Masters Clinical Pharmacy Degree PgDip/MSc
MSc Clinical Pharmacy Practice
This course has been designed to provide you with a broad education in Clinical Pharmacy in line with opportunities to focus your studies more specifically to your area of practice. It will equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to enhance your career.
It provides the opportunity for pharmacists to develop professional practice as clinical practitioners involved in making decisions about patient care. Practitioners working in both primary and secondary care contexts will benefit from the development of a range of skills to enhance career prospects and benefit service delivery.
It has been developed to be compatible with competency clusters outlined in the RPS Foundation/ Advanced Pharmacy Framework and is mapped to core dimensions within the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework.
In view of the unique nature of the multidisciplinary input to the course and the fact that it has been designed in collaboration with employers in both primary and secondary care, career prospects for holders of the postgraduate qualification in hospital or community practice are extremely good.
2. What you will study
The first two modules of the course (PgCert stage) are common but you then choose from a number of elective modules to complete the PgDip stage. View CPP routes as table
The first two modules of the course are common to both routes and studied over two semesters:
During the PgDip stage of the course you are required to chose two 30credit modules out of four possible options:
PHM028 Pharmacist Independent Prescribing
The aim of this module is to prepare pharmacists to meet the standards set by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) for registration as a pharmacist independent prescriber. In order to be eligible for this module you must hold a current registration with the GPhC or PSNI as a practising pharmacist and have at least two years appropriate patient orientated experience following pre-registration year.
The aim of this module is to critically explore successful approaches to practice that ensure safe, effective and efficient use of medicines through collaborative working. You will take a closer look at the processes required for the safe, effective and efficient management of medicines, key factors that may impact prescribing choices, aspects that support seamless care and team working skills in the context of medicines management.
The aim of this module is to critically investigate the structures, processes and outcomes of a variety of pharmacy services in specialist areas including hospital, community and primary care. You will analyse current national and local policy contexts and critically evaluate structures in relation to pharmacy service provision. You will synthesise, document and justify evidence based care plans in the context of your own practice as well as your organisational and national pharmacy service provision.
The aim of this module is to enable you to develop an understanding of person centred care with a focus on pharmaceutical care and service provision. You will gain an appreciation of complex healthcare needs, the influences on individuals engagement with their own health , explore elements that contribute to shared decision making and person centred care planning.
Students can chose between either module:
Students progressing to the MSc stage have an opportunity to develop skills and expertise in relation to research and development of pharmacy services. The project area is chosen by you and therefore relevant to your practice and should produce outcomes that allow you to evaluate and develop local services.
This module will enable you to develop relevant knowledge, skills, attitudes and competencies required for effective advanced practice. The content is mapped with the RPS Advanced Pharmacy Framework clusters in mind enabling you to develop into an advanced practitioner.
3. How you will learn
You will be taught via our virtual learning environment CampusMoodle, allowing you to develop clinical knowledge and skills whilst remaining in employment. The modules are delivered part-time.
All your materials will be provided online and are designed to allow self-assessment of learning needs then subsequent acquisition and application of knowledge in practice-related problem-based scenarios. These scenarios may involve you carrying out a range of activities including: participation in online discussion forums, formative peer-assessed essays, short answer problem/case study questions and multiple-choice questions.
Additionally, you will be supported by e-tutors who are all practising clinical pharmacy practitioners. E-tutors review the learning materials, provide 'real life' case scenarios and participate in the marking of practice related assessments. They facilitate discussion and learning within the modules and bring a unique practice related perspective to learning.
Each module is sub-divided into a number of topics and you are encouraged to use materials to identify and address your own learning needs.
The Course Leader is a central point for information and support with regard to the delivery of the course. It is also recommended that you have a work-placed mentor to provide local support and encouragement.
You will be assessed by continuous assessment. This takes many different forms including: responding to case studies, developing care plans and essay responses to specific topics and contribution to online discussion forums.
4. Entry requirements
Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in pharmacy from a UK university or overseas equivalent, at a minimum of honours level and one years post-registration experience OR an integrated masters degree in pharmacy (MPharm) and professional registration OR in consultation with the course leader.
All international students, for whom English is not their first language, must provide evidence of linguistic ability by gaining either IELTS 6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in any one element) or its equivalent in TOEFL prior to receiving an unconditional offer of a place on the course.
Please note, UKVI are currently not accepting TOEFL as proof of English Language for Full Time International Student Visas.
