Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice

In Belfast City

£ 4,000 + VAT


  • Typology


  • Location

    Belfast city (Northern Ireland)

  • Duration

    3 Years

  • Start

    Different dates available


The MSc in Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice, is designed to help students to acquire and demonstrate the advanced-level competencies defined in the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's Advanced Pharmacy Framework, through a rigorous programme of study that provides students with the knowledge and skills required to: Review and incorporate current evidence into practice Work effectively in a multidisciplinary clinical environment Make decisions in complex clinical situations Communicate effectively with patients who have common long-term medical conditions Undertake clinical and practice-based research The new programme has replaced our previous postgraduate courses in clinical and community pharmacy. It is completed by Distance Learning, without attending on-campus and is therefore open to both UK and International pharmacists. Open to pharmacists from all employment sectors Distance learning Independent Prescribing option for UK pharmacists (subject to GPhC accreditation) Management and leadership development option Optional on-campus and local hospital teaching for International students Alternative exit points are available including PgDip and PgCert. Please visit the relevant course websites for more information.    ...




Belfast City (County Antrim)
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University Road, BT7 1NN


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To take into account

This course is designed to meet the postgraduate education needs of pharmacists working in patient-facing roles, although applications are welcome from pharmacists working in any employment sector. The programme is open to local, national and international applicants. Applicants must have a pharmacy degree (minimum Bachelors) from a university recognised by Queen’s University Belfast and be registered as a pharmacist with an appropriate regulatory organisation. The University requires evidence that international...

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  • Clinical Pharmacy
  • International
  • Credit
  • Medical training
  • Medical
  • Project
  • Options
  • Teaching
  • Leadership

Course programme

Course Details

Year 1

Core modules:

  • Medicines Optimisation (10 Credits)
  • Effective Communication & Consultation Skills (10 Credits)
  • Management of Long-term Conditions 1 (20 Credits)
  • PLUS Two from the 10 Credit options listed below

Year 2

Core modules:

  • Research Methods (10 Credits)
  • Data Analysis (10 Credits)
  • Management of Long-term Conditions 2 (20 Credits)
  • PLUS Two from the 10 Credit options listed below.

10 Credit Options:
  1. Adverse drug reactions and interactions
  2. Managnig Drug Treatment
  3. Evidence-based medicine
  4. Health promotion
  5. Infection and antimicrobial stewardship
  6. Medicines governance
  7. Prescribing audit and analysis

As an alternative to the above, students in Great Britain can complete Independent Prescriber (IP) training in either the first or second year. The IP option includes a 5-day residential in Belfast (see below for further details).

Year 3

Option 1: Practice-based research project (60 credits)

Option 2: Practice-based research project (30 credits) plus Advanced Practice* (30 credits)

Option 3: Practice-based research project (30 credits) plus Clinical Practice** (30 credits)

*Advanced Practice includes development of management and leadership skills and is linked to the RPS Advanced Pharmacy Framework. **Clinical Practice option includes a 2-week residential programme at the Regional Medicines Optimisation Centre and NHS hospitals in Northern Ireland. An additional fee is payable for this module (International students only).

Independent prescribing option

The Independent Prescribing* option is open to pharmacists in Great Britain and is delivered in either the first or second year of the PG Diploma/MSc in Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice.

The programme is delivered via a combination of e-learning and work-based learning and includes 12 days in-practice training with a Designated Medical Practitioner, the purpose of which is to enable the student to develop and practice clinical examination skills relevant to the condition(s) for which they intend to prescribe. The pharmacist may complete their in-practice training at any point during the course.


Students are required to attend a 5-day residential in Belfast, which will include workshops, clinical skills training and assessment. The residential will be held in the second Semester (dates to be confirmed). Students are required to pay their own travel, accommodation and subsistence costs.

Applying to join

Independent Prescribing applicants must have been practicing for at least two years and should be employed in either primary or secondary care.


Eligibility form
Sponsoring organisation agreement
Designated Medical Practitioner agreement

  • Normally, the part-time Masters programme is completed between three and five years.
  • Credit may be awarded for previous relevant postgraduate qualifications, which can reduce the duration to two years.
  • When necessary, students can exit with a PG Certificate or PG Diploma qualification in less than three years.
  • This programme is not available for full-time study.

Assessment & Feedback

Coursework assignments, online tests and a writtten examination in each of the first and second years. In addition, competency assessments, practice portfolios and Observed Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) are included in the Independent Prescribing option and a dissertation in the MSc stage.

Learning and Teaching

The programme is delivered by the School’s Distance Learning Centre and is completed by distance learning.

Students complete compulsory core modules that include medicines optimisation, interpersonal skills, research methods and data analysis, and can select from a range of optional modules that are relevant to their current work or that will help them to achieve their employment aspirations.

Students can complete their studies by distance/online learning without having to attend on-campus. Alternatively, students in the UK may undertake Independent Prescriber training as an option in the first year, which includes a one-week residential in Belfast. International students may select a final year option that includes clinical pharmacy experience in local NHS hospitals in Northern Ireland.

Additional information

This programme in Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice enhances the opportunities for pharmacists to progress their career to advanced practitioner level. Pharmacists in the UK have the option to undertake Independent Prescriber training in the first year. Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain...

Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice

£ 4,000 + VAT