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MSc Advanced Community Pharmacy Practice

Year of entry: 2020


Degree awarded
MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert Part time
MSc 3 years
Entry requirements
You should have an honours degree in pharmacy. You must be registered as a pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
Up to 150 places per unit, per cohort.
How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We have two entry points each academic year in September and January. Study dates for 2020 may differ due to Covid-19. Offer holders will be informed via email.

See the advice to applicants section below for details of the supporting documents we require with your form.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
PGCert N N N Y

Course overview

Funded by the Pharmacy Integration Fund.
Funded by the Pharmacy Integration Fund.
  • Take advantage of Health Education England funding to gain a fully-funded PGCert award.
  • Develop your clinical, applied practice, leadership and research skills while working as a pharmacist thanks to our part-time online distance learning approach.
  • Study at a university ranked 5th in the UK and 10th in the world for Pharmacy and Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings 2020).
  • Our learning materials are accredited by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society .
  • Open up a new career in pharmacy or take on exciting new challenges in your current role on completion of one or more of our units.

Open days

Attending an open day is a great way to find out what studying at Manchester is like. Find out about our upcoming open days .

You can also watch webinar recordings from our recent virtual open week, including subject-specific sessions and webinars about general topics such as teaching and funding. Visit the postgraduate taught virtual open week website for a list of sessions.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,150 in year 1 and 2, £4,200 in year 3
  • PGDip (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Fees paid via block contract
  • PGCert (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Fees paid via block contract

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Courses in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of courses in related subject areas.

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

You should have an honours degree in pharmacy. You must be registered as a pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council.

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

We ask for English language proof if you are from non-majority English speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here ).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS - minimum 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in writing
  • TOEFL: 575 paper-based
  • TOEFL: 230 computer-based (with a minimum score in the Test of Written English of 6.0)
  • TOEFL: 90 internet-based (with a minimum score of 22 in each component)

These must be completed within 12-24 months of starting the course.

See further information about requirements for your country .

English language test validity

Most English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We have two entry points each academic year in September and January. Study dates for 2020 may differ due to Covid-19. Offer holders will be informed via email.

See the advice to applicants section below for details of the supporting documents we require with your form.

Advice to applicants

All applicants need to complete our  online application form .

If you are applying for our HEE-funded postgraduate training for community pharmacists and secure environment pharmacists, your application must be accompanied by supporting documents:

A completed  application template  (Word doc, 56kb) which contains your full name, GPhC registration number and a personal statement of 300-500 words. Your statement should include why you wish to undertake this CPD and how it will benefit the pharmacy services you currently deliver. You must also declare that you are not currently enrolled on another NHS England service pathway, specifically Integrating Pharmacy into Urgent Care, Pharmacy Integration in Care homes or Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice Phase 1 and 2.  You will also be asked to consent to share information and be contacted to contribute to the development of impact case studies. Health Education England have provided more information about the requirements of the evaluation of this training.

We want to ensure that courses funded by the NHS Pharmacy Integration Fund give pharmacists and pharmacy technicians the opportunity to successfully gain skills, knowledge and experience through education and training. We may therefore access and review students' data and seek students' views and experience of the courses, in order to evaluate the courses and training and understand what works and what could be improved. The evaluation work will be led by NHS England but NHS England may contract with third parties to undertake this work. To support this work, students will be asked to consent to their personal data including demographic data, contact information, and data on course completion being shared with the evaluation team, in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018. Students will also be asked to consent to the evaluation team utilising their contact information to make contact with them to obtain feedback and to invite them on occasion to provide more in-depth feedback via workshops, focus groups or written case studies.

How your application is considered

We offer places on a first come first served basis after confirming that you meet the entry and funding (if applicable) requirements.

We will check you are registered as a pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council and we will ask you to confirm that you are fit to practise as per GPhC requirements.


Applications for deferred entry (one year maximum) are accepted provided the applicant meets both the academic and non-academic requirements at the point of entry. HEE-funded applicants will need to contact us to confirm whether funding is still available.

Course details

Course description

Our online distance learning course in Advanced Community Pharmacy Practice enables you to:

  • further develop your pharmacy consultation and clinical examination skills;
  • apply the principles of medicines optimisation to clinical decision-making in practice;
  • develop leadership behaviours.