Please be aware that any applications made too close to the closing date, requiring an IELTS test may result in deferment of the offer until the following academic year (Starting date January)
Applicants from Malta
English is taught as a first language in Malta and applicants from Malta are required to meet, and evidence, the following criteria:
- must have obtained their Pharmacy Undergraduate degree at Masters level from the University of Malta, which is a provider of an undergraduate Pharmacy degree at masters level which is delivered and assessed in English.
- must have at least one year experience of working as a qualified Pharmacist.
Any Maltese applicant failing to meet these criteria will be subject to the standard University English language requirements.
International students seeking an English language waiver are required to meet,
and evidence, the following criteria:
(i) Must have obtained their Pharmacy Undergraduate degree at Masters (MPharm) level from a UK University
(ii) Must have obtained their Pharmacy Undergraduate degree at BSc (Hons) level from an international University equivalent to a UK BSc (Hons) degree recognised by UK NARIC and must be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and have worked in the UK
Any international applicants who do not meet these criteria will be subject to the standard University English language requirements.
5. Student Funding
The School of Pharmacy & Life Sciences is pleased to offer a number of merit scholarships to outstanding students who wish to study at the School starting in January 2013.
In addition, the University offers a 15% Alumni discount for all previous RGU graduates.
For further information and finance options, see student finance pages.
6. Course Fees
For Academic Year 2014/2015
- £2,550 Stages 1 and 2 (each) Scottish students
- £2,815 Stages 1 and 2 (each) RUK and EU students
- £1,700 MSc dissertation stage Scottish students
- £1,870 MSc dissertation stage RUK and EU students
- £3,340 Stage 1
- £3,450 Stage 2
- £2,300 MSc dissertation stage
For Academic Year 2013/2014
- £2,425 Stages 1 and 2 (each) Scottish students
- £2,690 Stages 1 and 2 (each) RUK and EU students
- £1,690 MSc dissertation stage Scottish students
- £1,870 MSc dissertation stage RUK and EU students
- £3,340 Stage 1
- £3,340 Stage 2
- £2,220 MSc dissertation stage
For Academic Year 2012/2013
- £2,323 Stage 1
- £2,323 Stage 2
- £1,614 MSc Project stage
- £3,223 Stage 1
- £3,223 Stage 2
- £2,135 MSc Project stage
For Academic Year 2011/2012
- £1,575 MSc Project Stage
- £2,265 Stage 1
- £2,265 Stage 2
- £3,140 Stage 1
- £3,140 Stage 2
- £2,075 MSc Project Stage
All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery.For further information see Student Finance pages
7. How to apply
For further information on this course please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications for admission to postgraduate taught courses can be made via Apply Online. Closing date for applications for commencing the course in January 2015 is 12 January 2015. Apply at www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline.
This course has been designed in collaboration with employers in both primary and secondary care ensuring that the course is kept up to date and in line with current practice and the demands of the workplace. The multi-disciplinary nature of the course enhances its appeal to employers and as a result, career prospects remain buoyant in both hospital and community practice.
Employers will benefit from their staff completing this course since it is designed to enable practitioners to develop in the key competency areas for clinical practice. This will mean that staff are able to make valuable contributions to the provision of clinical pharmacy services through the application of aspects of their learning in areas such as direct patient care, personal, problem solving and management and organisation.
9. Meet your course leader
Anita is a registered pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPSGB) and Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA).
She graduated from the Robert Gordon University in 2001 with an MPharm (Hons) and in 2008 with a Ph.D in Molecular Biology. Anita joined RGU after working in Hospital Pharmacy in Cambridge, UK and Ottawa, Canada as well as working in community Pharmacy in the UK. Since she has a varied background encompassing both science and practice Anita’s research interests include both scientific and pharmacy practice applications of the treatment of diabetes and obesity.
10. Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)
The University recognises two types of prior learning - certified (APCL) and experimental (APEL). This may afford the applicant advanced entry or exemption of certain modules
The following applicants may be eligible for APL:
- Applicants who have already completed part of a postgraduate degree in a professional pharmacy discipline
- Applicants who have completed the Scottish Hospital Vocational Training Scheme (VTS) Stage 2.
- Applicants with sufficient work based practice and professional development courses
APL is permissible for up to 50% of the total degree credits and must be approved by the Course/Programme Managment Team as part of the student application process.
A separate APCL form and evidence of/or part of a successfully completed postgraduate degree in a professional pharmacy discipline must be submitted together with the online application form.
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