MSc Clinical Pharmacy / Course details

Year of entry: 2019

Course description

Our professionally recognised 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 14 units in Year 2 to tailor the course to your own interests.

There are two learning routes to suit pharmacists in all patient-facing roles and with differing work demands.

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.

Blended learning

This route consists of seven 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 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.

Accreditation

The content of this course is accredited by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS). We are an RPS Foundation School and are recognised by the RPS for our commitment to pursuing and promoting quality and excellence within the profession.

By working towards foundation level practice, you may be awarded a certificate of professional recognition, which is highly sought after by employers.

Aims

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.

Special features

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 choice of research dissertation in the final year. We offer a selection of 16 learning units, including unique optional units such as paediatrics, mental health, public health and leadership.

Develop research skills

You will have the opportunity to conduct master's-level research within a university ranked number 1 for research power in pharmacy within the UK in the national Research Excellence Framework (UoA3 REF 2014).

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
  • e-journals.

Blended or online learning?

We offer both blended and distance learning study options to suit your own location and circumstances.

All students will benefit from:

  • shared learning content online;
  • content mapped against the RPS Foundation Practice Framework;
  • mixed assessment methods;
  • access to expert academic staff and clinical teachers.

Blended learning students will benefit from:

  • study days at the University;
  • a workplace tutor and workplace-based learning;
  • RPS Foundation Recognition.

Distance learning students will benefit from:

  • study webinars;
  • academic advisors;
  • access to materials to pursue RPS Recognition.

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.

Candidates for all three awards 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:

  • Mental Health
  • Paediatrics
  • Specialist Medicines Optimisation and Therapeutics
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health Services
  • Sexual Health and Reproductive Services
  • Cancer Awareness, Detection and Screening Services
  • Weight Management and Health Coaching
  • Substance Use and Misuse Services
  • Introduction to Pharmacy Public Health Services
  • Education and Training
  • Leadership and Management
  • Health Economics
  • Research Methods
  • Surgery
  • Medicines Management

Course content for year 3

A choice of research dissertation is offered, based upon your research aspirations and opportunities in your workplace.

Course unit details

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 choice of research dissertation in the final year.

The course consists of four compulsory course units in Year 1, four optional course units from a choice of 12 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 and Public Health Pharmacy: Four compulsory Year 1 course units plus the Public Health Foundations unit, two optional Public Health Year 2 course units and any other Year 2 course unit.
  • PGDip Clinical Pharmacy with Independent Prescribing: Four compulsory Year 1 course units plus any two optional year 2 course units and the two Independent Prescribing course units.

To progress into research through the MSc year (Year 3), take any of the above pathways but opt for Research Methods as an optional unit.

You can choose to undertake the Independent Prescribing course units 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.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Medicines Optimisation & Therapeutics 1 PHAR60411 15 Mandatory
Research Methods PHAR60512 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
Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis and Prescribing Practice PHAR60010 15 Optional
Professional, ethical and legal prescribing, and prescribing in a wider context PHAR60011 15 Optional
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 Public Health Services: Sexual and Reproductive Health Services PHAR62231 15 Optional
Pharmacy Public Health Services: Substance Use and Misuse Services PHAR62242 15 Optional
Surgery PHAR62252 15 Optional
Leadership and Management PHAR62261 15 Optional
Pharmacy Public Health Services: Cancer Awareness, Detection and Screening Services PHAR62281 15 Optional
Specialist Medicines Optimisation and Therapeutics PHAR63021 15 Optional
Medicines Optimisation and Therapeutics 2 PHAR63022 15 Optional
Mental Health PHAR63031 15 Optional
Paediatrics PHAR63041 15 Optional
Health Economics POPH60091 15 Optional
Health Economics POPH60092 15 Optional
Displaying 10 of 23 course units

Facilities

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.

Disability support

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

CPD opportunities

We offer the following units from this MSc as standalone courses for continuing professional development (CPD):

These units are delivered via the same method used on the full course. After completing two CPD units, you will be invited to apply for a postgraduate qualification (PGCert, PGDip or MSc). If you apply for a postgraduate qualification after completion of CPD units, you must complete the relevant core units.

If you take a standalone 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.

Please contact us at pgtaught.pharmacy@manchester.ac.uk  for further information.