This course aims to prepare you for enhanced clinical, public health and leadership roles.

We offer eighteen units as part of this course (see course list). You can study one unit as a standalone CPD course or take more units to build up credits for a postgraduate award (Certificate, Diploma or MSc) in either Advanced Community Pharmacy Practice or Clinical Pharmacy.


This course will give you:
  • The flexibility and choice to advance your professional and clinical skills as part of lifelong learning.
  • Emphasis on patient-centred care, clinical leadership, patient safety, complex decision-making.
  • Continuing professional development to drive forward service innovation in pharmacy.
  • Evidence to support your revalidation as a registered pharmacist.

Special features

Recognised excellence

Manchester is one of only a small number of universities with Royal Pharmaceutical Society Foundation School accreditation.

Study materials from this professionally recognised course are all mapped against the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's Foundation and Advanced Pharmacy frameworks.

Teaching and learning

This is an online distance learning course for pharmacists in Great Britain who are registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council and practising in community pharmacy.

Coursework and assessment

This course is delivered via a range of practice-based coursework assessments:

  • analysis of patient data;
  • formulation of a management plan;
  • implementation of recommendations and reflection upon the patient outcome;
  • essay-style assessments that require you to critically evaluate the literature or your current practice and make reasoned conclusions or recommendations;
  • oral presentations and reflective continuing professional development records;
  • mapping your learning to one of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's Pharmacy Frameworks for each assessed piece of work, in order to build evidence of personal development.

The pass mark for all assessed work is 40% for the Certificate and Diploma awards, with marks of 50% required for each unit studied in order to progress to the MSc.

Course content for year 1

After completing a learning needs analysis, you will make a personal development plan and commit to a learning schedule. You can choose up to four optional units in your first year of the course.

Course content for year 2

In your second year of the course, you can choose a further four optional units which align with your personal development plan. If you wish to complete the MSc dissertation year, then you must choose research methods as one of your year two options.

Course content for year 3

In your third year of the course, you will undertake a research project in an area of your choosing.

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.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Medicines Optimisation & Therapeutics 1 PHAR60421 15 Mandatory
Medicines Optimisation and Therapeutics 2 PHAR63022 15 Mandatory
Education and Training PHAR60431 15 Optional
Research Methods PHAR60512 15 Optional
Introduction to Pharmacy Public Health Services PHAR62221 15 Optional
Weight Management and Health Coaching PHAR62222 15 Optional
Pharmacy Research Dissertation PHAR62230 60 Optional
Pharmacy Public Health Services: Sexual and Reproductive Health Services PHAR62231 15 Optional
Pharmacy Public Health Services: Substance Use and Misuse Services PHAR62242 15 Optional
Leadership and Management PHAR62261 15 Optional
Pharmacy Public Health Services: Cancer Awareness, Detection and Screening Services PHAR62281 15 Optional
Evidence Based Practice PHAR63002 15 Optional
Medicines Optimisation and Therapeutics 2 PHAR63012 15 Optional
Specialist Medicines Optimisation and Therapeutics PHAR63021 15 Optional
Mental Health PHAR63031 15 Optional
Paediatrics PHAR63041 15 Optional
Medicines Management PHAR65000 15 Optional
Patient Centred Care PHAR65100 15 Optional
Extended Skills: Clinical Practice PHAR65200 15 Optional
Extended Skills: Assessment and Examination PHAR65300 15 Optional
Extended Skills: Communication and Consultation PHAR65400 15 Optional
Displaying 10 of 21 course units
The Centre for Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety and Centre for Pharmacy Workforce Studies are located in the Division of Pharmacy and Optometry at The University of Manchester.


Our units are 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 study our extended skills units in assessment and examination or communication and consultation, you will be required to attend one study day of which there will be a choice of dates and accessible locations in England, provided there are sufficient applicants to allow this.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .

CPD opportunities

All taught units of study from this programme are available as standalone CPD with no pre-requisites.


Career opportunities

Enhance your practice through refining your clinical and applied practice skills. Completing this course will open up opportunities to work in other pharmacy settings or to expand your own clinical and public health service provision.