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Advancing Pharmacy Practice (MSc)

Course Description

About the course

If you are a registered pharmacist working in primary care, hospital, community pharmacy or the pharmaceutical industry and wish to develop your role as an Advanced Pharmacy Practitioner, then this postgraduate course will be of interest to you. The course provides an in-depth understanding of safety and risk management concepts which underpin the effective use of medicines in practice. You will benefit from the opportunity to learn with other healthcare professionals. The programme offers the flexibility of a choice of core and optional modules to build credits towards an MSc, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.

- Full-time Pathway (overseas students)
The full-time pathway is for overseas pharmacists and starts in September, lasting for 12 months.

There are 7 compulsory modules across the year, which are all taught. In addition you will have some work placements at a local hospital to allow you to put into practice what you have been taught. The year finishes with the production of a dissertation on a pharmacy related subject in the Project module.

- Part-time Pathway (for UK registered pharmacists)
The part-time pathway is for UK registered pharmacist intending to top up their CPD or gain a qualification. It can be taken over 5 years if necessary, and starts at the beginning of each semester (depending on module availability).

Please see the programme specification to what modules are available to practicing UK pharmacists. We are also able to take a limited number of credits from other health-related modules available at our University. This includes the Independent Prescribing course which is charged at a premium rate.

Individual optional modules may also be undertaken as free standing modules and short courses.

UK pharmacists with an existing UK postgraduate diploma or certificate obtained within the last 5 years will be able to carry forward all or part of these qualifications towards the award of an MSc. This will be decided on a case by case basis but typically a pharmacist with a postgraduate diploma in pharmacy practice/clinical pharmacy may be able to take forward 90 credits. An award of MSc requires the accumulation of 180 credits (including a 60 credit research element).

See the website http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/advancing-pharmacy-practice

Why choose this course?

- Flexibility of choosing different modules

- The programme offers inter-professional working opportunities

- The School of Pharmacy facilities including a sterile suite and simulated pharmacy

- Helpful and friendly staff


This programme offers excellent opportunities for continuing professional development for practicing pharmacists. It is an MSc programme, but UK pharmacists can also choose to study specific modules relevant to their professional development needs as short courses.

Teaching methods

Teaching methods are varied including lectures, seminars and workshops. Problem Based Learning (PBL) will underpin the delivery of the Therapeutics and Work Related Learning modules. The course is intense and will require students to be "self directed" learners.

Our facilities

Our school, at the University of Hertfordshire offers world-class teaching and learning facilities, including Europe's largest medical simulation laboratory.

Take a virtual tour of our facilities at the School of Life and Medical Science.

Work Placement

There is an in-course work placement for international students.

Find out how to apply here http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/advancing-pharmacy-practice#how-to-apply

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.herts.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-funding/scholarships/postgraduate

Visit the Advancing Pharmacy Practice (MSc) page on the University of Hertfordshire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You must be a registered pharmacist, with a minimum of 1 year's experience as a pharmacist of dispensing medicines to patients, and have a good honours degree in Pharmacy or equivalent. IELTS score of 7.0 overall (with minimum of 6.0 in any band) required if English is not your first language. International students should note that this course does not lead to registration to practice in the UK.

Course Fees

UK/EU Students: Full time £8,250; International Students: Full time £16,000

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