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MSc Pharmacy Practice

Course Description

Why take this course?

This course is suited to practising pharmacists registered in the UK with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) wishing to take the next step after the MPharm.

You will be directly applying your learning to professional practice and so must be working in a practice environment that will offer suitable training opportunities and the appropriate level of support.

This course is suitable for students working in primary care, secondary care and other patient facing roles.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Tailor your learning to your own professional development requirements and in some cases have the opportunity to become an Independent Prescriber (IP)
Be taught by pharmacy-qualified staff, including academics and practitioners from community and hospital pharmacy
Have access to a wide range of learning opportunities guided by leading experts in a wide range of specialities

What opportunities might it lead to?

This course is the next step after registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). It is designed to extend your knowledge and skills in pharmacy practice, therapeutics, and aims to develop an informed appreciation of current and future roles within the pharmacy profession.

The duration of the course is three years, however you also have the opportunity to exit after one year with the award of a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) or two years with the award of Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) in pharmacy practice.

Module Details

Year one

The course encompasses initial clinical skills and in the first year you will focus on developing therapeutics-related skills.

Here are the units you will study in this year:

Developing Clinical Practice: The aim of this unit is to teach you to critically review and monitor the drug treatment of patients in order to provide competent advice on the safe and effective use of medicines in the context of individual patient care.

Developing the Practitioner: This unit aims to demonstrate a systematic understanding of the principles of pharmacy practice and enables you to acquire the relevant expertise to deliver safe and effective pharmaceutical care across the spectrum of general practice.

Year two

In the second year you will study more applied therapeutics skills.

Here are the units you will study in this year:

Clinical Therapeutics: On this unit you will learn to demonstrate a systematic and critical understanding of the clinical knowledge and skills required to work independently to deliver pharmaceutical care to patients in a variety of clinical settings.

Professional Practice: This unit focusses on the application of the principles of professional practice to enable you to deliver pharmaceutical care to patients in a variety of pharmacy settings.

Year three

The final year offers a choice of specialist options in conjunction with you completing your research project.

In this year you will study:

Research Methods and Research Project

Options to choose from in this year include:

Clinical and Professional Aspects of Prescribing: This unit is restricted to those who have successfully completed the application process for the Independent Prescribing Programme supported by their employers and with a Designated Medical Practitioner.

Strategic and Professional Development: This unit aims to develop a framework for the strategic advancement of the pharmacy profession and local pharmacy practice e.g. by involvement with business planning for pharmacy developments, training and education of colleagues and/or other health care professionals, development of evidence based practice etc.

Programme Assessment

Due to the work-based nature of this course, you will be expected to attend short study sessions at the University, but a substantial proportion of your learning will take place at your practice-base. Your main mode of learning will be via practical activities at work such as case studies, audit, clinical interventions and therapeutic examples.

Other than practical assessments, you will complete written assignments in the form of therapeutic frameworks and reports containing a high content of critical discussion throughout the course.

Student Destinations

Depending on your current work situation and setting, it can lead to many different career opportunities. As a hospital pharmacist, you will be able to apply for posts at a more advanced level.

If you are working in primary care setting it will enable you to access more clinical roles and transfer more easily to a hospital setting. It can also be a good start for a career in academia.

Visit the MSc Pharmacy Practice page on the University of Portsmouth website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

A Pharmacy degree (BSc, BPharm or MPharm) with a minimum classification of 2.2, registration as a practising pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council and a practice-base (i.e. paid employment at an accredited centre).English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

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