||60||Mandatory|
|Foundations of Clinical Pharmacy||PHAR63001||15||Mandatory|
|Evidence Based Practice||PHAR63002||15||Mandatory|
|Medicines Optimisation and Therapeutics 2||PHAR63012||15||Mandatory|
|Education and Training||PHAR60431||15||Optional|
|Leadership and Management||PHAR62261||15||Optional|
|Specialist Medicines Optimisation and Therapeutics||PHAR63021||15||Optional|
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The course is delivered online, which means you do not need to study in Manchester. However, our staff make full use of a range of facilities to deliver high-quality learning experiences to online learners.
If you choose the blended learning route, you will attend study days in a dedicated training room at the University and have access to the varied resources and facilities on campus.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .
These are delivered in the same method used on the full course. After completing two CPD units you will be invited to apply for a postgraduate qualification (Certificate, Diploma or Masters). If you apply for a postgraduate qualification after completion of CPD units you must complete the relevant core units.
If you take a stand-alone CPD unit you must re-apply if you want to undertake a postgraduate qualification within three years of starting your first CPD unit. You then have up to five years to complete the qualification.