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Course overview

CThis course is accredited by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society as a Foundation School.

  • Develop your clinical, leadership and research skills while working as a pharmacist thanks to our part-time distance and blended learning options.
  • Mix and match course units to tailor learning to suit your own career goals.
  • Study at a university ranked 6th in the UK and 16th in the world for pharmacy and pharmacology (QS World University Rankings 2018).
  • Our course is one of only a handful of courses that is accredited by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society as a Foundation School.
  • Open up a new career in pharmacy or go into research upon completion of this course.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (part-time distance learning)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £3,000 in year 1 and 2, £4,000 in year 3 
  • International students (per annum): £6,900 in year 1 and 2, £9,200 in year 3
  • PGDip (part-time distance learning)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £3,000 per annum 
  • International students (per annum): £6,900 in year 1 and 2, £9,200 in year 3
  • Modular (part-time distance learning)
  • UK students (per annum): £1,100 per 15 credit module 
  • International students (per annum): £1,100 per 15 credit module

For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees .


The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health offers an alumni bursary of a 10% reduction towards tuition fees for successful applicants who are recent University of Manchester graduates and who are commencing one of our postgraduate taught master's programmes in 2019.

The bursary is available to students or alumni who:

  • have graduated since 2013;
  • hold a first class or 2:1 honours degree;
  • have home or overseas fee status;
  • are applying for full- or part-time study;
  • are self-funded and not in receipt of any other funding support.

Entry requirements

English language

  • IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in writing;
  • paper-based TOEFL of 575 or computer-based TOEFL of 230 with 6.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE);
  • internet-based TOEFL of 90 with a minimum of 22 in each component.

See further information about requirements for your country .

English language test validity

Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form .

Fitness to practise / health requirements

See the HEOPS standards of medical fitness to train guidance (PDF, 95KB) for more information.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Career opportunities

The course develops pharmacists into individuals who can improve patient care by demonstrating leadership and excellent clinical skills, which is sought-after by employers.

Research is actively promoted and further study to PhD level is possible for successful candidates. 

Accrediting organisations

The content of this course is accredited by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS).

Visit the MSc Clinical Pharmacy page on the University of Manchester website for more details!




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