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Clinical Pharmacy Practice

PgCert | PgDip | MSc
PgCert | PgDip | MSc Clinical Pharmacy Practice

The online MSc Clinical Pharmacy Practice course at Robert Gordon University will equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to have a positive impact on patients’ lives and make a difference in the field of clinical practice.

This course has been designed to deliver a broad education in clinical pharmacy for all qualified Pharmacists irrespective of their country of undergraduate study or practice, and provides an opportunity to focus your studies more specifically to your area of practice. It will provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills to enhance your decision-making and patient care abilities.

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date


Course Length

2 years 4 months

PgCert Stage (Stage 1)

30 weeks, January - August

The first two modules in Pharmaceutical Care Planning and Therapeutics are common and are studied over 2 terms.

PgDip Stage 2 (Stage 2)

60 weeks, September - June

In this stage students choose two 30-credit modules from the four options including; Medicines Management: Collaborative Working - where you will critically explore successful approaches to practice that ensure safe, effective and efficient use of medicines through collaborative working; Developing and Implementing Models of Care – where you will critically investigate the structures, processes and outcomes of a variety of pharmacy services in specialist areas including hospital, community and primary care; Person Centred Care – where you will develop an understanding of person-centred care with a focus on pharmaceutical care and service provision; and Prescribing: theory and practice – where you will understand the basic skills needed to establish a pharmacist prescribing service in practice.

MSc Stage (Stage 3)

90 weeks, July - April

In this stage you will undertake Health Services Research – and develop skills and expertise in relation to research and development of pharmacy services.



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

You will be taught part time via our virtual learning environment CampusMoodle, allowing you to develop clinical knowledge and skills while you remain in employment.

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.

Activity Summary

  • Independent Study - 60-140 students per group, 600h per stage. Approx. 10-15 hours per week

How long is a Clinical Pharmacy Practice course?

The duration of the Clinical Pharmacy Practice MSc is 2 years 4 months.

Independent Study

All your materials will be provided online and are designed to allow self-assessment of learning needs.


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:

  • 2 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 dissertation
  • 3 portfolios
  • 1 oral assessment


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

Staff delivering this course are practiced academics, with active links to national and international industry bodies including the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, General Pharmaceutical Council, Canadian Pharmaceutical Association, Royal Pharmaceutical Society Faculty, and the Chamber of Pharmacist of Austria and Germany.

The Course Leader is your central point for information and support with regard to the delivery of the course. You will be supported by e-tutors who are all practicing clinical pharmacy practitioners. They 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.


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.


Job Prospects

This course has been designed in collaboration with employers in both primary and secondary care to ensure that the course is kept up-to-date and in line with current practice and the demands of the workplace. 

Your employer will benefit from your completion of this course as it is designed to enable you to develop in the key competency areas for clinical practice. This will mean that you are able to make a valuable contribution to the provision of clinical pharmacy services through the application of aspects of your learning in areas such as direct patient care, personal, problem-solving, and management and organisation.

Is studying the MSc Advanced Pharmacy Practice a good career choice?

The multi-disciplinary nature of the course enhances its appeal to employers and as a result, career prospects are excellent.


What is needed to study MSc Clinical Pharmacy Practice?

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 master's degree in pharmacy (MPharm) and professional registration OR in consultation with the course leader.

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 master's level from the University of Malta, which is a provider of an undergraduate Pharmacy degree at master's 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.

Applicants from Austria 

Austrian students seeking an English language waiver are required to meet, and evidence, the following criteria:

(i) Must have completed their final year Undergraduate Pharmacy Research thesis in the English language.


(ii) Must have completed 6 months at a Higher Education Institution in the UK as part of the final year Undergraduate Pharmacy Research project.


(iii) Must have completed a PhD thesis in the English language. 

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 Practice course are as follows:

For Academic Year 2021/2022

UK Students

  • £2,770 for stage 1
  • £2,770 for stage 2
  • £1,830 for stage 3

EU Students

  • £2,770 for stage 1
  • £2,770 for stage 2
  • £1,830 for stage 3

International Students

  • £4,680 for stage 1
  • £4,680 for stage 2
  • £3,120 for stage 3

For Academic Year 2020/2021

UK/EU Students

  • £2,770 for stage 1
  • £2,770 for stage 2
  • £1,830 for stage 3

International Students

  • £4,680 for stage 1
  • £4,680 for stage 2
  • £3,120 for stage 3

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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