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  • Study Type

    Distance learning available

  • Subject Areas

    Medicine

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    3 years part time distance learning

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    09 July 2018

Course content

A key qualification for hospital pharmacy clinical career advancement, the programme enjoys funding from the NHS and is supported by Associate Course Directors across Wales and experienced work-based tutors at accredited hospital sites.

Overview

The MSc Clinical Pharmacy is a part-time distance learning course for pharmacists, run at 22 hospital sites in Wales and England. It integrates a traditional academic course with the student’s everyday role, with the aim of developing vital skills and knowledge to apply to their work.

The course offers an exceptionally wide variety of experiential learning, with a new area every three months for the first two years of the course. This allows you to gain a broad experience of pharmacy, under the guidance of a local practitioner, trained by the University to be your tutor.

The course has been developed by practitioners, and operating at 22 hospitals in four centres – three in Wales, one in England – provides the opportunity to compare practices in these regions and learn from each other.

The course offers knowledge and expertise required by a clinical pharmacist to input optimally into patient care.

Distinctive features

  • Offered at four centres around Wales and England
  • Combines an academic course with your everyday role
  • Flexibility enables you to complete at your own pace, between three and eight years
  • Conducted mainly in your base hospital.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

You will be taught through a variety of methods:

  • Completion of a self needs analysis
  • Attendance of weekend schools
  • Attendance at study days
  • Practice based work
  • Time with accredited tutor
  • Coursework: Portfolio & Assignments
  • Self-directed study.

How will I be supported?

The associate course director for your centre will be assigned as your personal tutor. They have three main roles: academic, pastoral and as an advocate. They will visit you on site to provide feedback on your performance, help in your academic studies and observe you in practice.

At your base, the hospital site tutor will co-ordinate the course and be a point of contact. The associate course director and hospital site tutor are in contact (two-way feedback) throughout the academic year.

In addition, you may contact the course director at any time if necessary.

Specific examples of support provided throughout the programme are as follows:

  • Initial induction programme for orientation and introducing the programme.
  • Student handbook (also copy sent to hospital site tutor each year).
  • Student email and access to Blackboard/Learning Central.
  • Extensive library and other learning resources including IT suites; all journals are available as e-journals and can be accessed off-site. Special arrangements with the library have been made for distance learner students.
  • Excellent teaching facilities.
  • Close collaboration between the course and pharmacy practitioners (course director and associate course directors are practising pharmacists).

Career prospects

The course offers knowledge and expertise required by a clinical pharmacist to input optimally into patient care. It integrates a traditional academic course with your everyday role, with the aim of developing vital skills and knowledge to apply to your work.


Visit the Clinical Pharmacy - MSc page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

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