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Clinical Pharmacy Service Development

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MSc Clinical Pharmacy Service Development

The MSc Clinical Pharmacy Service Development course contains 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. By combining academic and theoretical learning with experience of professional practice, you will develop the skills appropriate for the modern clinical pharmacy practitioner.

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Start Date


Course Length

12 months

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.

Detailed module information

Learning Methods

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.

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

  • Lectures - 10 students per group for 1 hour twice per week
  • Seminars - 10 students per group for 3 hours 4 times per week
  • Tutorials - 5 students per group for 2 hours per week
  • Project Supervision - 3 students per group for 2 hours per week

How long is a Clinical Pharmacy Service Development course?

The Clinical Pharmacy Service Development MSc can be successfully completed in 12 months, in which the opportunity to receive the necessary skills are obtained.

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.


You will be assessed by continuous assessment based on your acquisition and application of knowledge in practice-related problem-based scenarios and activities including: responding to case studies, developing care plans and essay responses to specific topics and contribution to online discussion forums, formative peer-assessed essays, short answer problem/case study questions and multiple-choice questions.

Typically students are assessed each year:

  • 3 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 dissertation
  • 1 portfolio
  • 1 oral assessment
  • 1 project output


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

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.


Academic Support

The Inclusion 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.

Online Learning & Support

All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on campus or by online learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

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

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.



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.

Job Prospects

This is a career-enhancing course which offer unique learning experience, and the professional knowledge and skills required to develop your practice and excel as a clinical pharmacy practitioner.


What is needed to study MSc Clinical Pharmacy Service Development?

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 master's degree in pharmacy (MPharm) and professional registration or in consultation with the Course Leader.

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.

International Students

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 master's (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.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

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

Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact for further information.


Tuition fees for this Clinical Pharmacy Service Development course are as follows:

For Academic Year 2021/2022

  • UK Students: £8,450
  • EU Students: £8,450
  • International Students: £16,540 

For Academic Year 2020/2021

  • UK/EU Students: £8,450 
  • International Students: £16,540 

Additional Costs

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

Student Funding

Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.
There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.

Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:


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