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Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)

Course Description

Why this course?

This new and unique course enables pharmacists (registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council) to come together in a small peer-group learning environment to develop as advanced clinical practitioners. The course is flexible with a choice of classes that look at specific practice and personal development needs.

The course is designed to produce highly skilled practitioners who can improve patient care by driving forward innovation in all areas of pharmacy practice through delivery of the Scottish Government’s Vision and Action Plan: Prescription for Excellence

The Independent Prescribing (IP) qualification is included within the course as an optional 30-credit module; practitioners who have already completed the IP qualification will receive 30 credits for prior learning and the requirements for each award will be reduced by 30 credits.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/advancedclinicalpharmacypractice/

You’ll study

This course consists of a series of optional classes.
Successful completion of 60 credits from any combination of classes leads to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate.
The award of a Postgraduate Diploma requires 120 credits. The MSc requires 180 credits, which includes a project and class in research skills.

Our facilities & staff

The Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences (SIPBS)is recognised as one of the foremost departments of its kind in the UK. It's a leading research centre in the search for new and improved medicines. You'll benefit from the advanced facilities of a new £36 million building.

Our postgraduate community comes from all corners of the globe and benefits from the support and guidance of the Institute’s Graduate School as well as from close, long-standing industrial and NHS links.

Research in SIPBS is focused on “New Medicines, Better Medicines, Better Use of Medicines”. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, SIPBS submitted in the Allied Health unit of assessment and was ranked fourth on research power in the UK and first in Scotland.

The teaching and research interests of the Institute cover many aspects of pharmacy and biomedical sciences. There's particular emphasis on:
- fundamental bioscience to develop new targets and translational opportunities
- drug discovery to translate basic science into target validation
- advanced pharmaceutical manufacturing and industrial biotechnology
- pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacy practice research for better pharmaceutical care and medicines use

Learning & teaching

The course places a strong emphasis on student-centred learning delivered through a blended learning approach. There's a combination of e-learning materials, small group tutorials and workshops led by experienced staff, student presentations and work-based practice activities. Class material is available through online learning tools which can be accessed at any time.

The Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences has a well-established relationship with NHS Scotland and a number of leading clinicians have visiting or honorary appointments. The course team combines both academic and clinical expertise to deliver classes that provide both the scientific knowledge and practical skills that are necessary to achieve the changes required to improve patient care.

Together we undertake collaborative research focused on the “Better Use of Medicines” through the study of real-world clinical data (pharmacoepidemiology) and the design and testing of novel healthcare intervention models in clinical practice settings (practice research).


Assessment is through both written assignments and practical observation/examinations and submission of a manuscript (MSc students only).


The course prepares you to develop and grow your clinical career to prepare you for senior clinical leadership appointments in variable healthcare settings. For example:
- appointments as principal clinical pharmacist
- clinical pharmacy lead within a managed healthcare in hospital or primary care
- clinical pharmacist independent prescriber within a speciality with your own clinical caseload

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/

Visit the Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice (MSc/PgDip/PgCert) page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A degree in pharmacy from a United Kingdom university or a qualification deemed by the Head of Department acting on behalf of Senate to be equivalent; AND Registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)

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