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MSc Advanced Community Pharmacy Practice / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

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.

The course is supported by NHS England and Health Education England through the Pharmacy Integration Fund.

If you are eligible for Health Education England funding, you can choose up to four of these fully-funded units. All of our units are fully-funded until March 2020, with learning complete by March 2021. See the scholarships and bursaries section below for more information.


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
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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.

Additional fee information

If you will be funded by Health Education England, you must be a community pharmacist employed in England. Please see the advice to applicants section for more information.

Health Education England (HEE) funding (January 2018-March 2020): Community pharmacists who meet HEE's eligibility criteria are fully funded to study up to four 15-credit units on this programme.

Scholarships and bursaries

Community pharmacists can choose up to eight units of post-registration training (120 credits) from this programme which are fully-funded via the Pharmacy Integration Fund up until March 2021.

Community Pharmacist Post-registration Training supported by NHS England and Health Education England through the Pharmacy Integration Fund.

Post-registration Training for Pharmacists is supported by NHS England and Health Education England through the Pharmacy Integration Fund. It will strengthen and diversify the pharmacy workforce and help to improve patient care.The fund has been set up by NHS England to enable pharmacist and pharmacy technician integration in primary care as part of new multi-disciplinary healthcare teams, making the most of their clinical skills, particularly for the benefit of people with long-term conditions.

Visit the HEE website for further details on the education and training opportunities supported by the Pharmacy Integration Fund.

See advice to applicants for information on how to access this funding at The University of Manchester and to check the eligibility criteria.


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.