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Clinical Pharmacy MSc

Course Description

We have delivered a successful clinical pharmacy course for many years. It has been developed and adapted several times following extensive feedback from students and findings from market research among pharmacists in different sectors of the profession, to meet the changing requirements of the workplace. We offer:

•A flexible approach that meets your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements
•Suitable for pharmacists working in hospital, community or primary care pharmacy or other sectors e.g. the prison service, non-NHS hospitals
•Suitable for pharmacists working as a locum in both hospital and community settings
•Options to follow different routes and gain different qualifications, including independent prescribing
•A skills-based approach to learning about ‘real life’ clinical pharmacy
•Practice-based coursework assessments
•Course material is written by expert pharmacists and doctors
•Distance learning which can be planned around work and personal commitments

Course Modules:

The course philosophy is to provide a variety of learning activities which will enable you to meet your CPD requirements and to continually improve the quality of the clinical care delivered to patients. To ensure the course is kept up-to- date and relevant it has recently undergone some innovative changes which will provide greater flexibility and choice.

All students will study the same modules at certificate stage:

•Clinical foundations (15 credits)
•Practice foundations (15 credits)
•Clinical Practice 1 (15 credits)
•Public Health (15 credits)

At diploma stage all students will study one core module, and further optional modules:

•Clinical Practice 2 (30 credits)

Optional modules:

•Service evaluation (15 credits)
•Plus: Practice development (15 credits)
•Or: independent Prescribing (45 credits)
•Or: research methods (30 credits)
•Or: Service evaluation (15 credits)
•Plus: Professional development (15 credits)

At MSc stage, you will complete a yearlong independent study project.

Teaching and Assessment:

The course is via distance learning, making it ideal for studying at home and in the workplace. Module guides which contain the teaching material are made available online in the DMU virtual learning environment for all students. We suggest you plan to spend about ten hours a week studying the course material for the MSc.

There is some attendance required at the university for UK-based students:

•An induction day, as you start the course, to introduce you to the programme team, the study facilities available to you, and to induct you into the course requirements and patterns
of study

•Two study days per year of study, where you may have small group tutorials about the assignments, do some further study in groups, or sit a study day assessment, depending on the module

•If you choose the independent prescribing option in the diploma stage this is taught partly by face-to-face teaching at DMU over 11 study days and two assessment days

Assessments for home students involves written pieces of coursework plus some assessments on the study days e.g. presentations and short answer paper written assessments. Some of the assessments involve completing GPhC CPD cycles relating to the learning done on the course. Others require you to study a patient’s care in depth, accessing their medical records and critiquing their clinical pharmacy care.

International students will complete all their studies online via BlackBoard. Many of the assessments will also be completed online.


We have a dedicated team of staff who contribute to the course. The programme and module leaders are all registered, practising pharmacists, and have experience in the hospital, community, primary care and prescribing areas of pharmacy practice. MSc supervisors are drawn from the Leicester School of Pharmacy and local community and hospital pharmacists who can support you in your project. We also use a team of expert pharmacists and doctors who contribute to the development of the course material and assessments on the study days.

Graduate Careers:

All of the options within the Clinical Pharmacy MSc are suitable for practising pharmacists who wish to develop their careers and gain an additional clinical qualification. The specialist and learning skills you acquire are highly sought after in many different sectors of practice. Having an MSc is recognised by some employers (e.g. some hospital trusts) as a stepping stone in career progression.

Visit the Clinical Pharmacy MSc page on the De Montfort University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2012 entry, please visit our website2013 entry: (UK/EU Students:)•Registration as a pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) or Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland•Practising in a patient facing role at least one day a week•If not taught in English at degree level then IELTs or equivalent score of 6.5(International students:)•As for UK, but qualification as pharmacist from a recognised institution and registration in home country•English Language competency (IELTS, score 6.5)•Must have been working in an area of clinical pharmacy for at least two years

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