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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    3 years part-time

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip

  • Course Fees

    MSc £6000 (£3000 per year for first 2 years)
    PGDip £5500 (£2750 per year for first 2 years)
    Fees include the Independent Prescribing qualification

  • Last Updated

    27 March 2019

This clinical master's (MSc) programme in Advanced Pharmacy Practice, informed by the latest NHS developments in primary and secondary care, aims to equip you with the relevant skills to meet the challenges of current and emerging practice roles across all healthcare sectors.

The first year of the course provides up-to-date information on clinical pharmacy, evidence-based medicine and public health roles. In Year 2, the course provides a large degree of flexibility with options to suit your interests, including modules on Integrated Care, Acute and Emergency Care, Mental Health, Leadership and Management as well as qualification as an Independent Prescriber.

The course delivery is through a blend of different learning styles including face-to-face instructional delivery practice-based activities and a large element of distance learning. Our face-to-face tuition is delivered by practitioners who are experts in their field as well as academic staff who will deliver specialist training.

Options include:

2 years PGDip (with independent prescribing)

2 years PGDip (without independent prescribing)

3 years MSc (with independent prescribing)

3 years MSc (without independent prescribing)

Professional Accreditation

The Independent prescribing element of the MSc programme is subject to accreditation by the General Pharmaceutical Council. On successful completion of the module, students will be awarded a ‘Practice certificate in Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists’.

Successful students will then be eligible to annotation on the General Pharmaceutical Council’s (GPhC) register to act as independent prescribers.

Learning Environment and Assessment

The course will be delivered through blended learning using a variety of methods and platforms supplemented with face-to-face delivery on campus. Where face-to-face sessions are scheduled, active learning strategies will be used wherever possible. Generally, each module will be supported by a minimum of one day face-to-face masterclass, with the exception of the research project module and the independent prescribing module.

Face-to-face sessions will provide opportunity to discuss with experts in each field on how patient care is maximised through real life examples seen within practice utilising a case-based approach. As preparation for the face-to-face contact students will prepare for the study day through a study pack; this will be made available on Blackboard, the University’s Virtual Learning Environment. The study pack will contain various activities aligned to the assessment.

Assessment methods are predominantly linked to working practice and how learning has been applied into everyday practice. A range of assessment methods will be used, including, case studies, portfolio and Observed Structured Clinical Examinations.


Clinical Pharmacy 1 – You will enhance your clinical pharmacy skills in a range of therapeutic areas to provide safe and effective patient care using the best current evidence. You will apply the principles of medicines optimisation in the acute and chronic management of patients to arrive at shared therapeutic decisions for a range of therapeutic areas. You will also apply the principles of pharmaceutical care where impaired or altered drug handling requires greater monitoring.

Evidence Based Medicine – You will be equipped with the understanding and skill to apply evidence based medicine to improve the care given to patients, and also to respond critically to evidence based approaches. Tools for measuring effectiveness of medicines will be evaluated and applied to practice situations.

Public Health – You will equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to promote, protect and improve the health of the population. You will be able to apply the knowledge and skills gained in the core disciplines of public health including epidemiology, health policy and social and behavioural sciences to the practice of pharmacy and to tackle public health problems.

Clinical Pharmacy 2 – You will get the opportunity to explore, in depth, the management of patients which fall into the three specialised clinical areas of Neurology, Oncology and Antimicrobials.

Integrated Care – You will be introduced to the concepts of integrated care and build upon this knowledge to enable you to better meet all of the patients’ health and social care needs at one time, in one place.

Acute and Emergency Care – The aim of this module is to equip you as pharmacists with current and relevant knowledge in acute and emergency medicine so that you can contribute further in delivering timely patient care.

Mental Health – You will acquire current and relevant knowledge to undertake an enhanced role in patients with mental health disorders.

Leadership & Management - This module aims to introduce pharmacists to core knowledge and skills associated with taking on roles that involve managing people and moving into positions where demonstration of leadership qualities will be required.

Independent Prescribing - The module prepares pharmacists to practise as Independent Prescribers according to standards as stipulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

Research Methods – You will develop your understanding of the research process and be prepared to undertake research in pharmacy practice by introducing you to the necessary processes and skills. You will explore the framework and process of designing and conducting a quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research.

Independent Project – Your opportunity to demonstrate your research competence by conducting an individual piece of original pharmacy practice research, and conveying the results in an academic format.

Research Project – You will design and conduct an independent research project and demonstrate your ability to communicate your findings to lay and academic audiences.

Visit the Advanced Pharmacy Practice - MSc/PGDip page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!




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