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Course content

This is a career-enhancing course that will equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to have a positive impact on patients’ lives and make a difference in the field of clinical practice.

This course has been designed to deliver a broad education in clinical pharmacy for all qualified Pharmacists irrespective of their country of undergraduate study or practice, and provides an opportunity to focus your studies more specifically to your area of practice. It will provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills to enhance your decision-making and patient care abilities.

What you will study

PGCERT STAGE (STAGE 1) - 30 WEEKS, JAN-AUG

The first two modules in Pharmaceutical Care Planning and Therapeutics are common and are studied over 2 semesters.

PGDIP STAGE 2 (STAGE 2) - 60 WEEKS, SEP-JUN

In this stage students choose two 30-credit modules from the four options including; Medicines Management: Collaborative Working - where you will critically explore successful approaches to practice that ensure safe, effective and efficient use of medicines through collaborative working; Developing and Implementing Models of Care – where you will critically investigate the structures, processes and outcomes of a variety of pharmacy services in specialist areas including hospital, community and primary care; Person Centred Care – where you will develop an understanding of person-centred care with a focus on pharmaceutical care and service provision; and Prescribing: theory and practice – where you will understand the basic skills needed to establish a pharmacist prescribing service in practice.

MSC STAGE (STAGE 3) - 90 WEEKS, JUL-APR

In this stage you will undertake Health Services Research – and develop skills and expertise in relation to research and development of pharmacy services.

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught part-time via our virtual learning environment CampusMoodle, allowing you to develop clinical knowledge and skills while you remain in employment.

The Course Leader is a central point for information and support with regard to the delivery of the course. It is also recommended that you have a work-placed mentor to provide local support and encouragement.

ACTIVITY SUMMARY

  • Independent Study - 60-140 students per group, 600h per stage. Approx. 10-15 hours per week

INDEPENDENT STUDY

All your materials will be provided online and are designed to allow self-assessment of learning needs.

STAFF DELIVERING ON THIS COURSE

Staff delivering this course are practiced academics, with active links to national and international industry bodies including the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, General Pharmaceutical Council, Canadian Pharmaceutical Association, Royal Pharmaceutical Society Faculty, and the Chamber of Pharmacist of Austria and Germany.

The Course Leader is your central point for information and support with regard to the delivery of the course. You will be supported by e-tutors who are all practicing clinical pharmacy practitioners. They review the learning materials, provide real-life case scenarios and participate in the marking of practice related assessments. They facilitate discussion and learning within the modules and bring a unique practice-related perspective to learning.

ASSESSMENT

You will be assessed by continuous assessment based on your acquisition and application of knowledge in practice-related problem-based scenarios and activities including: responding to case studies, developing care plans and essay responses to specific topics and contribution to online discussion forums, formative peer-assessed essays, short answer problem/case study questions and multiple-choice questions.

Typically students are assessed each year:

  • 2 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 dissertation
  • 3 portfolios
  • 1 oral assessment

Job prospects 

This course has been designed in collaboration with employers in both primary and secondary care to ensure that the course is kept up-to-date and in line with current practice and the demands of the workplace. The multi-disciplinary nature of the course enhances its appeal to employers and as a result, career prospects are excellent.

Your employer will benefit from your completion of this course as it is designed to enable you to develop in the key competency areas for clinical practice. This will mean that you are able to make a valuable contribution to the provision of clinical pharmacy services through the application of aspects of your learning in areas such as direct patient care, personal, problem-solving, and management and organisation.


Visit the Clinical Pharmacy Practice (MSc/PgDip) page on the Robert Gordon University website for more details!

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