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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Chemistry

    Medicine

    Psychology

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    2 years Part-time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    EU Fees - €3,990 per year

    Non-EU Fees - €8,000 per year

  • Last Updated

    16 September 2019

MSc Clinical Pharmacy is a two-year, part-time distance learning course specially designed for pharmacists employed in a healthcare setting, who want to enhance their clinical pharmacy knowledge and practice skills. Much of the learning is case-based so scientific and professional elements are integrated. The course is designed to maximise contact between student and tutor while allowing distance learning via the internet and through teleconferences/webinars with experienced medical and pharmacy practitioners.

Pathway 1 of the course consists of: 60 credits of taught modules (part 1); 30 credits of a research project (part 2).

Part 1 - 60 credits:

PF6001 Biostatistics/Critical Appraisal (5 credits)

PF6005 Pharmacoeconomics (5 credits)

PF6006 Pharmacotherapy II (15 credits): Endocrinology, CNS (Psychiatry/ Neurology), Musculoskeletal, Infectious Disease (15 credits)

PF6007 Pharmacotherapy III (10 credits): Special Populations (10 credits)

PF6009 Pharmacotherapy I (15 credits): Renal, Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Gastrointestinal Disorders (15 credits)

PF6010 Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Rational Use of Drugs (10 credits)

In Part 1, you must take a minimum of 30 credits in the first academic year. You cannot proceed to year 2 of the course unless you have passed year 1. 

Part 2 - 30 credits

PF6008 Research Dissertation in Clinical Pharmacy (30 credits)

The research project is carried out in the workplace under the supervision of an academic supervisor and your workplace tutor. You are expected to develop an understanding of the planning, execution and reporting of a research project. You will also develop problem-solving, project management and presentation skills.

After completion of the taught modules (60 credits), students can opt not to complete the course and be conferred with a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy.

Pathway II (one year course)

Students take 45 credits as follows: 

PF6001 Biostatistics/Critical Appraisal (5 credits)

PF6007 Pharmacotherapy III: Special Populations (10 credits) 

PF6008 Research Dissertation in Clinical Pharmacy (30 credits)

A detailed description of the module objectives, content, learning outcomes and pass standards is provided in the UCC Book of Modules

Possible Exit Awards

Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy (NFQ Level 9, Minor award)

Students unable to complete the full Master's programme may register for the Master's and, on completion of 30 credits (taught modules), may opt to exit the programme and be eligible for the Level 9 award of Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy. A student who subsequently applies to the Master's Degree in Clinical Pharmacy must do so within 5 years from the date of successful completion of the Certificate examinations.

Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy (NFQ Level 9, Major award)

Students successfully completing 60 credits (taught modules) may opt not to proceed to the Research Project and Dissertation (PF6008) and may opt to be conferred with a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy. A student who subsequently applies to continue to the Master's Degree in Clinical Pharmacy must do so within 5 years from the date of successful completion of the Diploma examinations.

Masters in Clinical Pharmacy (NFQ Level 9, Major award)

Upon completion of the taught modules (60 credits) students will undertake PF6008 Research Project and Dissertation in Clinical Pharmacy (30 credits).

Individual Modules - CPD

As part of UCC's commitment to Continuing Professional Development (CPD), healthcare professionals may take a one-off module from the list available in this course and be provided with a relevant transcript of marks.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

This programme will be taught online. 

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can also apply online at PAC.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students.

 

**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments. 

Course Practicalities

Delivered entirely by distance learning. Apart from the final year exams, students are not required to attend the university. A compulsory induction webinar at the start of year 1 introduces students to the structure of the programme. The taught modules incorporate a combination of printed module workbooks, teleconferences, web-based seminars and online assessments. Students communicate with the module co-ordinators and each other through regular teleconferences/ webinars and via the Internet (using Blackboard, UCC’s learning management system).

Course materials are circulated under a strict timetable and all module assignments must be returned within set deadlines. Average 10 to 15 hours a week on teleconference/webinar preparation and participation, general reading, case studies, assignments and examination study and half a day each week on clinical placement/ work-based learning.

Assessment

This course is assessed using a mixture of continuous assessment (assignments, exercises, multiple choice question exams and clinical case presentations) and written exams. Written examinations take place in UCC at the end of both years. For some modules, there is a clinical case presentation along with the exam at the end of the academic year. Students in year 2 of the course will complete their research project.

Who teaches this course

Our academic staff includes clinical staff from the School of Pharmacy, pharmacists, medical doctors, health economists, pharmacologists and biostatisticians. MSc in Clinical Pharmacy contributing practitioners are identified in each module and contact can be made directly or through the course co-ordinator.

Our distance learning format allows you to remain in full-time employment throughout the course.

Skills and Careers Information

If you are interested in becoming a leader in clinical pharmacy services, our course will provide you with the skills you need. These include presentation skills, report writing, critical appraisal of drug therapies and rational drug use, pharmacoeconomic evaluation, research project management and medication safety management.


Visit the MSc Pharmacy – Clinical Pharmacy (Online) page on the University College Cork website for more details!

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