Clinical Pharmacy Service Development MSc

1. Overview

This course is an exciting and varied blend of academic and clinical learning. It will provide you with a unique learning experience, and the professional knowledge and skills required to develop your practice and excel as a clinical pharmacy practitioner.

With a focus on developing the knowledge and skills required for the development, implementation and evaluation of clinical pharmacy services, the course is underpinned by a student-led approach to learning and facilitates the acquisition of problem-solving, critical thinking and decision-making skills.

A key element of the course is the use of simulation-based learning within our dedicated Pharmacy Simulation Centre and Clinical Skills Centre. This prepares you for periods of clinical learning on short professional practice placements, allowing you to integrate knowledge and skills learned in class, with core skills such as patient care and communication skills. This provides an enhanced learning experience as you transition between the academic and clinical learning environments.

By combining academic and theoretical learning with experience of professional practice, the course helps you to develop the skills appropriate for the modern clinical pharmacy practitioner, and to face the challenges and make the most of the opportunities you will face in the future.

2. What you will study

Specialist practitioner e-tutors, teacher practitioners and academic staff facilitate learning in small groups with real-life problem-based scenarios, sharing knowledge, expertise and practice related experiences.  

In the Patient Centered Clinical Pharmacy Practice module you will develop the knowledge and skills required for the systematic synthesis, implementation, evaluation and communication of care plans for patients with complex pharmaceutical care needs.

Your personal and professional practice will be developed in the Developing Personal Practice module by studying ways in which to promote effective communication and professionalism. You will also cover aspects of education and learning necessary for the professional development of other members of the healthcare team.

In the modules Implementing and Evaluating Clinical Pharmacy Service and Organisational Aspects of Clinical Pharmacy Service Development and Implementation you will consider the service-related aspects of being a clinical pharmacy practitioner. You will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to systematically implement services and to evaluate service outcomes, utilising evidence-based recommendations to develop services in order to improve health. You will develop practical experience of designing a research project in providing you with the knowledge and skills required to design, execute and report on a research project. 


Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information. 

These modules are indicative only, the course is currently being restructured, reviewed and validated.


Year 1 -- Semester 1
  • Patient Centred Clinical Pharmacy Practice
  • Developing Personal Practice
  • Implementing and Evaluating Clinical Pharmacy Services
    Semester 2
  • Developing Personal Practice
  • Organisational Aspects of Clinical Pharmacy Service Development and Implementation
    Year 2 -- Semester 1
  • Professional Practice Placement
    Semester 2
  • Clinical Pharmacy Service Research Project
  • Professional Practice Placement
    Semester 3
  • Clinical Pharmacy Service Research Project
  • Professional Practice Placement
    Semester 4
  • Clinical Pharmacy Service Research Project
  • 3. How you will learn

    We use a variety of teaching and learning methods which are grounded in adult reflective learning theory and adopt the principles of continuing professional development. 

    An evidence-based approach is central to the teaching philosophy, with integrated, case-based methods to student learning embedded at all stages, to facilitate acquisition of problem-solving, critical thinking and decision making skills. This increases the relevance and meaning of the subject matter and enhances motivation and peer support networks. 

    Ownership of the learning material is encouraged, increasing the depth of learning achieved. Overall, this approach means that you’ll be well-prepared for your future practice as a clinical pharmacy practitioner.

    Activity Summary


    • 10 students per group
    • 1 hour
    • 2 per week


    • 10 students per group
    • 3 hours
    • 4 per week


    • 5 students per group
    • 2 hours
    • 1 per week

    Project Supervision

    • 3 students per group
    • 2 hours
    • 1 per week

    Independent Study

    There is an emphasis on fostering self-reliance in analysis and problem-solving, giving you confidence to seek practical solutions to problems and evaluate your own skills to identify your strengths and areas for development. As an independent and reflective life-long-learner you will have team-working and reflection abilities, which are essential for developing, implementing and evaluating clinical pharmacy services. 

    Staff Delivering on this course

    Lecturers are practiced academics, with active links to national and international pharmacy organisations including the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, General Pharmaceutical Council, Canadian Pharmaceutical Association, Royal Pharmaceutical Society Faculty, The European Society of Clinical Pharmacy and the Austrian Chamber of Pharmacists. They also have experience and links to a host of pharmacy and clinical practice settings, and bring a wealth of knowledge and insight to the classroom. They are facilitators of learning who support you to build on your pre-existing graduate skills in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere. You will be assigned a personal tutor for pastoral care and to assist in any general matters that relate to your studies.


    • 3 Written Assignment, including essay
    • 1 Project Outputs
    • 1 Oral Assessment
    • 1 Dissertation
    • 1 Portfolio

    Course Specific Facilities 

    General Facilities

    • University Library
    • Georgina Scott Sutherland Learning Centre


    We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

    Academic Support

    The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

    Study Skills Support

    The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

    • Academic writing
    • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
    • Maths and statistics
    • English language
    • Information technology support

    More on Study Skills

    4. Entry Requirements

    Applicants must satisfy the University's general admission requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate courses as contained in Academic Regulation A2: Admission, including proficiency to a minimum standard in the English language.

    Specific entry requirements

    An undergraduate degree in pharmacy from a UK university or overseas equivalent, at a minimum of honours level and two years post-registration experience OR an integrated masters degree in pharmacy (MPharm) and professional registration or in consultation with the Course Leader.

    English Language Requirements

    Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 6.0, or an equivalent.

    We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

    English Language requirements

    Criminal Records/Background Checks

    In addition to the above requirements, all applicants will be required to provide a formal record of any criminal convictions prior to starting the course. A criminal records or background check will be required from any country in which the applicant has lived for 6 months or more since the age of 16 years. All students starting the course will also be required to complete a Protection of Vulnerable Groups check prior to commencing the placement component of the course.

    Health Screening

    Prior to commencing the course, students will be made aware of current health and immunisation requirements.

    The University's Study Skills and Access Unit provides a range of access and study support services for the University's students and for applicants without formal entrance requirements.

    Further information is available at:

    Study Support

    Further information can be obtained by contacting the University's Postgraduate Admissions Office:

    Tel: +44 (0) 1224 262209 E-mail:

    * All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

    5. Placements and Accreditations

    You will be provided with short periods of practice experience focused on the delivery of clinical pharmacy services  to patients in a range of practice settings. These periods are a compulsory component of the course and will be arranged by the University and are unpaid. Experienced clinicians provide supervision and additional teaching in a clinical setting during these periods of experience enabling you to put theory into context. 

    6. Course Fees

    For Academic Year 2018/2019

    UK/EU Students

    • £8,000 .

    International Students

    • £14,600 .


    Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

    For further information see Student Finance pages


    7. How to apply

    Information for Postgraduate Applicants

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions

    The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

    8. Additional Costs

    The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

    Other Fees and Charges

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    Course Length

    1 year

    Mode of Attendance


    Academic School
    School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences
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