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MSc / PgDip Clinical Pharmacy Practice

Course Description

This course has been designed to provide you with a broad education in Clinical Pharmacy in line with opportunities to focus your studies more specifically to your area of practice. It will equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to enhance your career.

It provides the opportunity for pharmacists to develop professional practice as clinical practitioners involved in making decisions about patient care. Practitioners working in both primary and secondary care contexts will benefit from the development of a range of skills to enhance career prospects and benefit service delivery.

It has been developed to be compatible with competency clusters outlined in the RPS Foundation/ Advanced Pharmacy Framework and is mapped to core dimensions within the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework.

In view of the unique nature of the multidisciplinary input to the course and the fact that it has been designed in collaboration with employers in both primary and secondary care, career prospects for holders of the postgraduate qualification in hospital or community practice are extremely good.

Visit the website http://www.rgu.ac.uk/health-professions/study-options/part-time-learning/clinical-pharmacy-practice

PgCert stage (stage 1)

The first two modules of the course (PgCert stage) are common but you then choose from a number of elective modules to complete the PgDip stage. View CPP routes as table

The first two modules of the course are common to both routes and studied over two semesters:
• PHM031 Pharmaceutical Care Planning
• PHM032 Therapeutics

PgDip stage (stage 2)

During the PgDip stage of the course you are required to chose two 30credit modules out of four possible options:

• PHM028 Pharmacist Independent Prescribing
The aim of this module is to prepare pharmacists to meet the standards set by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) for registration as a pharmacist independent prescriber. In order to be eligible for this module you must hold a current registration with the GPhC or PSNI as a practising pharmacist and have at least two years appropriate patient orientated experience following pre-registration year.

Note: Spaces on this module are limited and places are assigned in order of Independent Prescribing applications received 4months prior to the module start date. You can not secure a place at the time of application to the MSc Clinical Pharmacy.

• PHM026 Medicines Management: Collaborative Working
The aim of this module is to critically explore successful approaches to practice that ensure safe, effective and efficient use of medicines through collaborative working. You will take a closer look at the processes required for the safe, effective and efficient management of medicines, key factors that may impact prescribing choices, aspects that support seamless care and team working skills in the context of medicines management.

• PHM036 Developing and implementing models of care
The aim of this module is to critically investigate the structures, processes and outcomes of a variety of pharmacy services in specialist areas including hospital, community and primary care. You will analyse current national and local policy contexts and critically evaluate structures in relation to pharmacy service provision. You will synthesise, document and justify evidence based care plans in the context of your own practice as well as your organisational and national pharmacy service provision.

• PHM037 Person Centred Care
The aim of this module is to enable you to develop an understanding of person centred care with a focus on pharmaceutical care and service provision. You will gain an appreciation of complex healthcare needs, the influences on individuals engagement with their own health , explore elements that contribute to shared decision making and person centred care planning.

MSc Stage (stage 3)

Students can chose between either module:

• PHM038 Health Services Research
Students progressing to the MSc stage have an opportunity to develop skills and expertise in relation to research and development of pharmacy services. The project area is chosen by you and therefore relevant to your practice and should produce outcomes that allow you to evaluate and develop local services.

• PHM039 Advanced Pharmacy Practice
This module will enable you to develop relevant knowledge, skills, attitudes and competencies required for effective advanced practice. The content is mapped with the RPS Advanced Pharmacy Framework clusters in mind enabling you to develop into an advanced practitioner.


You will be taught via our virtual learning environment CampusMoodle, allowing you to develop clinical knowledge and skills whilst remaining in employment. The modules are delivered part-time.

All your materials will be provided online and are designed to allow self-assessment of learning needs then subsequent acquisition and application of knowledge in practice-related problem-based scenarios. These scenarios may involve you carrying out a range of activities including: participation in online discussion forums, formative peer-assessed essays, short answer problem/case study questions and multiple-choice questions.

Additionally, you will be supported by e-tutors who are all practising clinical pharmacy practitioners. E-tutors 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.

Each module is sub-divided into a number of topics and you are encouraged to use materials to identify and address your own learning needs.

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.


You will be assessed by continuous assessment. This takes many different forms including: responding to case studies, developing care plans and essay responses to specific topics and contribution to online discussion forums.


This course has been designed in collaboration with employers in both primary and secondary care ensuring 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 remain buoyant in both hospital and community practice.

Employers will benefit from their staff completing this course since it is designed to enable practitioners to develop in the key competency areas for clinical practice. This will mean that staff are able to make valuable contributions to the provision of clinical pharmacy services through the application of aspects of their learning in areas such as direct patient care, personal, problem solving and management and organisation.

How to apply

To find out how to apply, use the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline


For information on funding, including loans, scholarships and Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) please click the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/future-students/finance-and-scholarships/financial-support/uk-students/postgraduate-students/postgraduate-students/

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

(Student Profile)

Ruth Theuma

Studying Clinical Pharmacy with RGU was one of the best decisions that I have taken. It was the start of a fruitful career in Clinical Pharmacy.

The PgDip has given me a flow of first-hand information and knowledge which help me get through my daily work. I have good memories of instances when I was utilising knowledge during the ward rounds that I would have read and learnt the previous day whilst studying for the course.

The course has also given me the necessary skills to apply the knowledge that I acquire. It is not enough to have all the necessary information - a true clinical pharmacist has to have the skill to identify pharmaceutical issues and to negotiate with other health-care professionals.

The MSc has then given me the opportunity to do my own research which has now been implemented in the hospital where I work. The methods that I learnt are an excellent stepping stone for further research that I would like to carry out in the future.

Distance-learning is a very convenient way of studying. It enabled me to study whilst I was still doing clinical pharmacy work full-time. The visits to RGU have always been very useful and consolidated the work that I was doing during the year.

Obtaining an MSc in Clinical Pharmacy with Robert Gordon University has moulded me into a clinical pharmacist who is well respected in the place of work. The training that I was given has enabled me to get great job satisfaction especially since through my interventions, patients use their drugs more safely and effectively. It has been crucial for my career progression and has also given me the opportunity to tutor and lecture students at university level.

Above all, I treasure the memories of the day I graduated in Aberdeen and obtained my MSc.


Entry Requirements

Please see full entry requirements on the website.

Last Updated

23 January 2017

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